I've used Dimarzio's, Lawrence's and Duncan's. They all have different characteristics sounds and tones. If you want rock, sing or go soft and mellow - try a '59. You just can't go wrong
Price: $59.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Various Stores
I use the '59 bridge with passive electronics in various guitars - Strat, Tele, Jackson Soloist, and Ibanez Saber.
This pickup is quiet and great. Smooth tones that is very responsive to your attack. Hit it hard and you rock, hit it soft and you sing. To me this pickup is great for everything and all style. Just true warmth.
I've never had trouble with these pickups. Solder them in, adjust the height, twang away!
Compared w/ some Dimarzios. I have Di in my Strat and they are great. I wanted a 59 sound without buying a new guitar. This does it, great vintage sound without noise.
Price: $69.00 (new)
Where Obtained: George's Music
Used inan early 70's Les Paul. This one for bridge postion. Left pots and cap original
Brought guitar back to life. Sound jumps from strings. Has the warm vintage sound. Not hot or bright when above the 12th fret.
Stays clean. Drives amp into overdrive with no problem (Marshall)
Only had a week.. Duncan support great. Should outlast the guitar
I really didn't know what I was after when I bought these but I'd heard good things about them and figured they'd do the trick. Besides, my original p/u's were fried and I needed replacements like yesterday. If I were to do it over again, I'd probably put a bit hotter pickup in the bridge though.
Price: $55.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
These passive p/u's replaced the original PAF's (both neck and bridge) in my Les Paul Standard. Mine are cream/black colored.
I wasn't 100% happy with the original Gibson p/u's and had never heard anything bad with Duncan's. The 59's were the first replacements I'd ever bought and am still extremely happy with the tone.
Installed them over 6 years ago and they haven't let me down yet.