Second Annual She Rocks Awards – Congratulations MJ!

MJ at the Seymour Duncan Custom ShopThe second annual She Rocks Awards were held by the Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) on January 24 during the NAMM Show, and one of the award winners was someone very near and dear to my heart:  Maricela “MJ” Juarez from the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop. MJ made my all-time favourite pickup ever (my Magnetar), and she’s incredibly knowledgable about tone, as well as an incredibly lovely person. I had a great time getting to visit MJ at Seymour Duncan HQ after NAMM this year, where her She Rocks Legend Award was already proudly on display. Here’s the press release: Read More …

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 …

Behold! The Mighty Magnetar!

Magnetar copyYou may recall this recent post about my Seymour Duncan Custom Shop pickup, the Magnetar. Well now you can hear it! Listen to it on Bandcamp here (and if you like it feel free to kick in a buck or two). I’ll embed it below too so you can listen to it right here. The idea for the Magnetar was to capture a particular sound I heard in my head that I just wasn’t quite getting from any stock pickup. So here’s the description I sent to MJ at the Custom Shop: Read More …

My new Seymour Duncan pickup: The Magnetar

Right now I’m at the Seymour Duncan headquarters in Santa Barbara, California. Everyone here is really cool and it’s a lovely part of the world. And I just picked up (pardon the pun) my new Custom Shop 7-string pickup. Wanna see the description I sent to MJ at the Custom Shop?

“…A custom shop 7-string bridge pickup for a basswood Ibanez RG  (maple neck, rosewood fretboard): tight bass and slightly scooped mids but a bit of a kick in the upper mids and treble – a sort of ‘dry’ sound that gets percussive when palm-muting. I tend to favor bridge humbuckers between 11k and 14k. To put it another more  abstract way: a pickup whose tone feels like sanded maple, tastes like creme brûlée and looks like sunlight through a glass of beer.”

And here it is: the Magnetar. A Magnetar is a a neutron star with an extreme magnetic field… seems like the perfect name for this pickup, which has an Alnico 8 magnet and a DC resistance of 13.90k.

Wanna order your own Custom Shop pickup? Here ya go!

The Magnetar