Seymour Duncan SSL-1 Vintage Staggered Pole Single Coil Bridge/Middle/Neck Strat Pickup


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Seymour Duncan SSL-1 Vintage Staggered Pole Strat Pickup

Gearank Recommendation

The SSL-1 appeared on our recommended list for Budget Guitar Pickups in 2 consecutive editions from November 2020 until October 2022 when it was removed due being out-ranked by the DiMarzio Injector DP422, Seymour Duncan SSL-5 and Seymour Duncan SSL-2.


The SSL-1 is Seymour Duncan's period-correct recreation of a 50's style strat pickup.

It was designed with lots of high string chime and low string bell tones in mind.

It features hand-ground Alnico 5 magnets, period-correct Formvar wire.

The SSL-1 pickups are hand-built in Santa Barbara, California.

While it balances nicely with other SSL-1 pickups in the neck and bridge position, it is versatile enough to fill in a middle position on an HSS or HSH pickup configuration, giving split coil 2 and 4 positions lots of chime and quack that you'd expect.


  • Position: Any
  • Magnet Material: Alnico 5
  • Dimensions: 3.300" x .700" x .705"
  • String Spacing: 52mm
  • Available Colors/Covers:White
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Budget Guitar Pickups.


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