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  • New HSS: Seth Lover(b) and Underwound SSL-1(n)

    ​I've recently prepared a new pickguard for my latest HSS superstrat project. I had a Seth Lover bridge that has slightly higher than 9K dcr and 5,660H inductance.

    Now it is on the bridge of the new set up. Moreover it has an underwound SSL-1. Why underwound? Because while trying a new cover thin wire from outer winds got broken. So i had two options; i had to send someone to rewind it or i'd try my luck and unwind some wire and cross my fingers to see if i could save it. It was 6,71K at first and it was too much for neck i think. Now it is 6,07K and i hope it will work great for the clearer neck tone

    IMG_20230927_064744 by Baris Sahin, on Flickr

    I'll post more when all mods are complated ​
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  • #2
    I bet the slightly underwound neck will sound great!
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    • #3
      I think the SSL-1 is usually pretty hot by itself but in my experience, with the same pickup, an humbucker, even with relatively low output like the Seth Lover, might have a higher output.
      Anyway even with 6K I think the difference in level could be manageable

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      • #4
        Honestly, I think this combo will sound great! What is the other pickup?
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        • #5
          6.07k is what the Jimi Hendrix Set is and the Psychedelic Strat set has (I think it's the middle pickup on the latter). It will be fine.

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          • #6
            "Unwinding" a coil to repair it is something that I've done more than once... And I've already owned a SSL1 whose original DCR was 6,06k anyway: it sounded totally fine.

            Enjoy with your new PU's!

            Indifferent note: I understand your choice since SSL1 and SH55 remain my favourite "mainstream" SC/HB in the Duncan catalog. ;-)
            Duncan user since the 80's...

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            • #7
              Great choices!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by GuitarStv View Post
                I bet the slightly underwound neck will sound great!
                That's what i hope. Because strat neck pickups over 6,1-6,2K may be muddy especially with A5 magnets, spesifically on the wound strings. I did always enjoy lollar and Fralins underwound singles.

                Originally posted by marcello252 View Post
                I think the SSL-1 is usually pretty hot by itself but in my experience, with the same pickup, an humbucker, even with relatively low output like the Seth Lover, might have a higher output.
                Anyway even with 6K I think the difference in level could be manageable
                I will soon see the results


                Originally posted by Mincer View Post
                Honestly, I think this combo will sound great! What is the other pickup?
                What's where my hope lies Middle coil is Fender Tex-Mex with 6,4K winding


                Originally posted by beaubrummels View Post
                6.07k is what the Jimi Hendrix Set is and the Psychedelic Strat set has (I think it's the middle pickup on the latter). It will be fine.
                Thats my expectation


                Originally posted by freefrog View Post
                "Unwinding" a coil to repair it is something that I've done more than once... And I've already owned a SSL1 whose original DCR was 6,06k anyway: it sounded totally fine.

                Enjoy with your new PU's!

                Indifferent note: I understand your choice since SSL1 and SH55 remain my favourite "mainstream" SC/HB in the Duncan catalog. ;-)
                While SSL-1 is not my favourite single coil but Seth Lovers are awesome humbuckers. Well 9K is a good amount of winding and i may hope to hear some early EVH tunes.


                Originally posted by Blille View Post
                Great choices!
                Thank you my friend


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                • #9
                  Remember that the middle pickup will likely be out of phase with the other 2, so swap the hot & ground if it is.
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                  • #10
                    That looks like a great setup on paper. I'm sure it'll sound great too.

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                    • #11
                      i like that tort guard too!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mincer View Post
                        Remember that the middle pickup will likely be out of phase with the other 2, so swap the hot & ground if it is.
                        Magnetic polarity is okay, will check the electrical polarity at the assemble. Thanks


                        Originally posted by ErikH View Post
                        That looks like a great setup on paper. I'm sure it'll sound great too.



                        Originally posted by jeremy View Post
                        i like that tort guard too!
                        I'm into another mod project. I'm turning this;

                        dsds by Baris Sahin, on Flickr

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                        New Project by Baris Sahin, on Flickr


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                        • #13
                          Nice, I hope it's just what you're after.

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