One of D-TAR’s greatest strengths is the worldwide reputation of Seymour Duncan Pickups and Rick Turner, both recognized as world leaders and authorities in their respective fields: pickups and acoustic amplification. D-TAR is the unified effort of Seymour Duncan Pickups and Rick Turner to provide the highest quality, best value acoustic amplification products to consumers and guitar-builders everywhere.

Seymour Duncan is the world’s largest musical instruments pickup manufacturer. In business for nearly 30 years in Santa Barbara, California, their products are carried by 1,500 music stores in the USA and are found in 45 countries internationally. Duncan’s OEM customers include nearly every major guitar builder; and their artist roster is a veritable “Who’s Who” of the world’s top guitarists and bassists representing bands from Aerosmith to ZZ Top and all point in between.

With more than 35 years of experience, Rick Turner has built a solid reputation among musicians worldwide. Turner co-founded Alembic® in 1970 and designed the classic Series 1 and Series 2 basses. He founded Rick Turner Guitars in 1979 and joined Gibson® in 1988 where he served as president of Gibson Labs West Coast R&D Division.

Turner left Gibson in 1992 and ran a guitar repair shop at Westwood Music in Los Angeles where he developed piezo pickups designs, working with Jackson Browne, David Crosby and others. He later co-founded Highlander™ Musical Audio, manufacturer of piezo pickups for acoustic guitars. He continues to design and build guitars for many professional players such as Lindsey Buckingham, Ry Cooder, David Lindley, David Crosby and Andy Summers. He is also a regular columnist for Acoustic Guitar and a former columnist for Bass Player, Frets and Guitar Player magazines. He’s currently working on an autobiography, which interweaves technical information. Backbeat Publications will release it in 2003.


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