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Lil 59' all suggestions welcome

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by soggybottom12, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. soggybottom12

    soggybottom12 NEW MEMBER!

    Mar 13, 2013
    Boone, NC
    I play an american tele and I have always played tele's. Love the feel and the twang. I've been considering beefing up the sound a bit and putting a lil 59 pick up in the bridge position. However, when looking to buy on ebay, amazon, etc. there are a lot of different options and I'm just trying to be sure that I understand the difference between the options if there are any to be noticed. For instance there is ST-59, SL-59, SL-59 1B, SL-59 1, and so on. What are the significant differences, if any? Just trying not to make a goofy mistake, thanks for any help given.


  2. Bartholomew3

    Bartholomew3 Friend of Leo's

    Dec 8, 2010
    I did that with a vintage tele.

    It overpowers the neck pick-up substantially and you will be constantly screwing around with your volume control when switching between them.

    Be prepared to change the neck p/u to stay in balance more or less --- unless you don't use it much or unless the above doesn't bother you.

    It's a PITA onstage with a full band to be constantly playing with the volume control on every p/u change so I put a PAF @ the neck.

  3. rebelwoclue

    rebelwoclue Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Jan 15, 2012
    I couldn't tell you the difference, but here is my relic'd Esquire with a Lil '59.
    Lots of bite and a little smooth too.

  4. Rich_S

    Rich_S Friend of Leo's

    Dec 29, 2006
    Potsdam, NY
    I believe the SL versions are for Strats, the ST for Teles. Beyond that, check Duncan's web site. Good site and a smart, helpful forum.

  5. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Aug 17, 2012
    The different model numbers refer to which guitar the pickup will fit directly into, for the Tele bridge pickup the model # is ST59-1b. I have a Lil 59 in the bridge position of my American Special, and it balances out in volume with the stock Texas Special neck pickup just fine, but some neck pickups have lower output than others so there is sometimes a minor issue there that would require you to lower the hotter pickup to balance them better.

    One thing about these pickups is that they ARE humbuckers, so you lose some of the bite and twang that you get from standard single coils.

  6. Froski

    Froski Tele-Meister

    Dec 17, 2011
    Ocean City Maryland
    might be a dumb question but what does a pickup selector switch do on an esquire?

  7. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Jan 21, 2007
    Tucson, AZ
    While the 59 is a nice sounding pickup, it doesn't have much twang. It really sounds like a humbucker, so it makes a nice rock/blues pickup.

    You want the st 59 1B for the bridge posistion on a tele. They also make this pickup for strat.

    Changes the tone by going through different wiring circuits.

  8. Cliff Schecht

    Cliff Schecht Tele-Holic

    Oct 4, 2010
    Lubbock, Texas
    The Lil 59 also sounds great in parallel. I switch this pickup between series and parallel when I'm jumping between clean/rhythm and dirt/lead tones. Also having the 12 adjustable polepieces is really nice for achieving a good string-to-string balance.

  9. dannyh

    dannyh Tele-Holic

    Agree 100%

  10. jamieorc

    jamieorc Tele-Meister

    Apr 22, 2011
    You might consider a set of microcoils from wildepickups unless you're set in a 59. They add beef and power while retaining teleness.

  11. Blackhawk777

    Blackhawk777 TDPRI Member

    Jan 29, 2013
    United States
    I have a strat neck Little 59 in my SX tele neck position with a Duncan Broadcaster in the bridge and I love the combo. The Broadcaster gives me all the twang I need (and more importantly don't want to give up) and the middle position adds the fullness of the 59 without killing the twang; and the neck position leaves that humbucker tone available if I need it. One thing I noticed on mine is that lowering the pickup and extending out the adjustable pole pieces seemed to make it sound more articulate (ie closer to a single coil without losing the fullness).

  12. Minivan Megafun

    Minivan Megafun Tele-Holic

    Feb 21, 2013
    I had one in one of my Teles for a while. Took it out and sold it. Just didn't sound like a Telecaster to me. Otherwise it's a good humbucker PAF sounding bridge pickup if that's what you're looking for.

    If you want beef, just raise your bridge pickup up to within 5/64ths from the strings and then roll back the tone control.

  13. adeiderich

    adeiderich Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 14, 2011
    Medina, Ohio
    "might be a dumb question but what does a pickup selector switch do on an esquire?"

    It's the "magic" switch.....three different sounds via tone pot, cap, volume wiring, etc.

  14. Minivan Megafun

    Minivan Megafun Tele-Holic

    Feb 21, 2013
    Oh yeah, and if you're looking for a beefier sound, have you considered the 4-way switch mod? It's a lot cheaper than a new pickup.

  15. Lobotomy Boy

    Lobotomy Boy TDPRI Member

    Jan 9, 2013
    Maple Grove, MN
    I had one in the bridge position of a MIJ Strat. It was okay and could be interesting with pedals, but after a while I hardly ever used it. I like a humbucker in a Tele, but in the neck position--that's why I bought a CS '72 Custom. If it was me, I'd put a Lil '59 in the neck position and put a good Lollar or Custom Shop Tele pickup in the bridge. To me a Tele pickup in the bridge position is what makes a Tele a Tele. Without that it's just another guitar.

  16. DrBanana

    DrBanana Tele-Holic

    Feb 22, 2011
    Yup. Just did my head in - took it out.

  17. Teleboss

    Teleboss Tele-Meister

    Apr 1, 2011


    Both these guitars have 2 Little 59's in them. The Tele has a pickguard that will fit a Strat pup. The Strat obviously has 2 Strat pups. I also have an Esquire with a Little 59 in it. They have plenty of beef, but they still twang as much as I'll ever want. Great pups. If you want a pair get a Warmoth pickguard. The Tele bridge pup is much stronger than the Strat bridge pup, so if you go that route, get a Strat bridge pup for the Tele neck and use 500k pots. It'll be all the guitar you'll ever need for any style of music.

  18. soggybottom12

    soggybottom12 NEW MEMBER!

    Mar 13, 2013
    Boone, NC
    Thanks for all the help and words everyone. Can you explain a bit what the 4-way switch mod does?

  19. Teleterr

    Teleterr Friend of Leo's

    Feb 7, 2011
    Lewes De.
    Series, G-B-N-Hot is added, if its wired normally like Fender does.. G-N-B-Hot series is great too, so I suggest a 5 way if it fits. N grounded gives better bass and treble. B grounded emphases mids in comparision.

  20. DrBanana

    DrBanana Tele-Holic

    Feb 22, 2011

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