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…

Vintage Humbucker Stories

Every pickup we make tells a story, and our line of vintage pickups is particularly stocked with interesting tales. We asked our sales manager, Alex Semple, to share the stories behind some of our most popular vintage-style models. 

Introducing The Bonamassa Signature Skinner Burst Pickup Set

‘Principal Skinner’ is the name of one of Joe Bonamassa’s most prized guitars, a 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard, serial number # 9-1951. It’s had four owners in its lifetime, staying in the one family from 1959 to 2006 before finding its way into Joe’s hands in 2011. If you’ve heard it you’d know that it…

What Does ‘Vintage’ Mean in Pickup Design?

In guitar circles, we hear the word vintage all the time. It has sold countless guitars, pedals, amps, and accessories. But what does this word really mean? And how can we reclaim a marketing buzzword from things that just look old, antiquated designs, things that were never good in the first place and are begging for improvement?…

Seymour W. Duncan’s Interview With Seth Lover

In June 1978, Seymour W. Duncan visited Seth E. Lover – inventor of the Gibson ‘Patent Applied For’ humbucking pickups – at his home in Garden Grove, California. Here is that discussion for your reading pleasure.

The Seymour Duncan SH-55 Seth Lover Model

The SH-55 Seth Lover model is Seymour Duncan’s tribute to the father of the humbucking pickup. Any guitar today that uses two coils in the same housing wired to get rid of the hum associated with single coil pickups owes a bit of thanks to the original pioneer of pickup design, Seth Lover.

Joe Bonamassa’s Custom Shop Set

In 2011 Joe Bonamassa teamed up with Seymour Duncan to design a pickup set which he could install in other guitars so that he wouldn’t have to take his prized 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard on the road. The result is what we know today as the Joe Bonamassa Signature Set.

What Is A Humbucker?

The humbucker pickup is a staple for so many guitar players around the world. But how does it actually work, and what is the history behind it? This article endeavors to give you a brief overview of all these things.

The Kramer Chronicles, Volume I: The ’59 Set

When I was a kid first starting out on guitar, there was no widespread “DIY” market to speak of. That was just beginning. You basically took what you could get at your local music store, and liked it. Unless you were daring enough to try the also embryonic mail-order market and run with something you…

The Duncan Custom – Pumped Up and Pushed to 11

I want my bridge pickup to be able to cut through the mix. It needs to really crunch, have a percussive quality when playing muted parts, and have a fast response. The other thing is that I need the pickup to not be too hot, it needs to retain some organic qualities. I mostly aim for bridge pickups that are in the ball-park of medium to high output, where there is enough on tap to get some really heavy tones, but not so much that you lose that “woody” sound.

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