In January I spent a few glorious days at Seymour Duncan HQ in Santa Barbara, and while I was there I got to try some awesome new gear, including a prototype of the Custom Shop SLUG humbucker and a few prototypes of what would go on to become this bad boy: the Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive. A few of us tried these various versions (including Keith Merrow and Wes Hauch) and it became apparent that one prototype in particular was really special. It’s hands down the most versatile overdrive I’ve ever played, with a huge range of tones and a very responsive feel. And it’s utterly killer as a boost into an already distorted amp too, so those of you who like to use a EVH 5150 III or Peavey 6505 with an overdrive in front will love it! I know I’ll be using it to goose the Lead channel of my Marshall DSL50 (as well as using it as an overdrive in its own right). Here’s the press release.
Seymour Duncan Releases The 805 Overdrive
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.
Distortion Circuitry: Glass diode, back-to-back stack.
Bypass: True bypass
Gain Control Range: 8dB to 36dB.
EQ Center Frequencies:
• Bass – 90 Hz +/- 11dB
• Mid – 750 Hz +/- 11dB
• Treble – 2.1 kHz +/- 12dB
EQ Center Frequencies:
• 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”
Weight: -90dBV at output, 400Hz to 20kHz
For more information, visit: http://www.seymourduncan.com