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NPD-Fulldrive 2 (current version)

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by backalleyblues, Feb 24, 2015.

  1. backalleyblues

    backalleyblues Friend of Leo's

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    It's been a bit since I posted here, thought maybe a NPD thread would be a good way to dive back in...

    So I sold one of my recording mics on CL... I usually leave open the option of a trade of some sort (ya never know!) this time I was offered a choice of pedals, an Epi Les Paul, or cash... I took the cash and this FullDrive 2 (current version)... I'm not a big Fulltone fan, but I figured, hey worst case I flip this pedal, they are pretty popular...

    So I get it home, plug it up with my telly and Guild into my little Carvin Vintage 16-dang, this pedal is actually pretty nice! Start playing with the knobs and switches, and I'm definitely getting some nice tweedy tones out of this! Granted, this is bedroom volume, so I can't perfectly judge it... but I think this one has a chance of sticking around. I especially liked how it compressed-moreso than my 808RI (which I love!). I also seem to like the MOSFET clipping and flat mids setting the best, at least with the Carvin-I'm sure I'll have to set it differently with my Super Reverb., which has a more scooped-mids tone to it, like all BF Fenders...

    I'll post an update after I take it for a spin at a local jam on Thursday... that should give me a really good idea whether this pedal will stick around...

    Franc Robert
     
  2. ambar_de_kotu

    ambar_de_kotu Tele-Meister

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    Congrats! The Fulldrive is a great pedal.
     
  3. backalleyblues

    backalleyblues Friend of Leo's

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    Alrighty, after a jam and a full gig, here's what I have to say-

    NICE!!! :D

    Ran flat mids/MOSFET, with gain and boost about 9 o'clock, tone at noon, and gain just above unity-very thick, amp-like tone to be had with this pedal, and it did clean up very nicely with the volume rolled down on my telly... had a buddy of mine play my guitar and amp at the jam while I sat in the audience, and what I heard onstage translated really nicely into the audience.

    I really like having the boost control on this pedal, kinda like how the "More Drive" function on the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe is supposed to work! I know, some people woulf rather have a separate clean boost, etc. but I was able to make this work for me just fine (and I do have a separate boost on my board). It also stacked really well with my JHS Angry Charlie (as most overdrive pedals seem to), giving me that instant Santana/Mesa Boogie tone at a volume that was still slightly sane...

    Yeah, I think this one is going to stick around awhile...

    Franc Robert
     
  4. gridlock

    gridlock Poster Extraordinaire

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    Congrats neighbor.

    Thanks a nice pedal, I'll pick up another some day.
     
  5. sbpark

    sbpark Friend of Leo's

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    The FD-2 is pretty much my go-to drive pedal, and has been for a while, even after trying to find something better. It's a very versatile pedal. I use mine at super low gain settings with the vintage setting, and then use the boost for just a bit more gain when I want it. I agree, it would be nice to have a seperate clean boost for the boost setting, and I think that's what the Fulldrive 3 accomplishes, but like you, I also have a seperate boost on my board. I use mine to grit up my Princeton Reverb or BMRI LTD, and it does a great job for that edge of break up thing with both amps. I've found that the Fulldrive 2 pretty much gets along with most amps. It's a great pedal.
     
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