Unlock New Tones With These HSS Pickups

There have been many classic pickup sets throughout the electric guitar’s history: A couple of PAFs, any trio of vintage-voiced Strat pickups, a pair of active humbuckers, even the Nashville Tele setup. But we often overlook the HSS pickup configuration. There are far fewer complete sets of HSS pickups on the market. So we’ve put…

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…

Our Top Tips from 2020

January is a great month for new beginnings. You know, a new year, new me kind of thing. But, it’s also a great month for reflection and thinking about the best moments from the year prior. So, in this last week of January 2021, we’re going to do just that. Here are the Top 3…

P90 Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between a few of our most popular P90 single-coil pickups   Vintage P90 Magnet: Alnico V Neck DCR: 8.0k Bridge DCR: 9.7k   Our vintage-correct recreation of the original 1946 Gibson single-coil with all of the midrange grittiness, sparkle, and growl that make vintage P90 pickups so special. The dual alnico…

Passive P-Bass Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between a few of our most popular Passive P-Bass Pickups   SPB-1 Vintage P-Bass Magnet Type: Alnico V DCR: 11.0k The P-Bass has defined recorded and live music since its inception, and the Vintage P-Bass pickup nails all the things we love about that distinctive tone. You will get just the…

Passive Jazz Bass Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between a few of our most popular Passive Jazz Bass Pickups   SJB-1 Vintage Jazz Bass Magnet Type: Alnico V Neck DCR: 9.3k // Bridge DCR: 9.2k These pickups are a faithful recreation of the Jazz Bass single-coils of the early 60s. Our Vintage Jazz Bass pickups stay true to the originals…

Hum-Canceling Tele Pickup Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between a few of our most popular Hum-Canceling Telecaster Pickups   Vintage Stack Tele Set Magnet Type: Alnico V Neck DCR: 15.8k // Bridge DCR: 18.0k Our Vintage Stack Tele pickups offer up unmistakable Telecaster sparkle and spank without the traditional hum. Eliminate that pesky hum while keeping all the chime…

Tele Single-Coil Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between a few of our most popular Single-Coil Telecaster Pickups   STL-1b Vintage Broadcaster Tele Bridge Magnet Type: Alnico V Bridge DCR: 8.0k A faithful tribute to the 1950 original, our Vintage Broadcaster is the perfect choice for discerning players who demand something more from their Tele lead pickup. Our Broadcaster…

Strat Single-Coil Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between a few of our most popular Single-Coil Stratocaster pickups   Vintage Staggered™ Strat Magnet Type: Alnico V Feature hand-ground Alnico 5 rod magnets and heavy Formvar magnet wire with a special wind pattern to produce that bright, glassy, bell tone with all of the bounce and sparkle you expect from…

Active Humbuckers Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between a few of our most popular active humbuckers   The Basics of Active Humbuckers Like their passive counterparts, active pickups still utilize magnets and wire-wrapped coils to capture string vibrations and read them as a current. Active pickups employ an active preamp (usually powered by a 9V battery) that, along…

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