Flying High On The Majestic Pegasus

When it comes to low-tuned, high gain metal many people think a high-output humbucker is the best type pickup to go with. It’s certainly great for some styles, but what if your style involves a lot of complex chords? Sometimes a high-output pickup and high-output amp can turn your well-chosen combination of notes into complete mush. And sometimes the best way to get that perfect heavy, face-smashing tone […] Continue Reading

Great Pickups For Punk Rock

When it comes to playing punk there are a lot of people who would say that the only important thing is attitude. You don’t often hear about the guitar, its pickups or the amplifier being played through should matter, and to worry about this things is not punk. This may have been the case back in punk’s formative years but with the range of punk styles and sounds how […] Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

Getting A Big PAF Sound With The Little '59

I recently completed a custom guitar build, a Charvel San-Dimas style guitar which I spec-ed out with a humbucker/single (HS) set up. I wanted a single-coil-sized humbucker for the neck, and the first pickup I'm trying in this position is the Little '59 for Strat. Continue Reading

The Perpetual Burn – a review from a non-shredder's perspective

Jason Becker is one of those players that has inspired countless guitar players. His command of the guitar blew people’s minds, and when ALS so tragically took his ability to do almost everything, he, with the help of his father still found a way to keep on communicating with people, and create new music, continuing to inspire people even more. While recording with David Lee Roth, […] Continue Reading

"Locking" Up A Floating Bridge

Floating bridges are great. You can make all sorts of weird and wacky noises diving and raising the whammy bar. From simple pitch variations to harmonic squeals, car engines revving and fluttering noises, floating bridges provide hours of fun. Continue Reading

The Versatility Of The Black Winter Bridge Model

In January 2013 Seymour Duncan announced the Black Winter pickup set. Initially only available in Scandinavia, the Black Winters were designed specifically for extreme metal players, providing players with the ability to go from crushing aggressive riffs to super articulate lead work. The Black Winter set created such a swell of interest from players all over the world that Seymour Duncan recently announced a world-wide general release. Continue Reading

Shredding It Full Shred Bridge Style

Sometimes there's a need for a hammer, other times there's a need for a scalpel. A scalpel can cut cleanly with precision. Sure it's doesn't smash through things like a hammer does, but when used correctly a scalpel can be just as devastating. The Full Shred would be Seymour Duncan's scalpel in its tonal bag of tools. It doesn't have the highest output, but its precision lets it hit a lot higher and harder than its weight category. Continue Reading

What Is A Guitar Pickup?

If you're reading this blog then chances are you play a guitar, and an electric guitar at that. Electric guitars use pickups as part of the recipe to create an amplified electric guitar tone, but what exactly is a pickup, and how does it help us "pick up" the sound of a guitar? Continue Reading