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Talking Tone With A Thousand Horses

A Thousand Horses have been breaking some serious ground in the country scene. Rolling Stone credited them with bringing back southern rock, and their song ‘Smoke’ has set a new Country Aircheck radio chart record for highest debut by a new act. They’re now recording their second album after wrapping up a year long U.S. tour and finishing a live album from London. We caught up […] Continue Reading

5 Country Guitarists You Need To Check Out

We have a lot of country guitarists in our Seymour Duncan artist family and we thought it would be fun to catch up with a few of them to see what makes them tick and what drives their sound. So here are Devin Malone, Justin Michael Weaver, Mark Mackay, Daniel Donato and Chris Loocke.  Continue Reading

Chatting With Carrie Underwood Guitarist Jimmy Herman

Those are just a few of the words that help define the man. You may know him best as Carrie Underwood's guitarist, but he has also shared the stage with Keith Urban, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, and Brad Paisley, just to name a few. I had the opportunity and honor of asking Jimmy about guitars and guitar playing, and one thing is certain: his passion for what he does is infectious. Continue Reading

Amos Heller On Being A Professional Musician

Amos Heller is a gentleman who’s “paid his dues.” Starting in the classical world on upright bass, making the jump to electric, moving to Nashville and playing for Josh Gracin, Mindy MacCready and currently Taylor Swift, he brings a love and appreciation for the bass as well as the entire craft of a musician. Always looking to stay busy, we caught up with him and asked […] Continue Reading

The Economy of Hybrid Picking

Years ago, after about four years of classical lessons (I was about 12), I got into my older brother’s record collection, which was full of what we would call classic rock today, but of course then, it was just called rock. I decided to learn Led Zep’s 'Stairway to Heaven,' which hadn’t yet become as annoying to hear people play it as it is today. I heard the acoustic intro and the strummed rhythm and the cool rock riff at the end. Yeah! I could finally put that classical training to work - I can play with my fingers! Well, at least until the strummy part. Then I could put the pick down! And pick it up when needed again- all in one song! Continue Reading

The JB and 59 – A Classic Combination

When it comes to classic pickup combinations the Seymour Duncan JB and 59 combo have to be right up there. With the ability to providing searing heavy tones from the JB, and smooth clear tones from the 59, you will end up with one incredibly versatile axe. Continue Reading

Seymour Duncan Underground – Blake Havard

Blake grew up in Alberta, influenced by the music of his parents, where it was not uncommon to hear Motown, Kris Kristofferson, Neil Diamond, The Beatles, and Elton John playing on the record player. His older brother had started a band and Blake quickly took to starting his own group. Blake set his sights on the local Battle of Bands and won. He took off to […] Continue Reading

Classically Trained Country Guitarist Dan Weller Knows how to Tailor his Tone!

Dan Weller is a multi-faceted guitarist-vocalist based in Nashville.  Over the years, he’s toured with several independent and major label artists in front of audiences as large as 500,000. Dan Weller began playing guitar at age 8. He kept disappearing with his dad’s classical trying to figure out how to play, so his folks decided to fan his interest and started lessons. Dan studied classical and […] Continue Reading