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Seymour W. Duncan

Seymour W. Duncan is an American guitarist and guitar repairman and a co-founder of the Seymour Duncan Company, a manufacturer of guitar pickups, bass pickups, and effects pedals located in Santa Barbara, California. Duncan grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, during a time when electric guitar music grew into greater acceptance.

Seymour Duncan Lifetime Achievement Award
The 2012 Music & Sound Award presented to Seymour Duncan.

Seymour W. Duncan received three very prestigious awards in 2012:

1) Guitar Player Magazine inducted Seymour into their Hall of Fame as "[t]he most knowledgeable pick up designer in history, he has wound them for Hendrix, Beck, Page, and almost everyone else."

2) Vintage Guitar magazine inducted Seymour into its exclusive Vintage Guitar Hall of Fame, recognizing his contributions as an Innovator.

3) Music & Sound Retailer magazine honored Seymour with its Music & Sound Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Award.


Seymour Duncan guitar pickup
This is a Seymour Duncan guitar pick-up.

Seymour W. Duncan is not only a guitar legend, he also lends his name and engineering genius to the world famous Seymour Duncan Company, which manufactures pickups for electric guitars and bass. He has been a Stone Age Institute advisory board member since 1993.

Seymour was born in New Jersey, and as a teenager was introduced to the music of legendary performers, such as Chet Atkins, Les Paul, and Charlie Christian. Soon Seymour began playing guitar in clubs, and he talked about guitars, tone, and electronics to every guitar player he could, including Les Paul and Roy Buchanan. Before too long, Seymour became an expert about guitar pick-ups.

Hendrix, Santana, Duncan, and another musician
Seymour Duncan with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. From left to right: Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding, Seymour in 1968, and Seymour in 2012.

In the late 1960's, Seymour traveled to England to work for Fender Soundhouse in London in the Repair and R&D Departments. This is where he performed repairs and rewinds for musicians such as Jimmy Page, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Pete Townsend, Jimi Hendrix, Peter Frampton, and Jeff Beck, Seymour's guitar hero. In fact, Seymour created signature pickup tones for Jeff Beck that appear on Beck's first solo albums.

Returning to California, Seymour continued making custom pickups. In 1978, Seymour and then wife, Cathy Carter Duncan, started his company, Seymour Duncan Pickups.



For more information about Seymour W. Duncan, please visit www.seymourduncan.com and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seymour_Duncan.