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    Default Introducing the Diamondhead Distortion!

    The Diamondhead Distortion

    Diamondhead is a Multistage Distortion + Boost pedal that captures the tone and feel of a hot-rodded tube amp being pushed by a drive or boost pedal – the guitar sound that defined classic 70s and 80s Metal and Hard Rock.



    It can also be used as a preamp into a poweramp like the PowerStage series, or into the effects return of your amp.

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    Across genres and generations, the sound of a half stack pushed hard with drive and boost has become a standard for rock tones. No genre or era of players has been more heavily defined by these iconic sounds than the classic metal and hard rock pioneers of the late seventies and eighties. Think Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Ozzy – their combination of tube heads and drive pedals resulted in some of the most iconic guitar tones of all time.

    Diamondhead captures the power and versatility of that era-defining rig in a package that will find a space on any pedalboard. Whether you’re running it into a clean pedal platform amp or into the frontend of an overdriven tube amp, the Diamondhead provides the flexibility and tonal clarity to authentically capture tbet you would like he sound that defined an era.

    It all starts with the drive – from breathy and raw medium gain sounds to screaming high-gain harmonics, Diamondhead is deep and three-dimensional, with clarity and touch response.

    Three powerful active EQ controls maximize the potential of the gain section. A tightly defined bass control boosts and cuts at 80 Hz, with surgical precision – making the low end huge, but never muddy. A broader mid-range control set right at 800 Hz allows for massive scooped chunk, hyper aggressive modern attack, and everything in between. And the Treble control, set at 6 kHz, adds sizzle, cut, and attack.

    The SAT Switch (based on our 805 Overdrive) adds a 24dB pre-gain boost that tightens up the low end for more aggressive and defined attack. Subtly rolling off lows and highs, it allows the mid-range to cut through, creating chewy, harmonic saturation.

    Independent from the Drive section, the Boost (activated with the left footswitch) offers 0 to 15 dB of available gain and can be used as a lead boost or to push an amp on the edge into overdrive. Try using it with a slightly dirty amp as the first gain stage and adding the Drive section for your highest gain sounds.

    Diamondhead also shines as a pre-amp. By running it into the effects return of your tube amp, or in front of our PowerStage power amps you’ll be rewarded with a hot-rodded high gain amp tone with body, bite, and character.

    If you’ve gone through a pile of overdrives, distortions, and boost pedals searching for that quintessential 80s metal or hard rock tone and haven’t been satisfied, make Diamondhead the heart of your rig – versatile enough to handle any covers set, precise enough to surgically dial in your own tone – it captures the rock n roll spirit of a high gain head pushed to the edge.
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    Default Re: Introducing the Diamondhead Distortion!

    sounds sweet! look forward to checking it out when they are out in the wild

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    Timmy and 805 been go to pedals like since forever...the demo on this has some of the most killer tones yet...harmonics are amazing...may have to add this one...

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    I look forward to trying this once it hits the stores as well; it looks like this pedal could really drive my tone closer to the metal zone.
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    Default Re: Introducing the Diamondhead Distortion!

    This thing sounds killer. I love that it has a boost option on it. That saturation switch really adds some nice character to the tone as well. Can't wait to get one.

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    It sounds terrif!
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    Default Re: Introducing the Diamondhead Distortion!

    I would have liked to have had the ability to adjust the Q center of the mids, but this looks like a solid box. Looking forward to testing it out.

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    Default Re: Introducing the Diamondhead Distortion!

    im glad the boost is independent. thats one thing i wish was different on the palladium

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    Default Re: Introducing the Diamondhead Distortion!

    Another awesome demo video on this Diamondhead. Doug goes through a few different tones in this one.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZdhZ70v-qA

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    I've been messing around with the Diamondhead pedal for a few days now. Really enjoying it overall, here's a few things I've noted so far:

    1. The independent boost is great, whether I have the distortion engaged or not. With the distortion on and the boost engaged I get plenty of volume and push for leads, which I always felt was lacking somewhat with the Palladium in comparison. When I just use the boost without distortion turned on, I get a pretty killer spanky clean funk sound that I'm really enjoying. I also used the boost in conjunction with a Dirty Deed pedal I had on the board and that kicked the sound right in the ass in the best way possible, haha.

    2. The Sat switch is of paramount importance to this pedal, in my opinion. While it still sounds good without it engaged, I found myself having that Sat switch clicked on the majority of the time. Especially when playing heavier stuff I found it necessary to keep that switched on, not only for the extra gain boost but also because it helped make the low end tighter for sure. I tend to favor a more midrange-y tone when playing the heavy downtuned stuff so that Sat switch really helps a lot.

    Spent a lot of time playing this through the PowerStage 170 and I'm digging it so far. Admittedly I'm pretty used to the Palladium paired with the PS170 and the Diamondhead is definitely a different sounding pedal than that so it'll take some adjustment before I'd be certain of using it as my new "pre-amp" pedal on my fly-rig board, but so far good.

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    Default Re: Introducing the Diamondhead Distortion!

    Quote Originally Posted by RevDoom73 View Post
    I've been messing around with the Diamondhead pedal for a few days now. Really enjoying it overall, here's a few things I've noted so far:

    1. The independent boost is great, whether I have the distortion engaged or not. With the distortion on and the boost engaged I get plenty of volume and push for leads, which I always felt was lacking somewhat with the Palladium in comparison. When I just use the boost without distortion turned on, I get a pretty killer spanky clean funk sound that I'm really enjoying. I also used the boost in conjunction with a Dirty Deed pedal I had on the board and that kicked the sound right in the ass in the best way possible, haha.

    2. The Sat switch is of paramount importance to this pedal, in my opinion. While it still sounds good without it engaged, I found myself having that Sat switch clicked on the majority of the time. Especially when playing heavier stuff I found it necessary to keep that switched on, not only for the extra gain boost but also because it helped make the low end tighter for sure. I tend to favor a more midrange-y tone when playing the heavy downtuned stuff so that Sat switch really helps a lot.

    Spent a lot of time playing this through the PowerStage 170 and I'm digging it so far. Admittedly I'm pretty used to the Palladium paired with the PS170 and the Diamondhead is definitely a different sounding pedal than that so it'll take some adjustment before I'd be certain of using it as my new "pre-amp" pedal on my fly-rig board, but so far good.
    Can you compare the Diamondhead and the Palladium?
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    Default Re: Introducing the Diamondhead Distortion!

    Another Diamondhead video just got released. This one features Wes Hauch doing his thing. This dude is a monster player, man. I like that it's showcasing this pedal can handle some more modern style tones. Wes does a good job here combining an old-school vibe and a modern take on it. Check it out.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IHAAbM5YHQ

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