What Tone Capacitors Do I Need For My Guitar?

Your guitar’s tone capacitors (caps) are the most underrated component of your guitar. Tone caps are so underrated, many players never even utilize their tone knobs. Others still settle for the one that came in their guitar and don’t realize how easy they are to customize. The truth is, a simple swap of your tone…

Guitar Upgrades: Seymour Duncan’s Top 10

When it comes to guitar upgrades, there are countless options. Some are mechanical and make your guitar play better and more reliably. Others are electronic or focus on improving your tone. So which upgrades are right for you? Here are 10 of our favorites. They’re affordable, reversible, and easy to do. So, get out your…

Changing Guitar Pickups: Free Yourself From the Myths

Changing guitar pickups is one of the most powerful upgrades you can do to your guitar and improve tone. It can breathe new life into an old guitar, fix problems with a defective pickup, optimize the guitar for a specific rig, and much more. While the idea of changing guitar pickups is overwhelming to some,…

The Three Best Classic Rock Pickups

Seymour Duncan’s three best passive pickups for classic rock tone. Choosing the best classic rock pickups can be a bit daunting. Some people say Hendrix is classic rock, while others say, Journey. And some people even claim Nirvana has crossed into classic territory. We say classic rock is defined by the iconic ‘passive humbucker into…

Our Ultimate Guide to Guitar Pickup Installation: The Secret Agent

The Seymour Duncan Brad Paisley Secret Agent Tele neck pickup is a revolution in twang. It gives Esquires the Telecaster’s flexibility while retaining the unique tone and punch of Esquire pickups. It can also give your Telecaster the sleek and minimalist style of an Esquire while still delivering the Tele’s wide breadth of tone. Best…

The Seymour Duncan PowerStage: Everything You Need To Know

Seymour Duncan PowerStage pedal platform amplifiers are the ultimate solution for modern musicians dealing with today’s tonal realities. These realities include relying on pedal-driven tones, embracing digital amp modeling, as well as weight, cartage, and stage-volume restrictions. But never fear! The Seymour Duncan PowerStage amps address all of these issues and more. Expertly tuned amplification…

Top 3: The Best Telecaster Pickups for Country

The Fender Telecaster is country music guitar tone. And country music guitar tone is the Telecaster, plain and simple. Yes, you’ll find every style of guitar used to great effect throughout the genre. But no guitar has put its sonic stamp on it quite like Fender’s first. Whether it’s James Burton’s genre-defining bends or the…

5-String Jazz Bass Pickups & String Spacing: What You Need to Know

Everything you need to know to ensure you get the perfect pickups for your favorite 5-string. Not all 5-string Jazz Bass pickups are created equal. And we’re not talking about tone here. We’re talking about if they’ll even line up with the strings on your bass. And if you’ve ever bought replacement pickups for a…

The Best Pickups for Metal: Active Pickups

The debate among players as far as what kind of pickups, passive or active, are best for metal rages on. And it will continue to do so for a long time. But one thing’s for sure. When it comes to the best pickups for metal, active humbucking pickups are regularly at the top of the…

Nashville Telecaster Pickups: What You Need to Know

The Telecaster has almost been synonymous with Nashville, Tennessee for decades. And there’s a reason a Tele can still found in every A-list session guitarist’s arsenal. But many of the town’s pros need a guitar with a broader range of voices. They need the tone of their Teles with the flexibility of a Strat. So,…

The Best Guitar Pickups for Metal: Classic Metal

We know that picking the best guitar pickups for metal is impossible. It’s even hard to narrow them down for classic metal. Every player has different preferences, everyone is after a different tone, and there are just too many options available. Not to mention, classic metal means something different to everyone. Here’s how we define…

Our Top Tips from 2020

January is a great month for new beginnings. You know, a new year, new me kind of thing. But, it’s also a great month for reflection and thinking about the best moments from the year prior. So, in this last week of January 2021, we’re going to do just that. Here are the Top 3…

3 Popular Treble Bleed Mods: What You Need to Know

We’ve all heard guitar vets pine for the days of plugging straight into an amp and getting all the tones they ever needed. No need for pedals, switchers, multi-fx boards, or tap dancing. So what stops today’s players from embracing the rigs of old? Having to push old tube amps to volume-war levels is one….

Introducing the Joe Bonamassa “Bonnie” Pickup Set and Loaded Pickguard

Joe Bonamassa’s ear for tone is legendary. So when he says that Bonnie, his 1955, hardtail Fender Stratocaster, is his “best Strat,” we trust him. And when he wanted to offer the guitar’s magical-sounding pickups to the public, we went to work re-creating them with pin-point accuracy and attention to detail.   Introducing the limited-run Joe…

How to Choose the Right Pots for Your Pickups

Pop quiz. What is the most critical part of your guitar’s electronics – other than pickups?  Answer: Your potentiometers. Potentiometers – or simply, pots – determine how much of what frequencies make it from your pickup to your output jack. And while some players may be content leaving them full up, getting to know these…

How to Embrace the Stunning Popularity of Chorus Pedals

They say history is cyclical. Nowhere is that more apparent than in guitar tone. From the roar of high-gain stacks to the cleans of pedal-friendly combos, the prominence of Big Muffs to the classic Tube Screamer, tonal trends come and go, then come and go again. But no effect’s on again-off again popularity is as…

Happy Holidays from Seymour Duncan!

  A Visit from Saint Seymour It was the night before Xmas, two days from the gig. My new band had told me “Your tone we don’t dig!” My old Strat hummed like a tree full of bees. My once sparkling Tele now sounded like cheese! The gutted Les Paul was borderline junk. My SG…

P90 Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between a few of our most popular P90 single-coil pickups   Vintage P90 Magnet: Alnico V Neck DCR: 8.0k Bridge DCR: 9.7k   Our vintage-correct recreation of the original 1946 Gibson single-coil with all of the midrange grittiness, sparkle, and growl that make vintage P90 pickups so special. The dual alnico…

Cory Wong – A Portrait

During the summer of 2019, Cory Wong traveled to the Seymour Duncan tiny house, located just outside of Santa Barbara, CA, to film our fifth Seymour Duncan “Portrait Series” video. Cory is an exceptional musician, guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist, who’s had an expansive genre-crossing career as a songwriter, composer, performer, frontman, bandleader, band member, and session…

How to Get the Most From Your Distortion

What’s the Difference Between Diamondhead and Palladium?!    Tuned for a wide range of distortion, rock players of all shades find the Diamondhead perfectly suited for their preferences. But we often hear, “Doesn’t Seymour Duncan already have the Palladium?”     Great question.    We’d like to give a bit more insight into these two multi-gain stage distortion…

5 Boost Pedals Every Guitarist Needs to Know

Boost pedals are one of the most overlooked but powerful effects you can have on your pedalboard. Within a single—often compact—stompbox, they give you access to high-gain tones, solo boosts, line-driving buffers, and even out volume differences between guitars. They are the Swiss Army knives of the pedal world. And they’re usually straightforward to use….

Passive P-Bass Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between a few of our most popular Passive P-Bass Pickups   SPB-1 Vintage P-Bass Magnet Type: Alnico V DCR: 11.0k The P-Bass has defined recorded and live music since its inception, and the Vintage P-Bass pickup nails all the things we love about that distinctive tone. You will get just the…

Passive Jazz Bass Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between a few of our most popular Passive Jazz Bass Pickups   SJB-1 Vintage Jazz Bass Magnet Type: Alnico V Neck DCR: 9.3k // Bridge DCR: 9.2k These pickups are a faithful recreation of the Jazz Bass single-coils of the early 60s. Our Vintage Jazz Bass pickups stay true to the originals…

Hum-Canceling Tele Pickup Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between a few of our most popular Hum-Canceling Telecaster Pickups   Vintage Stack Tele Set Magnet Type: Alnico V Neck DCR: 15.8k // Bridge DCR: 18.0k Our Vintage Stack Tele pickups offer up unmistakable Telecaster sparkle and spank without the traditional hum. Eliminate that pesky hum while keeping all the chime…

Announcing the Eric Steckel Signature “Candy” Humbucker Set

We’re excited to announce the release of the new Eric Steckel Signature “Candy” Humbucker Set, available now from the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop. Eric Steckel is a blues prodigy with a sonic signature all his own. Whether playing with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers or garnering international accolades as a solo artist, he continues to shatter blues…

Tele Single-Coil Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between a few of our most popular Single-Coil Telecaster Pickups   STL-1b Vintage Broadcaster Tele Bridge Magnet Type: Alnico V Bridge DCR: 8.0k A faithful tribute to the 1950 original, our Vintage Broadcaster is the perfect choice for discerning players who demand something more from their Tele lead pickup. Our Broadcaster…

Strat Single-Coil Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between a few of our most popular Single-Coil Stratocaster pickups   Vintage Staggered™ Strat Magnet Type: Alnico V Feature hand-ground Alnico 5 rod magnets and heavy Formvar magnet wire with a special wind pattern to produce that bright, glassy, bell tone with all of the bounce and sparkle you expect from…

Active Humbuckers Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between a few of our most popular active humbuckers   The Basics of Active Humbuckers Like their passive counterparts, active pickups still utilize magnets and wire-wrapped coils to capture string vibrations and read them as a current. Active pickups employ an active preamp (usually powered by a 9V battery) that, along…

Ceramic Humbucker Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between a few of our most popular humbuckers that feature Ceramic magnets   Duncan Custom™ Bridge DCR: 14.1k A hot humbucker which uses a small ceramic magnet and custom-wound coils to dish out a ‘P.A.F.-on-steroids’ tone. It has tight lows, a bump in the upper midrange which gives you more character…

Alnico II Humbucker Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between our Alnico II Humbucker guitar pickups   Antiquity™ Humbucker Neck DCR: 7.7k // Bridge DCR: 8.6k The vintage accurate wind and custom aged Alnico II magnet provide an open tone, with a full low-end, scooped mid-range, and refined treble emphasis.   Seth Lover™ Neck DCR: 7.4k // Bridge DCR: 8.3k…

Alnico V Humbucker Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between our Alnico V Humbucker guitar pickups   JB Model Bridge DCR: 16.6k Our most popular pickup of all time, the JB features a full and powerful low end, crisp and detailed highs, and an upper-midrange bump that adds crunch and chunk to heavy chords but translates to a singing, vocal-like…

Tonal Properties of Guitar Pickup Magnets

At the heart of every pickup, whether it’s a humbucker or a single-coil, is one or more magnets that define the fundamental character of the pickup’s tone. Learn how a pickup’s magnet type impacts its tone to help you choose the best pickups for you and your guitar! Read on for info on a few…

How to Test Guitar Pickups with a Multimeter

Let’s talk about one of the most important subjects every guitarist needs to know in order to troubleshoot their electronics: testing pickups with a multimeter. These affordable hand-held devices are vital and helpful to have around. Whether diagnosing unwanted noises or verifying your pickups’ performance, a multimeter helps you get the most from your guitar...

How to Get Paisley-Approved Vintage Tele Tones

The rules of guitar heroism are different for Tele players. These 6-string virtuosos have come to create their own paradigm of what it means to be a true master of their instrument. While rarely moving out of their twang-based genres, these players are incredibly potent forces in the pantheon of guitarists. Today, no one embodies…

Is This the end of the Telecaster vs. Esquire Debate?

We’re excited to introduce our latest collaboration with Brad Paisley, the Secret Agent neck-position pickup. Recessed and hidden under the pickguard of your Fender Esquire, it provides Esquire appearance and grit with traditional Telecaster tones. And, each one is handmade in the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop. The Telecaster Family Tree The ’50s brought on the…

Making Music & Songwriting with Beatie Wolfe: Artist Profile

“Musical weirdo and visionary” (Vice) Beatie Wolfe is an artist who has beamed her music into space, been appointed a UN role model for innovation and held a solo exhibition of her ‘world first’ album designs at the V&A Museum. Named by WIRED as one of “22 people changing the world,” Beatie Wolfe is at…

Mark Holcomb – A Portrait

  During a recent visit to Santa Barbara, CA, Mark Holcomb traveled to the Seymour Duncan tiny house and headquarters to film our fourth Seymour Duncan “Portrait Series” video. As part of the three-guitar assault that makes up Periphery, Mark Holcomb might be best known for his bombastic riffs, liquid leads, and the syncopated down-tuned…

PowerStage – Pedal Sized Guitar Amp – The Next Stage for Your Tone

PowerStage is the go-to amp for streamlining your live rig. These pedal sized guitar amps are designed for players who love pedals or modeling devices but need a clean, powerful grab-and-go pedal amp for any gig, rehearsal, or studio session. PS170  |  PS200  |  PS700 There’s no denying our love of classic tube amps. They...

Three pickups in one? Learn how the P-Rails split coil pickup diversifies your tone.

The chime and twang of great Strat, Tele, and P-90 single-coils are unmistakable. And humbuckers continue to be the go-tos for pushing amps with warmth and power. But what if there was a split-coil pickup that offered all of those sounds in one drop-in replacement? There is. It’s called the Seymour Duncan P-Rails. Pickup Splitting...

Announcing the Wes Hauch Signature Jupiter Rails 6-String Humbucker Set

We're excited to announce the release of the new Wes Hauch Signature Jupiter Rails humbucker pickups for 6-string neck and bridge. In 2019, we partnered with powerhouse metal guitarist Wes Hauch to craft the Custom Shop Jupiter 7-String Rails bridge humbucker. After receiving overwhelming praise from extended range players and countless requests over the last year,...

The 5 Best Strat Pickups for Blues

Wading through all of your guitar pickup options can sometimes be a bit intimidating. So we put together this list of our top 5 best Strat pickups for blues, it’s the perfect place to start. But first, lets dive into a little history… History of the Blues Guitar When it comes to the ultimate blues…

Guitar Pickup Covers-3 New Ways to Upgrade Your Guitar

A pickup’s look is just as critical to the aesthetic of your guitar as its tone. For this reason, we offer a wide variety of guitar pickup covers. These covers include three unique new looks: Black Powdercoat, Raw Nickel Radiator Cover with Gold Foil, and Raw Nickel Border with Tortoise Shell. The pickups we choose…

Adjusting pickup height—an easy, fast, free way to improve your tone

Adjusting pickup height is one of the easiest ways to effortlessly improve your tone. We’ve all spent a fortune and countless hours chasing the ever-elusive tone in our heads. But what if we told you that there is an extremely fast, super simple, and absolutely free way to improve your guitar sound? We’re talking about…

What makes our vintage-style boutique guitar pickups so popular?

With 40 years of pickup design under our belt, we’re sharing a little history, what makes vintage so popular, and how our vintage-style, boutique guitar pickups have evolved over the years. It’s fascinating that most traditional boutique guitar pickups, after six-plus decades, are still the same design as the originals. Yes, today’s market features some…

5 Easy Strat Wiring Mods You Can Do On a 5 Way Strat Switch- Part 3

I am sure the anticipation has been killing you. We all know how exciting switches are right?! Well your wait is over, and today we are going to show you 5 easy Strat mods you can do with a standard 5-way Strat switch. If you just joined us on this adventure and need to get…

Standard Strat Wiring- Part 2

In part 2 we are going to look at a traditional, standard Strat wiring configuration with a 5-way switch and teach you step by step how to get it done. If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, start here. Connecting the 5-Way Strat Switch If you remember from Part 1, the anatomy of a 5…

5 Way Strat Switch Explained- Part 1

You’ve played em’ and you’ve heard em’ but have you ever wondered how exactly a 5-way Strat switch works? We’ve put together an in-depth 3-part series that pulls back the pickguard on one of the most common switches you’ll come across. In Part 1 we take a close look at how a 5-way Strat switch…

A Guide to Strat Stack Guitar Pickups

Ever hit the studio, dial up an epic tone on your Strat, lay down the perfect take, and have to scrap it because it’s riddled with 60-cycle hum from your traditional Strat guitar pickups? Or, ever play a show at your favorite local bar, and have to ask the bartender to turn off his prized neon Budweiser sign because it’s just…

A Guide to Single Coil-Sized Humbucker Guitar Pickups for Strat

Traditional Strat guitar pickups have their time and place. When you want that quintessential, glassy, bell-like chime—nothing does it like a classic Strat single coil. But sometimes we want more, more power, more output, more authority, more aggression out of our Strat. Often times, this is where traditional, vintage Strat guitar pickups don’t make the…

Welcome to the revamped Seymour Duncan website at!

We’re excited to announce the launch of our newly revamped company website at Created with you guys, our amazing audience, in mind, the site includes improvements to help you quickly and easily navigate the wide variety of gear options—for beginner and professionals alike—such as: The NEW Seymour Duncan Knowledge Base where you can easily…

Creating a Compact, Reliable High Gain Rig with the Palladium Gain Stage + PowerStage 700

This demo showcases the functional and tonal capabilities of the Palladium Gain Stage Pedal paired with the PowerStage 700 when running direct. Palladium Gain Stage Pedal: Palladium is a high gain pre-amp pedal that captures the authentic tone and feel of history’s favorite high gain tube amps. Palladium features three gain stages: a gain stage…

50s Vs Modern Les Paul Wiring

A Gibson Les Paul, SG, ES-335 and many other guitars use a two-pickup/four-pot setup: two dedicated volume controls and two dedicated tone controls. The tonal possibilities are almost endless if you know how to dial it in right, and the tireless tinkerers among us have tried several ways of hooking up the pickups to the…

How To Solder

In this article I’ll take you through the various things you’ll need to know about soldering to work on your guitar. You’ll need to know how to protect your guitar, how to solder to lugs, how to de-solder wires, how to clean contacts,and how to solder to the back of a pot. But first, lets make sure we’ve got the right equipment.

Fine-Tuning the Adjustment of Passive Humbuckers

It’s been said that the best things in life are free, and I find that saying is never more true than when applied to getting a better tone from our guitars. With so many products on the market that claim to improve guitar tone in one way or another – from fancy new picks made…

String Theory: What Is Top Wrapping?

There’s a standard way of stringing a Les Paul or other stop tailpiece-equipped axe, and it works perfectly fine. And so it should! The darn things were designed to work that way! But there’s another method that some players swear by, often called ‘top wrapping.’

How To Sound Like David Gilmour

Oh dear. What a challenge I’ve set myself with this article’s title. David Gilmour is an amazing player, known for both incredible tone and highly emotive technique and note choice. He regularly appears in the top 3 (often at number 1) when guitar publications hold “best solo ever” polls. From iconic releases like Dark Side…

Pickup Polarity and Phase Made Simple

If you have only one pickup in your guitar, feel free to ignore this article and live your life in blissful ignorance, unhampered by phase and polarity issues. Everyone else, pay attention! This is important stuff, and it might save your sanity some day, or at least your tone.

Top Ten Most Recognizable Basslines

Whether you love or hate the song or band, you hear two second (if that) of the bassline and immediately know what song it is, and who’s playing it. And usually, if you go into Guitar Center, there’s a really good chance you’ll hear someone play one of these lines, albeit badly. And if you’re…

Joe Bonamassa: The Collection

Chances are you already spend so much money on guitars and gear that each time the credit card bill comes you have to snatch it before your wife sees that new guitar you bought or finds that 5150 you just couldn’t pass up on Craigslist. If this is you, then you have something in common with Joe Bonamassa.

How To Shield A Guitar

A few weeks ago, I completed an article about fixing my Ernie Ball/Music Man’s warped pickguard. While I had all of the electronics and pickguard off of the guitar, I noticed that the only shielding on the control cavity was a small strip of aluminum tape on the pickguard where the controls were. Now, the…

Guitar Wiring Diploma Course

Have you never opened a guitar before? Or perhaps you’ve just opened one for the first time, seen all those wires, and run screaming in confusion to the internet for help? Never fear. We have a set of posts you can read to get yourself up to speed in no time, starting completely from scratch.

Best Guitar Pickups For Epiphone

Epiphone is well loved by many for their semi-hollow bodies, their range of selection and affordable prices. You may be ready to pull the trigger your first Les Paul style guitar but your credit card may refuse such a purchase – an Epiphone LP is a good alternative.

The Philosophy of the Fat Strat: Single Coils and Humbuckers At Peace

Some people call them HSS Strats. Others call them Fat Strats. Some people don’t care for them, others don’t know what they’d do without them. Either way, you can’t deny the appeal of a guitar that combines the feel and mechanics of a Strat with the chunky kick of a bridge position humbucker.

Unleashing The Mysteries Of A Scalloped Fingerboard

Over the years there have been many modifications to the electric and acoustic guitar. One of the more radical ones is the use of a scalloped fingerboard. This is an irreversible modification that ‘scoops out’ the wood between the frets (see pictures). This article will explain exactly why someone might do this, the benefits and drawbacks of scalloping and why this became popular in electric guitar playing.

25 Ways To Improve Your Playing

It isn’t fun to get stuck in a rut. Sometimes you can chase the musical muse down the metaphorical rabbit hole and get wedged in there, unable to back out or to go any deeper. It can feel pretty frustrating, and at a certain point a rut can discourage you from playing altogether. Or maybe you’re not in a rut: maybe you just want to get better, and fast. Either way, the trick to technical transcendence is often found in how you approach the guitar from a philosophical rather than physical point of view. We’ve compiled 25 tricks that will help you to up your skill level, whether you’re stuck in a rut or if you just want to bolt a new dimension or two onto your playing.

Reader’s Choice Top 10 Guitar Solos

We surveyed the Seymour Duncan Facebook audience to find out what ranked as their top guitar solos of all time. Here’s how the Top 10 broke down.

Best Pickups For Ibanez Guitars

Although I consider it my duty as a guitarist to own a Strat, Tele and Les Paul (and some day an ES-335 please, Santa), I have plenty of experience with all sorts of Ibanez guitars and all sorts of Seymour Duncan pickups. So I thought it might be fun to share some of what I’ve found.

Top 10 Tremolo Systems

I like to brainstorm a lot with other guitarists about gear, music, tone and other assorted subjects when one subject came up which can be summed up in one simple question: what are the top 10 tremolo systems on the market, right now?

Obey Your Master: The Art Of Amp Slaving

Back in the days before we had direct recording outs and stereo effects loops, if a guitarist wanted to take his favorite amp’s tone and make it LOUDER, it was done by something called amp slaving. This is accomplished by taking the signal of one amp and boosting it via the power section of  another…

Three Cool Alternate Wiring Schemes for Telecaster®

One of the great things about the Telecaster is the fact that there are so many cool alternate wiring schemes you can use. I want to tell you about three of my favorites.

Choosing A Bridge Pickup For Your Les Paul

In this article, I wish to explore some of my favorite pickups for the bridge position of a Les Paul. When I talk with players about tone, gear and music in general, the general concensus is that you need pickups with a lot of output for metal and pickups with less output for ‘everything else.’ I disagree with that notion (though it holds some truth, I have to admit) and I’ll try to highlight pickups that can do a large selection of styles as well as pickups that seem almost dedicated to a specific style.

Pickup Comparison Chart

>   Vintage RailsFour Con.Neck: ** 2.31 k Bridge: ** 2.67 kNeck: 8.5 KHz Bridge: 7.8 KHz Ceramic Bar6 / 3 / 9 Compare Tone Seymour Duncan Humbuckers & Trembuckers Model Name (click for details) Cable DC Resistance Resonant Peak    Magnet EQ B/M/T Output User Type   6 string – Sentient Four Con. Neck:…

Guitar Wiring 102

Last week we got to the point where we had a guitar with one pickup and no controls. This week we’ll be taking more steps towards a full understanding of guitar wiring.

How to Change Pickups

Changing your pickups isn’t rocket science and the right set of pickups can completely transform the tone and character of your guitar. Sometimes changing pickups can seem a bit daunting for those who have never picked up a soldering iron or opened up their guitar. Below you can find resources to select the perfect set…

Cage Match: Locking vs. Traditional Tuners

Guitarists spend endlessly debating about guitar bridges: which Floyd is better, Kahler vs. Floyd, Floyd vs. Strat, trem vs. stoptail. There might not be as much paid attention to the other end of the guitar. The headstock is the first place many guitarists look when they see another guitarist playing, and the shape is the highly-protected trademark of most guitar companies. The headstock contains one of the most important parts of the guitar: the tuners. Because no one will notice how much you paid for that RockStar LesOCaster with the perfect flames (and skull inlays, dude) if you aren’t staying in tune. This article will explain some of the differences between traditional tuners and the benefits of choosing one over the other.

Cage Match: Tubes vs. Solid State & Modeling

You had to know something like this was coming. This debate has gone on since solid state amps were marketed to unsuspecting guitarists in the 60’s. This article will consider the conventional wisdom is that tube amps are always better. Thirty years ago, I might agree, but now it isn’t so simple. Solid State (or…

Keep it Loose: Stretches for Guitarists

If you’re anything like me, you have felt the pain of playing the guitar. I’m not talking about the blues, or the pain caused by being smacked by the singer; I’m talking about pain and tension in your muscles and joints. We guitarists put our hands through a lot of punishment. Bending strings, holding barre chords, rapid-fire picking – it all adds up, and none of it is good for your muscles or joints. When your hands are aching or your shoulders are locking up, your performance suffers. Worst of all, you might be doing long term damage.

What Is Coil Tapping?

Coil splitting is the practice of shutting off (or otherwise fading out) one coil of a humbucker, leaving behind a single coil for a brighter tone. Coil splitting is often confused with coil tapping, in much the same way that the terms ‘vibrato bar’ and ‘tremolo bar’ are considered interchangeable even though only one is technically correct. So what is coil tapping, and how is it different to coil splitting?

Cage Match: Active vs. Passive Pickups

Pickups come in two basic flavors. One is active, and the second is passive. If your guitar requires a battery, chances are that it has active pickups. If it doesn’t, or will function without a battery, then the pickups would be considered passive. From what I have seen, guitarists generally prefer one or the other…

Know Your Amp: Different Kinds of Tubes

If the transformers are the heart of your amp and the preamp is the brain, then the soul must be the tubes. But the thing is, there are so many tubes available, how can we discern the differences?

Different Woods, Different Tones

Previously, the reason behind the different tones that different woods create has been explained. The different tones themselves were not fully explored, though. In this article I will give a global overview of the different tone woods, the sound they produce and in some cases their purpose. This is by no means a complete picture, only a global overview.

The Most Misheard Lyrics In Rock History

Once upon a time, in my first job upon landing in Los Angeles, a co-worker once randomly asked “Do you like the Cult?” “Sure!” I replied, having seen them on the Sonic Temple tour not long before relocating. “My favorite song of theirs is ‘Party Woman’!” he exclaimed. “What?” I was momentarily confused. “What are…

Down But Not Out: Drop-Tuning Like a Pro

For those few who may be unfamiliar, drop tuning is the practice of tuning the strings on a guitar to pitches that are lower on the scale than the traditional E Standard (E2, A2, D3, G3, B3, E4) guitar tuning. This term can refer to tuning all the strings of a guitar down the same…

Multi-Amp Rigs 101

In our unending quest to forge a guitar tone that sounds like somebody opening the Ark of the Covenant inside a tyrannosaurus, many of us will eventually find ourselves considering the possibility of using more than one amplifier. As the more mathematically astute amongst you will doubtless be well aware, employing just one additional amplifier will…

The Art of the Barre

Let’s face it: for the beginning guitarist, barre chords are hard. The idea that one finger has to hold down multiple strings when it has a hard enough time trying to hold down one seems like an impossible task.

String Spacing Explained: Humbuckers vs Trembuckers

If you’re upgrading your guitar’s pickups for the very first time, here’s a tip which will help you maximize your tone and get the most out of your investment: Seymour Duncan offers most humbucker models in two sizes: Humbucker and Trembucker. But what do these mean, and how do you know which is right for…

Going Deeper Into 250K Vs 500K Pots

It is well known that a 500k pot will give you more highs than a 250k pot. But the “why” remains a cloudy subject. So let’s get to the bottom of it: why does the value of the pot matter?

Top 10 Rock Guitarists That Use Multi-Neck Guitars

Most guitarists have enough struggle with one neck. However, there are times when you might have to play guitar and bass in the same song, or play delicate fingerpicked intros on a 12 string, and rock out with a great big Rockin’ Guitar Solo on that 6-string in the end.

Cage Match: Single Coils vs. Humbuckers

Or…my journey from single coils to humbuckers and back…. For the most part, choosing a type of replacement pickup is based on whatever already comes in your guitar. When exploring the differences between guitar types, it somehow always gets distilled down into 2 categories: Guitars with single coils and guitars with humbuckers. This article will…

Piezo Vs. Magnetic Pickups

I am always intrigued in how things developed. How did the guitar develop to what it is today? How do our views change on what constitutes good tone? Those kind of questions keep me occupied during the slow moments of a day, and one day I was asking myself the question: why do we, as electric guitar players, predominantly use sound systems based on electromagnetism and not on piezo-electrics?

Do It All: 2 Humbuckers And A 5-Way Switch

This article will explain how I like to wire my guitars that have two humbuckers, one volume, one tone, and a 5-way switch so I can get five distinct tones capable of covering a wide variety of sounds.

Guitar Bridges: The What And The Why

Guitars are stringed instruments, and as with all instruments that utilize strings, there has to be a fixing point for them. These points are called bridges and they come in several forms and shapes. Generally speaking, there are two major types of bridges: fixed bridges and moving bridges (the latter generally but erroneously called tremolos). Let’s take a look at the different types of bridges and what kind of unique feature they have.

Choosing Pickups to Match Your Guitar’s Wood

We’ve discussed choosing pickups according to your style before. We’ve also had a bit of a look at choosing pickups with respect to the wood: what wood works best with which pickup for which style? In this article I want to explore some possible guitar, pickup, style and tone choices. What goes good with what?

Tele Neck Pickup Options

The Telecaster is without question a classic instrument. It has an instantly identifiable sound – especially in the bridge and middle positions. However, the neck pickup alone is slightly weaker than the bridge position. Not to say that it doesn’t sound good, because it does. In fact Seymour Duncan makes several vintage output Tele neck pickups for those who are after that traditional, sweet Tele neck sound. I have the STR-1 Vintage Rhythm in the neck of one of my Telecasters and it’s silky smooth.

How To Fix Your Guitar Like a Pro: Solving String Problems

WAIT. Put down that screwdriver. Put down that allen wrench. Quit fiddling with your tuners, and please do not throw your guitar out the window (or up on eBay). You aren’t going insane. We’ve all had frustrating moments with our guitars. I’m not talking about frustration from learning to play or being in a rut;…

Talking Tone With Dimebag Darrell’s Tech Grady Champion

Grady Champion was Dimebag Darrell’s guitar tech for 13 years, and he was by Dime’s side as he found and continued to refine his tone, from Pantera through to Damageplan, across countless gigs on stages all over the world. Towards the end of his life Dime had been using his signature Seymour Duncan Dimebucker pickup, but Grady tells us that Dime was also a fan of the ’59 Model, using the bridge version of the ’59 in the neck position of his guitars. Grady is currently teching for Incubus, and he took time out to have a chat about how pickups fit into Dime’s tone and what it was like to work with one of the most unforgettable metal guitarists ever.

The Best Guitar Neck Pickups (Humbucker Edition)

Seymour Duncan has a wide variety of neck pickups to help you find that perfect match. There are many things to consider when you’re looking for a a neck pickup. First up is the wood of the guitar – do you have a bright guitar like alder and want to warm and fatten it up, or do you have a warmer guitar and want to make take it out of the darkness and give it some crunch and bite?

What To Consider When Looking For New Guitar Pickups

Buying a pickup can be as easy as looking at a few videos, hearing a few sound clips, and getting a few recommendations from friends. But with pickup companies like Seymour Duncan making hundreds of different pickups, an educated consumer will be the happiest consumer.

The JB and 59 – A Classic Combination

When it comes to classic pickup combinations the Seymour Duncan JB and 59 combo have to be right up there. With the ability to providing searing heavy tones from the JB, and smooth clear tones from the 59, you will end up with one incredibly versatile axe.

Gigging *Without* an Amp

  Now I know the image above will give some people fits. Just the idea of doing a gig without your favorite amp roaring behind you is enough to send people to their sheds, grabbing pitchforks and lighting torches.

Guitar Pickups For Blues

There’s nothing quite like playing the blues. Every note, phrase and hint of vibrato rings out soul. And there’s nothing like seeing a good blues guitarist in concert like BB King, Robert Cray, Gary Clark. Jr, Joe Bonamassa – the list goes on and on. Most blues players use vintage-style pickups or vintage-style with-a-bit-of-edge for hotter blues….

Guitar Wiring Explored – Humbucker Internals

One of the main reasons players add switches to their guitars is to explore the tonal versatility offered by four-conductor humbuckers. First let’s take a quick look at a single-coil pickup.

How To Use A Multi-Meter

A multi-meter is a handy tool for guitar players to have on their work bench. They have a myriad of uses when it comes to guitar, effects and amplifiers, and it’s always worthwhile having even a basic multi-meter around to troubleshoot things.

How To Get More From Your Humbucker: Coil Split

Humbuckers have been immensely popular ever since they hit the market. Their fat, juicy tone allows for easier playing, their higher output makes amps crank out more dirt and with all the various humbuckers around you can easily season your guitar to taste. But some players feel the need to go a bit further.

Two Conductor Vs Four Conductor Cable Humbuckers

The original humbucking pickups designed by Seth Lover for Gibson in the 1950s were elegantly simple. By combining two pickup coils instead of simply using one (with pole piece magnets of one coil oriented in the opposite direction to the other), Lover’s design cancelled out the buzz and hum that plagued existing single coil designs, leaving in its place a fuller, rounder tone which changed the future of guitar.

Introducing The Seymour Duncan SW Set

Originally presented as a concept piece on Halloween, the Seymour Duncan Chewbucker is now making it to full production and it’s being joined by two new pickups, the IM-Solo and the SSL-Ren, in the Seymour Duncan SW Set.     The Chewbucker is designed to give you a hairy, growly tone, and while it is…

Guitar Wiring 101

For many players, a change of pickups is one of the very first steps into modding guitars. It’s reversible, it’s not too hard, and it has an immediate impact on your tone. However, it’s still possible to get yourself into a bit of a mess if you don’t have a basic understanding of why you’re doing what you’re doing.

The Ambient Guitarist’s Toolkit

This article will provide a brief history of ambient guitar music and a rundown of the most common tools to get your space on.

What Is Fretboard Radius?

Ever wonder why some guitars just feel ‘right’ while others feel just plain weird? Often it’s down to the radius of the fretboard. This refers to how flat or curved the fretboard the frets are. Different roundnesses provide different playing feels, and some are better suited to particular styles than others are.

Mod Squad: Muddy sounding neck pickup?

Muddy sounding neck pickup? Try Seymour’s quick tech fix By Seymour Duncan Tech Guru Scott Miller People often call and ask how to fix a muddy sounding neck pickup. Some years ago, Seymour taught me a cool trick to fix this exact problem. If you connect a .047 capacitor in series (directly in-line) with the…

Talking Tone With Joe Bonamassa

Anyone who is even remotely familiar with Joe Bonamassa knows he’s a huge collector of vintage guitars and amps. There’s the now-famous picture circulating of him on a nearly basketball court-size soundstage packed with gear. You think it’s staged, but nope, it’s all his. The guy could stock his own music store, so impressive is his collection of classic Gibsons and Fenders. Electrics. Acoustics. Cool Alvarez models among them, as well. To-die-for instruments that drip mojo. We’re talking ’59 Les Pauls (yes, plural). 60s too! And the amps! Marshalls, Dumbles, Friedmans, so many flavors of tone. His four-amp touring rig is a sight and sound to behold as well, with a Marshall Silver Jubilee JCM800 at the heart of it.

High Gloss Finishes On Our Guitars

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 take a close look at how luthiers prepare the guitar for finishing and the final…

Active and Passive in the Same Guitar – Can It Be Done?

It’s a question we get asked a heck of a lot here at SD, and a question that appears all over the internet – how should I wire up a mixture of active and passive pickups in the  same guitar? The answer, either from us or elsewhere on the internet, is always either “It’s very…

What is MIDI and How Can I Use It?

Anyone reading through the specs of an effects processor or has ever bought a keyboard has seen the word MIDI. What is this crazy thing, and will it make my guitar sound like an 8-bit Atari game? Am I going to have to dig out my protractor and sextant to understand how MIDI works? This article…

Straps and Strap Height: Playing While Looking Cool

We’ve all seen it: Les Paul down by the knees, swaggering across the stage. This is an image that’s burned into our brain, and probably the reason why many guitarists picked the guitar over the trombone in the first place. But if we want to play in front of people, this means to most rock,…

Humbucker Wire Color Translation

If your guitar’s wiring is set up in a way that our wiring instructions do not address (special coil-splitting, or unique switching, etc…), then you may find this pickup wire color-code chart very helpful.

The Ins & Outs Of Effects Loops

If you’ve been a guitarist for more than five minutes, you’re pretty familiar with effects. Effects can morph our plain guitar sound into something from outer space or just make it seem a little bigger than it actually is. There are many different kinds of effects out there, and many theories stating the ‘correct’ order of effects in your Chain of Sonic Domination.

7 Great Android and iOS Apps For Musicians

Music making has changed a lot over the past few years. No longer is someone chained to their bedroom desk bouncing tracks on a 4-track cassette recorder, or chained to a variety of books, pedals, cables, and other devices for practicing or playing. We sometimes forget that all of this information overload today can be…

Cage Match: Big Strings vs. Small Strings

In the wonderful guitar universe, it’s important not to criticize what size strings a man or woman uses. However, any guitarist that has spent just a small amount of time on internet forum and message boards has navigated the minefield of these types of threads. This article will explain the reasons why someone might choose…

Get Wired: Four Cable Method

Before we get into the guts of Four Cable Method – what it is and what it can do for you and your tone – we need to have a little history lesson. Once upon a time, using effects was relatively simple. Your only real connection concern was “What happens if I accidentally plug my…

Cage Match: Gig Bags Vs. Hard Cases

Cases are a fact of life for any guitarist. Even if you don’t ever intend to pile all of your equipment in the back of the van to get to the next gig, every guitar we spend money on will spend at least part of its life in a case. Just the thought of taking a guitar without a case out of the store, across the parking lot and into the car for the ride home gives me shivers. Choosing a case for your new life partner (or fleeting romance) is sometimes as easy as saying “well, it came with this case, so that is what I use.” Sometimes it is a bigger consideration, which brings me to the subject of this article. The case you choose has more to do with its intended use than anything else.

Guitar Wiring Explored: Adding a Blower Switch

We’ve all been there: you’ve dialed in a sweet rhythm tone – the neck volume is on seven and the bridge volume is on… whatever it’s on, you weren’t looking. And the tone controls are turned to the precise value of “where it sounds right.” You’re grooving away and suddenly it’s time for the solo! You switch…

Choosing Pickups In Unusual Wood Combinations

We all know the tried-and-true electric guitar tonewoods: Maple, Mahogany, Alder, Ash, Rosewood and Ebony. But what if your guitar only contains some of these woods, none of them, or no wood at all? How can you choose a pickup for construction materials which don’t follow the same wood combinations used for the past 70…

Why Does My Amp Sound Different At High Volume?

Have you ever sat at home and basked in your “lion riding a motorcycle” guitar tone, only for it to end up sounding all “duck chewing on a balloon” at your next gig or band practice? I know I have. If you’re the kind of bats-for-breakfast, skulls-on-mic-stand, brutal guitar warlord sort for whom LOUD is life, then you’re probably cranked 24/7 and have no idea what I’m talking about. However, for those of us who cut our teeth on modelers with headphones or amps turned down to law-abiding levels, having to adjust to being audible over a drum kit can be a very frustrating experience.

Create a two stage potentiometer

Many guitars also come with a combination of single coil and humbucker pickups. Running a 500K potentiometer when using singles may make them too sharp and shrill. Sure you can have a couple of volume potentiometers, one for each sort of pickup. But what if you want to keep your control layout simple?

Guitar Synthesizers and the Use of Hex Pickups

Mention the idea of ‘midi guitar’ to most guitarists and the image that springs to mind is most likely an ’80s cover band with skinny ties where the guitarist has to cover the keyboard parts to ‘Jump’ and ‘Safety Dance.’ That is, if you don’t get the outright dismissal of the use of guitar synth…

The Sound of Alnico IV Humbuckers Saturday Night Special

The Saturday Night Special humbucker set uses Alnico 4 magnets to deliver that authentic 70s sound. Unlike traditional humbuckers, the Saturday Night Special humbuckers are voiced to be a little hotter and fatter in the bridge position, and a little clearer and less “wooly” in the neck. They’re more aggressive than 50s-style models, but...

Turning Your Budget Guitar Find Into An Every Day Player

A simple swap of pickups can resurrect even the most boring of guitars. If you’ve picked up an old super Strat style guitar with an HSS pickup configuration and you know you’re going to be using it for some heavy metal riffs, consider some of the high output pickups available.


SEYMOUR DUNCAN RELEASE SILVER LAKE  SANTA BARBARA, January 5, 2018 – Seymour Duncan, a leading manufacturer of pickups and pedals, announces the release of Silver Lake Reverb Pedal.  Silver Lake is a fully programmable reverb workstation, combining high quality reverb algorithms with unique dynamic control and powerful tone shaping options for a deep sonic experience – whether you…

Jimi Hendrix™ Signature Loaded Pickguards and Strat sets

On a chilly evening in March of 1968, Jimi Hendrix asked a young Seymour W. Duncan to walk his guitar up onstage. That Strat was loaded with pickups Seymour had wound just for Jimi, and that unforgettable night would set in motion Seymour’s future – and his legacy almost five decades later. Now you can…

Digging into Dynamic Expression™ with the Catalina Chorus Pedal

This demo showcases the functional capabilities and tonal clarity of the Catalina Chorus pedal – focusing particularly on the unique Dynamic Expression feature. Dynamic Expression™ is a foot-switchable function on the Catalina Chorus that allows the pedal to react to your playing style in real time. The unique Dynamic switch allows you to interact with…

Telegib And The Birth Of The JB

Telecaster or Les Paul? What do you do when you can’t decide?… Well, when you’re Seymour W. Duncan you infuse the best of both into one guitar, the “TeleGib”. While doing so, you also create a legendary set of pickups, the SH-2Nn Jazz neck and SH-4 JB bridge pickup… also known as the “Hot Rodded…

How It All Began With Cathy Duncan

Today we’re taking you back to the mid 70’s… to the very beginning when Seymour Duncan the Company started. Cathy and Seymour talk about how it all started in their $300 trailer with no electricity, how they made up the rules as they went and some of the timeless lessons they learned. Subscribe to our…

The NEW Active Mag Acoustic Pickup

A warm and natural sounding active magnetic sound-hole pickup that captures and accentuates the best qualities of your acoustic guitar. Voiced to accentuate the best qualities of your acoustic guitar, Active Mag is a high-quality hum-canceling magnetic pickup. Active Mag captures the detail and dynamics of your playing and provides warm, clear acoustic tone that…

Please Welcome Brad Paisley

Two friends get together to talk guitars, favorite guitar players… and the Paisley Telecaster. Check out the new episode of Seymour’s Studio, with his special guest Brad Paisley. Subscribe to our channel for new episodes!

My Friend Nokie Edwards

Long time fan of The Ventures, and long time friend of legendary guitarist Nokie Edwards, Seymour pays tribute to his friend and musical inspiration and talks about his favorite Ventures record. Subscribe to our channel for new episodes!

How Seymour Started Winding Pickups

33 and a 1/3, 45, or 78 rpm? What is the perfect speed on your record player to rewind a broken Telecaster pick up? In episode 1 of Seymour’s studio find out. Also, how a crafty high School student in the early 60’s began an amazing legacy helping to shape the tone of electric guitar…

Silver Lake Dynamic Reverb

The Silver Lake Dynamic Reverb is a powerhouse reverb workstation. The foundation is a collection of eight beautifully crafted reverb algorithms, a powerful set of tone shaping options, and our proprietary Dynamic Expression™ control. If you’re looking for classic Room, vintage Spring sounds, or massive Plates and Halls, Silver Lake has you covered. In addition,…

Dave Mustaine Thrash Factor Pickup set by Seymour Duncan

    The Dave Mustaine Signature Thrash Factor humbucker recreates the unique tone of Dave’s favorite JB, used to record some of his most iconic albums. In 1990 Megadeth released their landmark fourth album, “Rust In Peace”. Widely regarded as one of the most iconic and influential metal albums of all time, its breakneck rhythms,…

Seymour Duncan Announces Cutting-edge Pickup Architecture with New Duality Line

Seymour Duncan Announces Cutting-edge Pickup Architecture with New Duality Line SANTA BARBARA, CA – February 17, 2017 – Seymour Duncan, a leading manufacturer of pickups and pedals, announces Duality™, a new concept in pickup design merging the best active and passive technologies to create a versatile and dynamically rich tone palette. “Duality is a new…

La Super Rica Fuzz Pedal

La Super Rica means “super rich”, and this silicon fuzz is just that. Inspired by iconic fuzz sounds, we built on the classic with a parametric midrange for maximum versatility. We started with our favorite silicon fuzz circuit – you know, the one used by all your favorite guitar players from the sixties and seventies…

Joe Bonamassa Amos Pickup Set by Seymour Duncan

    For more info or to secure your set of limited edition Amos Custom Shop pick ups please visit our Custom Shop – JOE BONAMASSA AMOS PICKUP SET Joe Bonamassa’s 1958 Flying V was special even before being purchased by the famous bluesman – as one of just 98 Flying V’s produced by Gibson in…

Seymour Duncan – La Super Rica Fuzz Pedal


Scary Tone From The Custom Shop

MJ and the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop can create any pickup imaginable. These pickups were custom-made with a Halloween theme for one of our artists, and you can get nearly any Seymour Duncan pickup in a variety or cosmetics to satisy your inner beast. A customer dreamed up these zombie-inspired humbuckers just in time for…

Musicians Institute Fall 2017 Seymour Duncan Scholarship Winners

Musicians Institute and Seymour Duncan are proud to announce the Fall Scholarship Winners, Chanjin Oh and Calvin Rasmussen! Chanjin Oh, winner of the Fall 2017 Seymour Duncan Bass Scholarship, comes to Musicians Institute from South Korea armed with a serious dedication for the bass and a passion for playing rock. He describes his future goals…

Wes Hauch – Test Drives Seymour Duncan Palladium and PowerStage 700

    In this quick video, Wes Hauch stopped by our Santa Barbara office and we asked him to try out the Seymour Duncan Palladium gain stage into the PowerStage 700 powering a Friedman cab. Armed with his Ibanez loaded with a 7 String Sentient neck pick up and a custom shop 7 string Dime…

How To Tame A Muddy-Sounding Tele Neck Pickup

If you’ve ever felt that your Telecaster’s neck pickup sounded too muddy, there’s a simple fix that Seymour has been doing for years. All you need to do is connect a .047 capacitor in series (directly in-line) with the hot output wire from the neck pickup. This will filter out the excess low-end and clean up…

Seymour Duncan Vise Grip for Reggae guitar

    Guitar player Blaine Dillinger from the Hawaiian reggae band Hirie talks about how he uses Vise Grip… his “On all the time pedal” to even out the different dynamics when he plays live, from the Skank to Shadow picking.

Mark Holcomb test drives the Palladium gain stage pedal

    In this quick video, Mark Holcomb stopped by our Santa Barbara office and we asked him to try the Palladium gain stage out. With his signature PRS guitar equipped with Seymour Duncan Alpha/Omega pick ups, Mark plugged in, played to a Periphery track, and gave us his first impression of the Palladium.. More…

Seymour Duncan Duality Pickups

Duality™ is a new concept in pickup design, merging the best active and passive technologies to create a versatile and dynamically rich tone palette. The Duality architecture combines passive voicing and active dynamics for strong midrange, punchy articulate lows and a three-dimensional high end. The result is a responsive, organic experience that plays as good…

Doug Rappoport – How to get a Classic Rock Tone

Doug Rappoport knows tone. In this video he shows you the pedals and pickups used to get that Classic Rock tone. Seymour Duncan Saturday Night Special pickups in his Les Paul. Seymour Duncan Forza overdrive pedal, Palladium Gain Stage pedal, and Vapor Trail delay all powered by the PowerStage 170 pedalboard power amp.

Seymour W Duncan On The Jimi Hendrix Signature Strat Set

In 1968, Seymour W. Duncan made some pickups for Jimi Hendrix. In this video Seymour talks about those original pickups, what Jimi’s music meant to him, and how our new Jimi Hendrix Signature Strat Set came to be, nearly 50 years later. Learn more about these pickups here:

Seymour Duncan – Vapor Trail Delay Pedal (USA Made Version)

More info on the Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail Gear used – Yamaha AC3R Acoustic with SD Woody pickup – Schecter KM7 with SD Alpha/Omega pickups – SD Palladium Gain Stage Pedal – SD Killing Floor Boost – SD Vapor Trail Delay – Ernie Ball MVP Expression Pedal – Kemper Profiling Amp (Revv Generator Clean Profile)…

Seymour Duncan – Achieve the Texas Blues Tone with these Pedals

Doug Rappoport knows tone. In this video he shows you the pedals he uses to get that “Texas Blues tone”. Seymour Duncan Forza overdrive, Killing Floor High Gain boost pedal, and Vapor Trail delay all powered by the PowerStage 170 pedalboard power amp.

Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive – Made In USA

Whether you’re looking to give your sound a bit of a boost or trying to find harmonically rich heavy gain with warm tube character, the made-in-USA 805 Overdrive provides the versatility needed for any type of music – blues, country, rock, metal, and everything in between.

Seymour Duncan Catalina Dynamic Chorus

A versatile analog chorus with an innovative Dynamic Expression mode, the Seymour Duncan Catalina Dynamic Chorus pedal gives you complete depth control depending on how hard you play.

Seymour Duncan Andromeda Dynamic Delay – By Nok Novum

The Andromeda Dynamic Delay is a new approach to the traditional digital delay – as much a performance tool as it is a sound effect. Normal, Ping Pong, Reverse and Reverse Pong modes are available in Digital and Analog voicings for lush analog delays, vibey tape echoes, pristine digital repeats and psychedelic soundscapes. But that’s…

Seymour Duncan Vlog – Max talks Dynamic Delay

In this installment, Seymour Duncan’s own Max Gutnik explains how to use Dynamic Expression on the new Seymour Duncan Andromeda Delay pedal. Using the Threshold knob and the different parameters on Andromeda, Dynamic Expression allows you to regulate how much of the effect you hear by how hard or how soft you play. Guitar Signal…

Seymour Duncan – Palladium Gain Stage Pedal vs. Tube Amp

More on the Palladium – Click here ========================================­=========== Produced by Thinline Films & NOK NOVUM Filmed & Edited by Grant Cooper Engineered & Mixed by Scott Giffin Music by NOK NOVUM Gear: PRS Custom 24 Artists w/ Pegasus & Sentient Gibson Les Paul Standards w/ Custom Hybrid & Alnico II Pro D’Addario NYXL Strings and…

Seymour Duncan Palladium Gain Stage – Metal

Keith Merrow test drives the Palladium pedal for metal tones. Follow Keith Merrow –

Seymour Duncan PowerStage 170 power amp – with Jared James Nichols

PowerStage 170 is a revolutionary pedalboard power amp designed for guitarists using pedals, modelers and effects processors to create their tone. Watch Jared James Nichols take the PowerStage 170 through its paces. Signal Chain: Palladium – Killing Floor – PowerStage 170  

Dave Baker – How to get a Classic Country Tone

    Dave Baker definitely knows how to dial in a great Classic Country tone! From his Telecaster loaded with Seymour Duncan Antiquity 55 pick ups, plugged into the Seymour Duncan Vise Grip compression pedal, 805 overdrive pedal for a “bit of Teeth”, finishing off with the Andromeda Dynamic Delay pedal for a bit of…

A Custom Shop Creation

Here’s a little something MJ made in the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop this week. This matched set features an Alnico 5 Telecaster bridge pickup with a DC resistance of 7.2k, and an Alnico 5 DeArmond-style Dynasonic with a resistance of 11.1k. Both are finished in tortoiseshell tops, which you can get as an option on…

Andromeda Scores Premier Gear Award From Premier Guitar

“The Dynamic Expression’s reactive nature makes the delay feel more like an instrument.” That’s the verdict on the Andromeda Dynamic Delay from Premier Guitar’s Joe Charupakorn, who just honored the Andromeda with a Premier Gear award. You can read the full review here, but here are a few of our favorite comments: “There’s no shortage…

Doug Rappoport – How to get a Classic Rock Tone

  Doug Rappoport knows tone. In this video he shows you the pedals and pick ups he uses to get a Classic Rock tone. Seymour Duncan Saturday Night Special pick ups in his Les Paul. Seymour Duncan Forza overdrive pedal, Palladium Gain Stage pedal, and Vapor Trail delay all powered by the PowerStage 170 pedalboard…

Alex Webster On His New Hammer Smashed Bass Pickups

Alex Webster has been a part of the Seymour Duncan family for quite a while now and, as a founding member of Cannibal Corpse and one hell of an influential bass player we thought it was well and truly time he was honored with his own signature pickup. Meet the Hammer Smashed Bass, named in…

Eliminating ‘Wolf Tones’

Throughout the evolution of the electric guitar, players have continually searched for more. More volume, more sustain, more gain, more tone. Some methods are better at achieving it than others, and some can actually hurt your sound if you’re not careful. Take for instance the pickup: early players knew that if they needed to balance…

Seymour Duncan Vlog – Max talks Dynamic Delay

In this installment, Seymour Duncan’s own Max Gutnik explains how to use Dynamic Expression on the new Seymour Duncan Andromeda Dynamic Delay pedal. Using the Threshold knob and the different parameters on Andromeda, Dynamic Expression allows you to regulate how much of the effect you hear by how hard or how soft you play.  …

PowerStage 700 Now Shipping!

Redefine Headroom with the new PowerStage 700

Seymour Duncan Releases the PowerStage 700

Seymour Duncan changes the amp landscape with a power amp voiced and designed specifically for guitar players.

PowerStage 170 Now Shipping!

More players than ever are using pedals as the basis for their sound, but amplifying them presents a lot of issues with travel and portability. The new PowerStage™ 170 is a 170-watt power amp with a clean preamp section and 3-band global EQ designed as the perfect complement to pedalboards and digital modeling devices. Think…

Seymour Duncan Releases the PowerStage 170

Seymour Duncan revamps convenience with a power amp voiced for guitar players that fits directly on a pedalboard

Expand Your Seymour Duncan Pedal Collection!

Do you have Seymour Duncan pedals in your collection? Want more? Of course you do, we all know more is better. Post your Seymour Duncan pedals on social media and you could add to your SD pedal cache. Here’s how it works: post a pic or video to your social media account featuring your Seymour…

Expand Your Seymour Duncan Pedal Collection!

Do you have Seymour Duncan pedals in your collection? Want more? Of course you do, we all know more is better. Post your Seymour Duncan pedals on social media and you could add to your SD pedal cache.

Seymour Duncan Releases the Andromeda Dynamic Delay Pedal

Seymour Duncan Releases the Andromeda Dynamic Delay Pedal SANTA BARBARA, CA April 9, 2017 – Seymour Duncan, a leading manufacturer of pickups, pedals and power amps, announces the Andromeda Dynamic Delay, a digital delay that employs the same Dynamic Expression™ technology found in the Catalina Dynamic Chorus to let you control certain effect parameters with…

Introducing The Andromeda Dynamic Delay Pedal

Delay is one of those effects that you can use either as an ambient one to help give your guitar a sense of place within a song, or as a more obvious effect, used for its rhythmic or textural traits. The Andromeda Dynamic Delay does all of these with studio quality but it also adds…

Seymour Duncan At The Dallas International Guitar Festival

We’ll be at the annual Dallas International Guitar Festival this weekend, Friday May 5 to Sunday May 7 at Dallas Market Hall, Dallas, TX. The Dallas show began in a small meeting room of a hotel in 1978. Now it’s in 140,000 square feet of display space bringing together guitar dealers, manufacturers, collectors, celebrities and…

Voices Of Metal: Nightrage

By Martina Fasano Founded by Marios Illipoulos and Gus G, Nightrage is certainly band with plenty of shred-worthy guitar work. As the founder of the band, Illipolous has enlisted the help of some fantastic musicians in past lineups of the band. In July of 2016, Magnus Söderman (guitars) and Lawrence Dinamarca (drums) were added to…

Music & Sound Retailer Interviews Max Gutnik

The Music & Sound Retailer recently interviewed our SVP Of Products/CRO Max Gutnik. The interview covers a lot of ground including Max’s career history; new products such as Palladium, Saturday Night Special, Duality and PowerStage; the importance of working together with guitar shops; and Seymour Duncan’s role in shaping artist developing in a post-record-company world….

Wired Guitarist Reviews Alpha/Omega

The good folks over at Wired Guitarist have reviewed the Mark Holcomb Alpha/Omega pickup set. Connor Gilkinson declares “I’ll call it right now – these are some of the best pickups to come out in recent memory. I have never seen a set of pickups that can do it all, until now. Plenty of pickups…

Seymour Duncan Announces The Air Extreme Pickup For Air Guitar

The Seymour Duncan Air Extreme is the first guitar pickup designed exclusively for air guitar players. We’ve taken into account every aspect of what people love about air guitar: the styling, the ergonomics and the attitude, and created a pickup that looks right at home in any air guitar you install it in. The Air…

Talking Tone With Glen Drover

By Martina Fasano It’s easy to introduce Glen Drover as the former axe-slinger for influential bands such as King Diamond and Megadeth, but as a guitarist, Drover is more than just an encyclopedic entry listed under “past members.” When iconic metal band Testament needed a quick study to fill in for Alex Skolnick due to…

Seymour Duncan Releases Mark Holcomb Alpha & Omega Signature Pickups

SANTA BARBARA, CA March 1, 2017 – Seymour Duncan, a leading manufacturer of pickups and pedals, announces the over-the-counter release of Periphery guitarist Mark Holcomb’s Alpha and Omega pickups in 6, 7 and 8-string versions. “The Alpha/Omega set has been the heartbeat of my sound for the past several years,” Mark Holcomb says. “Since we…

Mark Holcomb Alpha/Omega For 6, 7 & 8-String

Back in 2015 we released Mark Holcomb’s signature Alpha & Omega pickups as a limited edition Seymour Duncan Custom Shop exclusive. It wasn’t long before all of the sets were gone, but as Mark (and our customer service and social media department) will attest, fans never stopped asking for their chance to own a set….

Seymour Duncan Announces Cutting-edge Pickup Architecture with New Duality Line

Seymour Duncan Announces Cutting-edge Pickup Architecture with New Duality Line SANTA BARBARA, CA – February 17, 2017 – Seymour Duncan, a leading manufacturer of pickups and pedals, announces Duality™, a new concept in pickup design merging the best active and passive technologies to create a versatile and dynamically rich tone palette. “Duality is a new active pickup architecture…

Introducing Duality

Whenever we make a new product at Seymour Duncan, it has to benefit players. It has to make life easier and tone better for those who it’s made for. Duality is made unlike any other active pickup, and it opens up a whole new exciting chapter for what’s possible. We’ve made pickups that combine aspects…

Seymour Duncan Pedal at NAMM 2017

Click here to see an index of Seymour Duncan NAMM 2017 Pedal videos.

Review: Seymour Duncan Killing Floor High Gain Boost

The Killing Floor high gain boost pedal—one of Duncan’s latest offerings—delivers up to 34dB of boost that will push any amp into overdrive. But there’s more than a staggering amount of boost at play here. The pedal also sweetens the tone of your rig, providing natural, amp-like dynamics and responsiveness while enhancing the most musical frequencies and harmonics.

Joe Satriani talks Surfing With The Alien track-by-track

The gear and technique secrets behind a shred guitar masterpiece

TESTAMENT’s ALEX SKOLNICK Says He Has Always Followed His Own Path

During a short interview in the Seymour Duncan booth at this past weekend’s NAMM show in Anaheim, California, TESTAMENT and METAL ALLEGIANCE guitarist Alex Skolnick was asked how he has managed to survive in the music industry thirty years after the release of TESTAMENT’s classic debut album, “The Legacy”.

The Best New Guitar Amps of NAMM 2017

Heads and combos set to dominate backline this year.

2017 NAMM Show: New Seymour Duncan Pickups and Pedals

Seymour Duncan is a name near and dear to many an electric guitarist’s heart, for developing some of the finest guitar pickups around, as well as excellent stompboxes, to boot. Now, at the 2017 NAMM Show, the company has added quite a few products to its lineup. Let’s get acquainted with them!

What’s New At NAMM?

    We’ve just unveiled a stack of new products at the Winter NAMM Show, including two power amps, two new pickups and a revolutionary digital delay pedal. You’ll be hearing and seeing a lot more about all of these in the near future but here’s the quick rundown.

NAMM 2017 Wrap-Up: Top Keyboard Gear Picks

While it wasn’t the most earth-shattering turnout in terms of new keyboardist gear this year, there were still some interesting final revelations from the NAMM Show 2017. These include a new synthesizer plug-in technology, a new sub-bass plug-in and three portable gems: a digital delay pedal, a Teenage Engineering drum sequencing synth and a Universal Audio interface.

Former PANTERA Bassist REX BROWN Demonstrates Signature-Model Six-String Guitar

Prestige Guitars Ltd. has teamed up with former PANTERA and DOWN bassist Rex Brown to design and release Rex’s first signature model six-string guitar. The “Rex Brown Custom” signature model was unveiled this past Friday, January 20 at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California, where Rex personally demonstrated the guitar for Premier Guitar.

NAMM 2017: Jackson Guitars Releases New Dinky Models

Jackson announces the release of several all-new Pro Series and JS Series Dinky models, as well as several new color additions.

Seymour Duncan Effects Pedals at Winter NAMM 2017

Mitch Gallagher stops by the Seymour Duncan booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to check out the Andromeda Delay pedal, as well as the PowerStage power amp.

NAMM 2017: Seymour Duncan Releases New Delay Pedal & Power Amps!

NAMM2017 We headed on over to Seymour Duncan to check out what’s up and coming in 2016. They always have something clever up there sleeve, as well as some awesome artist appearances and performances at their booth. Well, this year wasn’s any different, so be sure to keep an eye out for all of our booth performance videos coming soon! For now, here’s the rundown on what to expect from the pickup/effects giants this year, including a new delay pedal and pedal power amplifiers!

NAMM 2017: Seymour Duncan Andromeda delay – Out of this world

A new fully programmable Digital Dynamic Delay. The new Seymour Duncan Andromeda delay looks like a digital delay with many possibilities and lots of options, so should appeal to players that want to experiment with dynamics, timings and synchronisation.

Mr. Seymour Duncan on Fender Guitars – Winter NAMM 2017

Another amazing interview with the man himself! Seymour Duncan with an awesome Fender Guitars story!

Seymour Duncan Raises the Bar with PowerStage & Andromeda

Seymour Duncan are known for their versatile guitar pickups and high-grade effects pedals, but now, they are diving headfirst into the world of power amps with the brand-new PowerStage!

Talking Tone With Larry Roberts Of Novembers Doom

Chicago death/doom pioneers Novembers Doom are preparing to unleash their new album, and guitarist Larry Roberts continues to wave the Seymour Duncan flag proudly. We thought it was time we checked in to see where his gear preferences are at and what we can expect from the new record.

Antiquity & Antiquity II: What’s The Difference?

Pickups are always evolving. That’s why you’ll find models like the Seth Lover and the Sentient, the SSL-1 and the Hot Stack for Strat, the P90 and the P-Rails. It’s always been this way, going right back to the dawn of the electric guitar. So how does this relate to the Antiquity series of vintage…

A Visit From Saint Seymour

A Visit from Saint Seymour It was the night before Xmas, two days from the gig. My new band had told me “Your tone we don’t dig!” My old Strat hummed like a tree full of bees. My once sparkling Tele now sounded like cheese! The gutted Les Paul was borderline junk. My SG wasn’t…

Talking Tone With A Thousand Horses

A Thousand Horses have been breaking some serious ground in the country scene. Rolling Stone credited them with bringing back southern rock, and their song ‘Smoke’ has set a new Country Aircheck radio chart record for highest debut by a new act. They’re now recording their second album after wrapping up a year long U.S….

The Antiquity Story

Our Antiquity line of pickups goes back to a particularly unique time in guitar history, the 1990s. A few different things were happening at the same time: the vintage guitar market was huge just as ‘shred’ guitars were on a bit of a decline, and guitarists were beginning to relic their own instruments when they…

The Seymour Duncan 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

By Martina Fasano Thanksgiving. Black Friday. The Macy’s Parade. All indicators that the holiday gift-giving season is upon us once again. Musicians have the reputation of being “quirky” individuals that non-musicians have difficulty buying for. I have no idea why this is the case, since I don’t know any guitar or bass players that would…

Etiquette on Multi-Band Gigs

 By David Eichenberger Many of the first shows our band might play are gigs with more than one band There are many reasons for this, but most likely, it is because we simply don’t have enough material to cover a whole night of music. No matter if it is original or cover tunes, these types…

From the Basement to the Stage

By Dave Eichenberger Oh, sure, you practice for several hours a day. You transcribe those complex double-handed solos in your head while your boss is yelling at you to answer the phone. You left hand taps on the steering wheel in perfect ⅝ time while the left hand is firmly in ⅞. You have a Les Paul,…

Music Theory Minute: Inversions

By Dave Eichenberger The first thing we learn as guitarists are usually some basic chords. These chords contain very specific notes played with shapes that every guitarist has used for well over 100 years. We now know that in addition to the billions and billions of chords that are available to us, there are many…

Taking Acoustic Guitar To The Rock Stage

By Dave Eichenberger Playing an acoustic guitar isn’t that much of a problem if you’re performing in a solo or duo context: just plug in the guitars to an amp or a mixer and rock out, right? Actually, that works just fine, but when playing with a much bigger group (or miked acoustic drums and…

Introducing The Jimi Hendrix™ Signature Strat Set

On March 28, 1968, a young Seymour W. Duncan presented Jimi with a gift: a bag of early 60’s Stratocaster pickups that he rewound with his already considerable knowledge on how to get the most out of a guitar. The Jimi Hendrix Experience were booked to play two shows at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio…

Seymour Duncan Releases Historic Jimi Hendrix Signature Strat Pickup Set and Loaded Pickguards

November 4, 2016 – Seymour Duncan, a leading manufacturer of pickups and pedals, announces the Jimi Hendrix™ Signature Strat Set and Jimi Hendrix™ Signature Loaded Pickguards.

Five Fiendishly Frightful Halloween Shred Machines

By Martina Fasano Halloween. The candy-lover’s Christmas. The sinfully sinister holiday that gives us chills, tricks, and treats. What better way to pay tribute to one of the coolest, most fun days on the calendar, than to play some guitars that are spooky, hellish, or downright mean? Here are five guitars featuring Seymour Duncan pickups that…

Comparing The 805 & Forza Overdrives

By Kevin Harvey You might be wondering: what exactly is it that differentiates the 805 Overdrive and the Forza Overdrive? While these two pedals may have a similar, user-friendly and versatile architecture, they’re drastically different effects and are designed to provide players with two vastly differing tonal palates.

Seymour Duncan Announces the High Voltage Humbucker Set

October, 13, 2016 – Seymour Duncan, a leading manufacturer of pickups and pedals, announces the High Voltage humbucker set. They are currently available exclusively from the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop.

Introducing The High Voltage Humbucker Set

Ever wanted your guitar to sound like it has devil horns? The High Voltage Humbucker Set from the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop is the pickup for you. Developed for one of rock’s most iconic guitarists, this is one pickup set that’s ready to rock all night long. Its story goes back to 2008 when we…

Using the Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail Insert Jack

By Dave Eichenberger Since the original tape delays were invented, people have been figuring out ways of altering the sound of echoes spewing forth from the output jack. People like Brian Eno have made a production career out of it, but lately, unless you connected your delay pedal to the aux send of a mixer,…

Top 5 Humbucker Combos for 70s & 80s Rock

By Martina Fasano The 1970s and 80s were a hotbed of lean, mean, gorgeously dirty guitar tones that would go on to inspire millions of musicians in the decades that followed. Many of those legendary tones we try so hard to emulate every time we plug our guitars into an old school stack are a…

Nevermind & Blood Sugar Sex Magik 25 Years On

September 24, 1991 was an historic day for music: it was the day that both Nirvana’s Nevermind and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik were released. Along with Metallica’s self-titled album and Pearl Jam’s Ten – both of which were released the previous month – these records inarguably shaped the musical path of…

Vintage Humbucker Stories

Every pickup we make tells a story, and our line of vintage pickups is particularly stocked with interesting tales. We asked our sales manager, Alex Semple, to share the stories behind some of our most popular vintage-style models. 

Comparing the Killing Floor & Pickup Booster

On the surface, the Pickup Booster and the new Killing Floor High Gain Boost might seem like they have a lot of similarities. (Then again, the vintage-toned ’59 Model and the high-powered Alternative 8 look pretty similar!) The contrast between the Pickup Booster and the Killing Floor is quite similar: each has its own character,…

50s & 60s Single Coils for Strat

By Dave Eichenberger Somewhere between 50 and 60 years ago was a magical time in music. Rock music was just getting popular in the mid 1950s, and Guitarists demanded a more modern look and sound from their instruments. Leo Fender tapped into Southern California’s car culture with their new and exciting colors and slapped them…

The Art of the Chart

By Dave Eichenberger Guitarists are a scrappy bunch. We don’t quite fit in with the rest of the instrument world. We tend to follow our own rules, and then change them when we feel like it. Sometimes we will play a solo exactly like it was written, and sometimes we can go off and do…

Why Your Chorus Needs Dynamic Expression

When you play guitar there’s an interaction between your hands, the strings, the pickups and your amplifier and speaker. There’s something primal and instinctive about it: pick delicately and your sound responds in kind, but pick harder and the intensity of your sound magnifies and matches your mood.

Seymour Duncan Active P-Bass Pickups

By Dave Eichenberger When looking over the history of popular music, it is safe to say that passive basses are really the most common of the basses used. After all, this is what Leo Fender designed, when active circuitry in a bass was still 30 years away. But these days, bassists need more options.

Get To Know Us: Co-Founder & CEO Cathy Carter Duncan

What is your earliest memory of music? I was probably in a musical desert. There were two albums and I was the only person in my family who listened to them. One was Tchaikovsky and the other was a flamenco album with a red cover, and I would listen to that and pretend I was…

Learning Piano Will Make You a Better Guitar Player

By Dave Eichenberger There are lots of reasons why we chose guitar over piano. Piano players have to deal with strict teachers with rulers that slap our wrists every time we use the wrong fingering. Piano isn’t portable, and other than kicking the stool behind you and standing up, there are no rock-approved stage moves….

Talking Tone With Blues Saraceno

By Martina Fasano Most of you will know Blues Saraceno from his solo work, his time playing with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker (Cream), or his stint with poison. A lot of fans will remember his Parallel Axis Blues Saraceno pickups, and his regular appearance in guitar magazines around the world. Don’t let Blues hear…

The Best Distortion Pedal? | Seymour Duncan Palladium Gain Stage | Review

What’s the best distortion pedal on the market? Tom Quayle from Guitar Interactive, has a look at the new Seymour Duncan PALLADIUM Gain Stage Guitar Effects Pedal to see if it makes the grade.

Tools for the Task: Single-Coil Replacement Pickups

Be it a bargain find or pricey acquisition, Strat-style axe or the real deal, it might be time to go pickup shopping if your guitar’s tone is less than inspiring. Preimer Guitar rounds up 10 sets to help get you started.

Killing Floor High Gain Boost Tone Report Review

Tone Report reviews the Seymour Duncan Killing Floor High Gain Boost.

Active Or Passive Bass Pickups: Which Is For You?

When the electric bass as we know it was first invented by Leo Fender and co, there was no such thing as ‘active and passive’ bass electronics; there was just ‘what was there.’ If you wanted to fine-tune your sound on a single-pickup Precision Bass, you had a passive tone control whose job was to reduce the…

Vintage Guitar Approved Gear

Vintage Guitar Approved Gear features the Seymour Duncan Catalina Dynamic Chorus pedal.

Pickups For Jaguar, Jazzmaster, Mustang & Duo-Sonic

Fender’s range of classic ‘offset’ guitars is enjoying quite resurgence lately. Models like the Jazzmaster, Jaguar, Mustang, Bass VI and Duo-Sonic are popular with indie guitar players as well as those who play blues, classic rock and roots-rock. These guitars all have scale lengths that differ from the typical Fender 25.5″ and they typically have quite distinctive…

Forza Overdrive Now Available Everywhere

Our Forza Overdrive is a full-range, highly adjustable and transparent overdrive pedal that maintains the natural voice of your guitar even while it boosts your gain. Compared to the 805 Overdrive it has a more open, earthy voicing. Its three-band EQ lets you boost or cut the Bass, Middle and Treble and it has plenty of crunch whether…

Chris Letchford’s Strandbergs

A while ago we saw this great photo of some of Chris Letchford’s (Scale The Summit) Strandberg guitars and we just had to know more! We reached out to Chris to ask about the guitars in the pic and here’s what he had to say:

Why Do You Play Guitar?

By Jay Hale When I was a kid growing up in a small West Virginia town in the early/mid-80s, it was unusual – in some cases frowned upon – for a black kid to like rock music. Fortunately I grew up in a household where there were no musical genre restrictions, so in addition to…

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…

Wes Hauch’s Schecter PT Signature Model

Wes Hauch is a monster on the guitar. As a member of The Faceless he cut an imposing figure of shredsmanship. As touring guitarist with They Art is Murder he fit right in. You’ve seen his great pickup demo videos and if you’re no doubt waiting with excitement for his forthcoming collaboration with Keith Merrow….

Inside The Alnico II Pro Slash Signature Set

It’s impossible to overstate the influence that Slash has had on the world of guitar. When Guns N’ Roses first hit the big time, hard rock players generally favored pointy guitars with Floyd Roses and bright, flashy paint jobs. In contrast, Slash adopted more of a ‘classic rock’ vibe with his choice of Les Pauls…

Guitars Of Summer NAMM

By Martina Fasano Summer NAMM. It’s almost like the overlooked middle child of the family when compared to the “Golden Child” that is Winter NAMM. That being said, many of the company reps I have spoken to over the years will tell you that Summer NAMM is actually a better place to do what they’re…

Meet The Saturday Night Special

We’re always listening to the requests of our players: more active options, more extended-range pickups, more custom shop offerings, unique pickups like the ’59/Custom Hybrid (which was born out of experiments by members of our User Group Forum).

Seymour Duncan Announces New Saturday Night Special Pickup Set

SANTA BARBARA, CA July 11,2016 – Seymour Duncan, a leading manufacturer of pickups and pedals, announces the Saturday Night Special, a new pickup set with alnico 4 magnets.

Meet Mark Holcomb’s New PRS SE Signature

Flash back to Winter NAMM 2015: one of the hottest, most talked-about guitars on show was Periphery guitarist Mark Holcomb’s limited edition Paul Reed Smith signature. Here was an instrument that filled a previously un-catered-to niche in the PRS line-up: a 25.5” scale length (compared to the regular 25”), a 20” fretboard radius (against a…

The Blues & Rock Player’s Guide to the ‘Rhythm’ Changes

By Dave Eichenberger If you have studied various forms of music, you most likely have figured out that most songs are a combination of several patterns arranged in a particular order. If you are a blues guitarist, you understand a basic blues I-IV-V progression. Playing a blues tune, you naturally hear how the chords change,…

Tone Report Weekly–From Pickups to Pedals

Tone Report Weekly gives a synopsis of Seymour Duncan’s pickups to pedals story.

Summer NAMM 2016: Seymour Duncan Killing Floor

Sweetwater reviews the Killing Floor at Summer NAMM 2016.

Seymour Duncan Palladium, Forza, and Killing Floor Pedals at Summer NAMM 2016

At this year’s Summer NAMM in Nashville, Reverb was on hand to showcase the Palladium Gain Stage, Forza Overdrive, and Killing Floor High Gain Boost pedals all of which are primed to alter gain stages and shape tone.

First Impressions On The Seymour Duncan Killing Floor High Gain Boost Effects Pedal

Pro-Audio Land reviews our Killing Floor pedal at Summer NAMM 2016.

Seymour Duncan Introduces the Killing Floor Boost Pedal

SANTA BARBARA, CA June 27, 2016 – Seymour Duncan, a leading manufacturer of pickups and pedals, announces the Killing Floor High Gain Boost, an elevated boost pedal designed to give you an extra kick in output and a beefier tone.

Introducing The Killing Floor High Gain Boost

“Bluesy.” That’s the word that kept coming up time and time again when we asked our group of beta testers to try the Killing Floor High Gain Boost pedal. If that describes the sound you’re chasing, you have to step on this little monster. 

Music Theory Minute: Cadences

By Dave Eichenberger Welcome to a new series that will help explain some common musical terms, while providing some links to past articles that will help if you’d like to explore these ideas further. Music theory is essentially the rules that hold musical sounds in a specific order.

Treasure Hunt Spotlight… Seymour Duncan’s The Killing Floor

The Retailer proudly presents their Summer NAMM 2016 new product spotlights, featuring the Killing Floor.

Talking Tone With Bad Religion’s Brian Baker

By Elysse Miller I feel fortunate to have grown up during the punk and industrial heyday. One of the pillars of punk, Bad Religion, recently embarked on a new tour that started in Ventura, California. I watched in admiration as these legends played for hours, spanning their entire catalog and hitting their fans with the…

Guitar Interactive Magazine Review Palladium and Catalina

Guitar Interactive reviews our Palladium and Catalina Pedals. See the four star reviews here.

Passive P-Bass Pickup Roundup

It is hard to believe that there was a time before the electric bass. But just about 70 years ago, the Dark Ages were upon us as bassists were still using upright basses for new forms of dance music becoming popular with teenage audiences. These bassists were still packing their oversized violas in the Family…

Dogman By King’s X: An Underrated Classic

By Jay Hale If one had to list what were the most criminally underrated albums of the 90s, King’s X’s Dogman would be high on the list. Whether due to the changing tides of music at the time, the advent of grunge, the ripple effect of the death of glam metal, etc, it slipped under…

The Pickups Of Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine changed the path of metal rhythm guitar: the kinds of chords and riffs, the attack and aggression of the picking style, and the crunch and bite of the tone itself. For many years – until he developed his signature Dave Mustaine LW-MUST Livewire pickups with us – Dave used the JB and…

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…

Win A Signed Forza Overdrive!

By now you’ve most likely heard our new Forza Overdrive, developed in partnership with Chicago Music Exchange. It has clear highs, deep lows and a slightly scooped midrange which lets you dial in broader, more dynamic overdrive tones, from ‘edge-of- breakup’ to classic late 70s hard rock and beyond. And now you can win a Forza of your…

That Poor, Misunderstood Telecaster Rhythm Pickup

By Dave Eichenberger In the beginning, there was the Esquire. Almost 70 years ago, the genesis of the Telecater started with its one-pickup father, which contained a single bridge pickup with a 3-way switch giving us a few sounds that couldn’t be found on the later Telecaster.

Seymour Duncan Releases Bonamassa Signature Skinner Burst Pickup Set

June 1, 2016 (Santa Barbara, CA) – Seymour Duncan, a leading manufacturer of pickups and pedals, announces the release of the limited edition Joe Bonamassa Signature Skinner Burst humbucker set. This set is an exact replica of the pickups in his popular Principal Skinner Les Paul. These are wound on the historic Leesona machine that wound the original Skinner humbucker.

Adrian Galysh Returns With “Into The Blue”

  By Jay Hale Adrian Galysh is seemingly one of the busiest guitarists in the Los Angeles area.  Followers of his social media streams get regular notifications of gigs at the legendary Baked Potato and guest spots at Hollywood’s Ultimate Jam Night, as well as for sets he plays at local wineries and aeronautic events.

Friends of SD: The Walla Walla Guitar Company

By Dave Eichenberger Walla Walla, Washington is a town with a funny name known for its wine industry and sweet onion production. However, this funny-sounding town also happens to be home to the Walla Walla Guitar Company.

5 Cool Ways To Use The Shapeshifter

By Martina Fasano While I’m a 70s and 80s-loving gal when it comes to my rock’n’roll, I have a definite soft spot and deep-rooted pedigree in 1960s pop, rock, and R&B. Enter the stereo tremolo effect and it’s distinct yet versatile sonic capabilities. The stereo tremolo effect has always been a favorite of mine –…

Let’s Help Laith Al-Saadi Win The Voice!

We at Seymour Duncan would like to show our support for our friend Laith Al-Saadi, who has made it into the top four of The Voice. And we want him to win. Laith utterly rips on guitar, and his love of the instrument comes through in every note he plays. His voice is incredibly soulful…

The Shredder’s guide to Slide Guitar

By Jay Hale Guitarists who get hit with the ‘shred’ tag due to the someone gymnastic nature of some of the playing techniques get used to memorization. Sure, you need to play melodically, but a lot of it is about scales and patterns, if you think about it. So attempting to play slide guitar can…

Active Jazz Bass Pickup & Preamp Roundup

By Dave Eichenberger In electric basses, there are basically (haha) three different ways to design a pickup system. You can go with passive pickups, passive pickups with a preamp, and full-on active pickups. All are valid ways of doing things, and while bassists may argue the merits of each system, the good news is that…

Talking Tone With Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris

If you play metal bass, you owe a debt of gratitude and maybe a pint of Trooper beer to Steve Harris. Steve is credited with creating the infamous ‘gallop’ rhythm used throughout metal, and even if his contributions started and ended there, he’d deserve a place in the history books. But he’s done so much…

Top 5 Seymour Duncan Humbuckers

Seymour Duncan pickups are synonymous with hot rodding a guitar. Aftermarket pickups and other upgrades first gained widespread popularity in the ‘70s, and Seymour Duncan were one of the first companies to the playing field in a large scale capacity. The JB is famously the most recorded pickup of all time, but what are the best Seymour Duncan pickups for you?
There are so many pickup options out there, and it can be intimidating trying to figure out which to choose! Whether or not it’s aftermarket pickups in general, Seymour Duncan’s lineup, or different pickups well suited for different genres.
Today we cut through some of the confusion, with the top 5 Seymour Duncan humbuckers!

Giving Back… Seymour Duncan

Notes for Notes is dedicated to designing, equipping and staffing after-school recording studios inside Boys & Girls Clubs. It allows young people to access professional music-making instruments and equipment. and helps educate youth about careers onstage and behind the scenes in the music industry.

No Pain, High Gain

Seymour Duncan’s Palladium Gain Stage Pedal

10 Great Canadian Guitarists

By Martina Fasano Canadian Music Week descended upon Toronto once again from May 2-8, 2016, and it got me thinking about some of the best guitarists Canada has produced over the years.

Seymour Duncan Passive Jazz Bass Pickup Roundup

By Dave Eichenberger Wow, that is quite the title, isn’t it? We here at Seymour Duncan are passionate about our bass pickups, and we have several of them ready to transform your Jazz Bass into everything from a vintage tone machine to a savage beast.

Seymour Duncan and Chicago Music Exchange Launch the Forza Overdrive Effects Pedal

SANTA BARBARA, CA May 2, 2016 – Seymour Duncan, a leading manufacturer of pickups and pedals, and Chicago Music Exchange, announces the release of the new Forza Overdrive effects pedal. This pedal will be available for purchase from Chicago Music Exchange between May and August.

Keith Merrow Demos The Seymour Duncan Palladium Gain Stage

A lot of pedals make the claim that they’re designed to give you the feel of an amp, but the Seymour Duncan Palladium Gain Stage is probably the first pedal I’ve played that’s really come good on this claim.

5 Country Guitarists You Need To Check Out

We have a lot of country guitarists in our Seymour Duncan artist family and we thought it would be fun to catch up with a few of them to see what makes them tick and what drives their sound. So here are Devin Malone, Justin Michael Weaver, Mark Mackay, Daniel Donato and Chris Loocke. 

Building an Acoustic Pedalboard

By Dave Eichenberger Using pedals with an acoustic guitar is a pretty counter-intuitive thing. After all, it is an acoustic guitar, and it gets its name from the sound of the guitar in a room, with the reflections blaring out from the soundboard in all directions of the room. A pickup or even a microphone…

Friends of SD: The Loar Guitars

By Dave Eichenberger The name The Loar conjures up many images for those who have studied the history and birth of iconic archtop instruments in America. Lloyd Loar was responsible for the design of the F5 mandolins and L5 archtops of the early 20th century and the name lives on in The Loar, a company dedicated to…

The Top 3 Guitarists in Deep Purple That Are Not Ritchie Blackmore (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Edition)

In what may be the longest title in the Seymour Duncan blog section, this time my verbose title is justified See, Deep Purple is one of the reasons I play guitar, and is still one of the reasons I continue today. Getting inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is way overdue, but…

Hear Seymour Duncan’s Palladium Gain Stage Pedal in Action

In this exclusive video, made just for Guitar World, guitarist Steve Booke demos the Seymour Duncan Palladium Gain Stage pedal.

The Tones Of Generation Axe

By Martina Fasano Yngwie Malmsteen. Steve Vai. Zakk Wylde. Nuno Bettencourt. Tosin Abasi. Any one of those names mentioned individually is enough to have shredders of any generation sit up and take notice. Imagine all five of the aforementioned individuals going on tour together? That’s exactly what the Generation Axe tour is doing starting April 5,…

Getting A Great Dirty Bass Sound …By Going Clean

By Jon Moody Everyone likes a good, dirty bass sound. You know the one; it demands attention in the mix, and every note that’s played punches you in the chest with awesomeness. We love that sound! However, on our quest to replicate that exact sound, we often overlook the one thing that’s really controlling it…

Talking Tone With Gus G

By Martina Fasano Gus G has been very busy lately, and that’s just how he likes it. With credits to his name like Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind, Nightrage and Arch Enemy, Gus G is no stranger to the higher profile names in the heavy metal arena. His virtuosic abilities and dedication to his craft is apparent…

Seymour Duncan Pickups for Jazz Guitar

By Dave Eichenberger Contrary to popular belief, there are other types of music other than rock, metal, blues, and country. While not as popular as it was, say, 40 years ago, there is still a sizable jazz guitar community out there. Of course, jazz has been played on many types of guitars, and archtops, while…

The Four Stages of Gain: Seymour Duncan Gain Pedals

Overdrive and distortion pedals tend to multiply if left alone for too long. At some point, every guitar player looks at the pile of pedals scattered around the room, and can positively assure an unsuspecting wanderer that every single one of those pedals are completely different, and just because they might be the same size,…

Seymour Duncan Palladium Gain Stage Pedal

Seymour Duncan introduces the Palladium Gain Stage, a pedal designed to replicate high-gain tube amps.

Summer NAMM

From busy aisles filled with the latest musical gear and pro audio products to star-studded events and the lure of Nashville nightlife, 2016 Summer NAMM––the industry’s midyear gathering––has something for everyone. Set your business up for success in the busy fall and holiday selling season by attending 2016 Summer NAMM, June 23-25. Learn more about…

Friends of SD: Eastman Guitars

By Dave Eichenberger It is a rare find to have a guitar company that focuses on old world craftsmanship with a focus on tone, quality, and affordability. Even rarer is a company that focuses on acoustics, mandolins, archtops, and thinlines. Eastman Guitars builds some of the most difficult-to-build instruments, relying on hand-carving for the majority of their…

Seymour Duncan releases Palladium Gain Stage guitar pedal

We saw it in the flesh at NAMM, and now Seymour Duncan has announced the Palladium Gain Stage will be hitting stores very soon.
The pickup mogul reckons it’s “the first stompbox that actually captures the feel and responsiveness of a high-gain tube amp”, with three gain stages and a fully featured EQ with sweepable mid frequency.

Meet The Palladium Gain Stage Pedal

“It feels like a real amp” is a big claim made by a lot of pedals, but our engineering team has worked themselves to exhaustion to really nail the sound and response of a real amp when developing the Palladium Gain Stage.

Seymour Duncan Releases Innovative Palladium Gain Stage Pedal

Seymour Duncan, a leading manufacturer of pickups and pedals, announces the release of the Palladium™ Gain Stage effects pedal. Palladium is the first pedal to authentically replicate a high gain tube amp, allowing for the extra dimensionality that is missing in effects pedals today.

Introducing Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Blackouts

Jeff Loomis knows what he wants to hear from his guitar, whether playing solo or as a member of Arch Enemy and Conquering Dystopia: he needs a matched pickup set that stays clear under heavy distortion, with a strong pick attack to maintain detail when he plays fast, and with enough sustain and dynamics to…

Arch Enemy’s Jeff Loomis Discusses Signature Seymour Duncan Pickups

Former NEVERMORE and current ARCH ENEMY guitarist Jeff Loomis recently talked about his new signature Seymour Duncan pickups.