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Vintage Humbucker Stories

Every pickup we make tells a story, and our line of vintage pickups is particularly stocked with interesting tales. We asked our sales manager, Alex Semple, to share the stories behind some of our most popular vintage-style models.  Continue Reading

Comparing the Killing Floor & Pickup Booster

On the surface, the Pickup Booster and the new Killing Floor High Gain Boost might seem like they have a lot of similarities. (Then again, the vintage-toned ’59 Model and the high-powered Alternative 8 look pretty similar!) The contrast between the Pickup Booster and the Killing Floor is quite similar: each has its own character, and we’re going to have a look at what each one […] Continue Reading

50s & 60s Single Coils for Strat

By Dave Eichenberger Somewhere between 50 and 60 years ago was a magical time in music. Rock music was just getting popular in the mid 1950s, and Guitarists demanded a more modern look and sound from their instruments. Leo Fender tapped into Southern California’s car culture with their new and exciting colors and slapped them on an equally new and exciting Stratocaster design that is still […] Continue Reading

Why Your Chorus Needs Dynamic Expression

When you play guitar there’s an interaction between your hands, the strings, the pickups and your amplifier and speaker. There’s something primal and instinctive about it: pick delicately and your sound responds in kind, but pick harder and the intensity of your sound magnifies and matches your mood.  Continue Reading

Seymour Duncan Active P-Bass Pickups

By Dave Eichenberger When looking over the history of popular music, it is safe to say that passive basses are really the most common of the basses used. After all, this is what Leo Fender designed, when active circuitry in a bass was still 30 years away. But these days, bassists need more options. Continue Reading

Active Or Passive Bass Pickups: Which Is For You?

When the electric bass as we know it was first invented by Leo Fender and co, there was no such thing as ‘active and passive’ bass electronics; there was just ‘what was there.’ If you wanted to fine-tune your sound on a single-pickup Precision Bass, you had a passive tone control whose job was to reduce the treble frequencies, and you had whatever tone-shaping your amp offered – […] Continue Reading

Pickups For Jaguar, Jazzmaster, Mustang & Duo-Sonic

Fender’s range of classic ‘offset’ guitars is enjoying quite resurgence lately. Models like the Jazzmaster, Jaguar, Mustang, Bass VI and Duo-Sonic are popular with indie guitar players as well as those who play blues, classic rock and roots-rock. These guitars all have scale lengths that differ from the typical Fender 25.5″ and they typically have quite distinctive pickups and are loved for their clarity and character. They also […] Continue Reading

Chris Letchford’s Strandbergs

A while ago we saw this great photo of some of Chris Letchford’s (Scale The Summit) Strandberg guitars and we just had to know more! We reached out to Chris to ask about the guitars in the pic and here’s what he had to say: Continue Reading

The Birth of the Black Winter

Seymour Duncan offers many different pickups for many different kinds of players, and a lot of the time those pickups are built with a particular tonal mission in mind: a pickup for blues, for hard rock, for jazz. But perhaps the most specific ‘genre’ pickup in the Seymour Duncan catalog is the Black Winter. This is a humbucker whose entire reason for being is to blast […] Continue Reading

Inside The Alnico II Pro Slash Signature Set

It’s impossible to overstate the influence that Slash has had on the world of guitar. When Guns N’ Roses first hit the big time, hard rock players generally favored pointy guitars with Floyd Roses and bright, flashy paint jobs. In contrast, Slash adopted more of a ‘classic rock’ vibe with his choice of Les Pauls and earthy, Marshall-driven tones. Slash’s pickup of choice has been the […] Continue Reading