The Heart. The Soul. The core of the sound .
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HUMBUCKERS Vintage Ant i q u i t y H u mb u c ke r Why do vintage humbuckers sound so good? It’s magic and Seymour captured it. Our Antiquity neck and bridge humbuckers are aged sonically and cosmetically to match the look and broken-in quality of an old PAF. The humbucker for studio pros and tone chasers. Available for neck & bridge. S H -1 ’59 M O DE L A late ‘50s PAF recreation that nails the crystal clear highs, expressive lows, and slightly scooped mids of the humbuckers from that era. Use as a neck/bridge set or pair with a high output humbucker for maximum versatility. Available for neck & bridge. From raw materials to construction to tone, “vintage correct” means your pickup pays homage to the models that changed the way music was heard. It’s an art we started in ’76 and we’re still obsessed!
RIGHt: JOE BONAMASSA
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HUMBUCKERS SH - 2 Ja zz Model
S H - 4 J B Mod e l
With the extra amount of string vibration that occurs on top of a neck humbucker, sometimes the tone can be muddy and unfocused. The Jazz model combats this for the brightest and most musical neck humbucker around. Available for neck & bridge.
Seymourâ€™s original hot rodded humbucker. Legendary players have relied on the JB for years because of its uncompromising high output, focused upper mid range bite, and ability to push an amp into overdrive. You need this one.
S H -PG 1 Pe arly G at e s Greasy Texas Blues and Rock tones coming right up. The Pearly Gatesâ€™ slightly hotter than vintage PAF output and special coil winds lends to a bright but smooth sound that wakes up your sleepy guitar. Available for neck & bridge.
If you have a tremolo or wider spaced bridge, the majority of our bridge humbuckers can be ordered as Trembuckers. This design allows for more even string-to-string coverage.
HUMBUCKERS S H -16 59/Cu stom H yb rid Mismatched hot and vintage coils along with a strong alnico 5 magnet makes this pickup scream with harmonics while retaining vintage clarity. Players who demand bright clarity with natural sustain and chunk are flocking to this pickup.
APH -2 S lash Alnico II Pro H umbucker These souped up humbuckers are a variation of the Alnico II Pros that were used on the classic album “Appetite for Destruction.” You’ll hear more bite and oomph now at your disposal for rude Blues and gritty Rock. Available for neck & bridge.
S H PR-1 P-Ra ils It was a tonal experiment that went just right. This humbucker has two distinct coils: one P90 and one Strat Rail. In humbucker mode the sound is humongous and separately they sound exactly like you’d think. A true tonal chameleon. Available for neck & bridge.
Left: SLASH | RIGHT PAGE: SYNYSTER GATES
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HUMBUCKERS MeTAL AH B-1 BLACKO UTS (O RI G INAL) Our Blackouts are an extension of the player who needs bone-crushing power that holds up to extreme gain. Even clean, the AHB-1 has an organic sparkle unmatched by the competition. Available for neck & bridge, 7/8 string. AH B-3 MICK TH O MS O N BLACKO UTS Developed with Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson for extra percussive lows and brutal, down tuned playing. Next to the AHB-1 Blackouts, youâ€™ll hear less mids and feel succinct low end with treble crispness. Available for neck & bridge, 7 string. S H -6 DUNCAN DISTO RTIO N This unrelenting pickup excels in aiding your quest for percussive low end, focused sweep picking, and explosive chords. Bright but not biting with just the right amount of saturation. Available for neck & bridge. S H -8 Invade r Donâ€™t be afraid of the dark side. Made with three ceramic magnets, the tone of the Invader is bass heavy but articulate. Power chords sound thick while solos still have plenty of snap. Available for neck & bridge.
Most humbuckers have 6, 7, and 8 string options. Reach out to us or your favorite SD dealer for more info.
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HUMBUCKERS MeTAL S H - 8 Invade r 7 &8 String The Invader has become the most devastating low end monster for players that demand more than 6 strings. Its over-sized pole pieces add an almost sub sonic reaction to the thicker B and F# strings.
S H -6 Du ncan Pe gasu s Distort ion 7&8 St ring 7&8 String Open Coil The first Seymour The same vicious Duncan pickup designed attack and tone of exclusively for advanced our standard Duncan 7 & 8 string players. Distortion but now The Pegasus offers a built to unleash wooly, well rounded previously unrealized tone with plenty of mid harmonics from your B range for smooth note & F# strings. articulation.
Available in classic Passive Mount with naked coils or nickel or gold covers, and Active Mount with black covers.
Left: MICK THOMSON
HUMBUCKERS MISC S M-1 VINTAG E MINI -H UMBUCKER Nothing sounds quite like it. The unique size and winding lends a biting but quiet sound that canâ€™t be duplicated. Try the neck in a Tele for fat rhythms and solos and the bridge in place of a P90 for extra mid range bite. Available for neck & bridge. S P90 -1 VINTAG E P90 S OAP BAR More and more players are rediscovering the raw power and expressive force that comes from P90s. Chords are gigantic and single notes cut like nothing else. Our SP90-1 neck and bridge models will change the way you think of tone. Available for neck & bridge. S PH 90 -1 PH AT CAT Invented in our Custom Shop to give tone freaks the chance to put true P90s in their humbucker routed guitars. The alnico 2 magnet Phat Cat works well as a pair or in the neck position only with a higher output humbucker in the bridge. Available for neck & bridge. 10
We started winding pickupS IN 1976 We did it for our friends, for the music, for the tone. We kept working and playing, making music. Over time, our name took on a rich, powerful tone all its own. Do what you love. It worked for us. Right: CATHY & SEYMOUR DUNCAN CIRCA 1977
STRAT VINTAGE ®
A NTIQUITY F O R STRAT® TEXAS H OT Buttery single coil tone lies in the Antiquity Texas Hots. The sonically mellowed and cosmetically worn coils use alnico 2 magnets to allow for maximum sustain and ‘50s Strat tone. An rw/rp middle and hotter than vintage bridge position are also available. A NTIQUITY II F O R STRAT® S URFe r The classic glassy ‘60s Strat tone is captured in these Alnico 5 magnet single coils. The chime is unparalleled and the pick attack is tight and pleasing. An rw/rp middle and hotter bridge position are also available. SS L-1 V INTAGE STAGG ERE D FO R STRAT® Built to recreate the experience of plugging in a brand new Strat…back in 1954. Bright and punchy with vintage output to capture the earliest single coil sound. From raw materials to construction to tone, “vintage correct” means your pickup pays homage to the models that changed the way music was heard. It’s an art we started in ’76 and we’re still obsessed!
RIGHt: SEYMOUR DUNCAN WITH JIMI HENDRIX AND NOEL REDDING. 12
SS L- 4 QUARTER PO UN D FLAT F O R STRAT® Quarter inch pole pieces along with over winding of the coil gives the SSL-4 a meaty tone with gobs of output. Not your father’s Strat tone! SS L- 5 CU STO M STAG G ERE D F O R STRAT® The SSL-5 proves that Strat pickups can combine a traditional tone with modern output and light saturation. Most players use it to warm up an overly spanky guitar and get a ‘Comfortably Numb’ vibe. STK- S 4 STACK PLUS FO R STRAT ® Leave it to Seymour Duncan to capture the famous tone of our traditional SSL-1 without any hum. Stacked coils eliminate the traditional 60-cycle buzz and the sound will make you wish you had installed them years ago.
S H R -1 H OT RAILS F O R STRAT
S JBJ-1 JB JR. FO R STRAT
S L59-1 LITTLE 59 FO R STRAT
The first Seymour Duncan for so many players, our Hot Rails for Strat is a single coil size humbucker with twin blade coils and a ceramic magnet for heavy tones not possible from a standard single coil. Available for neck/ middle & bridge.
Giant harmonics in a small package. The JB Jr. captures the mid range and tone of our full size JB humbucker in a single coil space. Available for neck/ middle & bridge.
Classic PAF tones in a Strat? Yep, it can happen with the Little â€™59. Wound to sound like a vintage humbucker and fits easily in any pickguard. Available for neck/ middle & bridge.
Cover color choices are black, white, and new for 2013, parchment and cream.
STK-T1n Vintage Stack Rhythm for Tele® The soul and tone of our STR-1 Vintage Rhythm for Tele but in a stacked coil design for noise free performance. Hum shouldn’t hold you back.
STK-T3b Vintage Le ad fo r Te le ® We took the spank and twang of our STL-1 Vintage Lead for Tele but added a bottom coil to remove single coil noise. A perfect match with the STK-T1n.
STH R-1b H ot Ra ils Le ad fo r Te le ® Add some massive chunk to your Tele. The dual coil rails add massive output, power, and extra low end to your tone. Also available for the neck/rhythm position. ST59-1 Lit t le 59 Le ad fo r Te le ® For maximum Tele versatility. This single coil size humbucker has the power of a PAF and can achieve tones from Folsom Prison Blues to Bark at the Moon.
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GENUINE TONE .
We’re as DEDICATED TO our service as we are TO Your tone. We know pickups inside and out, modern and vintage, in any form you can imagine. And we’ll help you with yours. Questions? Concerns? Ideas? We’re here to help. Want proof? Call us. 18
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spb -1 v i ntage fo r p - b ass
The tone of the Beast! Exclusively used by Steve Harris of Iron Maiden for years, this pickup is a hotter than vintage style P pickup with accentuated mid range and punch. You’ll think you’re on stage with the band.
Get back to the original P-Bass sound. The SPB1 offers vintage low end thump and velvety mids. Great for Blues, Soul, Funk, and Rock.
RIGHt: STEVE HARRIS
spb -3 q uart e r-pou nd fo r p-b ass Wake up your bass with the most powerful and alive sounding P pickup out there! The large quarter inch pole pieces expand the overall frequency spectrum and output of the pickup.
S jb -1 vintage fo r jazz b ass The hand-ground Alnico 5 magnets and vintage construction gives this pickup the original J bass warmth and distinct note definition. Perfect for Blues, Country, Rock, and Reggae. Available for neck & bridge. S jb -3 q uart e r pou nd fo r jazz bass Intense Jazz bass tone. Made for players who need an overdose of response and pummeling force (in a good way). Jazz to Metal players love the full sound and dynamics. Available for neck & bridge. St k-j1 class ic stack fo r jazz bass The same response and presence of our SJB-1 Vintage for Jazz bass, but with stacked coils to eliminate single coil hum. Available for neck & bridge. AJJ-1 PROACTIVE S ET FO R JAZZ BASS Modern-voiced Jazz pickups that provide the natural tone of a passive set but with the precision and consistency of actives. Easily accentuates playing styles from a light touch to slap. 20
APJ-1 Pro Act ive fo r P-J Bass For the most consistent and even tone night after night no matter where you play, the APJ Pro Active set will deliver. The tone is crisp and precise but natural at the same time. S MB-4 STrING FO R MU S IC MAN Recreates the unmatched tone and feel of the original ’76 Stingray. With alnico pole pices and unique coil windings you’ll hear the smooth attack and wide frequency range that can only be achieved with this pickup. AS B-BO -4, BLACKOUTS, 4 STRING Created for the most aggressive bass sounds. These pickups ooze saturation and extreme volume. Not for the faint of heart.
Itâ€™s the how that makes the why. Our headquarters are as much art studio as factory floor. We pay attention to details. Respect the craft. Wind with love. And our years of practice have brought our work pretty damn close to perfect.
acoustic sa-3 s c s i ngl e co i l woody Designed to easily capture the sweetness of your favorite acoustic guitar. Responds effortlessly whether you’re Folk fingerpicking or Rock strumming. Easy to install and remove (but why would you?) and fits in most acoustic soundholes. SA-3 H C H UM- C A NCE L ING WO O DY With the same clarity and openness of the SA-3SC, the HumCancelling Woody is constructed with two stacked coils to cancel annoying 60-cycle hum. Perfect for playing anywhere from coffee houses to arenas. sa-3 X ADJ U STAB L E woody The most sophisticated of the Woody pickups. Along with hum-cancellation, the Woody XL incorporates adjustable pole pieces so the nuance and string to string balance of every acoustic can be achieved. SA- 6 M AG MIC ACO U STIC SYSTEM Our critically acclaimed SA-6 combines a magnetic soundhole pickup with an internal microphone. With the onboard blend dial it’s easy to balance between your acoustic’s natural string vibrations and internal warmth. A separate volume control also ensures maximum usability onstage and in the studio. Woody Soundhole pickups are available in Maple, Walnut or Stained Black
RIGHt: RODRIGO Y GABRIELA
TS -1 / TS -2 Tripl e S hot Mo u nt ing Rings Instead of annoying push/pull pots to coax different sounds from your pickups, the Triple Shots wire directly to your pickups. Achieve 4 distinct tones from each pickup with their discreet switches. S DP Pot e nt iome t e rs Manufactured by Bourns to our demanding specifications, our Smooth Taper potentiometers offer unmatched control and comfort. Youâ€™ll realize that all pots are not created equal. Available in 250k & 500k. YJM Pot e nt iome t e rs Ultra fast turning potentiometers used by the Maestro himself. The low friction allows for quick volume swells with just a pinky finger. Made by Bourns. Available in 250k & 500k.
LEFT: YNGWIE MALMSTEEN
Want something special? Something signature? Something you can call your own and play with love? A new tone? A different feel? That’s what our Custom Shop is here for. We share your passion, and we’re the experts in custom tone.
LEFT: DEREK DUNCAN AND MARICELA “MJ” JUAREZ OF THE CUSTOM SHOP 25
PICKGUARDS Cal i fo r n i a ‘5 0 s Load e d P i c kguard Make your new Strat respond like it was crafted years ago in Fullerton, CA. We pre-wire this pickguard with a SSL-1 Vintage Staggered calibrated set along with SDP 250k potentiometers. Class i c P i c kguard We listened to our fans for this pickguard. The pickups are our noiseless Vintage Hot, Classic, and Custom Stacks for musical flexibility and there’s a secret weapon: The bottom tone control is a push/pull for coil tapping.
BYO P Load e d Pickguard Be honest, you have single coil pickups around that you’re not sure what to do with. Our BYOP allows for solderless installation for quick pickup swaps. Have a tone all your own. 26
Ev e ryt hing Axe Load e d pickguard With our popular Everything Axe pickup set (JB Jr., Duckbucker, Little ’59) all wired into a Liberator volume pot, you can make your Strat quack or let it roar.
Folk. Urban. YOUNG. OLD. Metal. Grunge. Famous. Infamous. Hard rock. Soft rock. RELIGIOUS. Atheist. Power ballads. Jam sessions. Big bands. Upstarts. Dreamers. Wanderers. Hippies. Hunters. Lovers. Fighters. Musicians. If you have A guitar, we have the pickup for you.
Since 2011 Seymour Duncan has raised over $110,000 for Notes for Notes, a Santa Barbara-based free after school program offering a safe haven for aspiring musicians. Multiple locations in Santa Barbara, Nashville, and your town soon!
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At Seymour Duncan we know it’s hard say which pickup will be perfect for you from written descriptions, so our remedy since 1979 has been the 21-Day Real World Exchange. Buy the pickup you think would be best and go crazy: play it, feel it, record it, and whatever else you can legally do! If it’s not right for you don’t sweat it. Just give us a call, let us know what you liked and didn’t like, and we’ll work together to swap the pickup for something that will blow your mind.
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Published on Mar 1, 2013
Published on Mar 1, 2013
The Seymour Duncan Mini-catalog contains an overview of some of the newest tone tools at the disposal of guitarists and bassists everywhere....