It’s not the cheapest overdrive on the shelf, but Bonamassa and MXR got this one right, with a great range of sounds and a natural-sounding overdrive that suits both clean and dirty amps. Jan 27, OotMagroot , Oct 15, Just to check I wasn’t going mad, I popped the backs off and sure enough, there are some clear differences. Custom50 , Oct 15, IDK about the circuit or tone differences, or if they are truly different at all in their tone-producing circuitry, but I found the original black JB way too bass heavy, fuzzy, and the bass control was super touchy- either too much or too little, never had a sweet spot. Does this mean they both have active EQ?

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MXR CSP Joe Bonamassa FET Driver review | MusicRadar

Share This Page Tweet. It’s already my second favorite drive of all time Cons There are better value drive pedals out there. OotMagrootOct 15, Jan 19, This man deserves a medal. No, create an account now.

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Control-wise, the level and drive knobs act as you’d expect, while the hi and low knobs cut or boost treble and bass frequencies, and the hi cut switch rounds off high frequencies. The EQ is the same blnamassa both version. The pedal sounds very different with the knobs at noon, where the low and high frequencies being boosted change the feel of the pedal a lot.

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Crimson QueenOct 15, Home Forums Recent Posts. Haven’t tried the ole’ Dover Drive yet. Cool, I called Dunlop and they told me it is exactly the same, this was done as a marketing thing I tried them side by side.

We’ve added some “new” guys to the moderator crew. Elsewhere, the pedal is true bypass and runs from a nine-volt battery or power supply.

Oct 15, 6. Nov 3, Teleman76Oct 15, The chip is still a in the regular version.

It’s perfectly normal to set the treble at zero, for instance and boost the bass ret to about 9 o’clock. Oct 15, 1. You actually opened it up and proved they were different. Plus, the JB version now has the same layout: The thing with the EQ is that it boosts only.



Thank you for not just saying “they sound different when the knobs are the same so they must be different”, like too many people here. Diodes d3 and D4 are in the JB but I can’t see them on the regular version Oct 15, 3.

There’s probably more but these ones are obvious, even to my untrained eye. Might explain why I tried the JB and really liked it, bought the regular version and didn’t like it at all.

In fact, crank up the gain and it’s so smooth that it begins to verge on fuzz territory, in contrast to the crunchy low-gain sounds. The FET Driver pedal is designed to thicken up lead playing, and its tones range from soft clipping to light distortion.