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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

New Guitars of 2015 With Seymour Duncan Pickups

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 well as taking a look at who’s using Seymour Duncan pickups, granting you the possibility to perhaps try out a pickup you always wanted to hear […] Continue Reading

Introducing The Seymour Duncan Custom Shop SLUG

Its DC Resistance comes in at a whopping 48k. It’s the most powerful passive humbucker we’ve ever produced. It lives for stoner/doom metal. It’ll drink all your beer and go through your stuff, but it’ll also help you move house because it’s cool like that. It once hog-tied a Rancor. It patched things up between Mork and Mindy when things were looking a little rough. It likes long walks by the swamp. REAL long walks. It was the one who nicknamed John Wayne ‘The Duke.’ It’s SLUG. Continue Reading

Reader's Choice Metal Amps

When the question "What's Your Favorite Classic Rock Amp" was posed to Seymour Duncan readers a while ago, some very clear choices arose. So it seemed the next logical extension would be to detemine readers favorite amps for metal. We knew there might be some crosstalk between lists, but for the most part metal is its own beast, and prefers an amp capable of something way more assertive and aggressive than anything that could be considered "classic." Some amps are just versatile enough to cover both territories. However, rather than just do another "Top 4" list, and since readers mentioned multiple models from various manufacturers, we'll try to expand on many of the amps mentioned in the "metal" realm. Still, it's no surprise the first choice was the... Continue Reading

Washburn Announces Ola Englund Signature Series

Ola Englund is a dangerous man in the hands of a capable axe. And by teaming up with Washburn he has focused his sights on creating a guitar that can satisfy the needs of many metal guitarists. This guy knows gear too, Ola has reviewed hundreds of instruments, amps and pedals on his immense YouTube channel. His guitars page shows over 50 guitars that have been […] Continue Reading

The Seymour Duncan Custom 5 Pickup

While I went on and on in one of my previous articles about the Custom Custom bridge pickup, I’d love to introduce one of its fraternal twins, the Custom 5. I think of it like this: The Custom Custom is like a bowl of clam chowder: rich, and creamy. The Custom 5, while the same pickup in every respect except the magnet, is more like a […] Continue Reading

Voices of Metal – Ola Englund

Ola Englund is no stranger to the brutal sounds of high output metal and has become a well known shredder from his powerful YouTube videos, large online following and his band Feared who have just released a new album. This week, we talk with Ola about his music and what inspires him to write. How did you get started playing music? “I come from a family […] Continue Reading