Introduced in the late 70s, the SDS-1 at first glance appears to be a single coil, however looks can sometimes be very deceiving.
Described as sounding closer to a soapbar, this pickup aims to address the shortcomings of the traditional bridge pickup, namely the lack of fatness, punch and output to drive the input of an amplifier.
For someone who falls into the camp of having a love/hate relationship with the single coil bridge position , but stubbornly not wanting to lose the inbetween bridge+neck position sounds, the SDS-1 was definitely well worth a look.
Measured DC – 9.35K ohms
This pickup, in comparison to a traditional sounding strat pickup, has more emphasis on the lower mid range, with some top end roll off.
Finding an even balance, when paired with a set of Seymour Duncan SSL-1s in the neck and middle was fairly easy, with the SDS-1 set just a bit lower. This design also allowed higher height adjustment, without getting into negative affects of string pull, which is an added benefit, if more output was a requirement.
The inbetween position, paired with the Seymour Duncan SSL-1 middle single coil.
Whilst it didn’t quite lose the signature strat sound per se… more-so, resulted in a very honky quack with gain. This took a bit of getting used to, with such a prominent midrange, almost vocal/vowel cocked wah setting, however, proved very useful for cutting through on higher gain settings.