The new Diamondhead pedal is a multistage distortion pedal with a distinct ’80s drive flavour. Seymour Duncan‘s latest foray into guitar pedals is billed as an effect that gives you the feel of a cranked all-tube amplifier, which is then hit hard with an added boost. It’s designed to be be run into an already crunchy amp for full-on rock tones. But its design is also suited to use as an extra channel for your clean amp. But what else does it bring to the table? Let’s take a closer look.
Immediately after the gain control there’s a 3-band equalizer to help shaping your sound and drive tones. Basses can be cleaned up or thickened at 80Hz.
The mids sit at 800Hz and provide either a classic scoop or bring your tone to the fore in a mix. The highs add some shine at 6KHz.
SAT Switch and Boost
The inconspicuous SAT Switch is based on SD’s in-house 805 Overdrive* and delivers an incredible 24 dB of pre-gain boost. And if that is still not enough for you, kick in the actual boost section of the pedal!
Up to 15dB can be added here using the footswitchable boost section. That’s perfect for solos. It can also be used independently of the distortion circuit. This makes the Diamondhead it a pretty versatile drive pedal, especially on a cramped pedal board.
For me, the extensive EQ section and the added boost section of this drive pedal make it one to watch out for. Especially if you like classic ’80s drive tones from he heavier side of that decade.
RRP – USD 229
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