Seymour Duncan Zephyr

The Next Great Sound of Guitar

Reverence for the past is the prevailing theme of many popular and enduring products. It's no different at Seymour Duncan, where the JB Model is by far our most popular single pickup model, and our Custom Shop and Antiquity lines are living testaments to the appeal of what came before us.

We love the best of the past, but looking forward is part of our legacy too.

Introducing Seymour Duncan Zephyr—a continuing series of products focused on defining what's next for guitar, unbound from what was.

Zephyr is "the west wind." For Americans, west represents what's next. The trends that will make life better, more enjoyable, more interesting, lie over the western horizon. It's also from where we expect innovations that give us what's new and best. The great Zephyr trains symbolized accessible luxury for traveling North America, opening a vast opportunity landscape to restless people no longer willing to be left behind. That's us—restless to create the next great sounds for guitar, relentlessly working to make expressive tone affordable, but willing to accept that sometimes what's next costs more.

Zephyr products make new sounds we like. They're different. They represent our view of what's next for guitar. They are premium offerings made only for people who want them, whether that's five or five thousand. If you like what we like, we believe you will absolutely love our first Zephyr products: Zephyr Silver Pickups.

Zephyr Silver Coils

Seymour Duncan Zephyr Silver Pickups give you everything you love about electric guitar, but more. Richer tone, more explosive dynamics, more responsive touch, a deliciously dense but wide-open sound.

Zephyr Silver pickups combine four distinct innovations unbound from pickup tradition:

Each of these options is now available with any Custom Shop order, but in combination they lend our new premium Zephyr Silver pickups uniquely fast transients, wider but smooth frequency response, deeply rich harmonics, and unprecedented midrange tone density, with audible gains in string detail, articulation and overall definition. Slighter touch produces expressive sound, yet peak dynamics are more explosive, making your guitar feel more energetic and alive. We consider Zephyr Silver the most expressive pickups so far. They are not inexpensive, but from squeaky clean to buzzsaw grind, you'll hear and feel more power, projection and expression from any electric guitar.

Zephyr Silver Humbuckers
Set: $1,195
Single: $595.95

Zephyr Silver Stratocaster® Pickups
Set: $1,195
Single: $395.95

Zephyr Silver Telecaster® Pickups
Set: $995
Single Tele® Lead: $549
Single Tele® Rhythm: $449

Zephyr Silver Technical Summary

Pure Silver Magnet Wire

Lowest resistance of any metal known, 5.36% lower than copper
  • Lower losses throughout the frequency spectrum, especially in the higher ranges
Softer and more supple than copper wire
  • Allows more controlled and repeatable winding
The layers of the coil stack up more neatly and evenly
  • Less prone to breakage, more reliable
Lower temperature coefficient than copper by 2.56%
More compatible with lead-free, high silver content solders
  • Lower losses at metal transition points

Composite, Bi-Metallic Pole Pieces

Combines a 440C Stainless steel with pure nickel core
  • High chromium content stainless
  • Superior magnetic properties, higher saturation level. Extends dynamic range on the large signal end
  • Attractive and corrosion resistant without requiring plating
  • Pure nickel core
  • Flat hysteresis loop of nickel gives high sensitivity to small signals with the ability to subtle changes.

Stratocaster®, Strat®, Telecaster®, and Tele® are registered trademarks of FMIC, with which Seymour Duncan is not affiliated.