BD-2 Blues Driver review by Boss

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.9 (125 votes)
Boss: BD-2 Blues Driver

Price paid: $ 50

Purchased from: Music Go Round

Sound — 7
As deceitful as the name can be, this pedal isn't just for blues. With a low gain, you can get a very crisp clean sound good for cleans and softer blues. At mid level gain you start to get more crunch for classic rock or even some SRV. And at full gain it's more of a fuzz pedal. I personally keep the tone knob past 12 o'clock to add more highs and give me a brighter sound. B.B. King, SRV, even AC/DC and more; this pedal has you covered. However, like stated above, at high gain it becomes more of a fuzz pedal, I haven't played many fuzz pedals so I can't give you a solid answer on whether this is good or bad, but to my ears it's definately useable. There was some tone sucking invovled, whether it be because it's a pre-owned pedal or "just because", I do not know (using a new battery).

Overall Impression — 8
I play everything, but mostly classic genres such as blues, classic rock, classic metal, ect. This pedal will cover anything from cleans, to AC/DC and anything in between or near it. Compared to a TS-808 this was the second best thing. However, I felt the tubescreamer sounded to "middy" which is one of the reasons I went with the Blues Driver (more highs, for a brighter sound). Overall though, I think you should definately try this pedal out because it most likely deserves a spot in your rig.

Reliability & Durability — 9
Like most Boss pedals, its constructed with a metal casing for a "Drop it and don't worry about it" sense of security. Like all other compact Boss pedals, if you run this on a battery, the effect will dull out when the battery is low: Good for knowing when it needs changing, bad for gigging. However, like every other compact Boss pedal it has an 9v AC jack which clears that problem right up.

Ease of Use — 9
The Boss BD-2 Blues Driver is the typical 3-knob Boss pedal. The first knob is the Level Knob (controls the volume), the middle knob is Tone (Counter-clockwise for more bass, clockwise for more treble), and the last knob is Gain (no suprise here, controls how much gain). It also has the usual AC jack, Switch, and battery compartment.

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    i hope to get this pedal for christmas. should i get a dunlop cy baby or bd2