Duncan Designed Pickups
The Duncan Designed line of pickups was started in 1995 at the request of several of our larger original equipment manufacturer (“OEM”) customers who wanted to offer a pickup tied in to the Duncan identity on their mid-level instruments. While USA-made Seymour Duncan and Basslines pickups are intended to fit on instruments with list prices over US$800, the Korean-built Duncan Designed pickups are intended for OEM use on guitars and basses with retail prices between US$300 and $800. The Duncan Designed club members include Squier, Jackson, ESP LTD, Schecter Diamond Series, Daisy Rock, Hamer, Aria Pro II and Samick’s Greg Bennett series.
There are currently several humbuckers available in the Duncan Designed range, each of which is neck or bridge position-calibrated and was modeled after a USA-built model.
GEQ-1 Originally developed for a Jackson model over a decade ago, the GEQ-1 Firestorm™ is a 20dB gain boost circuit for solidbody electric guitars. It takes a standard-looking axe and, with the flick of an innocent looking mini-toggle switch, turns it into a weapon of mass destruction capable of driving your amp harder for solos or thick rhythms, and giving you extra sustain and power.
In addition, there are numerous offerings for bass in standard Jazz Bass®, P-Bass®, soapbar and Music Man® bass formats.
HB-101 The HB-101 was patterned after the Seymour Duncan SH-1 ’59 Model™ humbucker set. It uses an Alnico 5 magnet and winding spec based on the revered 1955 – 1960 Gibson P.A.F humbucker. It’s an all-rounder capable of dishing out vintage-style tone or keeping up with high gain without sacrificing clarity.
HB-102 The HB-102 was modeled after Seymour’s favorite humbucker combination, the USA-made SH-4 JB™ bridge and SH-2n Jazz Model™ neck set. Like the HB-101s, these pickups also use Alnico 5 magnets, but have a hotter winding spec, based on the world’s most popular “hot-rodded” humbucker. The bridge pickup is Trembucker-spaced.
HB-103 The HB-103 was patterned after the SH-6 Duncan Distortion™ set. It uses ceramic magnets and powerful coil windings to deliver a high output tone with lots of crunch and harmonics. The bridge pickup is Trembucker-spaced.
HB-104 The HB-104 is a high-output blade humbucker that’s based on a design we created for England’s Patrick Eggle Guitars. The guitar was short-lived, but the pickup lives on in some recent guitar designs from Schecter and Jackson.
SC-101 The SC-101 single coils represent a tonal cross between Seymour Duncan’s SSL-2 Vintage Flat and SSL-6 Custom Flat models. Unlike many inexpensive single coils that have a large ceramic magnet glued underneath non-magnetic steel slugs, the SC-101s use real Alnico V rod pole pieces with a flat magnet stagger for exceptional string balance. The three single coil models are each specially calibrated to either bridge, middle or neck positions, with the middle pickup reverse wound, reverse polarity. The tone is chimey and bright with exceptional “quack” in the notch positions.
(Jazz Bass and P-Bass are registered trademarks of FMIC. Patrick Eggle is a trademark of Patrick Eggle Guitars, UK. Music Man is a registered trademark of Ernie Ball. Seymour Duncan is not affiliated with these companies.)