What’s Exactly Wrong With Normal Boss BD-2 (Blues Driver)?

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  1. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    So,

    i’m looking for decent OD to add to my gain stage, and I’ve been looking at boutique pedals that costs an arm, a leg and a liver. But Boss BD-2’s are just going cheap-as-chips in the marketplace. Ive heard demos, they sound good, also the modded ones by Analogman, Keeley and whoever makes this.

    so whats exactly wrong about the normal one? Muddy? Middy? Too much or lacking in some areas?? I’m gonna boost this with a Timmy and I have a Klon clone on top of it all.
     
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    because people don't feel special when they try one

    it's like buying ketchup: people don't lean out car windows and ask Pardon me, do you have any Heinz?
     
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  3. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    hahahaha! Perfect analogy!

    ive always been a fan of Boss pedals. They’re decent, cheap and lasts a lifetime!
     
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    Maaaaaaybe my favorite Boss pedal? Get one, rock it out, and don't worry about what other people think if you like it.
     
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    I'll gladly sell you mine for $400? For another $50 I'll scuff it up and call it vintage.

    It;s a great pedal and what others think.....break wind in their general direction.
     
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    If you want to feel better spend more and get the waza craft version but i end up using the standard BD2 all the time.
     
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    Nothing wrong at all...can be smooth like buddah
     
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    Nothing! ( I prefer stock over mod)

    I have used mine since the BD-2 came out in late '90's

    It is ALWAYS ON ( I use an old Blues Jr.) and I roll from clean to dirty with my guitar Volume knob ( ALL pedal controls around NOON is ' home base' then I tweak...)
    The pedals is SO dynamic, I set Gain control to produce as much distortion I want to hear when I actually turn guitar Volume knob all the way up- just depends on the music. The cleanup and ' graduation' of the Gain knob (some pedals just have too much dirt at their lowest rotation) is just like nothing else I've ever encountered.
     
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    Boss pedals all have a buffer in line. I don't care for their buffer, so I got a Keeley Phat-Mod.
    Like a Blues Driver, with more bass.
    Works.
     
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    I try to run way from the s***er but it keeps coming back. Nothing wrong, it's a nice little dirty thing to help you make more awful noises than you possibly can
     
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    So this is how my rig looks like and how I will use the BD-2 in case I get it.. I've always liked consistency in whatever situation.. I have a timmy as an always on drive, kind of a tone shaping drive.. then I will insert another gain pedal to add another gain stage for solos/lead stuff.. it wont be dirty, but just enough volume and dirt to whatever the timmy has.. and a klon clone used as a clean boost (low gain, high volume) if I need another level to my tone... Im okay with Timmy + Klone, I just wanted another drive in between for those times when the house and the band gets pumped and I want something more gritty to take it to the next level.. Ive put a Tech21 Blondie on my board to use as a Fendery clean base tone.. it is set to a clean, a bit louder than unity with whatever amp/straight to PA volume, with very little dirt, sort of a 69 Bassman cleans, and this is the last pedal in this section... then DD20 into a Boss RV-6..

    so the chain looks like this..

    Tuner -> Timmy -> [insert pedal here] -> Klone -> Tech 21 Blondie (59 Bassman setting) -> DD20 -> RV-6

    You think a BD-2 will play great with this rig?
     
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    i hated mine. it sounded flat, lifeless and took the soul out of the guitar... YMMV.
     
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    I use a BD-2 all the time, absolutely great pedal.

    Many other overdrives have come and gone, but I always come back to the bluesdriver - really versatile, solid, sounds great.
     
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    i've used a BD-2 at gigs for 15 yrs. always sounds good, always punches me through on the clean channel for a solo. 4+ reliable. has a variety of tones, based on settings.
     
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    Step out of the box my friend, try something different;):)
     
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    Yes Ive been trying to do that.. hehe.. what would you recommend?
     
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    As you turn the gain up they get very compressed and your sound kind of gets "lost in the mix" if you are playing with a band.
    Do you like Marshall OD sounds? There is a Barber Direct Drive in the classified for $80. (I'm not affiliated) I like Barber pedals a lot. That's a great deal. I have a Barber Burn Unit already, otherwise I'd have bought it.
     
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    I own one.

    Like any pedal, you like it or you move it on.

    As you say, it's inexpensive, give it a crack.

    CP.
     
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    I’ve had an older one for many years now. I love mine. They don’t suck, they’re just not en vogue with the trendy players. Lots of great players use them. It does what it does really well.
     
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    BD-2, SD-1, TS-9.. my experience has been they all just sound better when you put a clean boost in front of them.
     
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