Joe Bonamassa and Seymour Duncan collaborate on the Amos pickup
The Custom Shop Amos humbuckers are modelled after those on the bluesman’s legendary 1958 Gibson Flying V.
They may be new, but the Seymour Duncan Amos humbuckers are rooted in history. Together with Joe Bonamassa, the company dug deep into the PAFs on the musician’s 1958 Gibson Flying V to create a faithful reproduction of the pickups, from the Alnico 6 magnets to the aged covers.
The Flying V—it was only one of 98 produced by Gibson in the ’50s—is able to crank out a robust, warm and clear sound when compared to other PAF-equipped axes, according to Seymour Duncan. And the reason behind it, the company said, is its pickups’ “unusually strong magnetism, which could only be replicated by using Alnico 6 magnets.”
Besides those magnets, the humbuckers sport period-accurate bobbins and maple spacers—they were even wound on the historic machine that Gibson had originally used in the ’50s and ’60s. The covers come in gold and nickel that have been aged to mimic the wear pattern on the original pickups, as well as fancier zebra and black versions.
The Joe Bonamassa Amos Pickup set lists for $375. For more information, check out seymourduncan.com.