Seymour Duncan is a company that is best known for manufacturing of guitar pickups, and currently has a line of effects pedals. The company was founded in late 1978 by guitarist and luthier Seymour W. Duncan and his then-wife Cathy Carter Duncan in Goleta, California.
The first artist signature pickup was the SH-12
"Screamin' Demon" model, created for George Lynch
, Lynch Mob
). Another well known Seymour Duncan artist was "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott
, with whom they collaborated on a signature pickup, the SH-13
"Dimebucker", which has been used on Abbott's tribute guitars produced by Washburn Guitars
and Dean Guitars
and which Darrell used in the later days of Pantera and exclusively with Damageplan.
Seymour Duncan's Alnico II Pro (APH-1) pickups are also exclusively used by Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash. Seymour Duncan's best selling pickup model is the SH-4 "JB Model" humbucker, that originated from a pickup Seymour made in in early '70s for his hero Jeff Beck who had the PAF pickups switched out of his guitar by a dishonest guitar tech. Beck used the pickups in his seminal release "Blow By Blow" in a guitar built for him by Seymour, dubbed the "Tele-Gib," which featured a JB pickup in the bridge position and a "JM" or Jazz Model pickup in the neck.
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana used Seymour Duncan pickups on a variety of his guitars.
Mark Hoppus of +44 uses a Seymour Duncan Basslines Quarter Pounder in his signature bass.
Dave Mustaine of Megadeth collaborated with Seymour Duncan to produce his very own signature set of active humbuckers, "Dave Mustaine Livewires."
Randy Rhoads used Seymour Duncan Jazz and JB pickups on his Jackson custom (now Rhoads style) guitars.
The company produces a large range of pickups for both guitar and bass, both single coil
varieties. It has recently moved into the guitar effects pedal