P90 Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between a few of our most popular P90 single-coil pickups   Vintage P90 Magnet: Alnico V Neck DCR: 8.0k Bridge DCR: 9.7k   Our vintage-correct recreation of the original 1946 Gibson single-coil with all of the midrange grittiness, sparkle, and growl that make vintage P90 pickups so special. The dual alnico…

Strat Single-Coil Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between a few of our most popular Single-Coil Stratocaster pickups   Vintage Staggered™ Strat Magnet Type: Alnico V Feature hand-ground Alnico 5 rod magnets and heavy Formvar magnet wire with a special wind pattern to produce that bright, glassy, bell tone with all of the bounce and sparkle you expect from…

Ceramic Humbucker Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between a few of our most popular humbuckers that feature Ceramic magnets   Duncan Custom™ Bridge DCR: 14.1k A hot humbucker which uses a small ceramic magnet and custom-wound coils to dish out a ‘P.A.F.-on-steroids’ tone. It has tight lows, a bump in the upper midrange which gives you more character…

Alnico II Humbucker Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between our Alnico II Humbucker guitar pickups   Antiquity™ Humbucker Neck DCR: 7.7k // Bridge DCR: 8.6k The vintage accurate wind and custom aged Alnico II magnet provide an open tone, with a full low-end, scooped mid-range, and refined treble emphasis.   Seth Lover™ Neck DCR: 7.4k // Bridge DCR: 8.3k…

Alnico V Humbucker Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between our Alnico V Humbucker guitar pickups   JB Model Bridge DCR: 16.6k Our most popular pickup of all time, the JB features a full and powerful low end, crisp and detailed highs, and an upper-midrange bump that adds crunch and chunk to heavy chords but translates to a singing, vocal-like…

How To Shield A Guitar

A few weeks ago, I completed an article about fixing my Ernie Ball/Music Man’s warped pickguard. While I had all of the electronics and pickguard off of the guitar, I noticed that the only shielding on the control cavity was a small strip of aluminum tape on the pickguard where the controls were. Now, the…

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.

Choosing A Bridge Pickup For Your Les Paul

In this article, I wish to explore some of my favorite pickups for the bridge position of a Les Paul. When I talk with players about tone, gear and music in general, the general concensus is that you need pickups with a lot of output for metal and pickups with less output for ‘everything else.’ I disagree with that notion (though it holds some truth, I have to admit) and I’ll try to highlight pickups that can do a large selection of styles as well as pickups that seem almost dedicated to a specific style.

Friends of SD: Aristides Guitars

Here at Seymour Duncan, we are thrilled when a guitar company chooses to use our pickups. We are even more thrilled when that company is on the edge of innovation, offering their own unique ideas in a crowded sea of designs we love, but have seen before. Aristides Guitars is one of these innovative companies.

Meet The Custom Family

Few pickups are so amazingly well designed that they take on almost any magnet you throw at it as the SH-5 Custom. There are three totally unique pickups available in the Custom family, all of which share the same basic ‘DNA’ – the coils and baseplate – but differ in its type of magnet.

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