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Abigail Ybarra visits the Seymour Duncan Factory

Hired as a pickup winder by Leo Fender in 1956, for the last 50 years, Abigail Ybarra has been creating some of the most recognizable guitar tones in history. When you think about the sounds of Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, James Burton, and Erics Clapton and Johnson, you’re hearing Abby’s handiwork. Employed to this day as a pickup winder for Fender's Custom Shop, Abby decided to take a day off and check out the Seymour Duncan factory and visit with her old friend Seymour.
The day started with a lunch at a Santa Barbara Mexican restaurant, at which several of Seymour Duncan’s pickup winders swapped secrets and stories with Abby. When she returned to the factory, she got to participate in our thrice-daily muscle stretching “dances.” This was followed by a factory tour, an interview with Seymour, and a photo session. The capper was watching Seymour and Abby both take turns hand-winding the same pickup.
Check out the video below to get a sense of what happened on this special day in Santa Barbara.