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Suitable for blues bands, the compact Boss BD-2 blues driver pedal is designed to produce tones with high-quality overdrive and emotive distortion effects. This Boss guitar pe...Read more
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Great Preamp if you Cannot Use Your Amp
This is the second BOSS BD-1 Blues Driver I have purchased. It is versatile and fits into the chain of effects, at church gigs, particularly. Why? Because we are not permitted...Read more
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A classic pedal for the lighter side.
The Boss Blues Driver - Your either here because you are interested in this pedal or you already know what this baby can do. If you are considering purchasing this pedal, let ...Read more

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Suitable for blues bands, the compact Boss BD-2 blues driver pedal is designed to produce tones with high-quality overdrive and emotive distortion effects. This Boss guitar pedal lets you adjust the output level, equalizer settings, and distortion levels of your guitar, giving you greater control. With this blues driver pedal, you get the kind of warm distortion and overdrive that you generally get with 30-year-old tube amps. At the same time, this Boss guitar pedal keeps the subtle nuances of your playing intact. So, step on the Boss BD-2 and enhance your performance with the desired guitar effects.

Product Identifiers
BrandBoss
ModelBD-2
UPC761294037195

Key Features
TypeDistortion, Overdrive
Power SupplyAC Adapter, Battery

Technical Features
Output Impedance1 K ohms
Input Impedance1 M ohms
Current Draw9 mA
Nominal Input20 dBu
Nominal Output20 dBu

Dimensions
Weight0.94 lbs
Depth5.13 inch
Height2.38 inch

eBay Product ID: EPID78708075
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Boss BD-2 Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal
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Great Preamp if you Cannot Use Your Amp

Created: 03/11/10
This is the second BOSS BD-1 Blues Driver I have purchased. It is versatile and fits into the chain of effects, at church gigs, particularly. Why? Because we are not permitted to carry our amps onto the platform. I WOULD use the tubes within any one of my amps to carry the over-drive, as I do on other gigs, but at church, to get that "feel," I must either use my POD XT Live, or other pre-amp. I went back to this BOSS unit, set in the chain just prior to my POD. The POD goes to a Direct Box which -- along with seven or so other DI boxes and instruments -- are chained to a snake under the stage, which channels to the mixing board. The congregation sets between the platform and mixing board, but they are rarely sitting, if you know what I mean. And this BOSS gives that extra crunch I need, especially with the overdrive set at 2 p.m. or 3 p.m., (any further and it loses its quality), with the volume at about 10 a.m., and the EQ at midway... I also use it, slightly, with my 12 string acoustic from time to time, along with BOSS compressor, to get some "above" sound that is well balanced.
David Emswiler
www.bellvillemusic.com
david@bellvillemusic.com
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A classic pedal for the lighter side.

 | Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Created: 23/06/11
The Boss Blues Driver - Your either here because you are interested in this pedal or you already know what this baby can do. If you are considering purchasing this pedal, let me tell you as a giging guitarist of 10 years you will never regret it.

First off, let me tell you what this pedal is not, its not the metal zone or zakk wylde. If you need extreme this is not for you. (Although you can get a hi-gain sound with this, its not the modern sound but more of a fender tweed sound with way more gain then those amps could produce.)

This pedal is however, the perfect bridge between clean and your heavy distortion sound. As you can see all you get are level, gain and a tone nob. The large gain knob is where this pedal gets its magic. Set at the lowest, its barely present at all, moving up slightly it gives you a nice warmer sound that doesnt rob your tone, just makes your head feel a bit hotter than usual. Start adding more gain and you'll go through a wonderfully colored overdrive thats totally there for the taking, responding to you attack. (The harder you pick the more crunch you get). More gain from there will get you a full on overdrive, and you can adjust with the rest of the available gain to try to get that perfect sound you want.

What I love about this pedal when you get it really overdriven is that if you keep it low enough (the gain) you get a nice overdrive where your tonality really still comes through. If you make a bar chord and pick some individual notes within the chord, they are all still voiced well and ring out and doesn't just become this nasty fuzz. On the opposite end of this, you can get a pretty punk sounding O.D. from maxing the gain and playing through some humbuckers.

With all this in mind, I think its cool the pedal is under $100. Dollar for dollar this thing stacks up with my Marshal Guv'nor for my most used distortion, and its a Boss so it will last FOREVER! Its a great value and a really nice pedal for the money in my opinion. Like I said, it can't do everything, but its got the soft stuff covered well!

And by all means, if you've made up your mind to purchase this pedal, check out the Keeley mod. (you don't even know!!!! xD )
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Boss BD-2 Blues Driver

Created: 14/01/11
I don't know much about effects pedals. I am a neophyte guitar player. I do know that I installed the Monte Allums Blues Stack Plus mod into this pedal and it sounds much better than a stock BD-2. I do like the stock BD-2 I just like the modded version more.
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Greate blues & rock overdrive pedal.

 | Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Created: 27/05/11
Great full bodied tone range with nice control over gain and level. Makes zero noise when clicking the bypass switch. Works great in conjunction with the Ibanez Tube Screamer TS9DX and with the BK Butler Tube Driver. The three overdrives in various combinations provide just about any overdrive effect you can think of. Highly recommended. Works great with my Stratocaster and Les Paul. Great for blues and rock but probably not aggressive enough for metal shredding.
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This pedal is a fantastic purchase and would make a great addition.

 | Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Created: 14/08/11
Where to start? I sold a Fulltone Fulldrive 2 to purchase this and several other overdrive's to add some flavor to my rig. The full tone was excellent, but not what I was looking for.

I tested this pedal through several amplifiers including a Fender Bassman, Epiphone Valve Jr, Vox Valvetronix set for clean, and a Fender Pro Reverb. It performed admirably on all amps. It can really get an Orange crunch tone going.

This pedal really shines in its sensitivity to the picking hand. You can lay off and get a completely clean sound or roll back your volume control on your guitar for a full clean sound. This is a very important feature that a lot of overdrives lack.

The tone sweep on the pedal is also impressive. It can really alter the sound instead of being a high sweep. I set it at about 10 o clock and I can't get a bad sound.

All my guitars react well to this pedal. I've used a Gretch Tenn. Rose, Fender Deluxe Tele 72, A Harmony Bobkat, and an Ibanez...thing. (not a very metal guy)

I would not recommend this for metal. It's definitely a rocker and a low gain driver.

The only drawback is the lack of true bypass, but if you have several true bypass pedals in your chain and a lot of cable you could really use the buffer in the pedal. I didn't notice any tone loss.
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