It’s pretty simple. Seymour Duncan is to pickups what Pirelli is to car tyres… Quite frankly no-one can rival the Seymour Duncan company for their design and drive to create the very best in guitar and bass pickups. Testaments come from top guitarist across the world including Slash, Jeff Loomis, Gus G, Joe Bonamassa, Paul Stanley, Mark Holcomb, Synyster Gates, Wes Borland… who’ve chosen Duncan pickups for decades; also, not to forget the brands such as Schecter, ESP and Ibanez who regularly load their guitar with Duncan pickups straight out of the factory.
Enough with the testimonials, what is it that makes Seymour Duncan’s pickups so desirable? Seymour, working at Fender Soundhouse in London, made a name for himself as the go-to guy if you wanted to get the most out of your guitar, setting up instruments for the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and of course Jeff Beck. Along with his wife Cathy Duncan they started the company in ‘75 effectively rewiring other people’s pickups and fixing their electronics for as little as $17.50.
Now based in Santa Barbara CA, Seymour Duncan remains a family run company with Seymour and Cathy still at the wind grind (sorry, couldn’t help it) today. Steeped in its rich history Seymour Duncan has grown into a guitar pickup powerhouse having helped legendary artists like Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen and so many more achieve their signature tones. The quality proven from pickup to pickup shows that of a company that has been perfecting its craft for over 37 years.
Although they may be well known for pickups Seymour Duncan are steadily increasing their effects pedal and gear range with new entries like the Andromeda delay which rival the Strymon Timeline and latest Powerstage power amps. Duncan are working closely with their afore mentioned endless roster of high profile artists to create pedals that produce unique sounds you won't here anywhere else!
For nearly 40 years the JB has etched its way into rock history as the hotrodded humbucker pickup and become a truly modern classic. Duncan’s most popular humbucker the JB is incredibly diverse and lends itself to a wide spectrum of musical styles. Funk to Rock, Blues to Punk. With powerful lows, crisp highs and a mid range crunch that beefs up your heavy chords it has the lot; and, pair the JB with the SH-2n Jazz neck pickup and you have what has become the definitive sound of rock n’ roll in its multitude of forms. All you need now is a Les Paul a Marshall stack…