Brad Paisley teams up with Seymour Duncan for his La Brea pickups
Named after his 1968 pink paisley ‘La Brea’ Fender Telecaster.
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Paisley’s La Brea pickup set was designed to complement his 1968 Fender Telecaster of the same name. The neck pickup uses alnico 2 rod magnets and features a low output rating of 7.55k as well as period-correct wire and flatwork. The matching bridge pickup is similarly vintage-specced, with alnico 4 magnets charged to 7.44k. Other vintage-inspired appointments on the bridge pickup include cloth push-back wire and classic grey forbon flatwork.
Paisley acquired the 1967 Fender ‘La Brea’ Telecaster in 2017, which had been refinished in black acrylic paint when he initially bought it. Paisley took the guitar to veteran luthier and paisley paper expert Bill Crook, to have the black paint stripped and replaced with a paisley pattern instead. However, stripping away the black paint revealed the Telecaster’s original pink paisley finish to be intact. Paisley then named the guitar ‘La Brea’, after the tar pits in Southern California and how the black paint hid the original pink paisley paper finish of the guitar.
In other Paisley-related news, the country musician’s variety special Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special recently aired on 3 December. The hour-long prime-time special showcased Paisley’s comedic side and featured appearances by Hootie & The Blowfish, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood and more.
The Seymour Duncan Brad Paisley Signature La Brea Telecaster pickup set is now available for $169. For more information, click here.