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Seymour Duncan Kicks Off 35th Year; Launches 16 New Products at 2011 NAMM

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Seymour Duncan 35 limited production guitar, Zephyr™ Silver pickups, and Liberator™ Solderless Pickup Change System open new frontiers for the company and guitar players alike

ANAHEIM, Calif., Jan. 13, 2011 — Seymour Duncan today opened its largest-ever presence at NAMM by announcing 16 new market-expanding products, led by the very limited-production Seymour Duncan 35 guitar. Beginning its 35th year helping stringed-instrument players find their personal voice, the company and its legendary co-founder, Seymour W. Duncan, are fielding an array of products intended to showcase engineering prowess in pickups and complete understanding of electric guitar, while making tone upgrades through pickup changes easy and available to everyone.

“Guitar requires respect for the past plus unfettered innovation to propel its continuing evolution,” says Phil Ressler, CEO of Seymour Duncan. “In our 35th year, we are pushing in new directions with vision-driven products, breaking down real and perceived barriers to adoption of aftermarket pickups, and broadening the heritage products that made Seymour Duncan the premier provider of tools for personal voicing and tone for guitar and bass players worldwide.”

Liberator ™ Solderless Pickup Change System

Announced in December and now available, Liberator™ is the first universal solderless pickup change system. It combines a high-quality volume potentiometer with screw-clamp bare wire Lockdown terminals for completely non-proprietary solderless pickup changes. Re-voicing or upgrading the tone of an electric guitar has never been easier.

• Blackouts ™ Modular Preamp
• Blackouts ™ Coil Pack
• Blackouts ™ Modular Preamp + Coil Pack Complete Set

Extending the easy-change idea to active pickups, the Blackouts ™ Modular Preamp allows guitar players desiring the ultra gain of our active Blackouts pickups to “Blackout” any passive pickup, either to mate the voicing of a favorite pickup with active gain, or to have the look of traditional pickups in a metal maven’s guitar. The Blackouts™ Modular Preamp combines the preamp from Blackouts pickups with a quality volume potentiometer, in a compact assembly installable on most electric guitars. The Blackouts™ Modular Preamp also includes the screw-clamp bare wire Lockdown system from Liberator™, for effortless pickup changes after installation. Blackouts ™ Coil Pack makes the coils that, when combined with the Blackouts Modular Preamp, will duplicate the sound of our integrated Blackouts pickups, for buyers who “Blackout” their stock passive pickups and wish to complete the upgrade to the full Blackout sound, incrementally. Blackouts ™ Modular Preamp + Coil Pack Set combines everything needed to get Blackouts sound with the appearance of traditional pickups, in one package.

Limited Edition 35th Anniversary Commemorative JB/Jazz ™ Set

To be made only during 2011, the Limited Edition 35th Anniversary JB/Jazz™ pickups are built with the long legs, butyrate bobbins, and single-conductor cable used in the earliest production JB & Jazz™ pickups. Current production JB & Jazz™ pickups have modern appointments to fit a wider variety of guitars, including short legs and four-conductor cabling.

Custom Shop JB/Jazz ™ Concept Set

Before the Seymour Duncan company, Seymour W. Duncan modified a familiar, major-brand, bolt-on-neck guitar with custom-wound double humbucker pickups, for Jeff Beck in the early 1970s. Those pickups were precursors to (and became prototypes for) the production JB & Jazz™ pickups introduced a few years later after formation of the company Seymour Duncan.

Antiquity JB & Jazz ™ Set

The earliest production JB & Jazz™ pickups are now old enough to be vintage! For the first time, Seymour’s Antiquity aging treatment is applied to pickup designs from the 1970s. These Antiquity JB & Jazz™ pickups are new-production pickups that look and sound genuinely old.

Antiquity Gold Humbuckers

Frequently requested from our Custom Shop, Antiquity aging is now available on P.A.F.-style humbuckers in gold covers.

Trembucker P-Rails

A Seymour Duncan exclusive, P-Rails pack three sounds in one space: single-coil, humbucker, and P-90. Trembucker P-Rails have wider spacing for tremolo bridges and modern Gibson guitars.

‘59 and JB for Epiphone Nighthawk

Nighthawk’s unusual slanted bridge pickup limits pickup options when upgrading this Epiphone classic. Now, two of our most popular humbuckers have been reconfigured to fit Nighthawk for legendary Seymour Duncan tone.

New for Telecaster®: Custom Shop ‘53 Tapped Tele Model T “Guitar Shop” Set

Seymour’s favorite Tele® set pairs a custom-wound Telecaster® rhythm pickup with a lead pickup tapped for two output levels -- high or ’53-style vintage. The “Guitar Shop” set from the Custom Shop includes a five-way switch for wiring to cover all possible combinations.

New for Telecaster®: Vintage Broadcaster Set and Hot Rails for Tele® Set

Traditional twang or hot, raw, and chunky, these new Telecaster® Sets combine popular individual pickup combinations into packaged sets for the first time.

YJM High-Speed Volume Pot

Yngwie Malmsteen demands a friction-free volume potentiometer for immediate response to lightning-fast starts and stops in volume-control rotation. The YJM High-Speed Volume Pot is smooth, undamped, and effortless to turn, and has a split shaft to accommodate a wide range of preferred knobs.

“Seymour Duncan intends to be the continuing innovator and concept leader for providing personal voicing for guitar and bass,” says Phil Ressler, CEO. “At 35 years old, we‘re not nearly finished with this agenda.”

About Seymour Duncan Pickups & Pedals

Seymour Duncan is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of musical instrument pickups, offering musicians a wide range of pickups and a full line of effect pedals, along with renowned customer service. The company also operates the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop, a boutique workshop that has created custom guitar pickups for scores of top guitarists, including Slash, Mark Knopfler, Billy Gibbons, Los Lobos, and Steve Miller.
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