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.

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…

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…

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.

Guitar Pedals 101 : Sound and Color

It’s rare to open a guitar magazine, or walk into a club and see a guitarist using only one or two, much less NO pedals. Seemingly everyone loves effect pedals for guitar. OK, except for a few purists who plug straight in, believing anything in their signal path ruins their tone. But pretty much everyone…

Fall 2015 Seymour Duncan Bass Scholarship Winner

This year’s winner of the 2015 Musician’s Institute/Seymour Duncan Bass Scholarship is Santa Clarita CA’s own Jeremy Bauer. As a student of MI’s Bass Program, Jeremy says his goal will be “to soak in every bit of knowledge I possibly can from all my instructors and fellow musicians. I would like to leave MI as…

How To Choose An Acoustic Pickup

Seymour Duncan takes all the guesswork and stress out of finding the best pickup for your acoustic guitar.  Let’s face it, chances are if you own an acoustic guitar, are it’s special to you. It feels like a part of you. When you decide to amplify it, you want to capture its tone as best you…

Sweep Picking Demystified

Sweep-picking is another one of those guitar techniques shrouded in mystery and folklore. One that, while great to have in one’s arsenal, much like hammer-ons is great until it’s overused.

Chase Fraser of Decrepit Birth and Continuum

Chase Fraser is a busy man. You would be too if you were holding down guitar spots in not one, but two full-time Technical Death Metal bands. Since 2010, Chase has been holding down the rhythms in Decrepit Birth, and was already the mastermind behind the super group Continuum, featuring members of Son of Aurelius,…

The Vintage Charvel Overhaul Project

Once people learn I build my own guitars, they usually ask what I’d do to trick out their guitar. It’s always fun to talk shop and make suggestions. But recently my best friend Darren from high school offered me his prized early 80s San Dimas pointy-head Strat. Only the second pointy headstock Charvel to make it…

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