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Boss BC-2 British Combo Drive Guitar Effects Pedal   

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The new BOSS BC-2 Combo Drive guitar overdrive pedal generates a classic "AC-inspired" British combo-amp tone in a compact pedal, but that's just the...Read More

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British combo amp tone and beyond!

The new BOSS BC-2 Combo Drive guitar overdrive pedal generates a classic "AC-inspired" British combo-amp tone in a compact pedal, but that's just the starting point. With a single knob, you can instantly control a variety of sound-character parameters, and quickly tap into a full spectrum of tone. Achieve the perfect vintage sound or dial into higher gain or cleaner tone across a wider frequency range than the classic amp could provide on its own. The BC-2 Combo Drive also offers a natural and dynamic response to your picking nuances at any setting. This easy-to-use yet technically complex pedal takes you from authentic vintage tone to expanded new-generation performance and sound.

The BC-2 Combo Drive's SOUND knob adjusts multiple parameters simultaneously across a range of zones. Smoothly transition from fat and clean tone in left zone to high-impact crunch in the upper zone and high-gain distortion in the right zone. Find the perfect classic setting or go beyond previous limits. Crank the SOUND knob to the DRIVE position, for example, and get a creamier high-gain tone than the classic combo could provide, as if you were driving the amp with an external booster. Likewise, if you turn the knob to the CLEAN position, you can clean up the tone across a wider frequency range than the original amp could deliver. A universe of great tone is as simple as a single knob twist.

Dedicated EQ knobs are provided for instantly sculpting your tone. The BASS knob provides direct control of the lower-frequency range; the TREBLE knob provides control of upper frequencies. A master LEVEL knob controls the overall volume of the pedal when it is turned on.

The input jack accepts signals from a guitar, another musical instrument, or another effect unit. This jack also doubles as the power switch. Power to the unit is turned on when you plug into the INPUT jack; the power is turned off when the cable is unplugged.
Road-Tough BOSS

BOSS compact pedals are world-famous for their great sound as well as their road-tough construction, consistency, and reliability. The BC-2 inherits this BOSS-proven design, offering guitarists a solidly constructed pedal that's built to withstand decades of demanding use.

FEATURES
  • Wide range of tones with a single knob”from classic crisp clean and punchy crunch to creamy overdrive with long sustain and beyond
  • Natural and dynamic response to picking nuance at any knob position
  • Provides warm combo tones and authentic combo-amp cabinet resonance

A roadworthy BOSS pedal loaded with creamy British tone. Get yours now!

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BossBC-2 British Combo Drive Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 14 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (12)
  • Responsive (9)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Compact (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (9)
  • Performances (9)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Amateur recording (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

bc-2

this pedal is for everyone, the drive knob covers levels from smooth blues all the way up to heavy metal (the treble-y high pitched kind and the bassy drop F breakdown kind). can't...Read complete review

this pedal is for everyone, the drive knob covers levels from smooth blues all the way up to heavy metal (the treble-y high pitched kind and the bassy drop F breakdown kind). can't go wrong with this, i have a good feeling about this one, boss outdid themselves for sure.
i first used the pedal at a shop in downtown conroe tx. i played on a fender strat with an FDR amp. the sound goes from a nice smooth tone (something i would use for blues) all the way up to what would be suited for heavy metal (this is all on the drive knob). the eq is really just a standard bass and treble, and the volume knob is the same as any other, but this pedal produces sounds that i have only heard coming from orange and marshall heads.
as all other boss stompboxes, this one is the same as the others, a hard metal casing with the rubber pad on the footpedal. 9v power in is at the top, so this is compatable with your daisy chain.
for the price, this thing can't be beat. if you're playing a decent guitar through a decent amp, you can pull out sounds that (like i said before) i have only heard coming from the pros at orange and marshall, a head like that can cost you around $2000 on a good day. of course this pedal cant beat the sound of a warm orange thunderverb, or a classic marshall, but the sound is d*** close, and i am not disappointed with the investment.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't buy there's much better pedals

There are much better peadal's than this one. This pedal was a big disapointment. For my money and your's - get a Tech 21 Bristish or a Blue Note pedal both of these deliver...Read complete review

There are much better peadal's than this one. This pedal was a big disapointment. For my money and your's - get a Tech 21 Bristish or a Blue Note pedal both of these deliver much better sound than the Boss British Combo.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing little pedal!

By ol' stringslinger51

from Jacksonville, Florida

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jammin' with friends
    • Performances

    Comments about Boss BC-2 British Combo Drive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Don't let the simplicity of this pedal fool you. There is a lot of sounds you can pull out if you take the time. I thought it would only have a mild overdrive since it is based upon the AC/ 30 sound, but I was very impressed with the full out distortion/OD this pedal can produce. I use it with a Pigronix Philo-rock comp. into a Bugera V22 - 2x12 @16ohms (J.J./Mullards) and it really pumps out a warm tube tone. It actually smooths out my amps tone. (clean channel-triode mode) There is a sweet spot about 1:30-2 on it, with my amp and it sings AC/30, but full out it gets close to a Marshall JCM 800/900. The tone controls are very responsive with strong bass and nice high treble when you want it . I couldn't be more pleased with it. For a reasonable price it's quite worth the cost. The vol is nice and gradual not in your face as soon as you turn it up. In the lower gain modes use the vol for better dynamics. Great lil pedal!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Surprisingly Turbo Awesome

    By JonathanAspen

    from Aspen, CO

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss BC-2 British Combo Drive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I use the British Combo towards the end of my effects chain. It really does emulate VOX tone extraordinarily well. I keep mine set all the way to clean and it adds a full stack sound even when paired with small practice amps at home.It sounds great when sent to a D/I box for recording, The bass and treble tone controls are very responsive and it allows me to keep my amp's EQ flat and it would work very well for someone who wanted to boost their treble setting for lead. Engaged for more treble. Personally, I never turn it off. Also, my noise gate is the only pedal past it on the chain and the British Combo helps to keep the gate responsive at one setting to almost all my pedal combinations. Pedal space is precious on my board and there is no chance my British Combo is going anywhere.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      All around great

      By avge joe 93

      from Pueblo CO

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Drive and distortion
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Fattens any amp
      • Just perfect
      • no hum
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss BC-2 British Combo Drive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This is my favorite pedal hands down. When you turn it on it stays does not buzz considering how much drive you get from it, it should. It does the blues thing the rock thing and the metal thing. You can even use it as a solo boost on clean. It does not sound thin at any distortion level or on any amp. It has a slight compression effect when you turn it on. But that is part of the BOSS charm in my opinion. love it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      You can't go wrong

      By Kelly martin

      from Madison Wi

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss BC-2 British Combo Drive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I have this pedal and the Power stack. I've never been a fan of Boss distortion until now. I have an extensive collection of tube and non tube overdrive/distortions and I know the real thing when I hear it. These pedals deliver exactly what they promise. The sound is pretty much spot on. I'm looking forward to seeing what Boss comes up with next. Cheers

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great by itself or after other overdrive

      By Liveshort

      from Shingletown, California

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Boss BC-2 British Combo Drive Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Excellent at giving a new eq tone to your amp. I mainly use this as a cleanish boost after my TS7 and Rat. Using it alone into my 1967 Bassman really gives it an AC30 flavor. Check Pete Thorns video. He demonstrates the BC-2 with his Bassman. I also use it with a Vox Ac-4 running into a 1x12 Greenback open back cabinet. Again it adds a nice toneful addition adding more harmonics to my ear. I really am pleasantly surprised that this pedal works so well. It also makes my other overdrives even better.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Pedal

        By Guitar Slinger

        from Columbus, Oh

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Boss BC-2 British Combo Drive Guitar Effects Pedal:

          My go to pedal. Great sound and extremely versatile!

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great bang for the buck

          By Bob

          from Colorado

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Boss BC-2 British Combo Drive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I A/B'd this against the Carl Martin AC-Tone, which costs almost twice as much. The Boss BC-2 won hands down. At low-gain, it gave more sparkle and Voxy chime. And at high-gain it retained much more clarity and note definition (the AC-Tone became muddy and "brown"). Yes, it's a lowly Boss stompbox and not a "boutique" pedal -- but if you want that classic British/Vox tone, it's amazingly good (and at 1/10 the price of an AC30, it's an amazing deal). Highly recommended

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Vox in the Box - Pedal

            By Mr. Guitar

            from Appomattox, Va

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Doesn't Snd Like A Pedal
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Sounds Like An Amp
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Could Use A Mid Controll
            • Limited Selection Of Effects

            Best Uses

            • Add Amp Type Distortion
            • Add Vox Like Tones
            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Boss BC-2 British Combo Drive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I own this pedal as well as the Boss St-2, OS-2 and Mega Distortion. The OS-2 and Mega Distortion pedals sound good but dated, they sound like distortion pedals, where as the BC-2 and ST-2 pedals sound like actual amplifier designs with adjustable levels of gain. Get the BC-2 if you want british combo type response and then some, or get the ST-2 if you want that stack sound and drive. These pedals are essentially amplifiers in a pedal, they respond more like their representative amplifier than they do a distortion pedal.

            (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Don't buy there's much better pedals

            By Tulsa Guitar Man

            from Tulsa, Ok

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • None

            Cons

            • To Weak Not Very Good

            Best Uses

            • Send It Back

            Comments about Boss BC-2 British Combo Drive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            There are much better peadal's than this one. This pedal was a big disapointment. For my money and your's - get a Tech 21 Bristish or a Blue Note pedal both of these deliver much better sound than the Boss British Combo.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Overdrive Pedal...Period

            By B Brooks

            from Ventura, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Boss BC-2 British Combo Drive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            By far this is the best overdrive pedal I have ever used, and it has finally completed my search for the perfect sound. I am currently playing a Gibson SG and Les Paul through a Fender 57 Twin and Twin Reverb, and this pedal has provided the perfect overdrive for any style of music. Definitely a small price to pay for such great sound. Just buy it, and you will understand what I am talking about...

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