Build Your Own Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Pickup

magnetarNow, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’d probably know about my Seymour Duncan Custom Shop pickup, the Magnetar. Anybody can, of course, order their own custom pickup from Seymour Duncan, but the process just got a whole lot easier with the launch of the Custom Shop’s Build Your Own Pickup service. You can start with whatever format you like (right now there are options for Humbucker, Strat, Tele and P-90 along with a section where you can specify other types) and configure it however you like; magnet and wire type, colour, logo or no logo, pole piece type, string count (6, 7 or 8), custom-engraved colour… and there’s a section where you can describe the exact tone you’re after, so the Custom Shop can nail it for ya. And of course you have the option of giving your pickup a cool name (sorry, Magnetar’s already taken).  Read More …

New Fender Custom Shop Limited models



Additions push the “Dream Factory’s” boundaries to superior levels of innovation

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (July 17, 2012) — The Fender Custom Shop is proud to introduce five striking models to its 2012 limited collection; four guitars and one bass. The new additions join 10 previously released models, making for an impressive family built for the most discerning musicians.

New to the collection is the 1963 Heavy Relic® Stratocaster®, which offers upgraded features and a serious relic treatment. Available in Black, it has a carefully selected alder body, mid-’60s oval “C”-shaped maple neck, 9.5”-radius rosewood fingerboard with medium jumbo frets, Texas Special pickups (neck, middle), Duncan® JB Model™ SH-4 pickup (bridge), five-way switching and a push-pull volume pot that splits the bridge pickup.

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NAMM 2012: Jackson Custom Shop 7 and 8 strings

Thought the Charvel 7-strings were cool? Well you were right. But check out these gorgeous Jackson Custom Shop 7-strings by Pablo Santana:

Huh? Close-ups? Sure.

Ah, but we all know that just as seven strings are better than six, eight are better than seven. So I give you this prototype, with EMG pickups and a killer natural finish.

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