The Seymour Duncan PowerStage: Everything You Need To Know

Seymour Duncan PowerStage pedal platform amplifiers are the ultimate solution for modern musicians dealing with today’s tonal realities. These realities include relying on pedal-driven tones, embracing digital amp modeling, as well as weight, cartage, and stage-volume restrictions. But never fear! The Seymour Duncan PowerStage amps address all of these issues and more.

  • Expertly tuned amplification solutions for pedalboard-generated tones
  • Ideal amplification solutions for modeler-based rigs
  • Deliver excellent tone at any volume (including silent/direct tones)
  • Direct, 4×12″ cabinet-emulated tones for the stage and studio
  • Compact, lightweight, and consistently great-sounding backline


And we’re just getting warmed up.

There are other compact, powerful guitar amplifiers on the market today. And a lot of them solve those same issues. However, where many leave off is where the PowerStage amplifiers get going. Let’s take a more in-depth look at all three models and the unique features each model offers.


Seymour Duncan PowerStage Features:

  • Three options to perfectly complement your setup
  • DI outputs with True Cab Circuitry (TCC)
  • Onboard, active EQ
  • Automatic impedance matching
  • Powerful routing options


Three Options to Perfectly Complement Your Setup

Every player’s amplification needs are different. That’s why we offer the Seymour Duncan PowerStage in three versions: PowerStage 170, PowerStage 200, and PowerStage 700.


Seymour Duncan PowerStage 170

Pedalboard Guitar Amplifier

PowerStage 170 places 170 watts of high-headroom, Class D power into a compact, pedalboard-friendly package. Not only will it keep up with the loudest drummers, but it puts full control of your levels right at your feet.

  • 170 watts at 4 Ohms, Class D
  • Active 3-band EQ
  • Automatic impedance matching


Seymour Duncan PowerStage 200

powerstage 200

The PowerStage 200 ups the game with even more power and headroom. The 200 is a touch larger than the 170, yet it’s still perfect for pedalboard placement. And thanks to its True Cabinet Circuitry (TCC) cabinet-emulated DI output, headphone out, and EQ/TCC bypass features, it’s ready for the stage, silent practice, and the studio.

  • 200 watts at 4 Ohms, Class D
  • Active 4-band EQ (Bass, Mid, Treble, Presence)
  • XLR DI output – with TCC cab emulation
  • TCC and EQ bypass on XLR DI output
  • TCC-equipped headphone output
  • Automatic impedance matching
  • Auxiliary input


Seymour Duncan PowerStage 700

Rack Mount Guitar Amplifier

The mighty PowerStage 700 offers nearly unlimited headroom in an amp/table-top design. This is fantastic for guitarists. But, the 700 is also ideal for the power-hungry demands of bass and synths. And with its discreet stereo circuitry, this 700-watt, Class D powerhouse is the perfect centerpiece for stereo and wet/dry setups—more on that in a minute.

  • 700 watts per channel at 4 Ohms, Class D
  • 2 discreet stereo channels
  • Active 3-band EQ
  • 2 x XLR DI outputs – with TCC cab emulation
  • Independent TCC bypass controls on XLR DI outputs


DI Outputs with True Cab Circuitry (TCC)

Onboard the PowerStage 200 and 700, you’ll find our TCC analog speaker-cabinet emulation. TCC makes it easy to send incredible tones to front-of-house. Also, it’s a fantastic tool for silent practice and recording. And to make things even better, you can bypass the TCC emulation on the DI outputs if you choose to pair the PowerStage with your favorite impulse responses.


True Cab Circuitry Features:

  • All-analog, 4×12″ cabinet simulation
  • Applied to DI XLR outputs (and headphone output on PowerStage 200)
  • Bypassable for unaffected DI tones
  • Individual bypass for each output (PowerStage 700 only)

Pedalboard guitar amp


Onboard, Active EQ

Every Seymour Duncan PowerStage pedal platform amp features active EQ. Similar to the resonance and presence controls you find on many amps’ power sections, these controls fine-tune your tone without masking it. Accordingly, they allow PowerStage amps to function as both transparent power sections and all-in-one clean pedal platforms.

Do you prefer to shape your tone on your digital amp modeler or pedals? Then simply set the EQ controls to noon for a flat EQ that still delivers the response expected of a traditional guitar amp. Also, you can completely remove the EQ from the DI signal with the push of a button (PowerStage 200 only).


Automatic Impedance Matching

Did you know that mismatching your amp and cabinet impedance will compromise your rig’s performance? This mismatch can lead to tonal degradation, less headroom, and a host of other tonal consequences.

Seymour Duncan PowerStage amplifiers remedy this with internal, automatic impedance matching. Whether you prefer 4-, 8-, or 16-ohm cabinets, every PowerStage automatically adjusts and delivers full power and tonal performance.

Not only that, but the PowerStage 200 and the PowerStage 700 allow you to mix-and-match cabinet impedances. Go ahead, run your 4-ohm cabinet out of one of the speaker outs, and your 16-ohm cabinet out of the other. Your PowerStage will power them both evenly and with optimal results.


Powerful Routing Options

The wide-spread use of digital modeling and pedal-switching devices gives everyone access to the in-depth guitar rigs previously reserved for the elites. But powering these involved signal paths often means compromise. Not with PowerStage pedal platform amps. Now your wet/dry rigs, amp slaving, and stereo setups are all easily achievable.

rack mountable guitar amp


Wet/Dry & Amp Slaving

Separate dry and effected signals through your PowerStage and an additional amplifier with an effects loop.

  1. Run a ¼” out of your main amp’s preamp/effects out into an ABY splitter box.
  2. Send one signal directly back into your amp’s power amp/effects input.
  3. Send the other through your chosen effects then into the PowerStage’s input.
  4. Connect your main amp and the PowerStage to separate speaker cabinets.

Wet/Dry Rig (using the PowerStage 700)

Power dry and effected separately using only the PowerStage 700’s dual-amp circuitry.

  1. Insert an ABY splitter box after the effects that you want to run to both amps.
  2. Send one of the ABY’s outputs through you the effects that you want to be separated then into one input of the PowerStage 700.
  3. Send the other signal directly to the other input of the PowerStage 700
  4. Connect cabinets to the PowerStage’s corresponding speaker outputs

Stereo Rig with PowerStage 700

Amplifying left/right signals to separate speaker cabinets utilizing PowerStage 700’s discreet stereo circuitry.

  1. Send one side of your stereo effects into one input of the PowerStage 700.
  2. Send the other signal to the other input of the PowerStage 700
  3. Connect cabinets to the PowerStage’s corresponding speaker outputs


Let’s talk tone!

If you have any other questions about any of the Seymour Duncan PowerStage models or any other products, check out our Knowledge Base here. You can also email us here. Also, don’t forget to dig deeper into the Seymour Duncan blog! There’s a ton of in-depth information on all of our different designs, how-tos, tone demonstrations, and a lot more.

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