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.

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…

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…

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…

#AprilFool2015 Introducing The Acoustic Slug

The Acoustic Slug is available from the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop with special soundhole mount, earplugs, 100 copies of a form letter apologizing to your neighbors for the sonic assault, and a Blackouts Modular Preamp for increased gain and grind.

Pickups for Other Instruments

Call us biased if you must, but we all know that Seymour Duncan is the premiere manufacturer of pickups for electric guitars and bass. We also know that he also pioneered the technology of amplifying and transforming the sound the acoustic guitar. But guitarists and bassists aren’t the only ones that can have good tone these days. Seymour Duncan has developed a whole line of transducers that faithfully replicate the sounds of many instruments, including cello, banjo, acoustic bass, oud, mandolin, steel guitar, and even the human voice.

Best Acoustic Guitar Strings

After the recent great bass string comparison from Jon Moody, I thought it would be a good time to compare some of the string choices for acoustics. Let’s start with some basics.

The Difficulties In Amplifying An Acoustic Guitar

Acoustic guitars have always presented a problem when playing at higher volumes. Back in the day (as the kids say), if you wanted a louder acoustic guitar, you bought a bigger acoustic guitar. Bigger bodies = more volume, as there is more wood to vibrate and project the sound towards the listener. But what if you have to play a big club or theater with hundreds or thousands of people? Huh? HUH? You could get a guitar the size of the stage itself, but I bet you wouldn’t like how it sounded! This article will explain some of the difficulties that acoustic guitarists face when wanting just to be heard.

This One is Just Right: The D-TAR Mama Bear

D-TAR is a sister company of Seymour Duncan, and consist of partners Rick Turner, co-founder of and luthier to the stars, and Seymour Duncan, the electric pickup maker. D-TAR stands for Duncan-Turner Acoustic Research and focuses on acoustic guitar products like pickups and preamps. The Mama Bear is sort of a specialized digital preamp and direct box for acoustic guitar, but it really does much more than that.

The Acoustic Tube SA-1 Soundhole Pickup

We all know the story: you have a gorgeous-sounding acoustic guitar and you need to perform with it onstage, but you don’t want to deal with the ‘quack factor’ of under-saddle piezo pickups, nor do you wish to be anchored to a mic or two. And you don’t want to perform an irreversible or otherwise…

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