Monthly Archives: April 2012

Maná Breaks Staples Center Record

Psycho, MJ and Sergio

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  … Continue reading

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Gus G Checks In From Ozzy & Friends Rehearsals

Gus G's guitar rack

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, … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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Dreams on a Cumulus Cloud

Tornado in South Dakota

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

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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 … Continue reading

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Eliminating ‘Wolf Tones’

Pickup Adjustment

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 … Continue reading

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The Making of a Custom Shop Pickup

The Custom Shop makes a Staple pickup for humbucker and P-90 routed guitars.

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 … Continue reading

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Voices of Metal – Esa Holopainen of Amorphis

Photographer: Denis Goria

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 … Continue reading

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Neil “Spyder” Giraldo Talks Tone With Seymour Duncan

Tele Tips from Seymour

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).
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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.  

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