Unlock New Tones With These HSS Pickups

There have been many classic pickup sets throughout the electric guitar’s history: A couple of PAFs, any trio of vintage-voiced Strat pickups, a pair of active humbuckers, even the Nashville Tele setup. But we often overlook the HSS pickup configuration. There are far fewer complete sets of HSS pickups on the market. So we’ve put…

Top 3: The Best Jazzmaster Pickups for Alt Rock/Indie

Three Jazzmaster pickups perfect for the wide-ranging sounds of indie and alternative rock.   To choose the best guitar pickups for Alternative Rock, Indie, or Pop, we need to define the sound of the genres. Luckily, ever since these genres’ ‘90s heyday, Fender’s famous offset guitars remain part of the scene’s sonic signature. You’ll find…

How to Find the Best Pickup Configuration: Humbuckers

No matter the tone, there’s a humbucker replacement pickup set that will get you close. There are thousands of them. But a lot of the most popular pickups sell individually, without a matched set. Often, they might not even have a designated bridge or neck counterpart. So if you’ve found the perfect bridge humbucker, how…

Changing Guitar Pickups: Free Yourself From the Myths

Changing guitar pickups is one of the most powerful upgrades you can do to your guitar and improve tone. It can breathe new life into an old guitar, fix problems with a defective pickup, optimize the guitar for a specific rig, and much more. While the idea of changing guitar pickups is overwhelming to some,…

The Three Best Classic Rock Pickups

Seymour Duncan’s three best passive pickups for classic rock tone. Choosing the best classic rock pickups can be a bit daunting. Some people say Hendrix is classic rock, while others say, Journey. And some people even claim Nirvana has crossed into classic territory. We say classic rock is defined by the iconic ‘passive humbucker into…

Our Ultimate Guide to Guitar Pickup Installation: The Secret Agent

The Seymour Duncan Brad Paisley Secret Agent Tele neck pickup is a revolution in twang. It gives Esquires the Telecaster’s flexibility while retaining the unique tone and punch of Esquire pickups. It can also give your Telecaster the sleek and minimalist style of an Esquire while still delivering the Tele’s wide breadth of tone. Best…

The Seymour Duncan PowerStage: Everything You Need To Know

Seymour Duncan PowerStage pedal platform amplifiers are the ultimate solution for modern musicians dealing with today’s tonal realities. These realities include relying on pedal-driven tones, embracing digital amp modeling, as well as weight, cartage, and stage-volume restrictions. But never fear! The Seymour Duncan PowerStage amps address all of these issues and more. Expertly tuned amplification…

Top 3: The Best Telecaster Pickups for Country

The Fender Telecaster is country music guitar tone. And country music guitar tone is the Telecaster, plain and simple. Yes, you’ll find every style of guitar used to great effect throughout the genre. But no guitar has put its sonic stamp on it quite like Fender’s first. Whether it’s James Burton’s genre-defining bends or the…

5-String Jazz Bass Pickups & String Spacing: What You Need to Know

Everything you need to know to ensure you get the perfect pickups for your favorite 5-string. Not all 5-string Jazz Bass pickups are created equal. And we’re not talking about tone here. We’re talking about if they’ll even line up with the strings on your bass. And if you’ve ever bought replacement pickups for a…

The Best Pickups for Metal: Active Pickups

The debate among players as far as what kind of pickups, passive or active, are best for metal rages on. And it will continue to do so for a long time. But one thing’s for sure. When it comes to the best pickups for metal, active humbucking pickups are regularly at the top of the…

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