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Basically turns your Neck Position into a 59 Les Paul
Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2017
So I had the Gilmour Black strat setup but the Fender Fat 50's were not taking distortion very well... or high end pedals like Thorpy . I loved how it sounded clean though... but I just got tired of the weird wobble effect by the magnetic pull of the pups so I decided to go with sonethibg like a humbucker... I didn't want to lose the stratiness of my guitar so I got a Duckbucker for the middle, which the say if you put it in between two higher output pickups you get the quack and twang... I left the Bridge intact with the SSL-5.
The neck has always been my favorite position , I love warmer tones... I did lose some chime and bell tones with the Little 59' but man... this pickup has a lot of balls. Very nice output, very nice cleans and best of all, it takes all my pedals like a champ... super smooth and amazing fuzz, overdrive or distortion... as promised the duckbucker gives me the strat tones from position 3 and down... position 4 sound similar to the 5th but with more high end sparkle...
I was impressed by this pickup and I'm still getting used to it and experimenting. But it definitely feels like the best of both worlds... I was ready to start using my Les Paul, even though I was missing the whammy bar, but now I basically have a Les Paul on the neck and a strat on the lower positions and I can still use the tremolo arm even on the 59 Les Paul position ;)
Overall I think it would be extremely difficult to not like/love this pickup... like I said, I did lose low end sparkle and chime... so it definitely does not sound like a Single Coil... but it's silent and has all the qualities of a Humbucker... I no longer have the Gilmour Setup, but that's a good thing... my guitar now looks a bit different, changed a few knobs to black... and now it sounds completaly different. I am stoked and can't wait to record and hear how it sounds!