Cage Match: Active vs. Passive Pickups

Pickups come in two basic flavors. One is active, and the second is passive. If your guitar requires a battery, chances are that it has active pickups. If it doesn’t, or will function without a battery, then the pickups would be considered passive. From what I have seen, guitarists generally prefer one or the other…

Five Fiendishly Frightful Halloween Shred Machines

By Martina Fasano Halloween. The candy-lover’s Christmas. The sinfully sinister holiday that gives us chills, tricks, and treats. What better way to pay tribute to one of the coolest, most fun days on the calendar, than to play some guitars that are spooky, hellish, or downright mean? Here are five guitars featuring Seymour Duncan pickups that…

Wes Hauch’s Schecter PT Signature Model

Wes Hauch is a monster on the guitar. As a member of The Faceless he cut an imposing figure of shredsmanship. As touring guitarist with They Art is Murder he fit right in. You’ve seen his great pickup demo videos and if you’re no doubt waiting with excitement for his forthcoming collaboration with Keith Merrow….

Guitars Of Summer NAMM

By Martina Fasano Summer NAMM. It’s almost like the overlooked middle child of the family when compared to the “Golden Child” that is Winter NAMM. That being said, many of the company reps I have spoken to over the years will tell you that Summer NAMM is actually a better place to do what they’re…

Dogman By King’s X: An Underrated Classic

By Jay Hale If one had to list what were the most criminally underrated albums of the 90s, King’s X’s Dogman would be high on the list. Whether due to the changing tides of music at the time, the advent of grunge, the ripple effect of the death of glam metal, etc, it slipped under…

Introducing Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Blackouts

Jeff Loomis knows what he wants to hear from his guitar, whether playing solo or as a member of Arch Enemy and Conquering Dystopia: he needs a matched pickup set that stays clear under heavy distortion, with a strong pick attack to maintain detail when he plays fast, and with enough sustain and dynamics to…

Jeff Loomis: Seymour Duncan’s Newest Signature Artist

By Martina Fasano Whether it’s with Sanctuary, Nevermore, through his solo work, or most recently with Arch Enemy, Jeff Loomis has developed the reputation of being on of metal’s elite guitar players. His column in Guitar World magazine, “Merchant of Menace” provided a great many shredders with the tools they needed to try and emulate…

Voices Of Metal: Nikki Stringfield

Photo by Brad Jurjens Nikki Stringfield is a great guitarist with some very impressive credits already to her name and an undoubtedly exciting musical future to come. As one part of the guitar duo in The Iron Maidens, Nikki shreds on Maiden classics all around the world. She also plays in the reactivated Femme Fatale and makes…

Seymour Duncan at NAMM 2016

Last week we packed up and headed down to Anaheim, California for the 2016 Winter NAMM Show. We had a great time meeting with artists, dealers and media, and letting folks try out brand-new gear like the Catalina Dynamic Chorus and Palladium Gain Stage pedals at our pedal testing stations.

The Sound of Synyster Gates

Synyster Gates along with his partner in guitar crime, Zacky Vengeance, burst out of Huntington Beach California and on to the metal scene with Avenged Sevenfold in 2001 with the release of “Sounding of the Seventh Trumpet” Known for their metalcore as well as their more jazz and prog-rock influences, Avenged’s music features intricate arrangement, duelling harmony guitars, and inventive arrangements. They’ve been featured on Ozzfest tours, won Revolver Golden God awards for the guitar playing, and Synyster has spawned his own gear and clothing line. The dude gets around.

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