What To Consider When Looking For New Guitar Pickups

Buying a pickup can be as easy as looking at a few videos, hearing a few sound clips, and getting a few recommendations from friends. But with pickup companies like Seymour Duncan making hundreds of different pickups, an educated consumer will be the happiest consumer.

Talking Tone With Joe Bonamassa

Anyone who is even remotely familiar with Joe Bonamassa knows he’s a huge collector of vintage guitars and amps. There’s the now-famous picture circulating of him on a nearly basketball court-size soundstage packed with gear. You think it’s staged, but nope, it’s all his. The guy could stock his own music store, so impressive is his collection of classic Gibsons and Fenders. Electrics. Acoustics. Cool Alvarez models among them, as well. To-die-for instruments that drip mojo. We’re talking ’59 Les Pauls (yes, plural). 60s too! And the amps! Marshalls, Dumbles, Friedmans, so many flavors of tone. His four-amp touring rig is a sight and sound to behold as well, with a Marshall Silver Jubilee JCM800 at the heart of it.

Scary Tone From The Custom Shop

MJ and the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop can create any pickup imaginable. These pickups were custom-made with a Halloween theme for one of our artists, and you can get nearly any Seymour Duncan pickup in a variety or cosmetics to satisy your inner beast. A customer dreamed up these zombie-inspired humbuckers just in time for…

Introducing The High Voltage Humbucker Set

Ever wanted your guitar to sound like it has devil horns? The High Voltage Humbucker Set from the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop is the pickup for you. Developed for one of rock’s most iconic guitarists, this is one pickup set that’s ready to rock all night long. Its story goes back to 2008 when we…

5 Country Guitarists You Need To Check Out

We have a lot of country guitarists in our Seymour Duncan artist family and we thought it would be fun to catch up with a few of them to see what makes them tick and what drives their sound. So here are Devin Malone, Justin Michael Weaver, Mark Mackay, Daniel Donato and Chris Loocke. 

Friends of SD: The Loar Guitars

By Dave Eichenberger The name The Loar conjures up many images for those who have studied the history and birth of iconic archtop instruments in America. Lloyd Loar was responsible for the design of the F5 mandolins and L5 archtops of the early 20th century and the name lives on in The Loar, a company dedicated to…

The Infamous Pickle Jar Pearly Gates

Seymour W. Duncan and Billy Gibbons have been friends for a long time, and they’re always kicking around interesting ideas. Once upon a time Billy and Seymour had a particularly wacky brainwave: test just how hardy the Pearly Gates humbucker is by submerging it in water and seeing if it would still work. 

Mark Holcomb Talks New Haunted Shores EP

Periphery guitarists Mark Holcomb and Misha Mansoor are about to unleash a new Haunted Shores EP on the world. The seven-track Viscera lands on November 3 via Bandcamp and it’s full of monster riffs, foreboding atmospheres and lots of great guitar playing. We checked in with Mark for a few words on the new record. 

ESP’s 40th Anniversary Exhibition Limited 2015 Collection

ESP celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2015, and they’ve unveiled the 40th Anniversary Exhibition Limited 2015 collection of very special guitars and basses designed to showcase the skills and creativity of their craftsmen and the quality of the materials they work with.

Introducing The Seymour Duncan Custom Shop SLUG

Its DC Resistance comes in at a whopping 48k. It’s the most powerful passive humbucker we’ve ever produced. It lives for stoner/doom metal. It’ll drink all your beer and go through your stuff, but it’ll also help you move house because it’s cool like that. It once hog-tied a Rancor. It patched things up between Mork and Mindy when things were looking a little rough. It likes long walks by the swamp. REAL long walks. It was the one who nicknamed John Wayne ‘The Duke.’ It’s SLUG.

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