Category Archives: The Tone Garage

My Favorite Pickups For Indie

This Jaguar has been modified to quite a degree. The original pickups were replaced by lipstick pickups, which Seymour Duncan also offers, as well as an addition of a middle pickup. An old 'Gold Foil' pickup in this case.

A look at pickups that are appropriate for Indie guitar styles. Continue reading

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Friends of SD: Parsons Guitars

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Ventura, California’s Randy Parsons builds whatever he can think of, leaving established classic designs to someone else. Continue reading

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New Guitars of 2015 With Seymour Duncan Pickups

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The NAMM show of 2015 is behind us for a  couple of weeks now and the dust of all the newly released gear is settling down. It’s time to see what’s new, hot and smokin’ in the world of guitars, as … Continue reading

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Effects Basics: The Volume Control

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This article will explain exactly what these knobs do (duh!) and how you can use them to fool your audience into thinking that they are listening to a cello, steel guitar, or keyboard. Once you get to know these knobs well, it may even affect future guitar purchases! Continue reading

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Buying A New Amp

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When you’re looking for the right amp you need to consider many factors, and it can be a daunting experience. Let’s take a look at what some features and specs mean, what they do for you and some other factors you may want to think about when going for your new amp purchase.
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Seymour W. Duncan’s Interview With Seth Lover

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In June 1978, Seymour W. Duncan visited Seth E. Lover – inventor of the Gibson ‘Patent Applied For’ humbucking pickups – at his home in Garden Grove, California. Here is that discussion for your reading pleasure. Continue reading

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Pickups for Other Instruments

This SoundSpot for Bass also works wonderfully for cello.

Call us biased if you must, but we all know that Seymour Duncan is the premiere manufacturer of pickups for electric guitars and bass. We also know that he also pioneered the technology of amplifying and transforming the sound the acoustic guitar. But guitarists and bassists aren’t the only ones that can have good tone these days. Seymour Duncan has developed a whole line of transducers that faithfully replicate the sounds of many instruments, including cello, banjo, acoustic bass, oud, mandolin, steel guitar, and even the human voice. Continue reading

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Single Coils That Work Well With Humbuckers

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So you’ve been lured by a guitar with the HSS (humbucker/single coil/single coil) pickup configuration. This mullet-of-the-guitar-world (business in the front, party in the rear) is as old, as, well, the mullet. Can you really have it all in one guitar? Continue reading

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Great Pickups For Lapsteel Guitars

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I suppose it’s easy to forget the origins or the modern electric guitar. After all, the first real electric guitar is still open for debate, all though I guess we can all safely assume it’s the Slingerland Songster Model 401 … Continue reading

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High Gloss Finishes On Our Guitars

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A while ago I was asked about different types of lacquer and how luthiers are able to get their guitars to look as glossy as they do. Sometimes they look as if they’re dipped in glass! In this article we’ll … Continue reading

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