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Get To Know Us: Max Gutnik

  Meet Max Gutnik. Max is our Senior Vice President of New Products and Chief Revenue Officer. He’s also a heck of a guitarist and if you ever visit us at our Santa Barbara HQ, chances are good that you’ll hear Max shredding away in his inimitable style. Max has a long history of music innovation (ever plugged into an Eleven Rack or Helix? Max played […] Continue Reading

Get To Know Us: Co-Founder & CEO Cathy Carter Duncan

What is your earliest memory of music? I was probably in a musical desert. There were two albums and I was the only person in my family who listened to them. One was Tchaikovsky and the other was a flamenco album with a red cover, and I would listen to that and pretend I was a dancer. Later I would buy promotional copies of albums like Neil […] Continue Reading

Talking Tone With Blues Saraceno

By Martina Fasano Most of you will know Blues Saraceno from his solo work, his time playing with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker (Cream), or his stint with poison. A lot of fans will remember his Parallel Axis Blues Saraceno pickups, and his regular appearance in guitar magazines around the world. Don’t let Blues hear you say “How come Blues Saraceno isn’t releasing any new music?” […] Continue Reading

Wes Hauch’s Schecter PT Signature Model

Wes Hauch is a monster on the guitar. As a member of The Faceless he cut an imposing figure of shredsmanship. As touring guitarist with They Art is Murder he fit right in. You’ve seen his great pickup demo videos and if you’re no doubt waiting with excitement for his forthcoming collaboration with Keith Merrow. And now he’s joined Black Crown Initiate. (“It’s a really rare […] Continue Reading

Meet Mark Holcomb’s New PRS SE Signature

Flash back to Winter NAMM 2015: one of the hottest, most talked-about guitars on show was Periphery guitarist Mark Holcomb’s limited edition Paul Reed Smith signature. Here was an instrument that filled a previously un-catered-to niche in the PRS line-up: a 25.5” scale length (compared to the regular 25”), a 20” fretboard radius (against a typical 10”), and Mark’s Seymour Duncan Custom Shop signature Alpha and […] Continue Reading

Talking Tone With Bad Religion’s Brian Baker

By Elysse Miller I feel fortunate to have grown up during the punk and industrial heyday. One of the pillars of punk, Bad Religion, recently embarked on a new tour that started in Ventura, California. I watched in admiration as these legends played for hours, spanning their entire catalog and hitting their fans with the biting energy they are known for. Continue Reading

Dino Cazares Talks Retribution Pickups

Dino Cazares has used active pickups to shape his sound from the first Fear Factory album onwards. Dino goes way back with our active Blackouts – in fact, he was one of the players we consulted with when we developed them, and he gave us invaluable feedback in voicing the final versions. But the original Blackouts aren’t signature Dino pickups: that honor is reserved for the […] Continue Reading

Dogman By King’s X: An Underrated Classic

By Jay Hale If one had to list what were the most criminally underrated albums of the 90s, King’s X’s Dogman would be high on the list. Whether due to the changing tides of music at the time, the advent of grunge, the ripple effect of the death of glam metal, etc, it slipped under radar of many at the time when it should have been […] Continue Reading

The Pickups Of Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine changed the path of metal rhythm guitar: the kinds of chords and riffs, the attack and aggression of the picking style, and the crunch and bite of the tone itself. For many years – until he developed his signature Dave Mustaine LW-MUST Livewire pickups with us – Dave used the JB and Jazz humbuckers (otherwise known as the Hot Rodded Humbucker Set). Continue Reading

Let’s Help Laith Al-Saadi Win The Voice!

We at Seymour Duncan would like to show our support for our friend Laith Al-Saadi, who has made it into the top four of The Voice. And we want him to win. Laith utterly rips on guitar, and his love of the instrument comes through in every note he plays. His voice is incredibly soulful and expressive; he sounds like a classic rock singer of the […] Continue Reading