Best Pickups For Ibanez Guitars

Although I consider it my duty as a guitarist to own a Strat, Tele and Les Paul (and some day an ES-335 please, Santa), I have plenty of experience with all sorts of Ibanez guitars and all sorts of Seymour Duncan pickups. So I thought it might be fun to share some of what I’ve found.

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…

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…

Introducing Duality

Whenever we make a new product at Seymour Duncan, it has to benefit players. It has to make life easier and tone better for those who it’s made for. Duality is made unlike any other active pickup, and it opens up a whole new exciting chapter for what’s possible. We’ve made pickups that combine aspects…

Introducing Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Blackouts

Jeff Loomis knows what he wants to hear from his guitar, whether playing solo or as a member of Arch Enemy and Conquering Dystopia: he needs a matched pickup set that stays clear under heavy distortion, with a strong pick attack to maintain detail when he plays fast, and with enough sustain and dynamics to…

Jeff Loomis: Seymour Duncan’s Newest Signature Artist

By Martina Fasano Whether it’s with Sanctuary, Nevermore, through his solo work, or most recently with Arch Enemy, Jeff Loomis has developed the reputation of being on of metal’s elite guitar players. His column in Guitar World magazine, “Merchant of Menace” provided a great many shredders with the tools they needed to try and emulate…

New ESP Models For 2015

Our friends at ESP Guitars have unveiled a number of new models for 2015 and there are a fewSeymour Duncan-loaded guitars among the line-up. Let’s check ‘em out!

ESP’s 40th Anniversary Exhibition Limited 2015 Collection

ESP celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2015, and they’ve unveiled the 40th Anniversary Exhibition Limited 2015 collection of very special guitars and basses designed to showcase the skills and creativity of their craftsmen and the quality of the materials they work with.

Is There A “Pop Sound”?

Discussions about how to get “that” tone are usually centred around a particular genre. It’s easy to discuss rock, jazz, metal or country tones, because the genre itself carries an implication about a rough tonal ballpark. When we talk about rock, we immediately bring to mind various overdrive and distortion sounds. Jazz makes us think of that warm, articulate clean tone. Metal is all about crushing distortion, and country musicians can’t get enough twang.

New Schecter Guitars in 2014

From humble beginnings on Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys, California to their spacious new facility in Sun Valley, Schecter has always been know for quality. At first for their finely-crafted replacement parts, mostly Fender-licensed fare, but seriously, unquestionably top-notch parts. And then anyone who’s a fan or old enough remembers the PT, that classic two-humbucker Tele-styled guitar that Pete Townsend rocked all through the 80s.

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