Drive Plus review by Ashdown

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 0 (0 votes)
Ashdown: Drive Plus
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Price paid: £ 55

Purchased from: Gear4Music

Sound — 9
I was playing with a Peavey Cirrus 4 String through an Ashdown Electric Blue 180. The sound is pretty good, when the amp is turned up to around three quarters volume there is a slight hiss, but only whilst pedal is active (not such a problem with a distortion pedal!).

Overall Impression — 9
I mainly use this pedal for rock, metal and Indie rock, and it works well for all types. I also sometimes use it for soloing in other styles, and it works well to add another dimension to my sound. I bought this because I have a great amp made by Ashdown, and I thought they would probably make other good products. I would reccomend this pedal to anybody looking for a decent, fairly cheap distortion/Drive pedal. My only criticism is that while it looks great, it is quite large and takes up a lot of room on a pedal board or gig bag.

Reliability & Durability — 7
The only problem I have experienced is when the battery power gets low, which doesn't happen anymore now that I run it off a Diago Powerstation. When the battery was low it occasionaly cut out when I tried to turn it on. Now I just make sure I stamp on it hard enough and I haven't had that problem since. I regularly use it without a backup.

Ease of Use — 9
Very easy to get a good sound out of. I didn't even need to read the manual, just played around for thirty seconds and got a great sound. The manual explains everything else you might need to know. It is very easy to change between thick, intense distortion and a light buzz.

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