Are you thinking of upgrading your guitar with new pickups? We’ve just released a new tool which will help make the decision a little easier. Called the Video Pickup Selector, it’s kind of like those old Choose Your Own Adventure books, except you make choices which lead you to a video of a pickup which we hope will fit your needs. That’s it embedded above, or you can click bit.ly/pickupselector to open it up in a new window.
We’ll use humbuckers as an example. Say I’m a metal dude who plays 7-string (which I am) and I want to change my guitar’s stock pickups. First, I select the type of pickup I’m planning to upgrade (Humbucker, Single Coil for Strat, Single Coil for Telecaster, P-90, and Acoustic). From there I select a musical genre (Metal, woo!). When you select Metal you’ll be presented with the option of 6, 7 or 8-string pickups. From there, make your choice, and the Pickup Selector will show you an appropriate video featuring a particular pickup. In this particular case I ended up at a killer SH-6 Distortion video.
The videos are chosen to be good clear representations of the tones of the pickups, and they feature a variety of great players like Keith Merrow, Wes Hauch, Rob Chapman, James Ryan, Danny Brown, Johnny Hawthorn and many more. For now this doesn’t work on mobiles, and not all pickup types are represented, but it’ll give you a good place to start.
If you have further questions about pickup options, you can always visit us on Facebook or Twitter where we’ll answer your queries as soon as possible. Or you can consult the Tone Wizard or ask the friendly folks on the Seymour Duncan User Group Forum.