Seymour Duncan Antiquity II SS

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  • Replica of the 1964 single coil pickup that has significantly influenced and shaped the sound of surf music
  • Neck position
  • Colour: Aged white protective cap

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  • Blues Neck
  • Funk Middle-Bridge
  • Rock Bridge

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Aktive Circuit No
Wiring 2-Conductor
Pickup Output Vintage
Cap Yes
Colour White
Position Neck
Stacked - hum free No
Telecaster No
Stratocaster Yes
Other No

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Perfect Old School Strat Neck Position Tone

03.03.2015
I got this for my Mexican Strat to replace the stock pickups and try get a more "Stratty" tone. Mission accomplished! The cleans are excellent and warm without getting muddy or "woofy". A little crunch gives a great vintage broken up tone and leads just sing! Just be aware when installing it that Fender and Seymour Duncan use the black and white wires in opposite ways so your out of phase sound will suffer if you get it wrong!
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S and dirty - Seymour's masterpiece

Maik F., 30.03.2010

Meine Skepsis, ob der Pickup dem legendären Ruf, den die noch junge Antiquity-Serie von SD hat gerecht wird, ist verflogen....ein toller dynamischer Sound, der es sagenhaft schafft, gleichzeitig süss oder auch dreckig (im positiven Sinn, denn alle Frequenzen werden ausgewogen abgebildet) zu klingen, man selbst entscheidet durch sein Spiel und Anschlag, wie es klingen soll.

Diesen Pickup zeichnet eine Eigenschaft aus, die man logischerweise nicht in Youtube-Videos oder Sounddemos findet sondern nur durch eigenes Ausprobieren:

Dieser Pickup hat den berüchtigten "Nöck" (ich hasse dieses Wort, kenne aber auch kein besseres) im Sound und verhält sich vorbildlich, was die Reaktion auf die Spielweise und Dynamik des Spielers betrifft:

Ich erwische mich dabei, wie ich einzelne reduzierte Blues-Licks immer und immer wieder spiele und dabei nur den Anschlag variiere. Der Sound macht süchtig, die Strat beisst oder säuselt, bildet aber immer genau das ab, was ich mit Fingern und Plek vorgebe

Richtig deutlich wird's im Direktvergleich mit meiner US Standard-Strat, die als einzigste die Stock-PUs drin hat: Deutlicher kann der Unterschied zwischen modernem Strat-Sound und klassischem 60ies-Stratsound nicht sein.

Mein Tipp: nehmt nen angezerrten Röhrenamp (oder Axe FX-Modell ;-) und spielt mal Blueslicks ab dem 10. Bund aufwärts, je höher man sich bewegt, desto stärker "nöckt" der PU, absolut geiler Sound, alles klingt plastisch und der Sound "atmet" es klingt fast so, als wäre ein Compressor angeschaltet und eingestellt wie beim Intro von Under the Bridge.

Der Pickup erinnert an die Strat-Sounds der Gruppe Selig vom Album "Und endlich unendlich" und da ist ja eine originale alte 60ies-Strat zu hören! Unheimlich wird es, wenn ich ein Plexi-Marshall-Preset am Axe FX eingestelle:

Es klingt dermaßen nach Mr. Frusciante von den Red Hot Chili Peppers, richtig geil und ich bin wirklich baff dass das möglich ist denn auch John spielt eine originale alte Strat aus den 60ern. Danke auch an Thomann, dass so ein doch eher spezieller Pickup auf Lager vorrätig ist :-)

Ich denke jetzt nicht mehr an den Anschaffungspreis sondern spiele lieber noch ne Runde ;-)
Ich glaube nicht, dass der Pickup auch in einer günstigeren Strat genauso toll klingt aber ich denke sowieso, dass Gitarrenanfänger die Qualitäten dieses Singlecoils kaum spüren werden.

Empfehlen würde ich sie definitiv jedem denn die Spielfreude wird definitiv geweckt! Es ist halt nur die Frage, ob man beispielsweise eine Squier Standard mit nem Pickup bestücken sollte, der die Hälfte der gesamten Gitarre kostet ;-) Schlechter wird der Sound dann sicher nicht, nur ist halt die Kette nur so stark wie das schwächste Glied. Das gilt natürlich auch für die Wahl der richtigen Verstärkung.

Noch eine Ergänzung am Schluss:
Lasst euch nicht davon irritieren, dass der Pickup als "Surf"-Modell bezeichnet wird, natürlich kann man damit gepflegte Dick Dale-Riffs spielen aber der Pickup ist für jeden empfehlenswert, der damit Blues, Funk oder was auch immer spielt. Ich glaube nur, dass er für Hardrock-Riffs oder Blackmore-Sounds nicht wirklich gut geeignet ist aber das is nur meine Vermutung.

Damit ich mir nicht nur einbilde, was ich jetzt höre (oder aufgrund des Preises vom Pickup hören will ;-) , habe ich vorher mit dem TexMex am Hals ein paar Licks aufgenommen und die gleichen Licks mit gleichem Setup mit dem neuen Pickup gespielt, ein Unterschied wie Tag und Nacht.

Fazit:
Für mich ist das mein neuer Lieblings-Strat-Pickup und jeden verdammten Cent wert, auch aufgrund der Akribie bei der Herstellung und der Detailversessenheit von Seymour Duncan. Erfahrung, definitiver Materialeinsatz und Handarbeit zahlen sich einfach aus. Alle, die eine akustisch gute Strat haben: Traut euch, ihr werdet es nicht bereuen." data-mt-lang="en-x-mtfrom-de" data-translated="I've been thinking for a long time about whether I should treat my Fender Roadworn Strat in olympic white (3.02 pounds easy, incredible Attack for a Rosewood Strat) to this pickup ..... the basic problem: <br> The Roadworn was an absolute spontaneous purchase, actually I just want to take strings, have the roadworn then hang on the wall, spontaneously played and spontaneously in love ..... at home then the usual "honey, what do you need another STILL Guitar ..... "you know these sentences? ;-) <br><br> Since I had installed the Fender Custom 69s in almost all Strats (my previous reference in terms of authentic Sixties / Hendrix sound) I noticed in a direct comparison that the built in the Roadworn TexMex-Singlecoils not reproduce the sonic substance of this guitar 1: 1 , <br> There were just too many mids and too little "bell" in the sound, it sounded quite lively, but the dynamics were not nearly as good as with the custom 69s .... <br><br> Now to the antiquity pickup: <br><br> Just the packaging with jute bags makes a good deal, you can clearly see that this is the top version of the single coils from Seymour Duncan's manufactory at the start. Even the aging of the pickup does not look exaggerated but very authentic. <br><br> Interesting detail: <br> Similar to the custom 69er (which are also a vintage replica represent) are here soldered thick fabric cable and the base plate of the single coil has this cardboard-like gray material (experts know for sure, as the material is exactly, just looks like extremely tough Cardboard). There seems to be something in it, if manufacturers advertise with reproduction as true to the original as possible ... <br><br> After installing the pickup immediately jacked up new strings (11-49er D`Addario) and voted and the first check: <br><br> Wow ..... it rings that it is a real pleasure ...... I spontaneously want to curb the heights on my Ax FX with the virtual Dumble ..... but remember after a few licks that my ears just a little "re-adjust" .... this pickup shows literally even the Fender Custom 69er, where the bells hang ..... a great sound, synonymous distorted sounds really cool. <br><br> My skepticism as to whether the pickup has lived up to the legendary reputation of SD's still-young antiquity series has vanished .... a great dynamic sound that makes it amazing, sweet or dirty at the same time (in a positive sense, because of its greatness) all frequencies are balanced) to sound, one decides by his play and stop how it should sound. <br><br> This pickup is characterized by a characteristic that is not logically found in Youtube videos or sound demos but only by trying it out: <br><br> This pickup has the infamous "Nöck" (I hate that word, but I do not know a better one) in the sound and behaves exemplary in terms of the player's response and dynamics: <br><br> I catch myself playing individual reduced blues licks over and over again, only varying the attack. The sound is addictive, the Strat bites or whispers, but always reflects exactly what I pretend with fingers and Plek <br><br> It gets really clear in the direct comparison with my US standard Strat, which has the only one the Stock PUs in it: clearly the difference between modern Strat sound and classical 60ies Stratsound can not be. <br><br> My tip: take a distorted Röhrenamp (or Ax FX model ;-) and play Blueslicks from the 10th fret upwards, the higher you move, the more "the" PU "nöckt", absolutely great sound, everything sounds plastic and Sound "breathes" it almost sounds like a compressor is turned on and set like the intro of Under the Bridge. <br><br> The pickup is reminiscent of the Strat sounds of the group Selig from the album "And finally infinite" and there is an original old 60ies-Strat to hear! It gets weird when I set a Plexi-Marshall preset on the Ax FX: <br><br> It sounds so much like Mr. Frusciante from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, really cool and I'm really baffled that this is possible because John plays an original old Strat from the 60s. Thanks also to Thomann, that such a rather special pickup in stock is in stock :-) <br><br> I do not think now of the purchase price but rather play a round ;-) <br> I do not think the pickup sounds great either in a cheaper Strat, but anyway, I think guitar beginners will hardly feel the qualities of this single coil. <br><br> I would definitely recommend them to everyone because the joy of playing is definitely awakened! It's just the question of whether, for example, you should equip a Squier standard with a pickup, which costs half of the entire guitar ;-) Worse, the sound is certainly not, only the chain is just as strong as the weakest link. Of course, this also applies to the choice of the right reinforcement. <br><br> One more addition at the end: <br> Do not let it irritate you that the pickup is referred to as a "surf" model, of course you can play it with well-groomed Dick Dale riffs, but the pickup is recommended for anyone who plays blues, funk or whatever. I just think he's not really good for hard rock riffs or Blackmore sounds, but that's just my guess. <br><br> So that I not only imagine what I hear now (or want to hear because of the price of the pickup ;-), I have previously taken a few licks with the TexMex on the neck and played the same licks with the same setup with the new pickup Difference like day and night. <br><br> Conclusion: <br> For me, this is my new favorite Strat pickup and worth every damn cents, also because of the meticulousness in the production and the detail obsession of Seymour Duncan. Experience, definite material use and manual work pay off easily. Anyone who has an acoustically good strat: trust, you will not regret it." > I've been thinking for a long time about whether I should treat my Fender Roadworn Strat in olympic white (3.02 pounds easy, incredible Attack for a Rosewood Strat) to this pickup ..... the basic problem:
The Roadworn was an absolute spontaneous purchase, actually I just want to take strings, have the roadworn then hang on the wall, spontaneously played and spontaneously in love ..... at home then the usual "honey, what do you need another STILL Guitar ..... "you know these sentences? ;-)

Since I had installed the Fender Custom 69s in almost all Strats (my previous reference in terms of authentic Sixties / Hendrix sound) I noticed in a direct comparison that the built in the Roadworn TexMex-Singlecoils not reproduce the sonic substance of this guitar 1: 1 ,
There were just too many mids and too little "bell" in the sound, it sounded quite lively, but the dynamics were not nearly as good as with the custom 69s ....

Now to the antiquity pickup:

Just the packaging with jute bags makes a good deal, you can clearly see that this is the top version of the single coils from Seymour Duncan's manufactory at the start. Even the aging of the pickup does not look exaggerated but very authentic.

Interesting detail:
Similar to the custom 69er (which are also a vintage replica represent) are here soldered thick fabric cable and the base plate of the single coil has this cardboard-like gray material (experts know for sure, as the material is exactly, just looks like extremely tough Cardboard). There seems to be something in it, if manufacturers advertise with reproduction as true to the original as possible ...

After installing the pickup immediately jacked up new strings (11-49er D`Addario) and voted and the first check:

Wow ..... it rings that it is a real pleasure ...... I spontaneously want to curb the heights on my Ax FX with the virtual Dumble ..... but remember after a few licks that my ears just a little "re-adjust" .... this pickup shows literally even the Fender Custom 69er, where the bells hang ..... a great sound, synonymous distorted sounds really cool.

My skepticism as to whether the pickup has lived up to the legendary reputation of SD's still-young antiquity series has vanished .... a great dynamic sound that makes it amazing, sweet or dirty at the same time (in a positive sense, because of its greatness) all frequencies are balanced) to sound, one decides by his play and stop how it should sound.

This pickup is characterized by a characteristic that is not logically found in Youtube videos or sound demos but only by trying it out:

This pickup has the infamous "Nöck" (I hate that word, but I do not know a better one) in the sound and behaves exemplary in terms of the player's response and dynamics:

I catch myself playing individual reduced blues licks over and over again, only varying the attack. The sound is addictive, the Strat bites or whispers, but always reflects exactly what I pretend with fingers and Plek

It gets really clear in the direct comparison with my US standard Strat, which has the only one the Stock PUs in it: clearly the difference between modern Strat sound and classical 60ies Stratsound can not be.

My tip: take a distorted Röhrenamp (or Ax FX model ;-) and play Blueslicks from the 10th fret upwards, the higher you move, the more "the" PU "nöckt", absolutely great sound, everything sounds plastic and Sound "breathes" it almost sounds like a compressor is turned on and set like the intro of Under the Bridge.

The pickup is reminiscent of the Strat sounds of the group Selig from the album "And finally infinite" and there is an original old 60ies-Strat to hear! It gets weird when I set a Plexi-Marshall preset on the Ax FX:

It sounds so much like Mr. Frusciante from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, really cool and I'm really baffled that this is possible because John plays an original old Strat from the 60s. Thanks also to Thomann, that such a rather special pickup in stock is in stock :-)

I do not think now of the purchase price but rather play a round ;-)
I do not think the pickup sounds great either in a cheaper Strat, but anyway, I think guitar beginners will hardly feel the qualities of this single coil.

I would definitely recommend them to everyone because the joy of playing is definitely awakened! It's just the question of whether, for example, you should equip a Squier standard with a pickup, which costs half of the entire guitar ;-) Worse, the sound is certainly not, only the chain is just as strong as the weakest link. Of course, this also applies to the choice of the right reinforcement.

One more addition at the end:
Do not let it irritate you that the pickup is referred to as a "surf" model, of course you can play it with well-groomed Dick Dale riffs, but the pickup is recommended for anyone who plays blues, funk or whatever. I just think he's not really good for hard rock riffs or Blackmore sounds, but that's just my guess.

So that I not only imagine what I hear now (or want to hear because of the price of the pickup ;-), I have previously taken a few licks with the TexMex on the neck and played the same licks with the same setup with the new pickup Difference like day and night.

Conclusion:
For me, this is my new favorite Strat pickup and worth every damn cents, also because of the meticulousness in the production and the detail obsession of Seymour Duncan. Experience, definite material use and manual work pay off easily. Anyone who has an acoustically good strat: trust, you will not regret it.
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Pick up Replica of the 1964 single coil pickup that has significantly influenced and shaped the sound of surf music, Neck position, Colour: Aged white protective cap

  • Aktive Circuit: No
  • Wiring: 2-Conductor
  • Pickup Output: Vintage
  • Cap: Yes
  • Colour: White
  • Position: Neck
  • Stacked - hum free: No
  • Telecaster: No
  • Stratocaster: Yes
  • Other: No
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Pickup Replica of the 1964 single coil pickup that has significantly influenced and shaped the sound of surf music, Slightly more output than conventional pickups, Bridge position, Colour: Aged...

  • Aktive Circuit: No
  • Wiring: 2-Conductor
  • Pickup Output: Medium
  • Cap: Yes
  • Colour: Cream
  • Position: Bridge
  • Stacked - hum free: No
  • Telecaster: No
  • Stratocaster: Yes
  • Other: No
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Seymour Duncan Antiquity II SS RW/RP

Pick up Replica of the 1964 single coil pickup that has significantly influenced and shaped the sound of surf music, Twisted polarity and winding, Middle position, Colour: Aged white protective cap

  • Aktive Circuit: No
  • Wiring: 2-Conductor
  • Pickup Output: Vintage
  • Cap: Yes
  • Colour: White
  • Position: Middle
  • Stacked - hum free: No
  • Telecaster: No
  • Stratocaster: Yes
  • Other: No
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