The Three Best Classic Rock Pickups

Seymour Duncan’s three best passive pickups for classic rock tone. Choosing the best classic rock pickups can be a bit daunting. Some people say Hendrix is classic rock, while others say, Journey. And some people even claim Nirvana has crossed into classic territory. We say classic rock is defined by the iconic ‘passive humbucker into…

Our Ultimate Guide to Guitar Pickup Installation: The Secret Agent

The Seymour Duncan Brad Paisley Secret Agent Tele neck pickup is a revolution in twang. It gives Esquires the Telecaster’s flexibility while retaining the unique tone and punch of Esquire pickups. It can also give your Telecaster the sleek and minimalist style of an Esquire while still delivering the Tele’s wide breadth of tone. Best…

The Seymour Duncan PowerStage: Everything You Need To Know

Seymour Duncan PowerStage pedal platform amplifiers are the ultimate solution for modern musicians dealing with today’s tonal realities. These realities include relying on pedal-driven tones, embracing digital amp modeling, as well as weight, cartage, and stage-volume restrictions. But never fear! The Seymour Duncan PowerStage amps address all of these issues and more. Expertly tuned amplification…

5-String Jazz Bass Pickups & String Spacing: What You Need to Know

Everything you need to know to ensure you get the perfect pickups for your favorite 5-string. Not all 5-string Jazz Bass pickups are created equal. And we’re not talking about tone here. We’re talking about if they’ll even line up with the strings on your bass. And if you’ve ever bought replacement pickups for a…

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…

Happy Holidays from Seymour Duncan!

  A Visit from Saint Seymour It was the night before Xmas, two days from the gig. My new band had told me “Your tone we don’t dig!” My old Strat hummed like a tree full of bees. My once sparkling Tele now sounded like cheese! The gutted Les Paul was borderline junk. My SG…

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…

How to Get Paisley-Approved Vintage Tele Tones

The rules of guitar heroism are different for Tele players. These 6-string virtuosos have come to create their own paradigm of what it means to be a true master of their instrument. While rarely moving out of their twang-based genres, these players are incredibly potent forces in the pantheon of guitarists. Today, no one embodies…

Nightrage rocks St. Petersburg as part of Frets of Fury

Evan and I recently travelled to Florida to visit the Frets of Fury tour. One band of particular interest to us was Nightrage. Marios Iliopoulos started Nightrage with Gus G. and they are now touring with Gus’s band Firewind. This is the story of our time with guitarists Bill Hudson and Marios Iliopoulos of Nightrage. We…

Tenacious D's electric guitarist John Konesky has found the Pickups of Destiny

The legend of Tenacious D is a long story dating back to early times. John Konesky has played electric guitar for the D, and Kyle Gass’ band Trainwreck. When not shredding out the devils guitar solo in Beelzeboss, John can be seen with Kyle Gass in the YouTube show Guitarings.

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