March 28th 1968, a young Seymour Duncan went to see Jimi Hendrix perform at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He brought with him a set of Stratocaster pickups he had pulled out of the junk drawer at a music store in his native New Jersey and rewound on his record player. Seymour found himself backstage, talking shop and trading tips and tricks with Jimi Hendrix and Roger Mayer*– and the pickups Seymour brought were installed in a Strat Jimi would use that night.
Seymour describes this night as a formative experience for him:
“Seeing how his guitar was set up, remembering what I saw, being there and absorbing everything that I could. And the neatest thing was just that he gave me the time because he knew how much I cared about guitars.”