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The Studio Bass Compressor

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They are a lot of situations where having a Compressor can come in handy, both in the studio and on stage. Maybe you’re playing funk or slap and need to limit the dynamic range so each note rings out evenly without being harsh or overbearing. Or in live applications where a strong and present bass sound is needed but where there may be strict limitations on […] Continue Reading

Seymour Duncan NAMM 2015

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It’s that time of year again where musical instrument manufacturers get together from all around the world to showcase their gear and you can bet Seymour Duncan will not disappoint with 9 new products to introduce at the show. We will also be having performances from Nick Johnston and Danny Young daily as well as a host of special performances from the likes of Alex Skolnick, Seymour […] Continue Reading


The Lemmy Kilmister Bass Pickups

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The sound of Motörhead is defined by the high-output fat tone and midrange grind that Lemmy Kilmister has delivered for decades with songs like “Ace of Spades” and “Iron Fist,” combined with a fast pick attack on his RickenbackerⓇbass. We started with carefully analyzing the pickups in his bass and then made them even ruder – that’s right, even more attack and punch – while also […] Continue Reading


The Retribution Pickups

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The Retribution pickups were designed with Dino Cazares of Fear Factory and Divine Heresy to provide lots of attack, clarity and increased headroom that 7 and 8-string players like Dino have been looking for. Continue Reading

Talking Tone With Jon Skibic of The Afghan Whigs

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For 15 years the Afghan Whigs contributed their brand of darkly-themed alt rock to the music scene. After a 13 year hiatus they have returned with a bang, a new album and Jon Skibic on guitar. Jon has a long history on the music circuit playing with the likes of Rock of Ages and Twilight Singers with Greg Dulli. Continue Reading


Guitarists Using Seymour Duncan Pedals

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It’s only been a year since the Dirty Deed distortion pedal came out, and since then it has been followed by the Vapor Trail, 805 Overdrive, Pickup Booster, Vise Grip and now the Shape Shifter. In that time dozens of well-known artists have taken a liking to one or more of the new guitar pedals. here’s a current who’s using what. Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters is using the […] Continue Reading

Voices of Metal: Windhand

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Windhand erupted into the world several years ago with their dark melodic and deeply crushing guitar sounds with distant vocals. Their self-titled EP made them well recognized in the Stoner/Doom Metal scene but their ability to infuse other styles also has earned them many fans. Continue Reading


Guitar Pickups For Blues

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There’s nothing quite like playing the blues. Every note, phrase and hint of vibrato rings out soul. And there’s nothing like seeing a good blues guitarist in concert like BB King, Robert Cray, Gary Clark. Jr, Joe Bonamassa – the list goes on and on. Most blues players use vintage-style pickups or vintage-style with-a-bit-of-edge for hotter blues. And many use the complete range of their tone; you’ll see […] Continue Reading

The Zephyr Silver Pickups

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Zephyr came from a challenge issued to Vice President of Engineering Kevin Beller to come up with a pickup that wasn't constrained by the usual consideration of costs or materials - just dream it, design it and build it. Continue Reading