Cage Match: Active vs. Passive Pickups

Pickups come in two basic flavors. One is active, and the second is passive. If your guitar requires a battery, chances are that it has active pickups. If it doesn’t, or will function without a battery, then the pickups would be considered passive. From what I have seen, guitarists generally prefer one or the other…

Why Should I Replace My Pickups, Anyway?

The decision to replace pickups in your guitar is one only you can make. This article will attempt to describe some of the instances where it would make sense to replace these tone-producers.

Antiquity Humbuckers in a Semi-Hollow Guitar

A friend of mine has very kindly lent me his Gibson ES-339 recently. Even more kindly, he has allowed me to switch the pickups. The stock pickups that come in the guitar are standard PAF-type pickups, but to me, they still have a little too much output and the wax potting removes some of that…

Goin’ Round in Circles: Using Looping Devices in Unexpected Ways

I’ve been using one device or another to loop sound for the last 25 years. Recently, a wealth of fairly inexpensive looping pedals have been released, and this article will focus on some unexpected – and unintended – uses for them.

Seymour Duncan Underground – Tommy Mills & The Jade Amenity

At Seymour Duncan, we are all about the players and their quest for the right sound. For every band that has achieved critical mass, there are thousands more who are putting in their dues at local bars and coffee shops across the world. Seymour Duncan Underground is a new continuing series to showcase unique musicians…

Seymour Duncan nominated for Vintage Guitar Magazine Hall of Fame

Contributors and visitors of Vintage Guitar magazine have nominated Seymour Duncan as a candidate for the Vintage Guitar Hall of Fame Innovator. Previous winners include Leo Fender, Les Paul, Orville Gibson, Seth Lover and others. Registration is required in order to vote and those who vote get a chance to win an Egnater head and…

Eric Mendelsohn

Seymour Duncan Artist and Their Pickups Eric Mendelsohn “Every time I mod a guitar or put some thing together, there is never any question what brand pickups I choose. Seymour Duncan provides pickups that fulfill every tone I could ever need. From the Antiquities in my tele to the JB in my SG, Duncan is…

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