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Design your own pickup and let us know in the comments exactly how you want it to sound. MJ, Derek and Seymour will use your notes to help pick the right materials and wind for your pickup. Since your pickup is made specifically for you, please allow 4-6 weeks for it to be completed.




We are passionate about quality so we ask for your patience while we craft your pickup. Depending on the nature of your order, it may take up to 6-8 weeks for delivery. 


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  1. Zeroing in... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Mar 2019

    I asked for a darker and thicker (but still articulate), low output version of the Custom Custom. I got something a little bit more fun. It's 9.1k of throaty, smooth, sweet bark. My favorite 'low output' pickup that I've ever heard. It's many more degrees closer to the sound in my head than any pickup I've previously tried. Thank you MJ!

  2. Replacement pickup for a Paul Reed Smith 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Nov 2018

    When your out to swap pickups on a Maryland made PRS, you need to be pretty darn sure on what your motivations for it are. At the end of the day PRS make a killer pickup stock!

    So when I found myself wanting the same platform out of my 58/15LT neck pickup but with a little more mid range to it.... Enter MJ and her team.

    The pickup arrived on schedule and it’s bang on! Kudos to the guys over at Duncan & the custom shop. Special shout out to Arwin who responded very patiently to all my demands

  3. Home Run. Wait..Grand Slam 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Nov 2018

    When I found out I could have my own pickup designed as if I were Eddie VH or Slash or whoever, I thought why the hell wouldn’t I? It’s not even expensive to do so. And I’m so glad I did. The customer service at Duncan is outstanding. The rep asked me specific questions about everything from who I grew up listening to, who I like, what I like about this or that tone until he was confident he knew what I was after. And I have to say my pickups exceeded my expectations. I didn’t think a pick up could make that much of a difference with the guitar / amp / hands also in the equation, but they do. I noticed the difference after the first gig and feel lucky to have had the opportunity to pin point what I wanted. Thanks to everyone at Duncan. I’m going to make another custom guitar in the near future and they will be one of the first calls I make when I do.

  4. Probably the best! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Oct 2018

    .. and I say "probably" because I haven't tried them all. ;)

    I ordered a bridge Antiquity pickup with coil splitting wiring and quite frankly, this is the best pickup I've ever played. (and I've 30+ years gigging experience)

    The Antiquity has an amazing airiness and open quality, while being warm at the same time... something I've never heard from a pickup before.

  5. How i discovered the most incredible tone imaginable. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Sep 2018

    I set out on a journey looking for the perfect sound. I bought every picup imaginable from every vendor old and new on a my quest to find that magic i felt i was missing from my sound. I went through a lot of SD pickups. Most were close to what i wanted but i was missing that last puch that last 10% to get me where i was in that tonal bliss. I decided to send my specs to MJ and the Sd team to see if there was anything that they could do. I can say they delivered in a way that is just incredible. The pickup they build is by far the most clear, detailed, accurate and articulate pickup i have ever heard in my life.It was axactly what i was looking for.It will take all the high gain i can throw at it and then i roll it back for some Wes Montgomery. I'm floored.I ordered another set unpotted and they built me a special matched neck that is outstanding. I sent them another spec for another build i can't wait to try it out. My stylle of music is hard rock/rock/classicrock/blues /Jazz so i'm all over the place.

  6. 8- string P-Rail Glory 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Aug 2018

    Wow, these pickups are spectacular! I ordered a set of P-rails for my Strandberg 8-string in a soapbar housing. Looks like a metal guitar, sounds like any damn thing I want. These came out even better than I'd hoped. Huge thanks to MJ and all the good folks at Seymour Duncan for helping this weirdo live the dream!

  7. This beast ROCKS! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th May 2018

    I needed the perfect pickup for guitar with only a single pickup, in the bridge position and I figured, since this guitar was only going to have one pickup, it netter be a great one right? The folks at the custom shop delivered. I'm a huge fan of the SH-5 Custom, but I wanted something with more aesthetic personality. After some helpful input and advice from Arwin, I ended up ordering a Custom 8 (SH-5 with an AlNiCo 8 mag instead of the usual ceramic) Trembucker with a chrome cover and 12 black hex screws. This pickup is exactly what I expect to hear when I turn up the gain. I'm already planning my next custom shop order and I can hardly wait.

  8. They nailed it! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Apr 2018

    The guys at the custom shop killed it when they built my “Triggered JB”! The Alnico V magnets sound awesome. The pickup is 18.32 K and it is chunky in the rythms and sreams during solos. The sustain and harmonics are ridiculous!! (In a good way) Bottom line- this is the best pickup I’ve ever used and I’ll be buying 32 more for all my other guitars!

  9. Really impressed 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Feb 2018

    Quick back story, I had ordered another brand humbucker from an artist who has his own signature pickup series. The artist failed to complete the order or even communicate.

    My Les Paul's stock pickups always sounded kind of thin and harsh. I also wanted something with a little bit hotter of output, but not full on shred. I discovered that Seymour Duncan had a custom shop and commissioned them to build my pickup.

    Was first impressed with the speed they completed my custom pickup, didn't expect that all.

    But most of all, I was impressed with the sound. They understood my requirements and delivered a true fire breather, that can also clean up using the guitar's volume control!

    Well done SD Custom Shop!

  10. Perfection in quality and tone as requested! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Nov 2017

    From the values right down to the bobbin color, Seymour, MJ, and the custom shop exceeded all expectations and made a pickup better than I ever could have imagined. Great tone, great quality, great service. Seymour Duncan all the way!

  11. Wise Investment 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Aug 2017

    If you're making up your mind about whether or not it would be worth the expense to get customs, it definitely is. I had very specific qualities I wanted out of the tone for my custom order and they nailed it!

  12. More shine for my Gold Top 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Aug 2017

    Initially I tried to order the Bonamassa set, but found out they were sold out. When I explained what I was after....a bit more high end and sheen out of my aged 57 Gold Top reissue, the team at the custom shop made a detailed recommendation. I received and installed the pups and I am delighted. The guitar has come alive.....great note to note separation, shimmering clean tones without a hint of harshness, and when overdriven the guitar sits Bach and roars. My thanks to the team in the Custom have gone way beyond my expectations.

  13. Exactly what I was after 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Jul 2017

    I had read up on the Angus Young pickup work that SD was doing and knew that pickup wasn't exactly what people thought it was based off of popular gear videos etc (not to mention the Gibson artist P/U that to me never sounded like Angus at all). So the "Franknbucker" was ordered to the spec of the SD High Voltage humbucker and replaced a 57 Classic (i think) in my 57 anniversary Goldtop. An immediate improvement in tone in my opinion and just the perfect set of mids to cut thru the mix in my loud two-guitar rock band The Creeping Cruds. The other guy plays a Gretsch with the standard Filtertron setup so we are definitely in the area of classic ACCADACCA tones that I've been shooting for. Plus it's just cool to have my very own humbucker spec with a bitchin' Frankenstein face etched on it!

  14. Surfbucker 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Jun 2017

    My idea was to get a bridge humbucker that would have the tone of the neck pickup from the antiquity II surfer set with a little more punch. It was a big ask given a bridge pickup will never truly have the neck pickup tone because of position. Also making a humbucker sound like a single coil can be challenging. The seymour duncan team turned around the custom pickup request quickly. They nailed the specifics for my guitar (a Parker Fly Mojo).The pickup fit perfectly. Service was 5 stars. The end result was 4 stars. After several months playing it, It's a bit too compressed and not as articulate as I would have hoped. I'm considering sending it back for a rewind now that I have a better idea of how it sounds in the guitar.

  15. Custom Parallel Axis Trembucker - A5 - Gibson Les Paul Axcess 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Jun 2017

    That's right folks; we did a Parallel Axis Les Paul Axcess! I was looking for a little more of everything (B/M/T), replacing a Full Shred Trembucker, and the custom shop nailed it in the form of an overwound Parallel Axis Original!
    Don't get me wrong the Full Shred Trembucker was awesome; I just wanted a little more power and enhanced cleans.

    I could not be happier!

  16. I didn't expect this... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th May 2017

    This is the second time I've ordered from the custom shop folks. The first time I got what I asked for, and it was very cool, but I didn't quite have the right idea in my head. This time I asked them to use the sound description from my first order and put it in a different form factor. I got a beautiful, dynamic and SWEET/RICH sounding clean humbucker (I say clean in the sense that it doesn't hide ANY mistakes and lets all the notes ring through) that will absolutely rip your face off if you ask it to. I could type paragraphs of descriptive words but they probably wouldn't convey just how happy I am. Thank you to all the custom shop folks, the Kayjo MKII is spectacular!

  17. Amazing humbucker 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th May 2017

    I got a low output, non potted, alnico 2 humbucker. Sounds and looks amazing. Fit my Les Paul perfectly. MJ nailed what I was looking for down to every detail.

  18. Dream tone come true 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Apr 2017

    MJ really brought my tone to life, everything I requested in my customization to the pickup was well what I expected. I actually wanna make a duplicate of a custom bridge pickup I ordered some time ago, because it's just that good. Definitely will order some more custom goodies in the near future! Thanks Duncan family, I will forever treasure your products

  19. Best neck pickup, 78/jazz hybrid!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Apr 2017

    It took me a while to get the pickup into the guitar, but I am extremely happy with my 78/jazz hybrid neck pickup! I'm using it with a Whole Lotta Humbucker bridge pickup, and they work extremely well together! The neck pickup is 8.53k, which many may consider pretty hot. But there's no muddieness, it's a bit creamy with a bunch of punch! Using an Alnico2 magnet was a great choice, since the in between position sounds great and I think has become something much more useable. The pickup also cleans up very well, with a great treble bite. All in all I am extremely happy! I would definitely order the same pickup again, though with all the options available it could be fun to try a different slug coil to pair with the 78 screw coil, just for the heck of it! Oh, the guitar the pickups went in is a 2001 Les Paul Custom 57 RI in a transparent Cherry finish...So I'm glad to have amazing pickups in a very beautiful guitar now! I would recommend anyone looking for something special to try out the Build Your Own option! Why not make your guitar one of a kind! A very big thank you to MJ for an amazing pickup! I've been getting my guitars from Vic Dapra, owner of Guitar Gallery and author of the Burst Believers books, and for him to be impressed with the look and tone of the guitar I think speaks highly of the work the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop provides!

  20. ClydeBucker 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Jan 2017

    I have had a little over a month to play with my custom built hybrid humbucker and I have to say I am thoroughly impressed and happy with what the great people at the Seymour Duncan custom shop have put together for me. They put in every detail I asked for and helped decide on things like the magnet and perfect dc resistance for what I was looking for. I have been using the ClydeBucker in a wide range of tuning applications from standard to drop G# and have come to find it is extremely versatile. They found the perfect midrange snap that I love for the lower tunings and in the more standard tunings it cuts through the mix beautifully while having a thunderous punch through the rhythm sections. The cleans are sparkling and the pickups sensitivity it amazingly responsive. I will be ordering a set for every guitar I have including my 7s. Thank you to everyone at Seymour Duncan for helping me down the seemingly endless and constant changing road of tone. I truly believe this is hands down the best pickup I have ever played and owned.

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