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Boss BD-2 Blues Driver - An Underrated Pedal?

Discussion in 'The Effect effect' started by misterwogan, Nov 12, 2019.

  1. mshivy

    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member

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    The Blues Driver can also do Fuzz with the gain maxed out.
    I like it on the Strat rhythm pickup- it adds grit and brightness but not the “coating” that Tube Screamer-types have.
    The “fizz” is kind of a unique, endearing quality it has.
    A lot of Overdrives are so smooth, to have the BD with that raunchy attack and decay is a cool option.
     
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  2. Stratbats

    Stratbats Senior Stratmaster

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    I had one for awhile, but agree that it just sounded a bit thin with a Strat. Never cared for Boss pedals...
     
  3. MitchellD1

    MitchellD1 Strat-Talker

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    I prefer the BD-2 over the OCD. It's a great pedal.
     
  4. GaryM

    GaryM Strat-Talker

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    Can Boss Blues Driver BD-2’s sound different from one another? I had one that was unimpressive and flipped it. Later I bought another, second hand and it sounds great! It is my preferred dirt pedal with my P90 equipped Gibson Midtown semi hollow. I drive it with a Boss OD-1.
     
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  5. T Bone Slort

    T Bone Slort "Was you ever stung by a dead bee?" Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Gezz, my BD2 can sound different every time I use it.
    After commenting on this thread a couple of hours ago I did fire it up and it did sound great.. Who knew?
     
  6. T Bone Slort

    T Bone Slort "Was you ever stung by a dead bee?" Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I get an extraordinary amount of hiss when I max the gain on the BD2.
    My SD1 was even worse, I sold it.
     
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  7. Ash-Man

    Ash-Man Senior Stratmaster

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    Oh man I am a boss nut, the BD-2 Is awesome! I love it the SD-1 and DS-1, each one has a specific purpose for me and are switched for different applications, I use the BD set pretty clean with the level up, it's like a clean boost that adds a nice little bit of upper mids that shifts my blues junior to being marshall voiced, awesome pedal..
     
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  8. Swampash

    Swampash Senior Stratmaster

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    Love the bd-2. I’ve had one on the floor since the month they were released.
     
  9. Shepard_man

    Shepard_man Strat-O-Master

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    I really enjoy the BD2. It was my first pedal and using just that, a stock Fender Champ 600, and a Squier Bullet with some Rose pickups, I could nail the intro tone of Hendrix's All Along the Watchtower.

    Wish I hadn't sold those pickups.
     
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  10. ChaplainMike

    ChaplainMike Strat-Talker

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    A lot of people give the Blues Driver love, I just have never cared for mine.
     
  11. Morf2540

    Morf2540 Strat-O-Master

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    Yes it can sound thin with single coils, but it depends on the amp. I don't like how it sounds with my AC15, but it sounds great with my Peavey classic. Sounded only OK with the Fender 65PRRI, but sounds great with the 68CPR. Sounded best of all back when I had a Blues Junior with a CRex speaker. So I guess the bottom line is if you have a warm thick amp it can add some bite.
     
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  12. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    I have only 2 OD pedals. SD-1 (old japanese) and BD-2. I use the SD-1 when I want to fly high, and the BD-2 when I want to shake my bunda.
     
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  13. montemerrick

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    i used a blues driver for about a year... never loved it... had something flat and lifeless in its end result to me... i now use an Analogman Bad Bob in its place and its an always on pedal...
     
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