'78 Model Guitar Pickup
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The ’78 started life as a PAF rewind for a scrappy young player that all of us owe some thanks to.

The recipe for the pickup itself is traditional, but the special coil wind with 42 gauge plain enamel wire, hand-calibrated Alnico 2 magnet, and strict output tolerance makes sure that each one sounds like the original.


DC Resistance: 9k

Application: Standard HB Route 

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'78 model

The original late ‘70s Brown Sound.
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  1. '78 Model is a BEAST! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Jul 2015

    I have purchased a bunch of Seymour Duncan humbuckers over the years, and the '78 Model is my latest purchase and thus far is my favorite pickup EVER! The tone is to die for, and it makes my Bray 4550 Deluxe plexi style amp sing! Harmonics really jump out of this pickup, and it cleans up very nicely when I roll the volume down. This pickup oozes chewy brown tone goodness that makes you want to keep playing into the wee hours of the morning. It will definitely make the wife jealous! LOL

  2. Phenomenal Humbucker Tone 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Apr 2015

    Articulate, zero mud, power with clarity. I don't know how else to describe this pickup, but it was worth every penny and then some. Does it give me the vintage browny sound I was looking for? Absolutely, but it does so much more. The way it cleans up with the volume knob is sublime. This is a perfect bridge pickup for rock and blues. I can only speak to its capabilities in an S-style instrument, but it beat out a bunch of others to become the one and only pickup in my custom build. For the record, mine is single conductor and potted. While I usually favor the Antiquity line, another '78 is certainly in my future.

  3. Versatile and articulate! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Apr 2015

    This pup does it all...

    I play in a covers band which goes from Elvis to Metallica
    and all points in between.
    Clean sound is warm and sweet and it dirties up perfectly.
    No 'ice pick' highs, awesome midrange, not muddy when driven hard.

    I don't use dirt pedals, so I can't say how it sounds there,
    but when I kick in the amp's overdrive, it roars! (6L6 valves/toobs).

    As stated in my heading, Versatile and articulate.
    Thank you, Seymour and Maricela for making this ripper p'up for me.
    I couldn't be happier.

  4. Open-sounding pickups 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Apr 2015

    I grew tired of the sound of the pickups in my EVH Wolfgang Stealth Special. They have a great high output, but I felt some of the actual tone of the guitar got lost. Maybe I would have needed a 5150/6505 to match the guitar.

    Anyway, since I am also a blues guy I wanted to see what the 78 model pickups could bring me in that area, in addition to early VH-type of tones. Do I sound like Eddie did in his early days now? No. Do i have a more open sound and is the neck pickup now more usuable for different styles? Definitely!

  5. Pistons Pop'n! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Apr 2015

    To my ears, this little engine delivers a chord in a way that is pleasing and warm, yet it has this clipping at the top end, like a well tuned engine sounds when you put the peddle down. Role off the volume and it retains it's warm character and articulation, a simple attitude adjustment. I love this formula Seymour!

  6. The definitive debut album tone 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Apr 2015

    I stuck this pickup in a 1979 Schecter; curly maple body, 1 p'up, no pickguard, 1 volume, traditional trem, solid brass, Kluson style tuners. If your looking for that articulate tone from the early years, THIS IS IT!!!

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