Straps and Strap Height: Playing While Looking Cool

We’ve all seen it: Les Paul down by the knees, swaggering across the stage. This is an image that’s burned into our brain, and probably the reason why many guitarists picked the guitar over the trombone in the first place. But if we want to play in front of people, this means to most rock,…

Vintage Humbucker Stories

Every pickup we make tells a story, and our line of vintage pickups is particularly stocked with interesting tales. We asked our sales manager, Alex Semple, to share the stories behind some of our most popular vintage-style models. 

My Top 10 List of Forgotten Les Pauls

  For a company many perceive as traditional, Gibson sure had a lot of forward-thinking folks over the years. First of those might be Les Paul himself, whose name sits on the headstock of one of the most iconic guitars of all time.

Sweep Picking Demystified

Sweep-picking is another one of those guitar techniques shrouded in mystery and folklore. One that, while great to have in one’s arsenal, much like hammer-ons is great until it’s overused.

Cage Match: Vintage vs Modern Guitar Designs

This article is about the continuing battle between technology and tradition, vintage and modern, where electric guitars came from, and where they are going. You made your choice, now rock!

Friends of SD: Parsons Guitars

Ventura, California’s Randy Parsons builds whatever he can think of, leaving established classic designs to someone else.

My Favorite Archive Releases of 2014

People here at Seymour Duncan are not just obsessive about tone, but also about music itself. After all, you have to love music to be able to make tools to make it. But the good thing is that everyone’s tastes are different.

The Mysterious Disappearing Les Paul of the 1960s

The Gibson Les Paul remains one of the top selling guitars of all time. It attracts young and old alike, and whether it’s early Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, or relative newcomers like Slash, the Les Paul seems to transfer mojo from deep within the Mahogany itself directly into the player. However, in the 1960s not all was rosy in Les Paul-land. This article is not about one particular guitar, but an entire line that, for a time in the 1960s, was not the iconic instrument it is now. What happened to the mighty Les Paul some 50 years ago? And how did it come back?

Breaking Down the Barriers: The Aeolian Mode

Welcome to the next installment of my series on the modes of the major scale. This is probably the most popular mode, and the one most associated with music we have learned on guitar. The reason being is that the Aeolian mode goes by another, more common name: the minor scale.

Livin’ Lovin’ TONE: The Whole Lotta Humbucker

Seymour Duncan worked in the Fender Soundhouse in London. He worked on the actual guitars of many British blues-rock heroes. During that time he got to re-wind many pickups on these iconic guitars.
He pays tribute to that time and his work by offering us the Whole Lotta Humbucker.

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