'78 Model Guitar Pickup
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Product Description

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. Best Van Halen/Classic rock Pup 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Mar 2016

    Love this pickup. Lets your amps tone come through without any color. Pulled a dimarzio mo joe and seapped the '78 major difference. I've also used a evh frankenstien in another strat also a good one and duncan made I believe. Cheers

  2. Perfect match on Alder body 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Jan 2016

    Where the EVH, Frankenstein pickups failed in my Charvel Snake Skin Warren deMartini the '78 did it. It has the percussive attributes of the Screamin Demon with that alnico II smoothness. This beats me that a 14K Frankenstein on a somewhat non resonnant Alder body has less punch that a 9k '78. You would assue otherwise but it is the reality. Seems like what experts keep on telling us is true "resistance is not a proxy for power"; and I'm starting to believe it. MJ was very usefull in guiding me based on my needs. Thanks CS guys, you are awesome.

  3. Exactly what I wanted! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Oct 2015

    I ordered this pickup to achieve a clear, crisp, yet distorted tone as heard from some bands coming out of Pasadena during the late 70s - early 80s. Wow!! This is it and completely versatile across many musical genres. The install was extremely simple into a Fender Strat and only took 15 minutes. After that, I was plugged into an amp and sounding better than I could have imagined. Awesome pickup. I would definitely purchase again and recommend to anyone wanting to get the "brown sound."

  4. '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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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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