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Seymour Duncan is an American company best known for manufacturing guitar and bass pickups. They also manufacture effects pedals which are designed and assembled in America. Guitarist and luthier Seymour W. Duncan and Cathy Carter Duncan founded the company in 1976, in Santa Barbara, California.
Seymour Duncan company
|Industry||Pickups and effects pedals|
|Founder||Seymour W. Duncan and Cathy Carter Duncan|
|Headquarters||Goleta, California, United States|
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Seymour W. Duncan became interested in guitars at a young age, and after lending his guitar to a friend who accidentally broke the pickup, Duncan decided to re-wind it, using a record player turntable to hold the pickup in place and rotate it while spooling wire around the pickup bobbin. He was then inspired by how the tone of the guitar had changed for the better, and started learning more about pickups from guitarist/inventor Les Paul, and later mentor and humbucker inventor Seth Lover. After having developed considerable skill working on guitars, Duncan gained employment at the Fender Soundhouse in London. After having moved to California he met and married Cathy Carter and decided to start a pickup rewinding service. With demand for his services growing, Duncan and Carter eventually expanded into offering their own Stratocaster, Telecaster and humbucking pickups, and within two decades had a full assortment of pickups for electric, bass and acoustic guitar as well as electric guitar accessories. In 2012 Seymour Duncan was inducted into the Vintage Guitar Hall of Fame for contributions to the music industry, and he continues to create pickups in the Seymour Duncan factory in Santa Barbara, California.
The company produces a large range of pickups for guitars in several formats including Humbucker, Stratocaster, Telecaster, and Acoustic; as well as, effects pedals and bass pickups. Some of their most popular guitar pickups include the '59 Model, the JB Model, and the Pearly Gates Model. As of 2013, the company has moved into the 7 and 8 string guitar pickup market. They also produce a line of active pickups.
Seymour Duncan produced a small line of guitar amplifiers during the 1980s and 1990s. Although the effort was short-lived due to the company's lack of reputation as an amp builder, Seymour Duncan amplifiers are well respected and sought after today.