Seymour Duncan has a 40-year archive of data on pickup design, detailing every nuance, down to the smallest detail. This deep knowledge is what gives their Antiquity pickups an authentic vintage tone.
The Antiquity line's story goes back to the 1990s, a particularly unique time in guitar history. 'Shred' guitars were on a bit of a decline, and the vintage guitar market was huge. When they weren't able get their hands on the actual vintage guitars they coveted so dearly, guitarists began to relic their own instruments. So, Seymour created the Antiquities to give those guitarists the aged look, tone, and response of the pickups found in the instruments of the 50s and 60s that they so revered.
Because Seymour is so detail-oriented, the Antiquities had to be exactly like the originals, down to the finest details. Seymour pulled from his 40-plus-year archive of data on pickup design, with insight on every nuance, to ensure that every facet of the Antiquity pickups was authentic and vintage accurate. If player feedback and the thousands of guitarists around the world who rely on their Antiquities are any indication, Seymour nailed it.
What they didn't anticipate was how popular these pickups would become among guitarists playing newer guitars. Seymour Duncan quickly began hearing from guitar builders and players around the world who wanted Antiquity pickups with a pristine look, rather than an aged, relic'd look. So, Seymour Duncan created the Antiquity Retrospec'd series - all…
the beloved Antiquity tone of yesteryear in a cosmetically non-aged look.