British combo amp tone and beyond!
The new BOSS BC-2 Combo Drive guitar overdrive pedal generates a classic "AC-inspired" British combo-amp tone in a compact pedal, but that's just the starting point. With a single knob, you can instantly contr...
"Yeah, I have it here. I’m going to do something cool with it, similar to the Power Stack video I did. It’s an amazing pedal. I’ve only plugged it in once so far, so I need to spend some more time with it, but it imparts that sort of forward-mid character that you would expect a British combo would have. And it’s got the [SOUND] knob, which essentially goes from one end to the other—it goes from pretty much a crystal clean sound, but with the British characteristic, all the way to screaming high gain."more
British combo amp tone and beyond!
The new BOSS BC-2 Combo Drive guitar overdrive pedal generates a classic "AC-inspired" British combo-amp tone in a compact pedal, but that's just the starting point. With a single knob, you can instantly control a variety of sound-character parameters, and quickly tap into a full spectrum of tone. Achieve the perfect vintage sound or dial into higher gain or cleaner tone across a wider frequency range than the classic amp could provide on its own. The BC-2 Combo Drive also offers a natural and dynamic response to your picking nuances at any setting. This easy-to-use yet technically complex pedal takes you from authentic vintage tone to expanded new-generation performance and sound.
The BC-2 Combo Drive's SOUND knob adjusts multiple parameters simultaneously across a range of zones. Smoothly transition from fat and clean tone in left zone to high-impact crunch in the upper zone and high-gain distortion in the right zone. Find the perfect classic setting or go beyond previous limits. Crank the SOUND knob to the DRIVE position, for example, and get a creamier high-gain tone than the classic combo could provide, as if you were driving the amp with an external booster. Likewise, if you turn the knob to the CLEAN position, you can clean up the tone across a wider frequency range than the original amp could deliver. A universe of great tone is as simple as a single knob twist.
Dedicated EQ knobs are provided for instantly sculpting your tone. The BASS knob provides direct control of the lower-frequency range; the TREBLE knob provides control of upper frequencies. A master LEVEL knob controls the overall volume of the pedal when it is turned on.
The input jack accepts signals from a guitar, another musical instrument, or another effect unit. This jack also doubles as the power switch. Power to the unit is turned on when you plug into the INPUT jack; the power is turned off when the cable is unplugged.
BOSS compact pedals are world-famous for their great sound as well as their road-tough construction, consistency, and reliability. The BC-2 inherits this BOSS-proven design, offering guitarists a solidly constructed pedal that's built to withstand decades of demanding use.
I used to own a Vox that I had really loved so I was very interested in trying this pedal. I watched a notable player and Boss spokesman try it out on Youtube who made it look really great. There was just a couple of catches: he is an awesome player and he was demo-ing it through an authentic vintage Fender Bassman amp with a top-of-the-line guitars. I suspect that a vintage Bassman and Suhr guitar would sound good if you put plugged in a cabbage into the signal chain. Anyway, I was still intrigued and saw one on sale at my local big-box shop. I made a point to try it out with a cheap guitar into a cheap amp to see how it really sounded. It was still pretty good so I picked it up.
One review I read on the internet said that it sounds like a Vox the way a lime candy tastes of lime, which is true and didn't really satisfy that Vox AC craving, but here is why I like it anyways:
I am usually a lower distortion bluesy/classic rock kind of a player however I got a gig where I would need a heavier distorted sound, but for only one song. I am not at all interested in a Metal Zone or any tones remotely like that so the Combo Drive really hit the spot for me. It did the high-gain sound reasonably well for that one song and also upgraded the sound of my very cheap Crate V18 decently by adding a little shape to the sound as well as just a little bit of crunch. It actually functioned somewhat in a pseudo-amp simulator kind of way.
This was the first pedal that I purchased, and for the price I got it at, it is a decent pedal. I play mostly classic/indie rock, and while in the beginning I was in love with this pedal, I have recently been wanting something that cuts through the mix a bit more. It is a good general distortion pedal, it has a wide range of tones and is good for leads when you turn up the treble or roll off the bass.
I am running a Mesa F50 which has a very Fenderish clean channel that I love, but I also love the classic Vox tones. I really didn't want to lug 2 amps around, so I thought I would give the pedal a try. I am impressed by this one. I A/B'd it with my dad's AC15 and it was very close.