Talking Tone With Skeletonwitch

Skeletonwitch has been making a name for themselves on stages from Ozzfest to the Jägermeister Presents Tour and all points in between since their formation in Ohio in 2003. That was when guitarist Scott Hedrick met his future bandmate and fellow guitarist Nate Garnette at Ohio University. They released their first album in 2004 and have…

Pickups for Drop-Tuning

Drop tuning involves dropping the strings down pitches to explore a whole different tonal shape and be able to do things like easily fret across strings with a single finger. This also includes alternate tunings which may in part or completely involve lowering the pitch of the strings from standard tuning (EADGBE). Playing in drop-tunings…

Seymour Duncan’s Prodigal Sons: the SH-7 and the SH-9

If you were to take a close look at the lineup of pickups from Seymour Duncan, you might notice a numbering system for the humbuckers: SH-1 (’59), SH-2 (Jazz), SH-3 (Stag Mag), all the way up to SH-18. This nice line of sequential pickups gives you an indication how old a specific design is. For example, it’s pretty commonly known that the SH-2 Jazz and SH-4 JB were developed simultaneously. It doesn’t take much imagination to think that those first few pickups were designed and released in the same era, the late 1970s. But look again and you might notice two gaping holes in the lineup. The SH-7 and SH-9 are missing!

7/8 String Soapbar Size Now Available

Ever since active pickups came out and many guitar manufacturers starting building with them in mind, there’s been one problem – the standard size of active pickups (Phase II) is different than the size of regular passive humbuckers. Changing out your active pickups for regular passive pickups just isn’t possible if your guitar was designed…

Crimson Guitars Twin 45 RPM, A Closer View

When you want something new in your sound, you can buy a new pickup or pedal to shape the tone, or you can buy a brand new amp or simply replace the guitar. You establish a wish list, go to a store to search for a guitar that fits the bill, and hope you find…

Q&A With Gus G of Firewind/Ozzy Osbourne

Between Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne, Gus G’s got this whole guitar thing pretty well stitched up. And he knows his gear too: he has signature equipment from Blackstar, ESP and of course Seymour Duncan, and he’s got the technical knowledge and musical intuition to put it all to good use on albums like Ozzy’s Scream and Firewind’s latest, Few Against Many. We recently caught up with Gus for a chat with our Facebook fans.

Inductance: What It Is And Why It Matters

A pickup is nothing more but a large strand of copper wire, wrapped thousands of times around a holder (called the bobbin) forming a coil, and somewhere stuck to the coil you have a magnet. In some very simple designs the magnet itself can be the bobbin! The wires of a pickups are extremely thin – something like the thickness of hairs, maybe even thinner. But there is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all,’ standard wire.

Seven-String Pickup Options

One thing 7-string players continually cite as an attraction to the extended range of the seven is that they can still play everything that they could play on a six-string guitar – as well as getting down into much lower musical territory. And that’s true of tone too: the sounds you get out of your six-string pickups are also available from 7-string versions. Many of our popular models are available in versions for 7-string players, and even if we don’t offer a production 7-string version of a six-string pickup you’ve just gotta have on your seven, the Custom Shop may be able to help!

Nile’s Karl Sanders On Metal Tone, Technique And The Gate Of Sethu

Nile’s latest album is At The Gate of Sethu [Nuclear Blast], an impressive slab of technical death metal loaded with ultra-precise riffs, eerie atmospherics and plenty of the band’s trademark lyrical focus, which finds much of its base in Ancient Egyptology.

Ultimate High-Output Pickup Comparsion

If you are looking for a high-output pickup for rock or metal, check out this comparsion demo where you can see 12 of our most popular models compared in side by side demos. Distortion 0:06 – 1:02 Full Shred 1:03 – 1:59 Invader 1:59 – 2:55 JB 2:56 – 3:53 Alternative 8 3:54 – 4:49…

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