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…

Pickups for Drop-Tuning

Drop tuning involves dropping the strings down pitches to explore a whole different tonal shape and be able to do things like easily fret across strings with a single finger. This also includes alternate tunings which may in part or completely involve lowering the pitch of the strings from standard tuning (EADGBE). Playing in drop-tunings…

Hear The New Trivium Song Now!

Right now Trivium are streaming their new song, “Brave This Storm,” from their forthcoming Roadrunner album Vengeance Falls, and they’re also making the song available for download via their website. Or you can listen to it in the widget below. Set for release in October, Vengeance Falls is produced by Disturbed/Device’s David Draiman, and it…

Seven-String Pickup Options

One thing 7-string players continually cite as an attraction to the extended range of the seven is that they can still play everything that they could play on a six-string guitar – as well as getting down into much lower musical territory. And that’s true of tone too: the sounds you get out of your six-string pickups are also available from 7-string versions. Many of our popular models are available in versions for 7-string players, and even if we don’t offer a production 7-string version of a six-string pickup you’ve just gotta have on your seven, the Custom Shop may be able to help!

Interview with Nick Hipa of As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying isn’t your typical metal band, nor have they followed the regular path of being debuted with a strong album and attempting to get back to that point. From their first album their music and skills continued to evolve when in 2007 they released An Ocean Between Us, an album that had…

Mick Thomson EMTY Blackouts Now Available for 7-String

The pulverizing tone that defines Slipknot and Mick Thomson is now available in a 7-string pickup, just like our regular Blackouts. Mick was already a Blackouts fan before we collaborated on his signature pickup. “Blackouts have a lot more tone than your typical active pickup,” he says. “They sound more real. It’s a bigger sound,…

Guitar Metal Techniques by Marios Iliopoulos

Warming up Exercises Start at 120 BPM and increase the tempos as you feel better each time. 1) Chromatic exercise from E 6th bass string. (DOWN- UP PICKING) With bar from fifth fret. Move the bar at fourth, third, second and first fret as you feel better at each time. (DOWN- UP PICKING) From 1st E…

Learn Metal with Marios Iliopoulos of Nightrage Pt. 2

This song incorporates clean type appreciated chords played with distortion, and I can tell you that I was very inspired from acoustic guitar when I was composing the song. The verse is very in your face and they sound even cooler with the addition of some melodic lines behind it. The clean acoustic break in the…

Ultimate High-Output Pickup Comparsion

If you are looking for a high-output pickup for rock or metal, check out this comparsion demo where you can see 12 of our most popular models compared in side by side demos. Distortion 0:06 – 1:02 Full Shred 1:03 – 1:59 Invader 1:59 – 2:55 JB 2:56 – 3:53 Alternative 8 3:54 – 4:49…

Voices of Metal – Joe Nurre of Shaded Enmity & The Jeff Loomis Band

In this week’s edition of Voices of Metal we turn to a guitarist who has spent years making brutal music with Shaded Enmity. We recently heard that Joe Nurre had joined up with Jeff Loomis to go on tour, we caught up with him to talk about his tone, the Seattle metal scene and his…

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