Seymour Duncan SH-55 Seth Lover Humbucker Guitar Pickup
Bridge Position
Nickel
4 conductor

When people talk about the 'Patent applied for' humbucker, they're talking about Seth Lover's patent.  Seth invented the humbucker pickup while working as a design engineer at Gibson in the mid-50's.  Some forty years later, Seymour Duncan and Seth joined forces to produce the only 'patent applied for' for reissue that bears its inventor's name.

The SH-55 Seth Lover Model is an extremely faithful recreation of Seth's 1955 original.  Like the original, the SH-55 utilizes a nickel-silver bottom plate, Butyrate plastic bobbins, plain enamel wire, and Alnico 2 bar magnet, a wooden spacer, black paper tape, braided single-conductor cable, and a nickel-plated nickel-silver cover.  The D.C. resistance of each SH-55 is recorded along with serial number and maintained in Seymour's files.

The tone is vintage 'patent applied for'.  Rich, smooth and unpretentious, the SH-55 neck pickup will warm up even the coldest axe.  The unpotted covers give the bridge pickup just enough brashness to cut though the mix with plenty of sustain and bite.  The SH-55 is smoother and warmer than our'59 model with a more traditional, more compressed, 'honk-like' tone.

application 

Ultra-authentic, Alnico 2, P.A.F.-type humbucker. Great for country, jazz, blues and classic rock.

description
Designed jointly by Seymour and humbucker inventor, the late Seth Lover. Just like the original 1955 P.A.F.s, the SH-55 utilizes a nickel silver cover and long-legged nickel silver bottom plate, butyrate plastic bobbins, plain enamel wire, Alnico 2 bar, wooden spacer, and black paper tape. To be completely true to the original design and tone, the pickup is not wax potted. The tone is vintage P.A.F. The unpotted cover gives a slightly "honky" microphonic quality. Vintage style single conductor cable standard.

complete setup 
Mostly commonly used in a neck and bridge set. Can be used in the neck with an SH-11 Custom Custom for heavier rock sounds from the bridge position.

guitars 
For brighter toned instruments. Works especially well with maple and ebony fingerboards. Not recommended for use with ultra high gain tube amplifiers over 50 watts.

available mods 
Choose nickel or gold-plated cover. Four-conductor cable.

players
Joe Perry / Aerosmith (neck & bridge), Gary Rossington & Rickey Medlocke / Lynyrd Skynyrd (neck & bridge), Blues Saraceno, Dweezil Zappa, Sheryl Crow (neck & bridge), George Pajon Jr. / Black-Eyed Peas (neck & bridge), Steve Stevens (neck & bridge)

 

 

 

 

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Brand New (New)
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Brand Seymour Duncan
Model SH-55 Seth Lover Bridge 4 Conductor Pickup () - SH-55b 4 Conductor
Finish Nickel
Categories Guitar Pickups
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Seymour Duncan SH-55 Seth Lover Bridge 4 Conductor Pickup (Nickel) - SH-55b Nickel 4 Conductor
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