Seymour Duncan Dirty Deed Distortion

Seymour Duncan unveils the Dirty Deed Distortion, a wide-range dirt pedal that covers distortion, fuzz and overdrive.

Dirty Deed Distortion

After several years of development, the pedal ended up having a pair of MOSFET transistors to bring out tube-like harmonics and sustain.

Seymour Duncan describes the pedal as being design for versatility, they said that it covers everything from "the light, singing overdrive of classic rock to raunchy, screaming, ear-shattering distortion".

Controls on the pedal are straightforward, providing two small knobs for controlling the Treble and Bass, and two main knobs for adjusting Level and Drive. The Level knob lets you set the output signal strength and it works in conjunction with the Drive knob. By lowering the drive knob and increasing the level knob, you can use the pedal to add extra dirt to an already overdriven amp.

The EQ knobs allow for 12dB of treble and bass boost/cut. This is useful for taming bright guitars or for adding brightness to overly fat sounding ones. It will also let you sculpt your tone as you see fit.

The wide-range Drive knob is the heart and soul of this pedal, and according to Seymour Duncan - it will let you go from subtle grit as heard on classic blues and rock songs up to modern hard rock distortion.

The pedal's versatility would be pointless if the sounds you can get are not good, so the designers opted to use a pair of MOSFET transistors to help the pedal "capture the character and responsiveness of a classic overdriven tube amplifier". It is said that at higher settings, the pedal mimics the behavior of dangerously pushed amplifiers, approximately reproducing the feel and vibe of hard working tube amps.

A cool feature added to the Dirty Deed Distortion is the option to use either 9v or 18v DC power supplies. Using 18v enhances the overall saturation and sustain effect produced by the pedal.

Check out the pedal in action via this video demo:

Finally the pedal comes in a standard sized metal housing, and feature true bypass circuitry. Each pedal is built at Seymour Duncan's Santa Barbara, California facility. I saw the pedal retail online for just under $120, you can find out more about the Dirty Deed Distortion pedal by visiting Seymour Duncan.

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