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The PAF is one of the all-time great guitar pickups, but the Gibson employee responsible for it also designed legendary amplifiers, the Maestro fuzz pedal and much more. Huw Price profiles the pickup guru’s pickup guru, Seth Lover


Seth Lover (r) became Seymour Duncan’s “humbucker mentor” and the pair designed some great pickups together

When you begin researching the development of early microphones and audio electronics, it becomes apparent that much of the pioneering work was done for the telephone and radio industries rather than for recording studios and musicians. Newspapers and magazines would print schematics for electronics enthusiasts, who would then build radios and so forth at home. Many gained a good grounding in practical electronics, went on to study the subject in greater depth, and later discovered that the general principles could be applied elsewhere.

This was certainly the path followed by the legendary Seth Lover. Seth grew up with his grandparents in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and showed an early aptitude for electronics. Encouraged by one of his teachers, he even built his own valve radio when he was barely a teenager. Lover’s grandparents died before his 20th birthday, and after a succession of jobs, he joined Battery C of the 16th Field Artillery, Grey Horse Battery of the US Army.

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The September 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now! This month we find out if Marshall’s wallet-friendly new Origin series delivers what everyone has been waiting for from the legendary British amp brand. We also tip our hats to the 10 greatest Marshall tones in rock history and find out how they were made – Messrs Clapton and Hendrix feature heavily but there are one or two surprises, too... Originators and trailblazers are something of a theme in this month’s mag – inside you’ll also find interviews with Doors star Robby Krieger, a celebration of the genius of Seth Lover and a close-up and personal look at the solidbody electric that started it all: a 1950 Fender Broadcaster. Elsewhere in gear we round-up the best products from the recent Summer NAMM show in Nashville and review a pile of great new products from Rick Turner, Stone Deaf, Lowden, Eastman and more. As if all that wasn’t enough there are three fantastic competitions, giving you he chance to win a Fender Player Stratocaster, House Of Tone pickups and a luxury Pinegrove strap. Get your copy of the September 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine today...