Seafoam Pedals are based in Nashville, Tenessee and its new Trident Overdrive pedal combines a 3-band EQ and overdrive to create a new take on the humble overdrive pedal.
At first glance, the Trident Overdrive pedal looks like a combination of a three-band EQ with an overdrive. Nothing particularly new about that. But is actually a set of three overdrive circuits across three EQ bands, each with its own boost/cut.
As far as I am aware the overdrive circuits are based on a TS (Tube Screamer) overdrive, which you normally associate with a ‘mid-hump’ boost. But this is a different spin on the drive/EQ idea. The Trident has volume and overdrive controls for the individual (semi-)fixed Bass, Middle and Treble bands. So each Drive knob adds crunch to one circuit set to one of the three frequency ranges. The Volume knob lets you boost or cut the EQ of that particular band. Below each band is a switch that adds a control to a how wide the reach is of that EQ band.
Simple, but effective
The circuit design is quite a different take on a widely used formula. I am impressed by the thought that’s gone into this as a new take on an overdrive/EQ pedal. Essentially, you have three overdrives in one pedal here. Combined with this EQ sculpting functionality it makes for a simple user interface, with no real fuss or over-complication for users.
Running via an external 9-Volt power supply the Trident Overdrive uses internal voltage doubling to give you more headroom. It has a ‘soft-touch’ true-bypass footswitch and also uses top mounted input and output jacks, which all makes it very pedalboard friendly.
Take a listen to the official demo video below to get an idea of what to expect from this boutique overdrive pedal.
RRP – USD 250