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Scary Tone From The Custom Shop

MJ and the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop can create any pickup imaginable. These pickups were custom-made with a Halloween theme for one of our artists, and you can get nearly any Seymour Duncan pickup in a variety or cosmetics to satisy your inner beast. A customer dreamed up these zombie-inspired humbuckers just in time for Halloween, with Alnico 8 magnets that are sure to wake up […] Continue Reading

A Custom Shop Creation

Here’s a little something MJ made in the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop this week. This matched set features an Alnico 5 Telecaster bridge pickup with a DC resistance of 7.2k, and an Alnico 5 DeArmond-style Dynasonic with a resistance of 11.1k. Both are finished in tortoiseshell tops, which you can get as an option on a wide variety of pickups from the Custom Shop.  Visit the […] Continue Reading

Introducing The High Voltage Humbucker Set

Ever wanted your guitar to sound like it has devil horns? The High Voltage Humbucker Set from the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop is the pickup for you.  Developed for one of rock’s most iconic guitarists, this is one pickup set that’s ready to rock all night long. Its story goes back to 2008 when we started working on a formula for a special pickup that took […] Continue Reading

The Infamous Pickle Jar Pearly Gates

Seymour W. Duncan and Billy Gibbons have been friends for a long time, and they’re always kicking around interesting ideas. Once upon a time Billy and Seymour had a particularly wacky brainwave: test just how hardy the Pearly Gates humbucker is by submerging it in water and seeing if it would still work.  Continue Reading

Steve Hunter: Gretsch Guitars & The Blues

If you don't know the name Steve Hunter (you probably do) you certainly have heard his music. Known by many as "The Deacon" he's played on several Alice Cooper albums and also for Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel (he's on "Solsbury Hill"), David Lee Roth and Aerosmith, among many, many others. Continue Reading

Steve Hunter: Gretsch Guitars & The Blues

If you don't know the name Steve Hunter (you probably do) you certainly have heard his music. Known by many as "The Deacon" he's played on several Alice Cooper albums and also for Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel (he's on "Solsbury Hill"), David Lee Roth and Aerosmith, among many, many others. Continue Reading

My Custom Shop Hybrid Pickup

Recently when I visted the Seymour Duncan factory, I was lucky enough to get to hang out in the Custom Shop. Such history in those walls! Pictures of Seymour and MJ with Jeff Beck, Billy Gibbons, Edward Van Halen and many others throughout the years adorn the walls. I saw prototypes for the AH-1, the Frankenstein pickup, early handwound (by Seymour himself) '59s, you name it. It was a treasure trove of pickup prototypes. No, they literally have a vault of prototypes, in addition to the ones displayed on the wall. Continue Reading

Tasty Tone: Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Éclair

Like pretty much everyone reading this, I'm a guitarist and a Seymour Duncan fan. A while back, Seymour and I interacted on Facebook on his birthday and he had told me that MJ had made him a very special Eclair. To my knowledge I stupidly thought he was talking about a special pickup set rather than the tasty desert. I called MJ and asked her how the Eclairs sounded, and she immediately started laughing. So right then and there we started coming up with a pickup idea tailored to creating a new pickup for Seymour that would meet his tonal needs, and which also met mine. Continue Reading

The Bill Mumy Interview

There’s a lot of ways from which you may know of the name Bill Mumy. Perhaps from Babylon 5 if you’re a child of the 90s, or more likely from his iconic role as Will Robinson on Lost In Space if you’re older, or a fan of vintage sci-fi TV dramas. Or maybe from his voiceover work on cartoons like Ren & Stimpy or Batman: The […] Continue Reading