ABOUT DUNELAND labs
Our team has been responsible for a long series of systems and components that have enabled luminary musicians and recording engineers to achieve stellar levels of performance from their gear. For more than 3 decades, our approach has encompassed the following procedures:
•If the appropriate solution involved currently available devices, we understood the subtle but significant properties inherent in commercial audio equipment, and could specify, calibrate, and interface such devices in an optimum form.
•If commercial gear exhibited enough of the necessary characteristics, we modified the devices for improved performance.
•If nothing on the market did the job, we designed and built custom devices.
For the next decade, we intend take the next logical step: to create a series of products that draw on the most widely applicable designs in our portfolio. Their qualities range from improvements on established types of gear to some devices that necessitate the establishment of new categories appropriate to their functions.
During the early days of Duneland Labs we pointed our minds & tools to some quite radical projects. This led some forces in the organization to ask if we couldn’t perhaps also generate some more familiar devices in the area of electric guitar pickups. Our answer was The Blackpole Project, in which we decided to pack some ambitious magnetic and electro-acoustic concepts into conventional humbuckers boxes. Then, we drew on the knowledge and skills of artisans from other disciplines (bench jewelry, saxophone repair and knife making to name a few) to bring some fresh character to the boxes themselves.
By the time we were finished we had managed to spend well over $1000 per unit on these items, which inevitably put a stop to this line. A dozen or so do exist in the wild, some in the guitars of highly prominent players who decided that the premium price was justified by their truly unique place in the electric guitar universe. What remains is this edition of 42.
They’ll soon be made available to all who seek the most unique and responsive devices that fit this form. ’Til then, here are their portraits:
Demand for an excellent magnetic pickup specifically designed for bronzewound acoustic guitar strings that doesn’t require a preamp or battery power was initially driven by premier contemporary archtop guitar builder Ken Parker. His use of such strings is essential for maximizing the acoustic character of his instruments. You can read more about these instruments (and the pickup system) here:
A flattop version is now being finalized in conjunction with some of our truly favorite players, builders and major acoustic guitar manufacturers.
VIDEOs of our devices in action
1. A recent pickup design for maverick Austin guitar builder Tony Nobles.
2. Our chief designer Bob Palmieri discusses our new series of pickups for Wilco guitarist Nels Cline with the man himself.
3. Bob deploys the Duneland Devices in a live performance with Rolling Stones’ keyboard player Chuck Leavell to deliver the ideal jazz and blues tones for Chuck’s reimagining of Honky Tonk Woman.
4. Master LA guitarist Dean Parks explores new sonic scapes with a Les Paul Recording guitar equipped with custom Duneland pickups and control system.