#AprilFools2014: The Seymour Duncan Triple Cream Humbucker

For many years, players have been asking us to make double-cream humbuckers: pickups with two cream-colored bobbins. We make single coils in cream of course, but for certain reasons we’re not allowed to make double-cream Seymour Duncan humbuckers. So we’ve decided to go one better by introducing the Seymour Duncan Triple Cream LD Model™. Featuring three whole coils of rich creamy goodness, this pickup is available exclusively from the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop.

Sounds like a great idea.
“Sounds like a great idea guys, when’s lunch?”

The basis for the LD Model™ is the Duncan Distortion. In place of the Distortion’s traditional ceramic magnet we use a Fe-Ni alloy extracted from slivers of the Chelyabinsk meteor. The wire was salvaged from the actual giant speaker used to jettison Marty McFly across the room in Back To The Future (we found it at a yard sale in Encino), and the bobbins are potted in a special wax formula derived from Earwig nests, and for smoother consistency we blend this wax with whipped cream (we got the idea when we dropped an Éclair into our wax potting mixture during this photo shoot, oops). This helps to neutralise microphonics and also gives the pickup a gently sweet aroma.

So how does it sound? Well, in a word, loud. It’s 133 percent more aggressive than the Duncan Distortion when wired in series. Or you can hook it up as a regular twin-coil humbucker with a mini-switch or push-pull pot to engage the third coil for additional gain for solos. Probably. We haven’t tried that yet. We’re too busy trying to chisel an extra-wide pickup cavity into one of our test guitars.

The only problem we’ve encountered with it so far is that its increased magnetic field disrupts the navigational senses of passing bats, but frankly it looks really cool having a colony of Pteropus poliocephalus nesting amongst the Black Winters and Nazguls.

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  1. “….but for certain reasons we’re not allowed to make double-cream Seymour Duncan humbuckers.”
    -Why is that?????

    1. Because Larry DiMarzio sues everyone that does it! When he made the Super Distortion it came in double cream bobbins. He patented the COLOR in 12 pole humbuckers… feel the douche…

        1. It’s the patent as a whole. The twin coils side by side (humbucker) with cream color. Read the patent and weep.

      1. I have a Seymour Duncan JN in double cream. I am assuming from thera just before Larry stuck his nose in everyones biz. Any idea when that might have been? I would love to be able to date this thing somehow.

        1. You can order a pickup from the SD custom shop with a cover on it, with double cream bobbins underneath. Then you just unsolder the cover when the pickup arrives. Voila!

  2. Guess I’m one of the lucky ones, I have an Seymore Duncan JN in double cream. Wish I could date this thing some how. It’s in an 84 tele right now but was crammed in there by someone St some point.

  3. I want one of these. For real. But only if you provide it with 6 wires, so I can coil-tap it and, err… “revert” it to a regular humbucker. Or two. You know, for added versatility. And here’s an idea to go with this amazing humbuckerbucker: a Quintuple Shot Mounting Ring! Imagine all the tonal possibilites!
    So, I hereby allow Seymour Duncan to trademark and commercially exploit my idea, in exchange for a couple Triple Creams and Quintuple Shots. Please contact me for the arrangements.

  4. Its kind of slick of Larry but,at the the time…he was not the first to make cream colored bobbins..I believe gibson was. ala the P-90 pickup.

  5. Those Mighty Mite pickups were called Mother Buckers. I saw some nice Les Pauls ruined back in the day. No April Fool!

  6. There are double cream Gibson PAFs. I have seen them. Zebras and double creams meant nothing to Gibson except a shortage of black plastic. They were going to be covered anyway.

  7. I tried one of these and they are not all they are cracked up to be.
    First off the numerous extra pots needed to utilize it’s components
    really crowd the pick-guard. I had to glue two of them together. Then it
    was really difficult soldering together two 5-way switches so they
    would actually work. When I used two of these in an HSH strat they
    obscured the single in the middle so much I had to adjust the volume and
    the switch slowing my musical symphony way down and messing up my
    drummers rhythm. All in all it isn’t worth the trouble; easier to just
    play two guitars at the same time, one in front and one behind my back.

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