Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal: 3-Band Active EQ for Versatile Tone Shaping


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The Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive offers guitarists unprecedented tone-shaping control and versatility to craft the perfect overdriven sound for any music genre. Whether you play searing rock solos, sweet country licks, or low-down dirty blues, the 805 overdrive pedal delivers the harmonic richness and responsive dynamic response needed to take your playing to the next level.

At the heart of the 805 Overdrive is a completely redesigned overdrive circuit that captures the warm, tubelike tone and touch sensitivity of classic overdrives. The Drive knob allows you to dial in just the right amount of gain, from subtle boost to saturated crunch. Active 3-band EQ gives you unmatched ability to shape your tone, letting you cut or boost bass, midrange, and treble frequencies to perfectly complement your guitar and amp setup. The 805 overdrive truly puts you in the driver’s seat, giving you the tools to craft your signature sound.

The versatility of the 805 overdrive makes it an ideal pedal for blues, country, and rock guitarists alike. For blues players, the 805 produces sweet, vocal-like leads and rich low-end warmth perfect for crafting emotive solos and licks. The responsive dynamic range preserves the nuances of your picking technique from fluttering chicken-pickin’ to stinging bends. For country pickers, the 805 overdrive adds a touch of natural breakup to your clean tone while retaining twang and articulation. Use the EQ to dial in the perfect mid-scooped tone for double stops and pedal steel licks.

Heavier rock guitarists will appreciate how the 805 Overdrive can be pushed to produce singing leads and mammoth rhythm tones, from classic rock crunch to searing metal distortion. The active 3-band EQ gives you the control to perfectly sculpt your tone, letting your leads cut through the mix while retaining tonal balance. Whether you need a boost for solos, increased sustain and harmonic richness for power chords, or a colored overdrive to push a tube amp into saturation, the 805 delivers.

The 805 Overdrive features a solid metal chassis and true bypass switching to ensure noise-free operation and no loss of tone when disengaged. Powered by a 9V battery or optional 9V DC power supply, the 805 overdrive is built like a tank to stand up to life on the road. So take control of your tone and unleash the full potential of your guitar/amp setup with the Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive effects pedal.

Key Features:

  • Versatile overdrive circuit captures the warm, responsive tone of classic tube overdrives
  • Drive and Level controls allow you to dial in the perfect amount of gain for boost or saturated overdrive
  • 3-band Active EQ (bass, mid, treble) provides unmatched tone-shaping capability
  • Ideal for blues, country, and rock guitarists needing a responsive, dynamic overdrive
  • True bypass switching ensures noise-free operation and no loss of tone
  • Solid metal chassis designed to withstand life on the road

Shape Your Signature Sound

The Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive gives you the control to craft your own signature sound. Whether you need a transparent clean boost to push your tube amp into sweet overdrive or want saturated distortion for solos, the 805 delivers. The active 3-band EQ offers incredible flexibility in fine-tuning your tone. Cut or boost specific frequencies to make your guitar cut through the mix while retaining tonal balance.

Sculpt your sound to perfection with the parametric midrange control. Boost midrange to increase presence and body for solos, or cut mids to prevent muddiness when recording high-gain tones. Let your inner tonehound off the leash by finding your own signature sound with the Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive pedal.

Responsive Dynamics Preserve Your Technique

The 805 Overdrive is designed to preserve the dynamic responsiveness of your playing technique. Unlike many overdrive pedals, the 805 retains clarity as you dig into the strings. Notes bloom with rich harmonic content instead of compressing into a uniform distortion blanket. The 805 overdrive is all about dynamic interaction between your hands, guitar, and amp. The more you put in, the more you get out in articulate expression.

Right from the first lick, you’ll notice how the 805 Overdrive allows your picking nuances and subtle string vibrations to come through uncompressed. Quiet phrases sound clean until you introduce distortion through your dynamics, adding just the right edge to notes. For lead work, the 805 overdrive preserves touch sensitivity for violin-like sustain that blooms with the intensity of your bends and vibratos.

Dial in Harmonically Rich Overdrive

Within the 805 Overdrive, Seymour Duncan engineers refined the overdrive curcuit to capture the organic feel and rich harmonic character of tube amplifiers pushed to the edge of breakup. The Drive control allows you to set the exact amount of symmetrical clipping applied to your signal. Keep it low for transparent boost, or crank it for saturated lead tones. Wherever you set it, the distortion curve imparts natural compression and a touch of velvety tube-amp warmth.

At more subtle drive settings, the 805 overdrive adds fullness and complexity to the guitar tone for increased body andamp; sustain. It’s perfect for fattening up Telecasters and other bright single coil guitars. For humbucker guitars, a bit of breakup thickens lead tones for epic Gilmour-esque solos. But no matter your guitar or amp setup, the 805 Overdrive enhances your rig’s inherent tone.

Craft Your Signature Tone with 3-Band Active EQ

The 3-band Active EQ sets the Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive apart, giving you unprecedented ability to shape your tone. With +/- 12dB of boost or cut, you can specifically target low, mid, and high frequency ranges for surgical tone tweaking. The semi-parametric mid band has an exceptionally wide range, so you can zero in on the exact mids sweet spot for your guitar and amp. Boosting midrange adds projection and cuts through the mix, while lowering mids warms up humbucker grit.

The active EQ comes after the overdrive circuit, meaning you are shaping the actual distorted signal. This topology, along with quality components and circuit design, gives the 805 overdrive exceptionally good note separation, even at extreme settings. Dialing in the EQ provides focused tone control with no muddiness or flub.

Think of the active EQ as painting your tone with a palette knife instead of a brush. You can make broad strokes, or fine tune specific frequency ranges. When used creatively, the active EQ combined with variable overdrive gives you an incredibly wide range of usable tones from a single pedal.

Designed for Gigging Musicians

The Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive features a rugged metal chassis and industrial footswitch designed to withstand the rigors of touring. Connectors are mounted directly to the PCB using threaded bushings for extra strength. An internal switch engages buffered or true bypass modes to suit any rig: buffered for long cable runs to retain tone, true bypass when noise is a concern.

With a sleek profile taking up minimal space on your pedalboard, the 805 overdrive is built for gigging musicians. External 9VDC power supply or 9-volt battery operation gives you flexibility. Wherever the road takes you, the Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive is ready to become the cornerstone of your tone.

Seymour Duncan: Taking Tone to the Next Level

With the Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive, you get decades of guitar tone expertise in a compact pedal. Seymour Duncan literally wrote the book on electric guitar pickups starting in the 1970s. Applying knowledge gained from windings tens of thousands of pickups, Seymour Duncan engineers designed the 805 overdrive circuit to preserve the nuances and dynamic range of your playing.

Known for forging new paths in guitar tone innovation, Seymour Duncan builds on their legacy of hand-crafted pickups with cutting-edge pedal designs. Take your tone to the next level by adding the Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive to your pedalboard. Order the 805 overdrive now to start shaping your signature sound!


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