BD-2 Blues Driver review by Boss

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.9 (126 votes)
Boss: BD-2 Blues Driver
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Price paid: $ 118.5

Sound — 10
I had a chance to test it out and compare to other pedals at the store using 30W Fender and Fender Fat Strat (homebucking). No notable (or considerable) noise which would interfere with your music playing at all. The sound is very rich, and was better than OD-2 and DS-2; by better I mean it has fuller tone, thicker, crunchier and delivered that old-school sound (though for real old-school jam I would need Les Paul). I was looking for, at the same time it could deliver just as much distortion as DS-2 and more than OD-2.

Overall Impression — 8
This pedal delivers one of the best distortion effects specific to ost of '70s rock and roll bands, however it is missing an option to crank it up to that dirty rough Grunge fuzz DS-2 has. However, OD-2 will not do the trick for anything before '90s, while all the OD models just don't sound interesting, you can basicly get that effect on your amp, or even better. If it was stolen I would definetly reach for baseball bat and get it back. All of that aside, two drawbacks to mention are lack of "turbo" option to switch couple years ahead and it being made in Taiwan like most of Boss pedals nowdays (they were manufactured in Japan earlier and produced better sound), but then you get what you pay for, and this pedal is fairly priced.

Reliability & Durability — 10
5 year warranty, standard to Boss, its all metal (means strong), the only backup I would use is battaries during gig since adaptors are extra wires and that's no good.

Ease of Use — 10
I was surprised there is no review for this pedal, even though it's fairly popular. As for ease of use, it is fairly simple to controll since there are only 3 knobs - level, tone and gain (where gain is the one that makes the most notable difference in amount of distortion). I've never touched the manual, don't think you will need to either.

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