Passive P-Bass Pickup Roundup

It is hard to believe that there was a time before the electric bass. But just about 70 years ago, the Dark Ages were upon us as bassists were still using upright basses for new forms of dance music becoming popular with teenage audiences. These bassists were still packing their oversized violas in the Family…

Talking Tone With Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris

If you play metal bass, you owe a debt of gratitude and maybe a pint of Trooper beer to Steve Harris. Steve is credited with creating the infamous ‘gallop’ rhythm used throughout metal, and even if his contributions started and ended there, he’d deserve a place in the history books. But he’s done so much…

The Tone of the Beast

I’m a huge fan of the Quarter Pound P Bass pickup. Ever since I got one for Christmas from my folks (along with a Hot Jazz bridge pickup; can we say “Coolest Parents EVER?”), the larger-than-life tone was part of my sound and what I equated as the pinnacle of bass tone. That is, until the SPB-4 Steve Harris signature pickup was unveiled over the summer.

Tone of The Beast: Steve Harris Bass Pickup

The British Invasion continues with our newest offering, The Steve Harris SPB-4 Bass Pickup. While being new in that you will be able to get it at your favorite music store, it’s actually the same custom pickup that Steve Harris has been using for over ten years. Steve has always had a tone and playing…

Iron Maiden And Seymour

If you were to walk into Seymour’s home, one of the first things you’d see would be a platinum disc, proudly displayed on the wall in the foyer. It’s a disc that commemorates Somewhere In Time – Iron Maiden’s first platinum album–and it was given to Seymour as a gift by Michael Kenney, Maiden’s bass tech and live keyboardist.

Steve Harris Pickups Giveaway at Bass Player Live!

Bass Player Live! 2010 starts today!  In addition to giving away Jaco Pastorius pickups, we are giving away Steve Harris pickups!  Just like the Jaco pickups, these Steve Harris pickups were wound by Seymour W. Duncan himself.  Read Seymour’s story about working with Steve Harris below. These pickups are one of a kind collectibles and…

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