In this episode of Seymour’s Studio, Kevin explains the differences between the 805 and Forza Overdrive pedals, and showcases the two stomp-boxes in a variety of classic applications – as a standalone overdrive pedal in front of a clean amp, as a clean boost, and in front of an already overdriven amplifier – to help you decide which Seymour Duncan overdrive pedal is right for you… maybe it’s both!
The 805 Overdrive:
The 805 Overdrive is voiced to help your guitar cut through a band mix, as it naturally shaves off bass and treble frequencies to tighten the low-end and sweeten the high-end, leaving you with a ferocious focused mid-range. The 805 is highly versatile, with an expansive gain range and additional three-band active EQ. The 805’s gain range extends from 8dB to 36dB, allowing for a wide range of overdrive options from mild boost to saturated lead gain. The active EQ allows players to fine-tune all elements of the low, mid, and high-end frequencies.
The Forza Overdrive:
Forza is a full-range, highly adjustable and transparent overdrive for players who want more gain and sustain without sacrificing the natural voice of their guitar and amp. While many overdrive pedals, like the 805, emphasize particular frequencies, Forza if voiced across a balanced frequency spectrum, so it sounds just as good through a clean channel or enhancing an already overdriven amp. In addition to offering between 11dB and 37dB of available gain, there’s a three-band active EQ for controlling the lows, mids, and high-end.
Standalone Overdrive in Front of a Clean Amp/Clean Boost: Don Grosh Retro Classic “S-style” Guitar (Pickups: Seymour Duncan Saturday Night Special Bridge, Custom Shop 5-2 Stack for Strat Neck and Middle) à 805/Forza Overdrive à Morgan SW22R Amp Head à Morgan 1x12 Open-Back Cabinet with a Celestion G12H Creamback Speaker à Shure SM57/Sennheiser MD 421 II à Universal Audio Apollo MK II Interface à Logic Pro X
In Front of Overdriven Amp: Slash Signature Gibson Les Paul (Pickups: Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues Humbucker Set) à 805/Forza Overdrive à 1984 Marshall JCM 800 à Friedman 4 x12 Closed Back Cabinet with Celestion Vintage 30 Speakers à Shure SM57/Sennheiser MD 421 II à Universal Audio Apollo MK II Interface à Logic Pro X
Closing Tracks: Don Grosh Retro Classic “S-style” Guitar (Pickups: Seymour Duncan Saturday Night Special Bridge, Custom Shop 5-2 Stack for Strat Neck and Middle) à 805/Forza Overdrive à PowerStage 700 à Universal Audio Apollo MK II Interface à Logic Pro X
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