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! Continue Reading

Band Basics: Part 4 – The Branding

Now that we have the look, the sound, and the direction, what's left to do? Probably one of the most overlooked pieces in regards to your band's success, the Branding. We need to create something that is bigger than music, bigger than appearance; we need to create your band's distinct brand. As a brand, we need to form an identity that people can relate to and want to be a part of. That identity helps create a loyal fanbase with an unbreakable bond. Continue Reading

Mick Thomson EMTY Blackouts Now Available for 7-String

The pulverizing tone that defines Slipknot and Mick Thomson is now available in a 7-string pickup, just like our regular Blackouts. Mick was already a Blackouts fan before we collaborated on his signature pickup. “Blackouts have a lot more tone than your typical active pickup,” he says. “They sound more real. It’s a bigger sound, with richer harmonics and a wider frequency range.” EMTY Blackouts maintain those […] Continue Reading

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 59/Custom Hybrid 4:52 – 5:46 Custom 5:46 – 6:42 Dimebucker 6:42 […] Continue Reading

Slipknot Soundwave Festival Contest

In celebration of the huge festival that Slipknot is playing in Australia that is going on today, tomorrow and Monday - we are having a special contest to win a set of Mick Thomson EMTY Blackouts. All you have to do is post a short slogan that describes the EMTY Blackouts in the comments below. On Tuesday, we will take a look at the entries and select a winner who will receive a set of Mick Thomson's EMTY Blackouts. The winning slogan will appear on the ad seen below and ran for three months on the Decibel Magazines website. Continue Reading

Seymour Duncan Blackouts on Youtube

Seymour Duncan Blackouts are highly regarded among those who need a tone that screams “end of the world”. We searched through YouTube to hear how some of our players were enjoying their Blackouts. Some feature the deep shredding distortion that is synonymous with Blackouts, while others showcase the enormous clean tone that can also be obtained using Blackouts. Check it out and if you have your […] Continue Reading

Mick Thomson of Slipknot

Featured Artist: Mick Thomson of Slipknot by Lisa Sharken In the late ’90s, Slipknot emerged from Des Moines, Iowa and literally changed the face of metal with its masked nine-man lineup and extreme style. Comprised of some of the best musicians around, the group can also put on a theatrical show that few can rival. The group has been working steadily for the last decade, with […] Continue Reading