Seymour Duncan Palladium Gain Stage Distortion Pedal - White

Distortion/preamp Effects Pedal with Controls for Bass, Mid Frequency and Level, Treble, Presence, Level, Gain, Resonance, and Boost - White
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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 11900-009W

Customer Reviews

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SD Engineering tube amp sounding high gain

High gain can be a problem to get that really articulate djent high gain that is not a wash out distortion fuzz ball. I have been trying to find a better high gain for my tone pallet, having had a Wampler Triple Wreck and just returned a Mesa Throttle Box EQ. I love Wampler pedals and it was not easy to let the TW go but it was just almost not quite what I was trying to get I think it was that the boost circuit was a fuzz. I tried the Mesa TB EQ and had high expectations of that Mesa V notch at 750Hz. Was OK but even more of the distortion w a fuzz circuit, which was just too buzzy and not enough tone. WELL...Along comes the Palladium and indeed a very tube amp sounding distortion structure, and this amazing array of note articulation. Plenty of +/- EQ adjust on each well thought out band and a cool fullrange mid parametric to get that notch or boost on the high mids. Inventive combined gain structure with Gain for the normal range of distortion, full on djent. Resonance adds gain to the low end and finally more saturation with the boost hit which one can hear what I think is more germanium clipping but not to the point of fuzzing out the gain structure.All in all a real winner high gain pedal, feels great and has that tone that will have you playing things that were not possible without its tone structure. A magical bend of op amps and germanium diodes, indeed the Palladium is a flag ship high gain pedal or preamp as it can drive a power amp as well. The SD Engineering crew has a winner here.


Don't get me wrong. It's a well made pedal and it doesn't sound terrible. I just think the price tag is pretty exorbitant. You can get a decent range of sounds out of it, but none of the sounds made me go "wow!" or anything. Just doesn't have a lot of character to it. There's plenty of gain on tap and it stays pretty well defined. 12:00 on the gain control is about as far as I needed for a heavy rhythm sound. Past the half way mark is fine for sustained lead stuff. It gets plenty saturated without getting out of control. You can get a ridiculous amount of low end with the bass control. More than what would work in a mix, regardless of how low you're tuned. The center detents in the eq controls are a nice touch. The range of the mid frequency is kind of disappointing. I wish it went higher than 1.5k. The treble and presence controls sounded best to me when left at 12 o'clock. The resonance control needed stuff up through an amp but didn't seem to do much when playing straight into a cab sim. I think that job is best left to an actual head. The boost just kind of pushed it into fuzz territory and didn't seem to work too well with the rhythm tone I dialed in. Not a bad pedal by any means. Just not very exciting. Pretty generic, but at least it's high quality. I'd probably give it a higher rating if I tried cost half as much.
See also: Distortion Pedals, Seymour Duncan, Seymour Duncan Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz