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Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by RetroTeleRod, Mar 30, 2021.
Boss envy in 84’s corner of the Tele Universe!
Awesome! I hope you like it. I like my OS-2. I’m always surprised when I add it to the board. Somehow I’ve gotten this far(30yrs) without a ds-1(added a month ago), sd-1 or a Blues Driver. Keep hearing how good it is with the od-3. Both are in my list.
Enjoy your new pedal. They are great pedals. Quick story, I met Larry Carlton after a show at an outdoor concert once. All equipment was rental so he was using a twin reverb. So I asked him how he got that sound with a twin reverb. He looked at me and said, "I just turn it up to 10 and use a Blues Driver!" Then he smiled and chuckled a bit. If its good enough for him then well... He got his sound live with a twin and BD2!!
This is kind of how things happened with me back in '97 or '98 ( when BD-2 was new)
My band was sharing a local 'showcase band' gig and the guitar player before us sounded great! Looked at what he was using...
So I went and got Blues Driver asap!
BUT, at the time, I was using a '68 Deluxe Reverb, and the BD-2 was NOT a good fit at the time- fizzy and treble-y!
IMO the EQ of both items were too similar- ' smiley face EQ' with deep bass, high treble not a lot of mids- plus my DR was very clean. Not so good with the Blues Driver
So I kept using either a TS type OD, or a Barber Direct Drive with the DR just fine,
Then discovered that the BD-2
( always ON) was perfect for my mid rangey Blues Junior- woke it up!
( had to sell DR, $$!!)
So I do the exact same thing with my Vox Pathfinder at gigs- sounds great and practically doubles that amp's volume. Always on, work things from the guitar!
The BJ is now for big gigs
the OD-3 has more low mids and sounds fuller (more Nobels ODR-1),the BD is more a SD-01 with increased hi-mids...different animals
Are you sure your BD2 isn't modded? It's quite "flat" and in fact may emphasize treble and bass a bit.
Trade your DS-1 for an OD-3. Then, go buy an MXR Badass 78 Distortion, which apparently is a clone of the Keeley-modded DS-1.
my BD is stock
Not sure how you're defining low mids or high mids, but the midrange response of both the BD-2 and OD-3 are somewhat similar, based on their circuit designs. Neither one is really utilizing a bandpass filter to target a midrange-specific subset of frequencies.
OTOH, I find the BD-2 to have more treble and bass than the OD-3, probably because it's got circuitry that's more overt at removing midrange - it's basically like a hardwired BF/SF Fender tone stack, and it falls right after the first gain stage, just as it does in a BF/SF amp.
...The OD-3 also has a mid-scoop filter, but it's basically pre-gain/pre-clip, so IMO it makes it more subtle.
But to repeat - based on the circuit itself - neither of these pedals is really 'pushing mids'.
Great Pedal, but the unnatural fizzy decay is a problem. But entirely fixable!
Yup: great choice (depending on your choice of music). Here is MY pedalboard. Blues Driver; Bassman '59, and a Wah-wah, which is only used as a static tone control. I do not want or need anything else.
What amp(s) are you going into?
Umm... embarrassing... (as I cannot list off a load of deluxe US models or boutiques that I own) I use a Vox Valvetronix VT30, Boss Katana 50 II, An old (but good) Sessionette 75, a Roland cube and a Roland Micro-cube. Or I patch DI to my PC.
Hey, all good!
I gig ( now, smaller gigs),
with either a Vox Pathfinder, or a Fender Frontman 25R ( with Emi Legend speaker),
and use a Micro Cube ( got last year), so I can play electrics in our apartment.
Great sounding little amps, ( need portable, bad back) and keep pedals on gigs to a minimum.
BD is by far my favorite pedal for general playing. Have fun with it. I often use it in combination with a DS-1 for a richer sound (nod to JoeNeri's post).
Playing around I decided to play through it as boost or as a slight drive into my Spark modeling amp and it adds tons of flavor to whatever setting I happen to be using. Only complaint is that the 9V battery runs down fast even when not in use so i keep it plugged in.
That Bassman pedal is a peach, too, and sounds good with the BD-2.
That Bassman was a real find! They do not do them any more. I donno if Roland Boss fell out with Fender? That Bassman sound is just IT for US roots rock....
Boss pedals really eat up batteries.
The Blues Driver is a great pedal! You should find lots of uses. It was the first overdrive pedal I ever bought. My bandmate liked it so well, too, she swiped it for her pedal board, lol.
Easy to dial in a good sound. As others have said, it has a transparent, vintage quality that doesn't unduly call attention to itself.
I've had most of my Boss pedals for 20 years, now 3 of them are on a pedalboard with power supply ( so batteries are not used)
But 2, my Boss Tremolo and my Blues Driver are used most of the time just on battery, and the battery life was fine.
I think it's the type of effect, say an active OD pedal ( like a Bad Monkey- which I own, and will eat batteries), or a reverb or delay, that draw power.
Not the brand.