Luckily, musicians in search of quality signature gear — from guitars to amps to effects to pickups — don't have to worry about that nonsense. Generally, gear manufacturers work closely with their signature artists, in some cases, right down to the tiniest of details (Some artists repeatedly send back the prototypes until they're perfect).
Seymour Duncan has announced a new pickup, the Nazgûl. "It's not just a pickup, it's a weapon of tonal Armageddon," says the company in a news release issued today. "The Nazgûl was designed with a single purpose; for intense, high-output chug heavy punch you in the chest ruthless distortion.
Seymour Duncan has announced the worldwide launch of its Whole Lotta Humbucker pickups. More than a year ago, the company launched the set as a limited-edition UK exclusive. It was based on Duncan's experience working at the Fender Soundhouse with artists like Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and many others.
Seymour Duncan just announced the release of a new Joe Bonamassa Signature dual-humbucker set based on the pickups in Joe's favorite '59 Les Paul. Joe himself was on hand to demonstrate the new pickups, taking part is a special jam with Seymour Duncan himself.
Just because a stomp box has a tube in it doesn’t mean it’s producing true tube tone. On budget-priced tube gear, the tubes often run in “starved plate mode” (kind of like your dietcrazed girlfriend), where they function like clipping diodes rather than signal amplifiers.