Drivemaster Review

manufacturer: Marshall date: 04/24/2009 category: Guitar Effects

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Marshall: Drivemaster
It can be used as a standalone pedal for Overdrive tones and can also be used to Drive an already dirty amp.
 Sound: 8
 Overall Impression: 9
 Reliability & Durability: 10
 Ease of Use: 8
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overall: 8.8
Drivemaster Reviewed by: WOWdoritos, on april 24, 2009
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Ease of Use: The Drivemaster is a british-voiced (Marshall... ) Overdrive pedal. It can be used as a standalone pedal for Overdrive tones and can also be used to Drive an already dirty amp. Extremely easy to use. 5 pots; Gain control, 3 band EQ (Bass - Middle - Treble) and a volume control. Like all pedals it'll take 5 minutes dicking around with to get the sound you want. // 8

Sound: I currently run my guitar, a Modded Yamaha RGX420s into a Dunlop ZW-45 Crybaby into the Drivemaster and then into my amp. This pedal is extremely versatile, lots of Marshall-y tones available from Blues - Hard Rock right through to Thrash (and heavier) Metal. This is basically a JCM800 (or close to) in a pedal, I got it to imitate some Iron Maiden tones, which it does perfectly. I nailed some Megadeth tones recently too. I primarily purchased it for Metal but, was quite suprised at how well it achieved the other styles I mentioned earlier. // 8

Reliability & Durability: This pedal is easily 10/15 years old and is still working perfectly. It's built like a tank made out of metal (no shitty plastic here! ) however, when I purchased it didn't have a battery cover, through online research I've discovered these were very flimsy and broke easily so that's a downside I guess. It's true-bypass and doesn't effect your tone when turned off, I personally use a power adaptor but will obviously run off 9v batteries, in my experience batteries will last quite a long time, just remember to unplug the input jack when not in use or it'll drain juice. Other than that, this pedal won't shit out on you during a gig/practice. // 10

Overall Impression: Thoroughly impressed with this pedal, they occasionally pop up on Ebay but have been known to go for anywhere between 30-60, I got mine for a steal at 15 secondhand. Really worth it if you can find it for under 30/40 anything higher than that and you may want to look elsewhere. Overall this pedal gives the guitarist a wide range of tones to play with and in my experience it certainly kicks the tit's of some of the OD pedals currently on the market. // 9

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