One of D-TARs
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 worlds 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. Duncans OEM customers
include nearly every major guitar builder; and their artist roster
is a veritable Whos Who of the worlds 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. Hes currently working on an autobiography,
which interweaves technical information. Backbeat Publications will
release it in 2003.
Highlander and Gibson are trademarks of their respective companies
and are not affiliated with D-TAR.