Guitar Wiring Explored: Adding a Blower Switch

We’ve all been there: you’ve dialed in a sweet rhythm tone – the neck volume is on seven and the bridge volume is on… whatever it’s on, you weren’t looking. And the tone controls are turned to the precise value of “where it sounds right.” You’re grooving away and suddenly it’s time for the solo! You switch…

The Antiquity Story

Our Antiquity line of pickups goes back to a particularly unique time in guitar history, the 1990s. A few different things were happening at the same time: the vintage guitar market was huge just as ‘shred’ guitars were on a bit of a decline, and guitarists were beginning to relic their own instruments when they…

Pickups For Jaguar, Jazzmaster, Mustang & Duo-Sonic

Fender’s range of classic ‘offset’ guitars is enjoying quite resurgence lately. Models like the Jazzmaster, Jaguar, Mustang, Bass VI and Duo-Sonic are popular with indie guitar players as well as those who play blues, classic rock and roots-rock. These guitars all have scale lengths that differ from the typical Fender 25.5″ and they typically have quite distinctive…

What Does ‘Vintage’ Mean in Pickup Design?

In guitar circles, we hear the word vintage all the time. It has sold countless guitars, pedals, amps, and accessories. But what does this word really mean? And how can we reclaim a marketing buzzword from things that just look old, antiquated designs, things that were never good in the first place and are begging for improvement?…

The Anatomy Of Single Coil Pickups

We discussed the anatomy of humbuckers in a general sense a while back, and because there are so many varieties of single coil pickups, we thought it was time we should take a look at single coil designs too. Let’s have a look at the internal structure of the single coil in general as well as the various main…

Cage Match Bass Edition: Precision vs. Jazz

Probably the biggest thing that I hear when someone brings up the very polarizing question, “If you had just one bass for all kinds of styles, what would it be?” you will usually read the answer “Leo Fender got it right with the P Bass” or “Leo Fender got it right with the J Bass”…

Single Coils From A Golden Era

I used to love heavy metal. I still do, actually, but my taste has evolved to encompass more styles. The less gain I use, the cleaner and more subtle I want my pickup to be. In my search for more vintage-styled tones I stumbled on some older designs, some of which you see far too little nowadays! I want to talk a bit about my four favorite single coil designs – hopefully they’ll inspire you the way they inspired me!

Seymour Duncan Antiquities: Vintage Hallmarks

Choosing a guitar can be daunting task – not to mention choosing the right set of pickups! The choices are overwhelming. But what if you have an old guitar and want to change pickups but want to retain the old vintage looks? In that case they’re only so little things you can do. You can choose to put the old covers on new pickups, learn to live with the fresh new look of the new pickups, or take a look at Seymour Duncan’s Antiquity Series pickups.

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