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Seymour Duncan Introduces the Brandon Ellis Signature Humbuckers

Seymour Duncan Introduces the Brandon Ellis Signature Humbuckers

This line of pickups features two slotted pole pieces per string, which removes distortion from the string’s vibration pattern.


Performing lightning-fast arpeggio sweeps, aggressive tremolo picking, and propulsive down-tuned riffs requires guitar tone that can keep up the pace and cut through the mix. While experimenting with different Seymour Duncan pickups over his career, Brandon’s sound became defined by our Parallel Axis humbuckers. This line of pickups features two slotted pole pieces per string, which removes distortion from the string’s vibration pattern. This ensures better note separation and extended sustain by creating a decentralized magnetic field.

Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Brandon Ellis Dyad Parallel Axis Humbucker

B Ellis Dyad Parallel Axis
Seymour Duncan Custom Shop
$180.00

Dabbling in pickup design himself, Brandon concocted a hybrid pickup combining two of his favorite Parallel Axis models: The North coil of a Crazy 8 and the hotter South coil of a Parallel Axis Trembucker Distortion, along with the Alnico 2 bar magnet from an RTM.

The result is the Dyad, a high output Humbucker with a sizzly bite and a super articulate pick attack that perfectly suited Brandon’s needs. Despite being a single bridge pickup, the Dyad offers more tones than meets the eye. Flipping the pickup upside down, in Brandon’s words “offers a chewier, mid-range focused sound for guitarists looking for more body out of their instrument in standard tunings.”

Seymour Duncan - Brandon Ellis Signature Dyad Parallel Axis™ Humbucker

The Dyad is available in humbucker and trembucker spacing, and comes standard with dual Seymour Duncan logos facing inward in tribute to Brandon’s original homemade design.

MSRP - $180

For more information, please visit seymourduncan.com.

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