Seymour Duncan 35
The Seymour Duncan 35 guitar is a new hand-built custom instrument in a vintage-modified form pioneered by Seymour W. Duncan over 35 years ago. In celebration of Seymour Duncan's 35th anniversary as the premier builder of pickups for guitar and bass, we are offering just 35 of these remarkable numbered and signed, custom-crafted instruments for connoisseurs of tone.
Inspired by Seymour's personal guitar which is an evolution of the well-known "TeleGib" he built for Jeff Beck when Seymour lived in London in the early 1970s, the Seymour Duncan 35 updates, upgrades, and modernizes where appropriate the slab-bodied, bolt-on neck plus double-humbucker sound that Seymour made part of the guitar lexicon of tones. A collaborative project between Seymour W. Duncan, Seymour Duncan's resident luthier and Vice President of Products Frank Falbo, and the revered guitar builders at Larrivee, the Seymour Duncan 35 combines the simplicity of its forebear with the high precision, premier materials and finish of contemporary handcrafted lutherie. Woods are hand-selected from Jean Larrivee's choicest inventory. Fretting, nut work and final set-up are performed by Frank Falbo.
The one-piece swamp ash body's shape is a direct trace from a 1953 Blackguard Fender Telecaster® from the collection of Nacho Banos (Author of the book "The Blackguard"). This body shape differs dramatically from the shape of the modern Tele®. The humbucker cavities are routed on top of the traditional Telecaster cavities, in precisely the same position and fashion as Seymour's guitar. The neck pocket is deeper than the current spec and matches the original spec from 1950 to 1955. The grain on the body has been carefully stained to match the darkening that naturally occurred from age on Seymour's instrument. Amber varnish on the body has been color matched to perfectly replicate the original. A few instruments will be finished in an alternate varnish dyed wine red. The pickguard on the instrument is true fiber core phenolic, varnished to an ultra-high gloss and crafted from a direct trace of a 1950 Broadcaster. Additional unnecessary but important modification-correct details were included on the body including the addition of string ferrules and bridge screw holes. The tummy cut and side profile of the instrument are careful recreations from Seymour's instrument.
The neck on the Seymour Duncan 35 features a 1 3/4" nut width, as well as neck width measurements matching Seymour's guitar. The neck is crafted from quarter-sawn rock maple, and utilizes a traditional anchored truss rod design but with a CNC machined walnut skunk stripe for a stronger, closer fit to the truss than normally found in necks of this style. We chose to use Tahitian black Mother of Pearl for the fretboard dot markers. The nut is handmade from 35,000-year-old fossilized mastodon ivory. Hardware on the Seymour Duncan 35 is not only vintage accurate, but is the best available. The bridge is machined from a medium-carbon stainless steel billet by Callaham guitars and features enlarged studs. The tailpiece is the standard TonePros model. The knobs, extra-thick-neckplate and screws are manufactured by Glendale. The pots are not vintage correct, but are Seymour's favorite "blue-box" pots by Bourns. The tone capacitor is hand-made by Luxe Capacitors and is a vintage paper-in-oil replica from a 1956 Tele. Tuners are hand engraved custom "single-line" Kluson. All screws on the instrument are traditional flat-head screws.
We are supplying the Seymour Duncan 35 with both vintage-inspired and modern exotic pickups. Seymour Duncan's new Custom Shop JB & Jazz "Concept" Humbuckers are installed in the guitar. The "Concept" pickups are reproductions of the prototype pickups Seymour wound for Jeff Beck's guitar, well before there was a Seymour Duncan Company. These pickups later became the basis for further development of the Seymour Duncan JB & Jazz production models, after formation of the company. Additionally, a set of Seymour Duncan Zephyr™ Silver premium pickups will be supplied in the case. The guitar is equipped with Seymour Duncan's Liberator™ Quick Pickup Change System for easy swapping of both sets of pickups. Whether with vintage-style pickups or new tone-drenched silver, players will find the sound of the Seymour Duncan 35 to be extraordinary. The Zephyr Silver pickups combine silver wire, bi-metallic pole pieces, nylon glass fiberfill bobbins and cryogenic treatment for a wide-open, tone-dense, explosively dynamic sound and super-responsive feel. The installed Liberator volume potentiometer is 250kΩ. A spare control plate with a 500kΩ Liberator volume potentiometer is included in the supplied tweed case.
The Seymour Duncan 35 is an unusually responsive, toneful guitar rooted in the history of Seymour W. Duncan's friendship with Jeff Beck. It will be a prized voice in any owner's guitar collection and is designed to be put to work on stage or in studio with enviable results.