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Graduated with a BA in Advertising from Glasgow University. Played guitar strangely with several unknown Gothic Rock bands. Postgraduate study PgDip, in Industrial Design from Hull University. Now writing, designing and blogging on guitardesignreviews.com and taiwanduck.com.


  1. oriens
    May 11, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    Seymour hit the nail on the head with this design. I’m lucky, to have several guitars fitted with these little 59’s. He also has a JB model of this size. Along with Larry DiMarzio, Duncan will go down as a pioneer of the after market pick-up industry. No offense SD,but I’d wish you would leave the name off of the tops of your pick-ups as we all know who you are!

  2. lefty
    May 11, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    I like the Duncan JBjr, probably because I like the JB (senior?) in the rear of my Les Paul. The splitting is an added bonus to get the original single coil tone and quack when combined with the middle pickup.

    You can even wire it this way with most standard 5-way switches to be single coil when use with the middle and bucker when used on its own. Or you can wire it to an external switch or push-pull pot.

    Haven’t found a rear pickup I like better in a Strat. It definitely has more balls than the 59. You can hear samples at Duncan’s website, which may help you to determine if it’s for you or not.

    Good luck and thanks for the review.

    • MarkGDR
      May 12, 2011 @ 9:07 am

      Thanks for the info Lefty. Currently I am happy with my 2 Strats, one an original config ’57 replica with the lowish output single coils, the other a HSS Mexican Strat from 2009 with ceramic single coils twinned with the humbucker. Sounds like when I chose the Little ’59 I was looking for the JBjr.

  3. Mike
    March 19, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

    Sorry to hear you were disappointed with the Little ’59. I dropped that in a few Strats that I was too lazy to just replace the pickguard cut for humbuckers. I was more than pleased with it. Gave more output and warmth than a standard bridge single coil, and balanced overall with the other two single coils. And a standard ’59 HB won’t be that much louder. The classic HB’s didn’t read much more than about 8k ohms. For a classic rock tone, they are great, but if you are playing more aggressive music, most people seem to gravitate towards the JB, which is great for what it does. Being raised on classic rock, I’ve gone back to the ’59 and/or the Alnico II Pro for humbuckers, and I recently switched to the Duncan Texas Antiquity Hot for Strat single coils. I’ve the most happy with my tone than I’ve ever been. I tried a lot of high output pickups, and they seem to color the tone and have a magnetic string pull. The classic output replacements seem to let the guitar’s natural personality ring through, for my taste. So fun experimenting.

    • MarkGDR
      March 19, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

      Hi Mike, I think I had an Alnico II humbucker (Japanese Tokai Love Rock bridge pickup) in a Mexican Strat previously and liked it a lot. I liked it a lot more than my Little ’59. I think I liked all the real humbuckers I’ve used more than that actually. The regular humbuckers, for me, are just thicker sounding, probably to do with their size and the wire thickness that can be utilised in the more roomy format. Mike at Gemini pickups told me the precise technical reasons why I felt this way, but I’ve forgotten what he said now! Thanks for your comments.

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