Boss BD-2 Blues Driver
The BD-2 Blues Driver delivers the creamy, yet crunchy sound associated with great blues guitar. This popular pedal provides instant access to the kind of warm overdrive and emotive distortion usually reserved for 30-year-old tube amps. read more
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I use this as either a boost for leads, or in conjunction with my MXR Blue Box for a thick, angry sounding octave fuzz. I prefer this pedal's bright overdrive to the Tube Screamers thick, middy cream, as it helps clean up the low end a bit more and gives my tone a great treble boost.
The most neutral overdrive I have hear yet.
For me this Overdrive pedal has become one of the classic pedals that everyone knows and I think everybody knows at least one person who has one of these in their posession.
At first I was not really happy with it, I felt it was very bright and brittle but I liked the fact that it is a really dynamic pedal. After a while of playing around with it I turned the tone knob completely down and suddenly it sounded 90% like my amp (Fender ´57 Twin Amp RI) but with a nice rounded dynamic overdrive on top of it. Since then this pedal is probably my favorite Overdrive, as it does not feel like a pedal or even an artificial drive on top of my amp´s original tone. It does seem to cover a lot more of frequencies than most other drives I know. There appears to be no bass cut, mid hump or treble boost with the tone control turned down. By now I only use the tone control to add treble if I am playing in a really dark sounding room.
The Blues Driver reacts very good to other pedals in front of it, often I use it together with an Ibanez TS9 to get a bit more gain. But this does not mean that the BD2 has not enough gain, in fact in can be quite fuzz-like when you crank the drive knob. There are also immense level reserves in case you want to use it as a clean boost.
So if you are looking for a pedal that has a really transparent drive then here it is!
Like Distortion, but better
So, I have played with this pedal for a month or so. While it definitely adds the bluesy tone you would want, it also adds quite a lot of sustain, crunchy distortion and a crisp sound everyone will love. It gets a little wild when adding the Distortion DS-1X pedal to the mix, but that might be because my amp is pretty wack, I would be interested to try the two together as I think that you can create a really cool Blues/Rock tone. Thumbs up for the pedal.
When it comes to pedals, a lot comes down to personal choice. But for me, I'd be willing to say that the Boss BD-2 Blues Driver is a MUST. It's obviously great for blues, but it's also great for classic rock, punk, metal, and just about anything you want to get out of it. Very versatile and works great with other stomps.
Silky Smooth Drive
My favorite use of this pedal is for soloing. It really helps your tone cut through when it has to, and when used with my Bassman pedal... game over. I need to do more experimenting with this when my board is complete, but for right now, I love using it as a smooth, but crisp overdrive.
Lives Up to the Legend
This was my very first overdrive pedal, and it's been clear from day 1 why this pedal has stood the test of time. It can do creamy, crunchy and everything in between. Really easy to get a good bluesy sound out of and gives a great extra punch.
The BD-2 Blues Driver delivers the creamy, yet crunchy sound associated with great blues guitar. This popular pedal provides instant access to the kind of warm overdrive and emotive distortion usually reserved for 30-year-old tube amps.
- Sound of an overdriven vintage tube amp