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The Alnico II Pro Slash–By Seymour Duncan

Seymour and Slash

Slash has been powering his sound with Seymour Duncan pickups for a long time, and his signature Alnico II Pro Slash model is one of the pickups we find folks talking about the most on our social media networks. So what makes this pickup so unique? Well it was developed to make Slash’s other Les Pauls sound like his famed 1986 recording axe (which used our Alnico II Pro pickups but was not chambered). Like the standard APH-1 Alnico II Pro, Slash’s model uses an Alnico 2 magnet, but the coils are wound with just enough boosted output to push a stock Les Paul toward the sweet sustain and rude crunch of that legendary recording guitar. And the pickup comes with some of the same appointments found on the Seymour Duncan pickups in the original guitar, including single-conductor cable, long-legged bottom plate and wooden spacer. Check out a video of it in action below.

 

Video Spotlight:

Alnico II Pro Slash: Clear classic and hard rock tones.

Alnico II Pro Slash

The power and drive of the Alternative 8 and the clear, singing voice of the Cool Rails.

Alternative 8 and Cool Rails

The aggression of the Nazgûl and the clarity-under-gain of the Pegasus.

Nazgul and Pegasus

The Place For Bass

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If you’re looking to inject some new life into your bass, or to return a modified one to vintage spec, we have plenty of pickups for you, including active Blackouts, models for Music Man®, Rickenbacker®, Jazz Bass®, P-Bass® and many more which you can read about in this blog post, plus our Antiquity (50s-inspired) and Antiquity II (60s-inspired) lines of replacement pickups which replicate vintage designs. And if you’re after something more specialized the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop offers plenty of bass pickups, built to your needs.

Gibson Custom Billy F. Gibbons Les Paul Goldtop

Gibson Custom Billy F. Gibbons Goldtop

Gibson and Billy Gibbons have just unveiled the new Gibson Custom Billy F. Gibbons Les Paul Goldtop, featuring Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates humbuckers. 150 will be carefully hand-aged, with 50 played and hand-signed by Billy himself. A further 150 will feature Gibson’s VOS (Vintage Original Spec) treatment. The pinstripe design was created by Billy himself and recreated by well-known hotrod-pinstripe artist Rick Harris and a Gibson artist that Rick has personally trained. And this guitar has an additional twist: there are individual volume controls for each pickup, a master tone control governing both, and…that’s it! There’s no pickup selector switch. Billy requested this so you can dial in the perfect tonal blend on the fly. You can find out more abut this guitar here.

 

What’s New On The Seymour’s Blog?

Over on the blog we’ve been looking at the Black Winter neck model (which is more versatile than its metal-centric name might suggest).

 

We’ve checked out an extra-customised version of a Custom Shop pickup called the IM1, and we’ve offered tips on pickups for guitars with unusual wood combinations (notice how many players are discovering the combination of a premium Basswood body with a maple top lately?). We’ve also taken a moment to look at the Shop Floor Custom options – variations on standard models which you can request through your dealer, such as different colors and magnets. We’ve also weighed up the pros and cons of big strings vs small strings, considered the mysteries of the scalloped fretboard, and had a chuckle at misheard song lyrics.

 

By the way, if you’re just getting into pickup-changing or you’d like to take your skills further, check our our Guitar Wiring Diploma Course, which will give you a nice solid grounding (pardon the pun) on everything from the simplest circuit imaginable (a pickup and a jack) to some pretty advanced stuff like how hum cancelling works and what you can do with a Super Switch.

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About Joseph Timmons (9141 Articles)
I am the Father of 5 and a "Would Be Philosopher of Idiocy" - Author and Writer for several Blogs and Online Magazine. Review Journalist, Musician and Audio Buff. Follow Me and I'm Sure to Entertain.

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