Maná Breaks Staples Center Record

On April 25th, Seymour Duncan Custom Shop manager Maricela Juarez (MJ) and art director Andreina Diaz attended a historical concert by the legendary Maná at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Maná is the most influential band out Latin America since the late 80s  – the equivalent of U2 or The Stones for Spanish speaking countries. They set a new record at the Staples Center with eleven consecutive sold-out shows, […] Continue Reading

Gus G Checks In From Ozzy & Friends Rehearsals

Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G has checked in with us from preparations for the Ozzy & Friends Summer European tour, where he’ll be performing as the main axeman in Ozzy’s band, with special guest appearances by Zakk Wylde, Slash and Geezer Butler. Here’s his message to fans of Ozzy, Gus and Seymour Duncan: “Hey everyone, I’m in L.A. at the moment rehearsing and getting […] Continue Reading

Synyster Gates Invader

The Seymour Duncan Invader has a well-earned reputation as the most aggressive passive pickup ever. It’s the weapon of choice for metal, punk and rock players who seek maximum power and sustain without switching over to a battery-powered active system. Now this high-gain classic gets a visual makeover inspired by longtime Invader user Synyster Gates of the chart-topping metalcore band Avenged Sevenfold. Synyster Gates Invaders sport […] Continue Reading

Dreams on a Cumulus Cloud

As I pulled into the town of 'Loveland' my amusement of the lightning show quickly diverged into mass chaos. The sirens across town were blaring out and the winds suddenly picked up with the tree's dancing in the flashes of lightning. Continue Reading

The Son of a Luthier

For thousands of years luthiers have repaired and created instruments to support musicians in doing what they do. With each generation the skill and art is passed down from one to another. Getting more kids interested in building, repairing and modding their guitars is fundamental to keeping the guitar vibrant and full of unique tone. In the interview below we spoke with Elias Turner, whose dad […] Continue Reading

Eliminating 'Wolf Tones'

Throughout the evolution of the electric guitar, players have continually searched for more. More volume, more sustain, more gain, more tone. Some methods are better at achieving it than others, and some can actually hurt your sound if you’re not careful. Take for instance the pickup: early players knew that if they needed to balance out the volume from string to string, they could use the […] Continue Reading

The Making of a Custom Shop Pickup

This video shows the process of making a pickup in the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop. Whatever tone you are dreaming of, we can help you get it.   Shown in the video is the Phat Staple which gives a nice jazz tone in the neck and a nice lead tone in the bridge. If you have a unique tone you are looking for let us know. Continue Reading

Voices of Metal – Esa Holopainen of Amorphis

Amorphis has a long history of intense music that draws inspiration from Finnish folklore. In the season finale of Voices of Metal we talk with the guitarist, songwriter and founding member of Amorphis, Esa Holopainen. Tell us about The Beginning of Times and the inspiration behind this album. “The writing process for TBOT started already at spring 2010. Lyrical theme is based on Kalevala which tells […] Continue Reading

Neil "Spyder" Giraldo Talks Tone With Seymour Duncan

Neil "Spyder" Giraldo has a reputation as a great guitar player for Pat Benatar, coming up with riffs and solos for "Love Is a Battlefield", "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", and "We Belong" among many others. In this interview Seymour gets down to Neil's gear, string gauge, amps and his wild on-stage antics (including biting his guitars). Continue Reading

From The Custom Shop EP 4: Bonanza

In a special episode, Seymour jams with his record producer and Scott Marceau gives an update on what is happening in the world of Duncan. Seymour then joins Bob Bain for a talk on his long and accomplished career.   Continue Reading