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  • A2 in a 59--does it exist?

    I may have overlooked it, but is an A2 in a 59 a thing?

  • #2
    People have done it. There are threads on here if you search.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by beaubrummels View Post
      People have done it. There are threads on here if you search.
      I thought the 59 might be more akin to an A2 than a Jazz anyway since the 59 is warmer than the Jazz.

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      • #4
        The 59 takes epicly to A2. An obvious choice for the bridge. For the neck it ends up really fat and syrup-y. So you have to either be playing jazz or like ultra fat tones for neck.
        Last edited by Clint 55; 11-12-2023, 09:35 PM.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Clint 55 View Post
          The 59 takes epicly to A2. An obvious choice for the bridge. For the neck it ends up really fat and syrup-y. So you have to either be playing jazz or like ultra fat tones for neck.
          If you asked me to design a neck pickup that sounds like a 1959 LP I'd probably reach for an A2 before an A5.

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          • #6
            Yeah if you like vintage correct, it's $$.
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            • #8
              59 with an A2 is one of my favorite bridge HB if not my favorite at all

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              • #9
                A2 neck and bridge 59 set was a pretty big deal back in the day
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                • #10
                  The ’59 Model is one of our most popular pickups – a versatile ’50s-style humbucker with classic tone and attitude. Seymour based this pickup’s coil wind on the humbuckers in Jeff Beck’s 1959 Les Paul. When we started out as a company in the late 70s, more and more guitarists were playing .009 and .010 gauge strings which tended to sound thin and weak with Alnico 2 magnets. So to meet the demands and adapt to modern times, Alnico 5 magnets were used to compensate for the lighter string gauges. But the coil wind itself is straight from Jeff Beck’s ’59 Les Paul.
                  source: http://www.seymourduncan.com/vintage
                  ​but non existing anymore

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by ToneFiddler View Post
                    source: http://www.seymourduncan.com/vintage
                    ​but non existing anymore

                    That's odd to me, because with lighter string, that's when the A2 shines, bringing back and compressing the mids otherwise not so prominent

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                    • #12
                      I'm pretty sure people still use 9s and 10s often. Just raise the neck pickup closer to the strings.

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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by Inflames626 View Post
                        I'm pretty sure people still use 9s and 10s often. Just raise the neck pickup closer to the strings.
                        Yeah, always 9s here.
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                        • #14
                          I use the A5 59's with 9-40's, works great for me.

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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by JB6464 View Post
                            I use the A5 59's with 9-40's, works great for me.
                            I think they meant 9s and 10s were too thin when the 59 was used with an A2, so they went to an A5. An A2 seems more vintage correct to me.

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