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Item No: SEY STL52 Mfr# 11202-60

Seymour Duncan STL52 Nashville Studio Tele Lead Pickup - Bridge, Black

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Product Description

The Nashville Studio™ replacement pickup for Telecaster® guitars started out in the Seymour Duncan® Custom Shop. Seymour designed it for some of Nashville's top studio guitarists like session-ace Brent Mason. Not merely a "Country" pickup, it's easily adaptable to any musical style. It achieved such phenomenal popularity, the pickup giant decided to release it to the public. This marks the debut of Seymour Duncan's Five-Two™ pickup series.

Seymour uses alnico in so many of his pickups because its lower string pull and softer magnetic field improve sustain and help smooth out the tone. The Five-Two is the pickup guru's first product line to combine multiple alnico magnet types strategically placed to deliver a bright and springy bottom end and a full and smooth top end.

Here's how the Five-Two pickup works: Seymour utilizes alnico 5 magnets on the three low strings. This adds more definition and punch to the bottom end. Seymour uses alnico 2 magnets on the three high strings. This gives the player a warm and smooth top end without sacrificing that great Tele® twang. Telecaster® players often complain that their low strings sound "mushy" and their high strings are too bright. The Five-Two concept counteracts this phenomenon. If you look closely at the photo, you can also see the difference between the two magnet types.

The result is an all-around, extremely well-balanced, Tele pickup. The lead pickup has traditional output and vintage appointments such as black yarn wrapping and waxed cloth hookup cable. The chrome-covered neck version is reverse wound, reverse polarity to create a hum-canceling effect when used together with the bridge pickup.

Like all Seymour Duncan pickups, all Five-Two pickups are entirely hand built in the company's Santa Barbara, California facility and include mounting hardware and wiring diagrams.

Product Specifications

Seymour Duncan STL52 Five Two Nashville Studio Tele (Lead) Specifications

  • Magnet: Alnico II & V Rods*
  • D.C. Resistance: 7.5k
  • Resonant Peak: 5.7KHz
  • E.Q.: 5/4/7 Low/Mid/High
  • Cable: Single Conductor Cloth
  • Output: Moderate

*Alnico II on the high strings, Alnico V on the low strings.

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  805-964-9610 Warranty:  1 Year (if not altered)
3 fingered tele guy from PA
Playability and Feel
Not what I expected but turned out to be just what I need...
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Appears to be very good
How has it stood up over time?
I have never used Seymour Duncan products before but they have a good rep.
Your general opinion of this product.
Since there were no reviews when I ordered this, I wasn't sure just what to expect. Perhaps since it was designed for the Nashville Pros, it would sound similar to a Joe Barden Danny Gatton.. I was way off but pleasantly surprised and pleased with what it really is.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
I still had to roll off a little highs but overall I love this pickup. MY GUESS as to why it stays clean is that it IS for Nashville Studio work and that way you would have a great original clean Tele sound and can then add whatever effect/s you want but can retain the basic clean sound in a track too. (instead of turning up a tube amp to 7-8 to get "the sound"). Since I play in a cover band and have to replicate many styles and tones for leads, I feel this is actually a smarter way to go and then I can add the effect/s I need for each song. I went looking for a Danny Gatton type sound but I think this may serve me better. I DO LOVE the clean Tele tone this pickup has and the much improved tone of the lower wound strings.
How did the stain or paint job look?
Package and contents were in good condition and it sort of looks vintage when installed.
How was the action out of the box?
This category doesn't really apply but it was easy to install and came with good instructions.
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