Your Band In A Full-Page Guitar World Ad!

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Want to be in our next ad in Guitar World magazine and win yourself a pedal or seven?

Take a photo of you or your band using one of the current line of Seymour Duncan pedals (see them here) and enter it here for a chance to win the grand prize of having it featured in Guitar World, as well as one of every pedal we currently make!

Five other entries will be selected too, and each will receive their choice of any Seymour Duncan pedal from the current line-up. Be as creative as you’d like: serious, funny, stage shots, rehearsal pics, whatever you like. You can add your band’s name and any text or we can add this later if you win.

There’s a limit of two entries per person/band. Entries close August 31st. Oh and make sure you have consent for all people appearing in the photo.

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The Ambient Guitarist’s Toolkit

gibson-les-paul--in-spaceGuitar playing is getting subdivided into many different categories these days. It isn’t just rock, blues, jazz, country, or metal anymore. There are so many labels that it is impossible to keep track of, which is probably exactly what our parents thought and their parents before them. One of the sub-genres of guitar playing which has gained more popularity over the last few years is called ambient guitar. While the idea of ambient music has been around for well over 60 years, it has become more common in guitar playing due to the explosion of affordable guitar effects, advances in signal processing, and the frustration of some musicians who refuse to follow popular conventions of what an electric guitar is supposed to sound like. This article will provide a brief history of ambient guitar music and a rundown of the most common tools to get your space on. Continue reading

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So You’re Gonna Make a Record?

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The dream of making your first recording is what drives many guitarists. Reading your name on a CD’s (or vinyl’s) credits can be as exhilarating as performing onstage. However, a lot of work goes into making a recording, and almost everyone who has released some form of recording has at least a touch of recording regret: They would have done something over, or differently, or added that one part that got mixed out. Sometimes these little things are never noticed by the music fan, and they can seem pretty nitpicky at times. How many times have we read interviews with an artist that dismisses one of our favorite recordings that changed our life? I have always thought that recording was as much of a craft as learning guitar, and the more a guitarist understands about the process, the more smoothly the session runs and the less chance for recording regret. This article explains some preparations needed for the studio, and how you can adapt to the situation once you are there. Continue reading

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Silver Zephyr SPB-1 or Zephyr Voltron

Voltron, much like the Silver Zephyr pickups, is truly amazing in its combined form.

There are a lot of options in the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop for us bass players. Whether you want something that’s fairly simple (like SPB-3 pole pieces with the SPB-1 wind) or something crazier, the folks at the Custom Shop can make it. With that in mind, when I was spec’ing out the parts for my new bass build, I knew we had to have some very special pickups in it. And it hit me:

Why not a Silver Zephyr Bass pickup? Continue reading

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Guide to Online Guitar Lessons

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Guitarists today age are lucky. We have the world in our back pocket. We get to talk to people all over the world about our gear obsessions, and get to learn from those players who have more experience. We can live in remote areas of the world, where we don’t have access to great players and gear, and we can get that knowledge and our musical toys shipped right to our door. Learning to play guitar online is probably the number one way guitarists and bassists are learning these days. Whether it is looking up a tab to a song you always wanted to know, or Skype lessons with one of your favorite players, location isn’t the barrier to knowledge it once was. This article will introduce you to some well-known online lesson resources, as well as some not-so-well-known. You can learn those scales and chords sitting on your bed in your PJ’s and no one will judge you. Continue reading

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Introducing The Dave Murray Loaded Pickguard For Stratocaster

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Iron Maiden’s Dave Murray has been using the Hot Rails and JB Jr. single coil-sized humbucking pickups for years because of their power and versatility. As Dave puts it, “My Seymour Duncan pickups give me everything I need to get the maximum gain and versatility out of my guitar, but still with that classic Strat look.” Continue reading

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Appetite For Destruction: Seymour Duncan Pickups & Guns N’ Roses

“Paradise City.” “Sweet Child O’Mine.” “Welcome To The Jungle.” “November Rain.” The list reads like the soundtrack of my early adolescence, like it does for so many. And for just as many, it’s also the list that inspired them to pick up a bass or guitar and play along with their heroes in Guns N’ Roses. Once we learned the songs, we lusted after the iconic tone that made up some of the most important albums of the post-”classic rock” era. How does Slash get that sweet warm sound? How does Duff McKagan get that booming clarity? Gilby Clarke’s tone? And for the newer fans, how does DJ Ashba get his Les Paul to sound like that? Continue reading

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Talking Guitar With Between The Buried And Me’s Dustie Waring

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Like all Between The Buried And Me albums, Coma Ecliptic is a journey into finely crafted musicianship, deep emotional exploration and lyrical intricacy. This particular journey tells the tale of a man in a coma, journeying through his past lives and deciding whether to stay or move on. It’s one of those albums that invites you in and keeps you glued to the speakers with its twists and turns. And for guitar fans it’s loaded with great performances and tones courtesy of Dustie Waring and Paul Waggoner. Dustie has recently joined the Seymour Duncan family, and we caught up with him for a quick chat while the band is out on the road on the Coma Ecliptic tour with Animals As Leaders. You can check out the tour dates here. Continue reading

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The Return Of The Ibanez Talman

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A lot of players really love the Ibanez Talman line of electric guitars. (I should know – I’m one of ‘em and I love my sparkly TC825 with Bigsby). It’s been years since the model was discontinued, and in that time they’ve become highly prized by a loyal group of fanatics. These guitars were made at a time when alternative and grunge reigned supreme, and they blended Ibanez playability with vintage-inspired features and a vaguely Jazzmaster-esque outline. They’re great for alternative, blues, country, indie, classic rock… basically really solid workhorse guitars for anything that requires detail and character. It’s also one of those body shapes that lends itself well to different pickup configurations, which Ibanez experimented with back in the day. We’ve noticed quite a few Talman fans on social media, many of whom have modded their guitars with Seymour Duncan pickups in interesting ways, from P-90s all the way up to active Blackouts. And now the Talman is back with five new Prestige models (and more on the way) unveiled at Summer NAMM last week, all of which feature Seymour Duncan pickups. Let’s check them out! Continue reading

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Top 10 Rock Guitarists That Use Multi-Neck Guitars

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Most guitarists have enough struggle with one neck. However, there are times when you might have to play guitar and bass in the same song, or play delicate fingerpicked intros on a 12 string, and rock out with a great big Rockin’ Guitar Solo on that 6-string in the end. Perhaps you have developed a technique that requires tapping on two necks at once, or you just like the feeling of dislocated discs that comes with using a multi-neck guitar… hey, we don’t judge! Continue reading

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