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Seymour Duncan Dirty Deed Distortion Pedal

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Dirty Deed is a classic analog “dirt” pedal with elements of distortion, fuzz, and overdrive, for rock’n’roll crunch to ear shattering metal tones.


The Dirty Deed distortion pedal delivers a wide range of tonal properties designed to capture the character and responsiveness of a classic overdriven tube amp.

A pair of MOSFET transistors allow Dirty Deed to evoke tube-like harmonics and lush sustain that come only from dangerously pushed amplifiers. The active EQ provides 12dB of treble and bass boost/cut, making it versatile enough for several different genres. With its thick, beefy distortion, this true-bypass pedal will allow you to get as dirty as you want to be, from a sparkling hard rock crunch to extreme metal overdrive.

Like all of our pedals, Dirty Deed is designed and assembled at our Santa Barbara, California factory by the same team responsible for our legendary pickups.


Best videos/sound clips:

Here is a nice demo from Guitar World Magazine showcasing the Seymour Duncan Dirty Deed Distortion pedal. The name of the pedal surely implies its emulation of classic AC/DC rock tones, although it is definitely more than a one-trick pony. Skip to 0:10 to hear the pedal in action on a high-gain setting. It has a very modern distortion sound that can be used for a number of applications. Featuring a level and drive knob, as well as a two-band EQ (treble and bass), the Dirty Deed is capable of anything from a mild crunch (2:10) to a screaming distortion (2:25). Although the pedal can get into heavy distortion territory, I think it sounds best with the drive a little lower, lending to that classic Angus Young tone. With the drive maxed out, the pedal can start to sound a little too bright and fizzy for my taste, but if you dial it in just right you can get some fantastic tones.

The player is Paul Riario from Guitar World Magazine and he is using a Washburn Classic Idol Series guitar.


This is a great video highlighting the Dirty Deed Distortion Pedal in some of its greatest applications. This pedal really shines with the drive on low and every thing else dialed in pretty flat. It automatically gives you this classic AC/DC crunch tone without having to really fuss with the pedal all that much (listen at 0:25). Jump to 1:30 to hear the pedal with the drive halfway for some thick saturation. Kick up the drive even more (1:55) and you can get into metal lead territory with excellent sustain and presence. Listen at 2:15 to hear it in a full band context -- highlighting some of the vibrant lead tones you can get for a nice virtuoso sound. This pedal is pretty versatile, ranging from vintage crunch to modern distortion and everything in between.

The player is Jack Thammarat and he is using a Yamaha SG1820 LTD with Seymour Duncan Custom SH-5 bridge and Jazz SH-2n neck pickups through a Laney IRT Studio amp with a GS-212IE cabinet.



The Dirty Deed can produce some nice blues tones that are perfect for soloing. Skip to 0:35 to hear the pedal on a low drive setting, boosting the clean signal and bringing life to each note. Push the drive a little more and you will get a very organic overdriven sound that is perfect for a blues lead tone (1:30). Bring the drive way up and you start to hear a very musical distortion that sings (2:20). Listen at 2:50 onwards to hear how the pedal shines in a full band context, with a bold lead sound that is rich and natural. This pedal doesn't seem to need much tweaking in the EQ section. With everything set halfway, you get a nice balance of frequencies without sounding too muddy or shrill. You can get amazing tone right out of the box with the Dirty Deed Distortion pedal.

The player is Jack Thammarat and he is using a Yamaha SG1820 LTD with Seymour Duncan Custom SH-5 bridge and Jazz SH-2n neck pickups through a Laney IRT Studio amp with a GS-212IE cabinet.


Here is a video brought to you by Seymour Duncan, the creators of the Dirty Deed Distortion Pedal. Whether you want to add distortion to your clean rig or push your dirty amp even more, the Dirty Deed will cover all the bases. Boasting a two-band treble and bass EQ, you can cut or dial in frequencies to shape your sound in a number of ways. With its rich distortion and vintage character, the Dirty Deed is incredibly responsive and dynamic, producing the sounds of a classic tube amp that is pushed to the limit. Whether you want to boost your clean signal for a little overdrive or max out the drive for dirty saturation, the Dirty Deed can cover a lot of territory for all your distortion needs.


Check out this clip for the fantastic classic rock and blues tones you can get from the Dirty Deeds Distortion pedal. With everything dialed relatively straight up, (level a little over half and drive a little under half) you get a bold distortion that sounds rich and thick-- chords have a full body while higher notes resonate with natural sustain and compression.  Since this pedal has such a responsive characteristic (similar to an amplifier), you can really work with your guitar's volume knob to dial in just the right amount of distortion, allowing ultimate dynamic and tonal control (listen at 2:00).

The player is Danny Young and he is using an Epiphone Les Paul with Slash signature APH-2 pickups through a Marshall JCM2000 DSL 50 combo amp on the clean channel.


In using the Dirty Deeds distortion pedal, you are certainly not limited to emulating AC/DC guitar tones. This pedal can clearly get into shredding territory, as seen in this video. With the drive maxed out, there is infinite sustain on tap for face melting lead solos that involve fast runs, tapping, string bending, the works. Each note is very clearly articulated and the pedal does a nice job adding dynamic character to the sound in a very natural way. Watch from 2:35 on to see the number of ways you can dial in this pedal to achieve a whole pallet of distorted sounds.

The player is Darek Wawrzyniak and he is playing a Mayones Setius GMT6 guitar through a Behringer MIC100 tube preamp into a Presonus Inspire 1392 audio interface with a LePou (Poulin) LeXTAC  amp simulator plugin(default settings) and Kefir + Catharsis 1on_pres5 - cabinet impulse.


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