Dean Zelinsky Sidekick Pickup: Cool Idea, Not New



For the last few days I’ve been reading about Dean Zelinsky’s new Sidekick pickup. Zelinsky says “The SideKick Pickup is the World’s first pickup that is a true Humbucker and switches to an authentic Single-Coil – all in a single pickup. With SideKick technology, switching from humbucker to single-coil, the pickups actually match volume. There is virtually no volume drop-off as in conventional Humbucker coil-tapping or splitting.” Read More …

Seymour Duncan Unleashes SLUG

Seymour Duncan SLUGIts DC resistance is 48k. It lives for stoner/doom metal. It’ll drink all your beer and go through your stuff but it’ll also help you move house because it’s cool like that. It once hog-tied a Rancor. It patched things up between Mork and Mindy when things were looking a little rough. It likes long walks by the swamp. REAL long walks. It was the one who nicknamed John Wayne ‘The Duke.’ It’s SLUG. And it’s waiting for you right now in the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop store for only $130. Read More …

The Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Éclair

Seymour Duncan EclairI love when there’s a cool story to go along with a piece of gear, and the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Éclair has one of the coolest. The Éclair evolved from the JB and Jazz combo that Seymour likes so much, but the neck is Alnico IV, the bridge is Alnico II and they’re both single conductor. The bridge is wound for more cut and clarity and the neck is smooth and articulate. MJ also underwinds the neck and overwinds the bridge. So what’s the story behind these? Well it started with a Facebook chat between Seymour and guitarist Austin Bryan. “A while back, Seymour and I interacted on Facebook on his birthday and he had told me that MJ had made him a very special Éclair,” Austin told the Seymour Duncan blog. “To my knowledge I stupidly thought he was talking about a special pickup set rather than the tasty desert. I called MJ and asked her how the Éclairs sounded, and she immediately started laughing. So right then and there we started coming up with a pickup idea tailored to creating a new pickup for Seymour that would meet his tonal needs, and which also met mine.” Read the full story here.

You can hear Seymour himself playing the Eclair set below: Read More …

Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Goes Online

custom shop storeEver wanted to own a Seymour Duncan Custom Shop pickup? Contrary to what you might think, the Custom Shop isn’t just for the rich and famous: anyone can have them build them a pickup – and they make a lot of different kinds of pickups. I recently had them build me my own custom 7-string humbucker, the Magnetar, which is an absolute beast. Well now Seymour Duncan has launched an online Custom Shop store where you can order  all sorts of Custom Shop pickups, and you can specify various options depending on the model. Warren Demartini RTM with vintage long legs? Done. Charlie Christian humbucker? Easy. ’78 Model? No problem. Pearly Gates for Tele? Hells yes. Didn’t know SD did Wide Range humbuckers? Now ya do.  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