Seymour Duncan

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Seymour Duncan

Seymour Duncan

With 30 years in the business Seymour Duncan has been manufacturing some of the finest pickups under the "Bassline" and Antiquity 1 and 2 series. Seymour Duncan's mission is to create top-quality musical products to satisfy your needs.

Seymour Duncan musical products started with Seymour W. Duncan, the founding father, guitarist and repairman behind the brand. Born in New Jersey Seymour grew up in the golden age of modern music, the 1950's and 60's. His inspiration was built around musical legends of the likes of Charlie Christina, Chet Atkins, and Les Paul.

After having a pickup fail on him mid-gig and being forced to carry on with only a single pickup he decided to undertake rewinding the pickup himself utilizing only a crude record player revolving at 33 1/3 rpm to handle the rewind.

Not content with just playing an instrument Duncan began delving deeper into the engineering of guitars and how each piece changed the characteristics of tone. Seeing one of the roots of the tonal characteristics in the dynamics and differences of pickups Duncan set about building pickups of his own design.

His repair skills and pickup winds have been utilized by some of the greatest names in music including Jimmy Page, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Jimi Hendrix, Peter Frampton, Jeff Beck and many others.

During this same era he established contact with some of the musical industry luminaries including Leo Fender, Les Paul, and Seth Lover and from this continued experimenting with pickup design. Word spread and by the late 70's Duncan had become practically a household name. In 1976 he established a full fledge company with Cathy Carter Duncan that has since grown to over 100 employees whose skills and dedication result in a continual refinement of guitar electronics. You can clearly fell the skill and experience in music in each of their pickups and onboard electronics. Get inspired by your own unique sound with Duncan pickups and onboard preamps.

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Question: Where Can I Buy Seymour Duncan?

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  1. Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder Pickups

    $65.00 - $139.00
    4- and 5-String Aggressive, High-Output Jazz, Tele®, and Split-P Bass Pickups
    SCPB-3 '51 Tele® Bass High output true single-coil. The quarter-inch diameter pole pieces add more string sensitivity than the Hot model. Aggressive tonal response with strong bottom end and lots of mids. Adds tremendous tonal...
  2. Seymour Duncan Vintage Pickups

    $65.00 - $170.00
    4- and 5-String Vintage-voiced Jazz, Tele®, and Split-P Bass Pickups
    SCPB-1 '51 Tele® Bass Vintage-correct true single-coil; a tribute to the old early-'50s "Tele Bass." Uses the same bobbins, magnets, wire, and black yarn for the same look and same bright tone as the original. Comes with waxed...
  3. Seymour Duncan ASB Phase I Split Coil Pickups

    $115.00 - $209.00
    Split Coil Humcancelling P2 Sized Pickup Set
    Moderate output, active "soapbar" pickups Unique split-blade design eliminates string-spacing issues. The tone is traditionally voiced and warm with a detailed and natural high end. Includes logo covers. Neck and bridge models available...
  4. Seymour Duncan Apollo Split-Coil Jazz Bass Pickups

    $95.00 - $189.00
    4- and 5-String Humcancelling Jazz Bass Pickups
    Jazz Bass 4-String Configuration Linear humbucking pickup set for Jazz bass adds punch and articulation missing from standard Jazz bass pickups while minimizing noise. The Apollo Jazz Bass pickup set has a traditional look, but the punchy...
  5. Seymour Duncan AJB Active Stacked Pickups

    $119.00 - $189.00
    Humcancelling Jazz Bass Pickup Set
    Increased output active pickup for blues, classic rock, heavy rock and metal. The bridge pickup has a solid bottom with a dip in the mids for warmth and clarity. A fully discrete, ultra quiet, 9-volt preamp delivers low impedance output...
  6. Seymour Duncan ASB0 Blackouts Dual Coil Pickups

    $109.00 - $219.00
    Dual Coil Humcancelling Active Bass Pickups
    Active pickups and electronics voiced for the aggressive bass tones of metal, classic metal, punk and heavy Blackouts for Bass represents the active bass soapbar pickup specifically voiced for aggressive music. Instead of the radical EQ boosting...
  7. Seymour Duncan SSB Phase I Dual Coil Pickups

    $65.00 - $125.00
    Dual Coil Humcancelling EMG 35 Size Pickup Set
    Moderate output, passive "soapbar" pickup for four- or five-string bass. Passive alternative to battery-powered pickups for four string bass players. The tone is simple and organic, with added warmth and punch.. Direct replacement for EMG®35...
  8. Seymour Duncan SSB NYC Dual Coil Pickups

    $125.00 - $285.00
    Dual Coil EMG 35 Size Bass Pickup Set
    The NYC is a Passive Dual Coil pickup with a double row of exposed Alnico pole-pieces available in EMG 35 & EMG 40 sizes. The four conductor cabling allows for a wide variety of wiring modes for different tonal options. Wire the pickup...
  9. Seymour Duncan SJB Single Coil Pickups

    $65.00 - $158.00
    Single Coil Vintage Jazz Bass Pickup Set
    SJB-1 Vintage Single Coil Configuration This pickup gives you the traditional sound of a vintage pickup for Jazz Bass™. The single coil construction brings out the warmth and fullness of the instrument while maintaining clarity and definition....
  10. Seymour Duncan SJ5 Single Coil Pickups

    $75.00 - $145.00
    SJ5S Five String Configuration This pickup captures the tone, feel and articulation of a great '62 Jazz Bass. We adjusted the coil geometry and winding configuration to compensate for the different nature of extended range instruments. It's...
  11. Seymour Duncan ASB2 Phase II Split Coil Pickups

    $115.00 - $209.00
    Active Soapbar EMG 40 Size Pickup Set
    Active "soapbar" pickups for 5-string and 6-string basses. Similar to Phase I, but with slightly harder attack and a modern, hi-fi tone with a smooth and broad response. Unique split-blade design delivers the punch of a single coil, without hum....
  12. Seymour Duncan SMB-5a 5 String MV(Ernie Ball MM) Size Alnico V Dual Coil Pickup

    5 String Dual Coil MusicMan Ernie Ball Size Bass Pickup
    1976-voiced humbucker. Great for blues, funk, classic rock, southern rock, jam, and hard rock. The Alnico magnets, together with unique coil windings, have the effect of extending both ends of the frequency spectrum beyond that of the ceramic...
  13. Seymour Duncan SMB-5d 5 String MV(Ernie Ball MM) Size Ceramic Dual Coil Pickup

    5 String Dual Coil Humcancelling Musicman ® pickup
    Hotter pickup. Recommended for classic rock, heavy rock, funk, punk, R&B, and metal. This hum-canceling pickup offers a balanced, highly musical tone contour with a richly articulated bottom, lots of midrange, and biting treble. It's got...

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Question: Where Can I Buy Seymour Duncan?

Answer: You can buy these from Best Bass Gear by Calling 877-839-3531 or Emailing us at or chatting with our Bass Techs

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