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I got the Blues...Driver!

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by RetroTeleRod, Mar 30, 2021.

  1. RetroTeleRod

    RetroTeleRod Poster Extraordinaire

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    A TDPRI friend sold me his cool vintage Blues Driver. Happy NPD to me! I’ve never had one of these before. Can’t wait to try it out. This should complete my all Boss board. :cool:
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  2. E5RSY

    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    Eagerly awaiting your impressions of it. Never went down that road because I was happy with the OD-3.

    Scott
     
  3. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    Dig it! Hope you like it.

    Not that I'm anything more than decent R&R/blues guy,; no great tone-master- I'm not.

    But the BD-2 was the key to getting a good all-purpose guitar>amp tone, clean or dirty for just about anything I play as it doesn't obscure the basic tone of the guitar. Or something....
     
  4. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    My take - the BD2 and OD3 are really similar. Slight differences:

    - BD2 = raw and vintage
    - OD3 = polished and modern (by modern, meaning 80s)
     
  5. E5RSY

    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    My (unproven) assumption has always been that the BD has a little more grit. The DOD 250 scratches that itch for me. Of course, if I found a good deal on one, who's to say a BD wouldn't follow me home. :)
     
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  6. John O

    John O Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    great choice! I bought a BD-2 in about 2007 right before a gig when i needed something for boost/OD, and haven't stopped using it since. it's pretty simple and i can dial in the dirt or just some drive with a few tweaks.
    it never lets me down.
     
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  7. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I think it probably does have a little more grit. Distinct from the 250 though (which I also adore).
     
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  8. Cosmic Cowboy

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    Great pedal. Very good transparent overdrive.
     
  9. srblue5

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    Great score! The BD-2 is very usable and versatile. It was my first overdrive pedal and one that I keep coming back to.
     
  10. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    I agree!
    A BD-2 ( IMO) enables me to get a cranked Fender amp tone ( using clean Fender amps!)- not saturated distortion, but breaking up, yet still have clarity and edge) at low volume, low amp volume. Good R&R and old '50's blues tones.
    I can play nasty at any volume, and we keep our gigs!
    ( fantastic drummers don't hurt either!)
     
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  11. RetroTeleRod

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    Love my OD-3. My theory is...
    Blues Driver for a cleanish boost
    SD-1 for mid-emphasis drive
    OD-3 for straight up overdrive.
    Will see how it goes.
     
  12. Esquire Jones

    Esquire Jones Tele-Meister

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    Had my BD since the 90’s. I’ve used it with lots of different amps and cabs in different rooms and situations. It always delivers a great tone. Sometimes I’ve felt it lacked bottom end. Other times I’ve felt it sounded gritty. But after all these years it really holds its own. Has its own character really.
     
  13. JustABluesGuy

    JustABluesGuy Friend of Leo's

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    I love my OD-3!
     
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    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I was never fond of these or tube screamers, but that is just me , I did a gig once with 7 guitarists 6 of us used Blues drivers and tube screamers and you could not tell who was soloing they all sounded the same , I used a Zoom 707 and DOD Fx7 wha/vol , it definately stood out in the mix ,
    I am curious how you like it , I have heard them sound good, just not to me .

    congrats on your score!
     
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  15. J. Bonkosky

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    Nice choice! Good for boost on up to crazy shoegaze fuzziness. Don’t be afraid to crank up the knobs and play it hard.
     
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    Congratulations. Heard about your interest in this classic pedal which leads me to mention that our friends at Roland/Boss have issued Blues Driver in their Waza Craft series of pedals, you might be interested in the other flavors that this version has to offer. After all one can never have to many dirt boxes on ones board , the notion of too many dirt boxes is an oxymoron, ;) right.
     
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    Welcome to the club! The BD-2 is to versatile and underrated overdrive pedals as the DS-1 is to versatile and underrated distortion pedals. Enjoy!

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  18. bluesholyman

    bluesholyman Friend of Leo's

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    Congrats, Rod! Enjoy the pedal!!

    Definitely post once you have a chance to work it in the board - curious of your take on it also, especially against the OD-3.
     
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    Big Big Big congrats!! Best pedal Boss has ever made and that’s saying something!! What people have said is true. Very good first stage/boost pedal. It’s also one of the most dynamic drives I ever played. Very sensitive to input. So sensitive in fact that it does not like other pedals in front of it. Cleans up super well with the volume knob. Try it in front of a Rat... super versatile setup!
     
  20. RetroTeleRod

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    All aboard!
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