The Best Guitar Pickups for Metal: Classic Metal

We know that picking the best guitar pickups for metal is impossible. It’s even hard to narrow them down for classic metal. Every player has different preferences, everyone is after a different tone, and there are just too many options available. Not to mention, classic metal means something different to everyone. Here’s how we define…

How to Get the Most From Your Distortion

What’s the Difference Between Diamondhead and Palladium?!    Tuned for a wide range of distortion, rock players of all shades find the Diamondhead perfectly suited for their preferences. But we often hear, “Doesn’t Seymour Duncan already have the Palladium?”     Great question.    We’d like to give a bit more insight into these two multi-gain stage distortion…

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…

Choosing Pickups to Match Your Guitar’s Wood

We’ve discussed choosing pickups according to your style before. We’ve also had a bit of a look at choosing pickups with respect to the wood: what wood works best with which pickup for which style? In this article I want to explore some possible guitar, pickup, style and tone choices. What goes good with what?

Five Fiendishly Frightful Halloween Shred Machines

By Martina Fasano Halloween. The candy-lover’s Christmas. The sinfully sinister holiday that gives us chills, tricks, and treats. What better way to pay tribute to one of the coolest, most fun days on the calendar, than to play some guitars that are spooky, hellish, or downright mean? Here are five guitars featuring Seymour Duncan pickups that…

The Four Stages of Gain: Seymour Duncan Gain Pedals

Overdrive and distortion pedals tend to multiply if left alone for too long. At some point, every guitar player looks at the pile of pedals scattered around the room, and can positively assure an unsuspecting wanderer that every single one of those pedals are completely different, and just because they might be the same size,…

Talking Guitar With Lita Ford

By Martina Fasano Lita Ford began her career in the seminal all-female punk band The Runaways, together with Joan Jett, Sandy West, Cherie Currie, and Jackie Fox. That would have been enough trailblazing for most people, but not Lita.

Let’s Talk About Sustain

It’s fairy common to read about sustain in guitar reviews. Some guitars have lots of it, some have less. We sometimes perceive that a guitar is better if it has lots of sustain compared to if it doesn’t. Let’s pull on a thread to unravel the tapestry of what ‘sustain’ means in a technical and musical sense.

Talking Tone With Queensryche’s Michael Wilton

Seymour Duncan and Queensryche have had a long and fruitful partnership over the years: our pickups have been a part of the Queensrÿche sound for decades, and the band met vocalist Todd La Torre at our NAMM party a few years back.

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