The Fabulous Tale Of The Billy Gibbons Pearly Gates Pickle Jar At Seymour Duncan

IMG_9676The Pearly Gates is one of my favourite Seymour Duncan pickups. Designed with Billy Gibbons, its voice is vintage and sweet but with a slight edge to it. (Joe Satriani liked this pickup so much that he had them installed in one of his chrome Ibanez JS signature guitars and named it ‘Pearly’ – unfortunately that guitar was stolen in 2002). Many years ago, Billy asked Seymour if a pickup could work under water. They decided to try it by submerging a very early Pearly Gates pickup into a pickle jar and testing it to see if it still had a signal. It still worked – so they decided to put a lid on the jar and test it again some other time. That was almost 30 years ago. It lives in Seymour’s office and he and Billy still take the jar out every now and then to test the pickup. It looks pretty damn gnarly by now, covered in gross brown stuff, but it still works perfectly. Below are some pics of MJ from the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop testing the pickup a couple of weeks ago when I was at Seymour Duncan HQ.  Read More …

NAMM: Fender Fishman TriplePlay Stratocaster HSS

fender-fishman-tripleplay-stratocaster-hssNow here’s something interesting that will rile the traditionalists. Fender has unveiled the Fishman TriplePlay Stratocaster HSS, which combines a Fishman TriplePlay system – which wirelessly transmits MIDI data to your computer – along with traditional magnetic pickups. In this case those pickups are a pair of Fender Vintage Noiseless single coils and a Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates humbucker. The guitar comes with a USB flash drive with Fishman® TriplePlay, IK Multimedia SampleTank 2.5 and AmpliTube Custom Shop, and Native Instruments Komplete Elements, while additional software such as Notion Progression and PreSonus Studio One Artist available for free download with product registration). Here’s a bunch more information from Fender’s website, followed by a video of the guitar in action. Read More …