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Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive review

A TS-808-style pedal with added extras

  • £159
  • €164
  • $200
The three-band EQ is the 805's secret weapon

Our Verdict

A practical pedal in front of clean or dirty amps. In an over-subscribed genre, the 805's EQ and wide range of gain gives it real versatility.


  • A more versatile alternative to the standard TS-style pedals. Three-band EQ. Plenty of gain.


  • Not much.

The Seymour Duncan 805 takes its inspiration from a TS-808 Tube Screamer but is designed with an expanded gain range and adds three-band EQ in the form of three mini knobs for bass, mid and treble.

"The crucial mid knob (operating at 750Hz) can either scoop out the sound or give you a nice throaty honk"

Balancing the level and drive knobs provides a whole range of boosted and driven sounds. With the drive knob at minimum, you still get 8dB of gain and can wind up the level to give you a useful clean boost.

At full whack, the drive knob offers 36dB of gain for a valve-like overdrive that can add a second channel to any amp.

At their (notched) neutral positions there's little tonal shift, but the three EQ knobs each offer cut or boost at a well-chosen frequency for fine tuning of the sound, particularly the crucial mid knob (operating at 750Hz), that can either scoop out the sound or give you a nice throaty honk.