"A guitar or bass doesn't always seem complex on the surface, but there really is a lot going on ""under the hood."" And just like a stock-car tuner can get a few more horses from new headers, piston rings and other upgrades, a musician can make a big improvement to an instrument's tone by putting in a new set of pickups. There are lots of manufacturers to choose from, but there's no doubt that Seymour Duncan has earned a rightful place at the top of the list.
Lots of the best electric basses and guitars ship with Seymour Duncan pickups, and even more have had them installed as upgrades. Whether you're looking to replace a set of basic stock pickups with something higher-end or to change the tone of the instrument completely, you'll find all kinds of options here to make it happen. Seymour Duncan is also a great choice for scratch builders assembling a fully custom instrument and searching for the best sound from the ground up.
Beyond their impressive range of traditional electric guitar and bass single-coil and humbucking pickups, Seymour Duncan makes some great models for the acoustic guitar as well. Check out the Woody series of soundhole pickups if you want to transform an ordinary acoustic into an acoustic-electric guitar in a pinch; they snap into place in a second and have natural wood finishes to blend in nicely with the top of the guitar.
Pickups aren't all there is to Seymour Duncan, either. They're definitely a favorite for modders and do-it-yourselfers, bringing plenty of electronic components to the table to give you all kinds of tweaking options. Consider the Liberator Solderless Potentiometer or the Blackouts Modular Preamp for just a couple of examples - with just a bit of tinkering to install, these top-quality parts can transform the performance of your instrument.
In some ways, owning a bass guitar or six-string really is a lot like being a car junkie. Some people buy a daily driver and keep it bone stock as long as they use it. Others want to modify and upgrade every last part until it performs on a whole different level. If you fall into the second category, then Seymour Duncan's lineup is the best place to start looking for ways to tune up your instrument."