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Review: Seymour Duncan Gus G. Fire Blackouts Active Pickup System

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Gus G. used Seymour Duncan’s passive JB and ’59 pickups almost exclusively until the day that Ozzy Osbourne bestowed upon him the mantle previously worn by such iconic players as Tony Iommi, Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee and Zakk Wylde. Gus, in turn, changed almost all of his gear and switched to Duncan’s active Blackouts for the energy, overdrive and output that Ozzy’s heavy catalog required.

Ultimately, however, he decided that he wanted some of the benefits provided by passive pickups, so Gus and Duncan teamed up to create the new Gus G. Fire Blackouts pickup system, essentially marrying his old pickups’ passive dynamic range and open character with the active Blackouts’ wickedly engineered tone.

Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.