Seymour Duncan Active P-Bass Pickups

By Dave Eichenberger When looking over the history of popular music, it is safe to say that passive basses are really the most common of the basses used. After all, this is what Leo Fender designed, when active circuitry in a bass was still 30 years away. But these days, bassists need more options.

Passive P-Bass Pickup Roundup

It is hard to believe that there was a time before the electric bass. But just about 70 years ago, the Dark Ages were upon us as bassists were still using upright basses for new forms of dance music becoming popular with teenage audiences. These bassists were still packing their oversized violas in the Family…

Introducing The Quarter Pound for P-Bass 5-String

The Quarter Pound range of Seymour Duncan pickups is known for its high power, full tone and punchy attack, all of which come in very handy for Stratocaster or Telecaster single coil. Or a Jaguar or Jazzmaster. And it’s a natural to want these qualities in a Jazz Bass or P-Bass pickup. But with the onward…

Silver Zephyr SPB-1 or Zephyr Voltron

There are a lot of options in the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop for us bass players. Whether you want something that’s fairly simple (like SPB-3 pole pieces with the SPB-1 wind) or something crazier, the folks at the Custom Shop can make it. With that in mind, when I was spec’ing out the parts for my new bass build, I knew we had to have some very special pickups in it. And it hit me:

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”…

Dusty Hill’s Fender Custom Shop Gold Top P Bass

The Fender Custom Shop has announced a new Gold Top Limited Edition Dusty Hill Bass, modelled after the instrument Dusty is currently using on the road with ZZ Top. And like pretty much everything to do with ZZ Top, from their vehicles to their clothes, Dusty’s bass is not just any off-the-shelfer: it’s packed with…

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.

Seymour Duncan Underground – Immune

At Seymour Duncan, we are all about the players and their quest for the right sound. For every band that has achieved critical mass, there are thousands more who are putting in their dues at local bars and coffee shops. Seymour Duncan Underground is a new continuing series to showcase unique musicians and bands that…

From Tokyo to London, Taka uses Seymour Duncan for his Funky Bottom

Taka Hirose began playing bass at the age of 14 and played in several jazz and metal bands during his school years. Taka moved to Tokyo and worked for guitar manufacturing specialists ESP and played music at night. After performing for Tokyo Yakuza bosses, Taka moved to London where he joined a new band, which…

Pushing that low end with Silverstein

Blending disparate hardcore and metal, Billy Hamilton, bassist and backing vocalist for Silverstein works hard laying a hard pounding yet melodic groove that helped propel Silverstein into one of the top bands in its genre. Billy uses Seymour Duncan Basslines in all is basses, Billy says, “I run the Duncan SPB-2 Hot for P-Bass pickups…

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