Classically Trained Country Guitarist Dan Weller Knows how to Tailor his Tone!

Dan Weller is a multi-faceted guitarist-vocalist based in Nashville.  Over the years, he’s toured with several independent and major label artists in front of audiences as large as 500,000. Dan Weller began playing guitar at age 8. He kept disappearing with his dad’s classical trying to figure out how to play, so his folks decided to fan his interest and started lessons. Dan studied classical and […] Continue Reading

Tele Neck Pickup Options

The Telecaster is without question a classic instrument. It has an instantly identifiable sound - especially in the bridge and middle positions. However, the neck pickup alone is slightly weaker than the bridge position. Not to say that it doesn't sound good, because it does. In fact Seymour Duncan makes several vintage output Tele neck pickups for those who are after that traditional, sweet Tele neck sound. I have the STR-1 Vintage Rhythm in the neck of one of my Telecasters and it's silky smooth. Continue Reading

Getting Five Sounds from Two Humbuckers

I recently built myself a Tele-style guitar from parts. I used a vintage white Swamp Ash body from Warmoth, the neck from my 10-year-old USA Fender Telecaster and hardware from… well, mostly from eBay actually. I already have a Telecaster with an STR-1 Vintage Rhythm pickup in the neck position and an APTL-3JD Jerry Donahue Lead in the bridge position, so I’m well covered for the […] Continue Reading

Tele Bridge Pickup Options

If you've got a Telecaster that you love the feel of but you're not totally happy with the lead pickup sound, there are lots of options. In this article I'll take you through some of them, and let you hear what a few of them would sound like too. I'm going to assume that your Tele is a "normal" one - as in, it has the big metal bridge plate with a single coil pickup in it. Where can we go from there? Continue Reading

Choosing Strat Pickups From A Les Paul-Players' Perspective

What can I say? I love the Les Paul. The shape itself is sexy as hell. Curved and cut at the right places. The tone is awesome: fat and thundering, tight and singing, it's really my go-to guitar! But sometimes music demands something else. You can't eat steak 'n chips every day, can you?! Sometimes your body craves for a simple, clean tomato salad. And that's what a Strat is to me. Something to clean the palate, in order to enjoy a Les Paul more. Continue Reading

Changing the Tone of Your Wah Pedal

The wah pedal is a long-standing fixture on many pedalboards. The Cry Baby wah was the very first pedal I bought - and I still have it - but I've always preferred a "darker" tone in my wah sound. I find that when you "open up" the Cry Baby (toe down position), it’s too “pitchy.” Yes, I know, that’s not a word, but anyone who has run into the high-pitched squeals of an open Cry Baby wah knows exactly what I’m talking about. I could have replaced my wah pedal with something darker, but like many guitarists I didn’t want to spend $250 on another piece of gear. Correction: I wanted to spend the money on gear, but I can only hide so many guitar-related purchases a year, and adding another wah pedal seemed redundant. Continue Reading

Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster

Seymour Duncan Artist and Their Pickups MAYLENE & THE SONS OF DISASTER Seymour Duncan recently caught up with Maylene and The Sons of Disaster backstage while on tour. The band has been tearing up the stages across the country showcasing songs from their third album entitled III released on Ferret Records. Soon they will be rocking all throughout Europe with Killswitch Engage, In Flames and Every […] Continue Reading

Slash Returns to America

Seymour Duncan Artist and Their Pickups Slash Returns to America   After months of playing nightly sold out gigs all over Asia and Australia, on a cool night in late-August 2010, Slash & Company brought their hard hitting guitar show back to American terra firma and the historic Warfield Theater. Evan Skopp, our Head of Artist Relations, was backstage with Slash and the band before the […] Continue Reading

Patrick Wilson from Weezer

Seymour Duncan Artist and Their Pickups Patrick – Weezer From the seminal hits “Buddy Holly” and “Beverly Hills” to their latest album Hurley, Weezer has been been making great music to rock out for more than 15 years. With a worldwide following of dedicated fans, their sound has, to many, become the definition of what great rock should be. Pounding the skins as the backbone of […] Continue Reading

Blues rocking guitarist Alastair Greene has the right tone for the Alan Parsons Live Project

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Alastair Greene has been a mainstay of the Southern California music scene for over 2 decades. Alastair was born April 18th, 1971 in Santa Barbara, CA. Best known for his blues-based, soulful, and melodic guitar playing (as well as one of a rare-breed to play slide guitar), Alastair can be heard on CDs by Alan Parsons (2006 Grammy Nominated ‘A Valid Path’); […] Continue Reading