“It’s not just a pickup, it’s a weapon of tonal Armageddon.” – Seymour Duncan
The Nazgul is the newest addition to Seymour Duncan’s long list of pickups and is lauded as pinnacle of high-output intensity. With enough attitude to make Malmsteen look like a down to earth kind of guy. These pickups were made for chugging and ripping leads that cut right through the mix, and dammit to hell if that’s not exactly what they do.
The Nazgul Pickups
The good news is the Nazgul humbuckers come in a variety of flavors. The sorrowful news is that none of them are available for 6-string guitars. But looking at the greener grass that resides on the other side, 7-string guitars have been a standard for some time now, and as 8-string guitars grow in popularity Seymour Duncan has done the calculations and integrated them into the plan.
There are a total of three models for both string sizes.
The 7-String Models
Of the three 7-string models, two are passive. You can either get a passive mount with or without a metal cover for $89.95 or an active mount soapbar for $119.95. The pickups have yet to be released so all pricing is just manufacturer suggested retail. The actual price will be lower.
The 8-String Models
The 8-string variations offer two passive options as well. One with metal covers and one without. The passives are priced at $119.95. The 8-string active soapbars are priced at $139.95.
Hear for yourself the sheer strength these pickups command. The Nazguls get a powerful and crisp tone with each tone plowing right through. The video features the handy work of guitarists Ola Englund and Keith Merrow of the band Merrow.
The two guitars used in this video are a Mayones Regius and a Blackat Leon7 through a Kemper profiling amp 5150 and a Randall Satan with a Randal 4×12 through a Shure SM57 respectively. Here you can get an idea of what the pickups sound in more of a band context. There are a few moments where the backing instruments drop so you can hear the guitars in isolation.
And because that video kicked so much ass let’s have another featuring Jason Frankhouser using the Nazguls in his 7-string Anderson through a Fortin Evil Pumpkin. The cool thing about this video is Frankhouser bails on bass, boosts, or any overwhelming EQ tracks to give us the purest sense of what the Nazgul will sound like.