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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


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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


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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


4th Annual Seymour Duncan Notes For Notes Benefit Concert

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Can you imagine being a kid again and having a place you could go to get free lessons, to play any instrument for free and record your own music with the help of professionals? When we first heard about the charity Notes for Notes, we got pretty excited. They provide some seriously awesome opportunities for kids. A place where kids can come after school and find their […] Continue Reading


Schecter Releases The KM-6

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Schecter has just announced the launch of the Keith Merrow KM-6 signature 6-string guitar. Based on the design of the highly lauded KM-7 it sticks with the same simple look and annihilating tone that has made it highly desired and recommended by 7-string guitarists. This new model also takes on a more darker form of the Black Winter – “The Blackened Black Winter”  which features black allen […] Continue Reading