Seymour Duncan Palladium Gain Stage Distortion Pedal - Black

Distortion/preamp Effects Pedal with Controls for Bass, Mid Frequency and Level, Treble, Presence, Level, Gain, Resonance, and Boost - Black
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Sounds and Feels Like a Great High-gain Amp

Seymour Duncan's Palladium Gain Stage overdrive/preamp effects pedal easily transforms your clean guitar tone into that of a high-gain tube amplifier. Every component is carefully chosen to offer you the same exact playing feel and experience as plugging into your favorite high-gain amp head. The Palladium also excels at adding hair to your already-dirty sound. And you'll love how tight the bottom end gets via the independently selectable boost function. The Palladium is one of the most powerful high-gain pedals offered at Sweetwater.

Seymour Duncan Palladium Gain Stage Effects Pedal Features:
  • Overdrive that sounds and feels like a high-gain amp
  • Works well with clean amps, dirty amps, or direct clean tones
  • Onboard boost adds grit and tightens the tone
  • Sweepable mid frequencies help define your tone
  • Controls laid out like an amplifier
The Palladium Gain Stage transforms your amp into a high-gain monster.

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Distortion
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
True Bypass Yes
Power Source 9V-18V DC power supply required
Batteries 1 x 9V optional
Height 2.2"
Width 5.6"
Depth 4.63"
Weight 16 oz
Manufacturer Part Number 11900-009B

Customer Reviews

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Palladiums Tone

I think this is a great overall pedal. The eq nobs are great. The mid cut works well and the gain is good. The boost is good, the resonance adds character. The individual strings shine through the distorted chords well and the overall note clarity is outstanding. My problem is with the fake, high/mid solid state distortion tone that pops up and doesn't go away. For the most part it doesn't bother me. I want to love this pedal but I am thinking about sending it back. When I was shopping for this pedal I read the first rating on Sweetwater about this pedal and I was hoping the guy was just hating on it, but I realized he was right on about that buzzy, high/mid tone thing that creeps in and I would add the word crappy to that description. I don't know if the guys at Seymour Duncan can make it go away or not... For 300 bones I am really discouraged about that, so I'll give it a 3.75 star rating.
Music background: Musician, engineer, producer

Close but no cigar

When I heard Robben Ford mention this new pedal by name, I decided to give it a try. What I liked about it: They did a fantastic job of dialing in responsive, powerful bass and lower mids. What I didn't like: The actual distortion tone of the upper mids and treble is a typical fuzzy, buzzy, solid state pedal distortion that's annoying when plugged into a clean amp at moderate to low volume (like for home practicing, recording, etc). The lower frequencies are super responsive to your playing, allowing your guitar to create a dynamic presence ranging from soft and subtle to muscular and butt-thumping solely by varying playing style and guitar volume. But, that buzzy tacky treble tone keeps peeking through, spoiling the overall sound of the performance. If your amp's own OD tone can mask that buzz, without mushing out the pedal's great dynamics, then this pedal might work for you. But, I do think you'd be better off checking out other pedals out there (Wampler Pinnacle, Fulltone OCD, etc.) that can do what this pedal tries to do, with better overall tone, for less money.Kudos for a dynamic, powerful response, but the distortion tone is not ready for prime time - especially not for 300 clams.
Music background: Pro Guitarist
See also: Distortion Pedals, Seymour Duncan, Seymour Duncan Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz