(Santa Barbara, CA) November 19, 2008 -- After the resounding success of their Blackouts line of active humbuckers, Seymour Duncan, the Santa Barbara-based pickup manufacturer, follows their launch of the

(Santa Barbara, CA) November 19, 2008-- After the resounding success of their Blackouts line of active humbuckers, Seymour Duncan, the Santa Barbara-based pickup manufacturer, follows their launch of the Blackouts with chrome, gold and black nickel-plated metal covers. Now, guitarists can enjoy the metal tones that Blackouts offer while retaining a classy, unique and metallic look that coordinates well with their particular guitar hardware finishes. Metal guitarists have embraced Blackouts, which are now one of Duncan’s top 10 product models.

Thanks to a circuit design, Seymour Duncan’s Blackouts are up to 14dB quieter. The covers utilize a nickel silver substrate, the same cover material Seymour Duncan uses for their classic passive humbucker covers. The nickel silver substrate limits the magnetic interaction with the pickup and is ideal for surface plating. Blackouts come with necessary mounting hardware, including pots, jack, and a battery clip.

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Can a bona fide funk guru help design a better Klone?

Wide range of gain. Very useful EQ.

Doesn’t do the Klon clean boost as well as original.

$349

Jackson Audio The Optimist
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Jackson Audio’s pedal collaboration with modern funk hero Cory Wong could have taken a few different paths. Considering Wong’s style, a compressor would have been an obvious choice. Instead, the Optimist is a dual overdrive that builds on a Klon-inspired baseline, adds a second overdrive, and has a clever EQ to create a super-flexible overdrive. Named after Wong’s second album, The Optimist suits Wong’s exuberant and fun-loving personality. But it also describes the way you might approach a gig with this pedal in hand. Together, the two separate overdrives and active EQ give you enough tones to cover almost any gig this side of Slayer cover band.

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