Seymour Duncan has added another star name to its range of signature pickups – Periphery’s Mark Holcomb, whose much admired custom Alpha and Omega pickups will now be available in 6, 7 and 8 string versions.
‘The Alpha/Omega set has been the heartbeat of my sound for the past several years,’ Holcomb says. ‘Since we developed and released the first 6-string set in the custom shop, I’ve had the same pickup set in every one of my 6, 7 and 8-string guitars, live and in the studio. It has remained one of the few components of my rig and setup that I haven’t even thoughtabout tweaking.
‘The Omega bridge pickup came out super cool. It’s very, very aggressive and snarling, with that percussive quality that I like in the low mids. My style is based on really big chords with a lot of voicings, and I didn’t want to sacrifice any of that in the bridge pickup. And the Alpha neck pickup has lots of pick attack – probably the most pick attack of any neck pickup I’ve ever played. But it’s still very fat and glassy.’
‘The 6-string Custom Shop release of this pickup was very popular and we heard a lot from Mark and Mark’s fans who said they wanted extended range versions of that same pickup and the ability to buy it over the counter,’ says Seymour Duncan SVP of Products & CRO Max Gutnik. ‘We’re excited to make them available to more players, with more variety.”
The new pickups will be available as a set, or individual neck or bridge pickups in 6, 7 or 8-string options. A ‘Trembucker’ option is available for 6-string.