Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive

by Seymour Duncan

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  • Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive

    The 805 is a very transparent, classic Overdrive pedal designed using the chip found in the legendary 808 as a starting point but eventually ending with the MC33178, a chip we felt had superior sonic characteristics along with a lower noise figure and longer battery life. The 805 features an expanded gain range and 3-band active EQ that is not commonly found in 808 style overdrive pedals. It's so versatile that you can use it for a smooth, lyrical bluesy overdrive one minute and a modern metal crunch the next. We started with the classic overdrive tones we all know and love but we tightened up the bottom end and added more sparkle in the highs as well as more detailed note articulation. Whether you're after ringing cleans, a subtle boost, fat crunch, or even screaming sustaining solo tones, it's all in there. And unlike other overdrives that become thin when you refine the gain, the 805's 3-band active EQ lets you take back control over the low end while also fine-tuning the mids and highs.

    The 805 Overdrive can be used to give your sound a boost with full overtones or to provide harmonically rich heavy gain with warm tube character. It's extensively developed and refined to be the perfect overdrive for pushing the front end of an already distorted amp, giving you plenty of output and tone-shaping capability whether you play hard rock, prog, metal, djent or whatever other heavy styles you'd like to throw at it. Whether you're running it into a clean channel or an utterly angry one, the sound remains natural and responsive. Like the Dirty Deed and Vapor Trail, the 805 is assembled at the Seymour Duncan Factory in Santa Barbara, California and is true-bypass.

    Subtle Boost With the Drive control fully counter-clockwise, the 805 Overdrive acts as a signal booster with 8dB of gain, adding more life and sparkle to your tone along with the flexibility of further contouring your sound with the active 3-band EQ. In this setup you may just want to leave it on all the time.

    Scooped Mid Setting the Mid control around 10 o'clock gives a bit of a scoop to the normally mid-range predominant punch, accentuating the beef and clarity for both picking and chunking. The Drive control around the 11 o'clock position gives you control with both your volume control and playing intensity, ranging from sparkly clean to fat crunch when you dig in.

    Valve Howler (Thank you, Mr. Thesarus) Push your amp's front-end into overdrive, with some additional rich, tasty grit from the pedal. The personality of the tone will depend upon your specific amp and settings, so let your curiosity be your guide!

    Keith Merrow recommends: "I have the following setting, which I use for a tight modern metal sound in front of a high gain amp."

    Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive Features:

    • Distortion Circuitry: Glass diode, back-to-back stack.

    • Bypass: True bypass

    • Gain Control Range: 8dB to 36dB. Mid - 750 Hz +/- 11dB,

    • EQ Center Frequencies: Bass - 90 Hz +/- 11dB, Treble - 2.1 kHz +/- 12dB

    • Noise: Minimum gain, 20 to 20kHz - 112dBV, Minimum gain, 400 to 20kHz - 114dBV, Maximum gain, 20 to 20kHz - 97.5dBv, Maximum gain, 400 to 20kHz - 98 dBV

    • THD @10mVrms input @ 1 kHz with 12 dB of gain: 0.15%

    • Max Output before Saturation: 0.6Vrms

    • Input Impedance: 470k Ohms

    • Output Impedance: 1k Ohms

    • Power: 9V battery or external 9 to 18V Regulated DC Adapter (center negative)

    • Current consumption: 4.5mA

    • Dimensions: 2.61" X 4.90" X 1.45"

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    If a product is defective upon arrival, or the wrong item was received, we will send you a replacement/the correct item, and all the shipping fees will be covered by us. For defective items, Prymaxe reserves the right to refuse the return if we determine the reason for the unit failing was not covered under the warranty (i.e., if the item was damaged due to user fault or error). If you feel your item was damaged in shipping, please take plenty of pictures of the damaged box and item and immediately contact us so we can open a claim with the shipping company.

    Please be very diligent with testing your defective item. Be sure to try other guitars, power supplies, cables, and amps. We also request that you take a video of the item not working. If we receive your item, test it, and find it to be working, we will give you a refund minus the cost of shipping both ways.

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