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Any love for the BOSS BD-2 (Blues Driver)?

Discussion in 'Pedal/Effects Owners Clubs' started by joejoe, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. RockerDuck

    RockerDuck Friend of Leo's

    Jan 29, 2010
    I have one for my Telecaster, I set the knobs at noon. Great boost that cleans up with the volume knob of your guitar.
  2. leonard d rock

    leonard d rock Tele-Afflicted

    let my cousin borrow it when his ds1 failed. he liked it so much i traded it for his ds1 which i was able to fix. but im planning to get one used for mods
  3. adamlovesgin

    adamlovesgin Tele-Meister

    Mar 3, 2016
    North Shields
    Quite recently, I went for a clean amp setup (Blues Junior) and auditioned a load of OD/Distortion pedals, TS types (EH east River Drive), Marshall in a box (Joyo Crunch Distortion), OCD (Joyo ultimate Drive, Dano Coolcat Drive).

    I was after an organic, natural sounding OD with balls, but also transparency and the ability to clean up on the guitar volume.

    They all failed.....

    ....until I tried out the BD-2, which beat the lot hands down.

    It's an outstanding main OD pedal in a clean amp, brilliant build quality and not too expansive either.
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  5. Gatordad

    Gatordad TDPRI Member

    Sep 18, 2003
    1,000 miles from nowhere
    I've had the standard BD-2 but ended up giving it to my youngest son. Been missing that certain tone/sound lately, so I just bought a BD-2w and really am glad I did. The custom setting on the toggle really increases the depth of the sound. BD-2/BD-2w - highly underrated OD pedal, IMHO.
  6. joebloggs13

    joebloggs13 Former Member

    Jun 14, 2017
    Lots of love for the BD-2!
  7. 5ofeight

    5ofeight Tele-Holic

    Oct 17, 2016
    I have a BD-2, bought mine used for £40. It is all you need along with an amp IMHO.
  8. archiemax

    archiemax TDPRI Member

    Oct 11, 2016
    Phoenix AZ
    +1 for the Monte Allums mod.
  9. StormJH1

    StormJH1 Tele-Holic

    When I was a teenager (mid-90's), the Blues Driver was the pedal I lusted after and could never have. I probably didn't even know how it sounded - it's not like there were YouTube videos back then, and the only place to buy it was Guitar Center for $100+. I had no money at the time, and it would've sounded like garbage through whatever solid state amp I was playing then anyway, but that blue and gold paint job called to me for some reason.

    As an adult, I picked one up briefly, but this was after I'd been exposed to any number of other overdrives (including the TS-9 and OCD). Compared to those, I thought the BD-2 was a bit harsh and abrasive. In fact, I feel the same way about the Klon - I understand why it appeals to so many people, but it really isn't a good match with my style and preferences.

    I sold the BD-2, but later got a Digitech Screamin' Blues, which is that circuit but with independent bass/treble controls. It was cheap, but I like that pedal well enough. More notably, I've been a fan of the BOSS OD-3, which came out about 5 years after the BD-2, and is similar in a lot of ways except that it has less bass drop. I prefer the OD-3 in pretty much every way over the BD-2, but as with any pedal it's more about how it's used than what it does by itself.
  10. sliberty

    sliberty Tele-Holic

    Mar 19, 2007
    East Brunswick, NJ
    I've owned 3 of them over the years. I always found that the BD-2 was harsh, overly bright, thin, and often exhibited weird artifacts (I know, so why did I keep buying them?). I sent the last one I bought to be modified with a Monte Allums mod, and that mod was pretty cool. But, it draws boatloads of current. That forced me to buy an isolated power supply. I eventually moved away from the BD-2, and have been unsuccessful in selling it. Noone seems to want to pay for the mods I've had done, even though they made a huge difference. I might have to drop the price really low just to move it, and take a big loss. But for now, it is gathering dust. Well, not literally, since it is in its plastic bag and box :)

    If you like the general tone of a BD-2, I hear that the Mooer Blues Crab is a better choice. But there are so many better pedals that the BD-2, I'd look elsewhere.
  11. hrstrat57

    hrstrat57 Tele-Meister

    Nov 21, 2016
    Rhode Island
    I've had 3 / first 2 were MEH, current bought on CL so unsure of vintage is ridiculously good.

    So I guess like most music related stuff ya gotta get your hands and ears on it. This one stays!
  12. sliberty

    sliberty Tele-Holic

    Mar 19, 2007
    East Brunswick, NJ
    One thing to consider is that the BD-2 (like many overdrives) is very amp dependent. The gain structure and overall tonal quality of the amp (scooped, bright, boomy, whatever) will make a big difference in whether or not a BD-2 sounds good. Awful with some amps, great with others.
  13. 65 Champ Amp

    65 Champ Amp Tele-Holic

    Just like Night Of The Living Dead, old BD2 threads never die.
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