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Introducing The Bonamassa Signature Skinner Burst Pickup Set

‘Principal Skinner’ is the name of one of Joe Bonamassa’s most prized guitars, a 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard, serial number # 9-1951. It’s had four owners in its lifetime, staying in the one family from 1959 to 2006 before finding its way into Joe’s hands in 2011. If you’ve heard it you’d know that it has a lot of magic in it. Continue Reading

What Does 'Vintage' Mean in Pickup Design?

In guitar circles, we hear the word vintage all the time. It has sold countless guitars, pedals, amps, and accessories. But what does this word really mean? And how can we reclaim a marketing buzzword from things that just look old, antiquated designs, things that were never good in the first place and are begging for improvement? It is true that for years, guitar and gear manufacturers (and […] Continue Reading

What Does ‘Vintage’ Mean in Pickup Design?

In guitar circles, we hear the word vintage all the time. It has sold countless guitars, pedals, amps, and accessories. But what does this word really mean? And how can we reclaim a marketing buzzword from things that just look old, antiquated designs, things that were never good in the first place and are begging for improvement? It is true that for years, guitar and gear manufacturers (and […] Continue Reading

The Seymour Duncan SH-55 Seth Lover Model

The SH-55 Seth Lover model is Seymour Duncan’s tribute to the father of the humbucking pickup. Any guitar today that uses two coils in the same housing wired to get rid of the hum associated with single coil pickups owes a bit of thanks to the original pioneer of pickup design, Seth Lover. Continue Reading

Joe Bonamassa's Custom Shop Set

In 2011 Joe Bonamassa teamed up with Seymour Duncan to design a pickup set which he could install in other guitars so that he wouldn't have to take his prized 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard on the road. The result is what we know today as the Joe Bonamassa Signature Set. Continue Reading

What Is A Humbucker?

The humbucker pickup is a staple for so many guitar players around the world. But how does it actually work, and what is the history behind it? This article endeavors to give you a brief overview of all these things. Continue Reading

The Kramer Chronicles, Volume I: The '59 Set

When I was a kid first starting out on guitar, there was no widespread “DIY” market to speak of. That was just beginning. You basically took what you could get at your local music store, and liked it. Unless you were daring enough to try the also embryonic mail-order market and run with something you found in the back pages of Guitar Player or Guitar World […] Continue Reading

The Duncan Custom – Pumped Up and Pushed to 11

I want my bridge pickup to be able to cut through the mix. It needs to really crunch, have a percussive quality when playing muted parts, and have a fast response. The other thing is that I need the pickup to not be too hot, it needs to retain some organic qualities. I mostly aim for bridge pickups that are in the ball-park of medium to high output, where there is enough on tap to get some really heavy tones, but not so much that you lose that "woody" sound. Continue Reading