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The Antiquity Story

Our Antiquity line of pickups goes back to a particularly unique time in guitar history, the 1990s. A few different things were happening at the same time: the vintage guitar market was huge just as ‘shred’ guitars were on a bit of a decline, and guitarists were beginning to relic their own instruments when they couldn’t get their hands on the actual vintage guitars they were […] Continue Reading

Talking Tone With Bad Religion’s Brian Baker

By Elysse Miller I feel fortunate to have grown up during the punk and industrial heyday. One of the pillars of punk, Bad Religion, recently embarked on a new tour that started in Ventura, California. I watched in admiration as these legends played for hours, spanning their entire catalog and hitting their fans with the biting energy they are known for. Continue Reading

Friends of SD: Prestige Guitars

It is always refreshing to see a North American-based guitar builder that can make breathtaking instruments and keep the prices so a working musician can afford them. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Prestige Guitars specializes in a line of traditional solidbodies, semi-hollowbodies, full hollowbodies, a few acoustics and even a bass. Using exotic woods combined with beautiful inlay work, they look and feel like quality instruments. With […] Continue Reading

How to Play Like Clutch’s Tim Sult

As a founding member of the bands Clutch and The Bakerton Group, Tim Sult has been making righteous noise for rock-minded listeners since 1991. His riffs are catchy, potent, and they resonate with a certain pragmatic personality that is both approachable and immediately identifiable. Over the last 25 years, Sult has refined and honed his style from the more raw aesthetic of the early days, but certain elements […] Continue Reading

The Anatomy Of Single Coil Pickups

We discussed the anatomy of humbuckers in a general sense a while back, and because there are so many varieties of single coil pickups, we thought it was time we should take a look at single coil designs too. Let’s have a look at the internal structure of the single coil in general as well as the various main design ‘families’ of single coil pickups. Continue Reading

Great Pickups For Lapsteel Guitars

I suppose it’s easy to forget the origins or the modern electric guitar. After all, the first real electric guitar is still open for debate, all though I guess we can all safely assume it’s the Slingerland Songster Model 401 by now. Which is perhaps striking, since that guitar was preceded and followed by ‘electrified’ lapsteel guitars. Lapsteel guitars, or simply lapsteels, are instruments that are […] Continue Reading

How Do Humbuckers & P90s Differ?

The humbucker, with its single bar magnet under the coils, is generally less gritty, crunchy, raunchy or dirty than the P90. Let’s compare a few ‘vintage’ styled pickups Seymour Duncan has to offer. Continue Reading

What Is A Guitar Pickup?

If you're reading this blog then chances are you play a guitar, and an electric guitar at that. Electric guitars use pickups as part of the recipe to create an amplified electric guitar tone, but what exactly is a pickup, and how does it help us "pick up" the sound of a guitar? Continue Reading

Single Coils From A Golden Era

I used to love heavy metal. I still do, actually, but my taste has evolved to encompass more styles. The less gain I use, the cleaner and more subtle I want my pickup to be. In my search for more vintage-styled tones I stumbled on some older designs, some of which you see far too little nowadays! I want to talk a bit about my four favorite single coil designs - hopefully they'll inspire you the way they inspired me! Continue Reading

Digging Out of the Hole You’re In: Breaking Out of Playing Ruts

We’ve all been there before: when we’re uninspired and everything we play sounds, well, the same. Playing ruts, or more accurately named plateaus, are problems every instrumentalist faces and has to work through. In this article, let’s look at some ideas on how to break through the imaginary wall holding your playing back. I’ve been behind some pretty big walls in my playing life, seemingly more […] Continue Reading