Parts & Accessories
|Seymour Duncan Black/Back Black
|Seymour Duncan Black/Back White
|Seymour Duncan Black/Back Zebra
|Seymour Duncan Black/Back Gold Poles
|Seymour Duncan Black/Back Chrome
|Seymour Duncan Black/Back Gold Cover
|Seymour Duncan Black/Back Nickel
|Seymour Duncan Black/Back
|Seymour Duncan Black/Outs
The Black\Back Pickup is a proprietary pickup owned & designed by The
Ultratone division of New Technologies Ltd. The architectural specs were to
concentrate entirely on versatility but not to lose any discernible
Brown Sound, Gibson Sound Or Fender Sound.
Seymour Duncan actually manufactures the pickups in their custom shop.
Seymour Duncan paints them black with a special black powder coating that we
have specified, The Technology is owned by several different parties and it is almost impossible to
patent. The R&D costs alone to try to get a patent for this product would be
astronomical. The patent would also have to extend to the mounting system and
wiring in the guitar. The possibilities are quite broad. Therefore anyone who is
involved in the project is sworn to secrecy and has to sign a non disclosure
In 2008 our Attorney notified us that it could be patented and trademarked.
The only problem there would be we would have to reveal the secret sauce to the
US Patent Office. Anyone could look up the patent and simply copy us in their
bedroom. So we have opted not to patent it.
The original product was named Black/Back ND. ND meant non
disclosure. However many people thought that ND stood for Neo Dimium which
is a rare earth magnetic element. Neo Dimium is a more expensive magnet
than Aluminum Nickel Cobalt (Alnico) and of course much more costly than
standard ceramic magnets. Many people have heard of the Electrovoice "NDYM"
Microphones "Pronounced endime". These Microphones came out in the early 90's
& they literally blew the Shure SM 57 and 58 out of the water. Today many speaker
companies are also using Neo Dimium technology when they want much more powerful
These pickups are slightly more expensive than the usual Duncan pickups.
Although we have been told numerous times that our price of $125.00 each is much
lower than they would have expected to pay. We have also been told that people
have paid that much for the normal Duncan pickups.
Charvel has the closest sounding model to the black back but we
aren't worried because they sell theirs for 300.00 each.
On the discontinued Eddie Van Halen guitars the lower brass
assembly and back were painted black. This is where the name Black/Back
TM came from. Ultratone has simply trademarked the
black painted backs in an effort to try to lock out competition. There are
a few people who are Grand-fathered in before the trademark was granted so be
careful. Make sure the pickup is a Seymour Duncan. Some of the very early ones
about 350 were manufactured under license by Dimarzio.
We have seen these
sell on Ebay for $400.00 a pickup. We think that is ludicrous because the
Seymour Duncan product is far superior in quality. We do have several sets of
totally Brand New Dimarzio Black/Backs in stock. If you are a Dimarzio freak
then please give us a call.
I realize of course that tone and sound are objective. I also know that these
pickups aren't for everybody.
We feel they are the most powerful, clean and
controllable pickups We have ever used. Originally they were designed for
the LSR line of guitars back in 1997 and today there are about 14 companies that
Seymour Duncan was not the first company to produce the Black/Back pickups
for Ultratone. But Seymour Duncan was the company that helped them perfect it.
Thanks to Evan Skopp @ Duncan Pickups.
The Black/Backs are a matched set, You can use them separately of course but
they are a matched set. One is specifically for the bridge position while the
other one is made for the neck position.
You should never mount a single coil pickup in between them. Magnetism from
the center magnet will interfere and alter the intended sound..
Abstract/Floyd Rose Enterprize
We also recommended that utilizing 2 pickups would sound
better than just using one. However we have heard these
pickups used individually and the still sound great.
Using the gold or chrome pickup covers as on the green Enterprize model above
degrades the tone slightly. Most people cannot tell the difference. We
tried using plastic & wooden covers and no one could tell the difference,
Currently we are experimenting with Abalone, & Mother of pearl covers on our new
We also offer EMG Pickups, Tom Holmes Pickups,
Jason Lollar Pickups & Even PRS Pickups on our guitars.
Overall We Like The Black/Backs for Versatility, Tone & Sustain!!!