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Seymour Duncan SSL-1 Set California

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Pickup Set California

  • Calibrated set with 3 SSL-1 vintage staggered pickups
  • Authentic reproduction of Alnico 5 vintage pickups from the 50s
  • Perfect for surf, country, blues and classic rock
  • Colour: Black with replaceable white caps
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Aktive Circuit No
Wiring 2-Conductor
Pickup Output Vintage
Cap Yes
Colour White
Position Bridge, Middle, Neck
Stacked - hum free No
Telecaster No
Stratocaster Yes
Other No
Item number 180921
239 €
Including VAT; Excluding 20 € shipping
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106 Customer Reviews

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Quality pickups, but do not buy for the Frusciante sound
Yertle 06.09.2020
I bought this set for my Squier CV 50's Strat in order to get closer to the Frusciante sound like many fans do. Let me talk about the pros first, the pickups are definitely high quality and they will give you a clean, vintage Strat sound which is ideal for classic rock and blues. The neck pickup can get you close to the clean Gilmour and Knopfler tones easily, while the bridge pickup is very Hendrix-ish.

However, it sounds a bit darker than I expected with the crunchy tones. If you read that Frusciante used these pickups in his favorite guitars and decided to buy this set, don't. Frusciante got confused about which pickups he used, he actually has Fender stock pickups in his main guitars, confirmed by his guitar tech. His clean sound is not that clean, it is crunchy, thick and warm at the same time, and these pickups are just not the ideal fit for that.

That said, I'm definitely intending to keep these pickups for the pros I mentioned.


great for 50s -60s style
jakecar 12.01.2019
Great pickups for your strat. Really good if you are looking for that 50s - 60s sound. Work really well with distortion. But has too much output and didnt work that much for my sound. Word of advice no matter the quality of the pickups (which is really good in this situation) you will never know if you like them until they are on your guitar, because the sound will change slightly due to the different woods.


Seymour Duncan SSL-1 California
Robert9492 13.01.2014
This matched set of SSL-1 with the added suffix 'California' is the perfect set if you are looking for a great vintage strat-tone to a great price. With vintage wiring (Wiring scheme supplied - I used a 0.47 cap) you will get a absolute wunderful woody tone from the neck pickup and very nice quack from the in-between positions. The bridge pup has a great bite to it without getting to sharp. I suspect that the middle pup is not reverse wound as both in-between positions is a little lower in volume. Summed up this is a very nice pickup set from seymour Duncan that should upgrade about any stratocaster-type guitar to a vintage tone machine. Great for surf rock!


Love These pickups
Hega35 10.11.2020
Bought these to go into my home build Mark Knopfler signature. These pickups combined with the Harley Benton Strat kit gave me an incredible guitar that plays and sounds at least twice as good as it cost!

Pros: Fantastic vintage sound from these pickups that can cover many different genres comfortably.

Cons: They are lower output pickups. This can't be considered a con as they were designed as such. They will be quieter than most modern Mexican or American Stratocasters you can buy.


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