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Creamy, in-the-alley overdrive.

The Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal gives you the classic, bluesy sound of an overdriven vintage tube amp in a compact pedal. The BD-2 gives you all the textures you need to scream, sing, or cry. Can also be used for warm distortion with a higher level of responsiveness than most distortion boxes. Controls for Gain, Tone, and overall Level. Great for blues and rock. Expect subtle overdrive to ripping amp tones from your Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal.

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  • Sound of an overdriven vintage tube amp
  • Controls for Gain, Tone, and Level
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BossBD-2 Blues Driver Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 258 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (198)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (28)
  • Responsive (23)
  • Compact (16)
  • Versatile (16)
  • Good selection of effects (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (23)
  • Home studio (19)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Professional recording (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (22), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect Tube Tone in Front of any Amp

Been chasing tone for years and Loving Every Minute of It. Played in many bands for years. Played through many amps over the years, some tube but more than lately I have been...Read complete review

Been chasing tone for years and Loving Every Minute of It. Played in many bands for years. Played through many amps over the years, some tube but more than lately I have been determined to make the switch to solid state modeling because it is becoming so good and the versatility is hard to beat. Also tube amps are hard to move and I wanna keep them at home. See my reviews of Fender Mustang 3 and Peavey VIP 3. I use an A/B/Y splitter with these two amps. It's really something to hear them together.The first pedal in my chain before the amp splitter is the Boss Blues Driver 2. I set gain at center, level at center, tone at low. This gives me a transparent TUBE sizzle. I leave it on all the time. It makes these amps sparkle with tube presence and balanced harmonics. These amps already sound great but this added sparkle is the icing on the cake. When running into a clean setting on the amps I set all knobs at center. It is perfect tube response. Every amp becomes a Tube like amp. Tube amps are ultra expensive, they are moderately heavy and none sound as good as my setup as it is. I also run it in front of a Zoom G3 or a Zoom G1xon when recording and it adds that missing tube sparkle by thickening the sound. Recordings are flat out stellar. This pedal excels at clean settings but it can do great crunch. I play Journey, Styx, Boston, Tom Petty, ZZ Top, Def Le lots of classic Rock since we are a flashback band. Now for Billy Idol Flesh For Fantasy, this pedal at center knobs straight into a distortion makes it a double gain stage that is transparent and lively. It enhances, the lighter you play the more clearity stays defined and when you hit it hard both definition and crunch combine and make it sound like two guitars. This pedal by itself into an ultra clean amp sounds like a Fender twin or a Fender deluxe reverb. In my opinion the two best Clean amps out there, and I believe that the pedal actually enhances these amps as well. This is my opinion of the perfect tube gain

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Smooth?

It's a good pedal - some will find it "great." But I think you can do better for less.
Pretty standard. Lack of tonal options limits this one...Read complete review

It's a good pedal - some will find it "great." But I think you can do better for less.
Pretty standard. Lack of tonal options limits this one quite a bit for me. Like most pedals with just a "tone" knob, it will sound good with certain amps/guitars, and not so good with others.
I'm not exactly with the consensus on this one. I figure there must be others like me out there, so I'll pass along my experience... The BD-2 does not sound "smooth" to my ears at all, though it's often described as such. I find it blistering, actually. Pretty brittle. Harsh, ice-picky, fizzy (pick your adjective)... I can't seem to get the tone back far enough to lessen that quality until it's back so far that the whole sound turns to mush (if that makes any sense?). Add to that some major compression - which prevents string separation and limits the pedal to being more useful for leads and chunky riffs - which is fine if that's what you need... but if you play rhythm and need chord clarity, you may want to check out the BOSS OD-3 instead. Great at low gain and much more rhythm-favoring compression and tone. So many people never give that circuit a shot.
It's popular now, pretty much an industry standard. The price has been raised and, in my opinion, it's no longer such a great value. Especially with how limited the eq options are.

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(38 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Tube Tone in Front of any Amp

By Marky Mark

from Pittsburgh PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

    Been chasing tone for years and Loving Every Minute of It. Played in many bands for years. Played through many amps over the years, some tube but more than lately I have been determined to make the switch to solid state modeling because it is becoming so good and the versatility is hard to beat. Also tube amps are hard to move and I wanna keep them at home. See my reviews of Fender Mustang 3 and Peavey VIP 3. I use an A/B/Y splitter with these two amps. It's really something to hear them together.The first pedal in my chain before the amp splitter is the Boss Blues Driver 2. I set gain at center, level at center, tone at low. This gives me a transparent TUBE sizzle. I leave it on all the time. It makes these amps sparkle with tube presence and balanced harmonics. These amps already sound great but this added sparkle is the icing on the cake. When running into a clean setting on the amps I set all knobs at center. It is perfect tube response. Every amp becomes a Tube like amp. Tube amps are ultra expensive, they are moderately heavy and none sound as good as my setup as it is. I also run it in front of a Zoom G3 or a Zoom G1xon when recording and it adds that missing tube sparkle by thickening the sound. Recordings are flat out stellar. This pedal excels at clean settings but it can do great crunch. I play Journey, Styx, Boston, Tom Petty, ZZ Top, Def Le lots of classic Rock since we are a flashback band. Now for Billy Idol Flesh For Fantasy, this pedal at center knobs straight into a distortion makes it a double gain stage that is transparent and lively. It enhances, the lighter you play the more clearity stays defined and when you hit it hard both definition and crunch combine and make it sound like two guitars. This pedal by itself into an ultra clean amp sounds like a Fender twin or a Fender deluxe reverb. In my opinion the two best Clean amps out there, and I believe that the pedal actually enhances these amps as well. This is my opinion of the perfect tube gain

    (21 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Boss BD2

    By ME-pSqt.

    from St.Louis

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    Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

    this makes a Tube Screamer sound like a Behringer stomp box
    Even though this is a distortion/overdrive pedal..it really kind of isn't. It's not for hair metal, etc...it's for very subtle overdrive..which is how it should be used. With the gain turned way, way down. It seems like any review I've read about this pedal complains about the distortion, or lack thereof. You're missing the whole point. There are hundreds of distortion pedals out there..that's not what this is all about. But if you need to be told that, then I'm wasting my breath. This pedal is also better than the T/S (which sounds like it's being played through a 6" speaker cab...waaaaay too boxey sounding and raspy. Use the Blues Driver with a Telecaster on the neck pup, or a Les Paul with both pups on, and you'll understand the point I'm trying to make.
    built like a tank
    well worth the money

    (14 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Boss BD-2 Blues Driver

    By Rick Rice

    from Buffalo

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    Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

    The BD-2s is a fairly smooth sounding and extremely versatile overdrive (OD) that is capable of producing a wide range of OD effects that go from extremely subtle to quite hard.
    This pedal utilizes high-quality tantalum capacitors, which help
    preserve the subtle nuances and dynamics of your playing technique and results in a tone that cleans up well in response to light picking or ramping down your guitars volume knob. Also, though I described the sound as smooth, it is edgier and has a wider dynamic range than the classic Ibanez Tubescreamer or Boss SD-1 type circuit. The BD-2 features a bright sound with a scooped midrange tone similar to a classic Fender Blackface amplifier pushed into overdrive, but with a greatly increased amount of gain available. Through a clean amp, with the BD-2s gain knob set below 9:00 oclock, you can totally nail Ed Kings rhythm tone on Lynyrd Skynyrds Sweet Home Alabama. With the gain knob dimed, you can get a heavy fuzz tone reminiscent of Led Zeppelins Whole Lotta Love.

    (14 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Smooth?

    By Kevin Mac

    from Nashville

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    Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

    It's a good pedal - some will find it "great." But I think you can do better for less.
    Pretty standard. Lack of tonal options limits this one quite a bit for me. Like most pedals with just a "tone" knob, it will sound good with certain amps/guitars, and not so good with others.
    I'm not exactly with the consensus on this one. I figure there must be others like me out there, so I'll pass along my experience... The BD-2 does not sound "smooth" to my ears at all, though it's often described as such. I find it blistering, actually. Pretty brittle. Harsh, ice-picky, fizzy (pick your adjective)... I can't seem to get the tone back far enough to lessen that quality until it's back so far that the whole sound turns to mush (if that makes any sense?). Add to that some major compression - which prevents string separation and limits the pedal to being more useful for leads and chunky riffs - which is fine if that's what you need... but if you play rhythm and need chord clarity, you may want to check out the BOSS OD-3 instead. Great at low gain and much more rhythm-favoring compression and tone. So many people never give that circuit a shot.
    It's popular now, pretty much an industry standard. The price has been raised and, in my opinion, it's no longer such a great value. Especially with how limited the eq options are.

    (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Better than expected!

    By Bryan Francis

    from Austin TX

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    Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

    this thing is actually really good, it sounds a lot like an old JCM800 with the gain all the way and the tone at '12. Buy this thing even if you aren't a blues player, it's one of the two pedals I use constantly!
    It does have a fairly low selection of knobs, but they do their jobs perfectly.
    the thing could kill someone and then play a whole show.
    This thing is a ver good value in my humble opinion.

    (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    BOSS BD-2 BLUES DRIVER

    By tcblues1

    from Olivet, MI

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    Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

    I got this as a Christmas gift from my girlfriend this past year. I've been thinking about getting this for a couple of years now, and thought it would be perfect for a Strat. I was right; This is a nice heavy duty pedal, with a nice warm tube sound with a little crunch. Perfect for my style of playing. The only issue I have with this product is the battery. As soon as I opened the box and plugged it in; the light was very dim and died within hours. I bought a brand new pack of good brand name batteries about 5 days ago, and ALREADY the light is going dim. I wish I would've known about this before I decided I wanted it.

    (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Boss BD-2

    By ME-pSqt.

    from St.Louis

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    Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

    as advertised
    You have to turn the gain down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Top notch
    any decent pedal will be $...get used to it.

    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome responsive overdrive

    By Btrain

    from Junction City, KS

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

      I just purchased this pedal a few days ago. I used to own a Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive and loved it but a few years ago when I moved I lost it and never replaced it. Tried out many different overdrive pedals and most of them had that "mid hump" and I didn't want that. Then I found out someone was selling one of these. I talked to the guy and he said it was great and dosen't alter or distort your natural amp tone just adds to it and there's no "mid hump" when you use it. I took a chance and bought it from the guy. Since then I'm glad I never replaced my SD-1 otherwise I would have never thought of getting this little blue badboy. It can do classice bluse, SRV style blues, hard rock like Zeppelin, AC/DC, Sabbath and if you use your amps overdrive and pump the gian on your amp a bit and boost it with this you can get some great modern metal tones as well as a great thrash metal tone. Speaking of tone, the tone nob on this pedal is extremely responsive and serves a purpose! And the pedal works really well with your guitars voloum control. Overall great pedal and it's gonna be my main overdrive from now on.

      (5 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      blah driver

      By Moodus

      from Jaffrey, NH

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      Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

      Sorry, but this is not a great pedal. The treble is so high dogs ears bleed at the sound the only sound NEAR usable is (treble at 9 o'clock, volume to taste, drive at 9 o'clock). any variation outside of this is a horrible mess! I am not a BOSS hater, I am not a boutique snob, just "joe average" guitar player, gig regularly, play rock music. I have a brand new MXR calssic distortion that lives on my board. (OCD - FULLDRIVE LOVE THEM TOO!). Save you pennies kids, you get more out of some of BOSS's other pedals, The "Blues Driver" was a sad failure.

      (4 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good pedal but there is better

      By Vincent McClain

      from Tulsa, Ok

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Good tone

      Cons

      • Limited Selection Of Effects

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

      This a good pedal but there is better you can't get it here or at guitar center its the Analog Man King of Tone. It's the highest rated blues pedal by Guitar News and it is used by Gary Clark Jr and a lot more modern blues guitarist and Buddy Guy uses it now. It has a lot better tone than the Boss Blues Driver. So save your money up and spend it on the King of Tone I got mine on their website

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Closest Thing To A Tube Amp (without actually buying one)

      By JPsuff

      from Long Island, NY

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Great Tone
      • Responsive
      • Touch Sensitive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Playing for Pleasure

        Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

        I play mostly for fun and like many people, I love the sound of a tube amp.
        But the kind of tube amps I like tend to be rather expensive and I really can't justify the cost.

        So I heard about this Blues Driver pedal and I checked out reviews, opinions, blogs and comparison demos on YouTube and decided to buy one and am I ever glad I did!

        My amp is a solid-state Ibanez Tone Blaster and and it's about as basic an amp as you can get. The stock distortion is either "On" or "Off" no matter what the volume or attack but the Blues Driver changed all that. It makes my amp sound so much like a tube amp that I wonder that if I had the money, would I even buy a real one?

        The pedal is versatile and I can go from just a tiny bit of dirt to all-out crunch. It's also very sensitive to playing style and volume in that with a light touch or low volume, I can get a very slight breakup and when I strike the strings harder or go up a bit in volume, the sound breaks up just like a tube amp. The Blues Driver also enhances my sustain as well as my bass notes so that a "Blues in E" really sounds like it's supposed to when comping or when I throw in quick chords in a solo.

        I may one day get that tube amp but in the meantime, this pedal will do just fine!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Very Versatile Distortion/Overdrive

        By Ethn586

        from Jefferson City, MO

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

          This has been my favorite distortion pedal for a few years. its able to get a perfect blues sound and can also get slight uncompressed and heavier sounding. I use to be in a cover band and this would be the only distortion I'd use and it could do pretty much anything. I'd normally set the distortion around 3 o'clock and tone around 2 and let the knobs on my guitar do the rest. it works VERY good with tones and volume controls from you guitar and is very responsive.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This is one Pedal every Guitarist needs

          By Pepper 56

          from Austin Texas

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          • Everything
          • Excellent Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • With A Little Delay

            Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

            My Pedal board is set up for anything I want or need to Play. I got from a B M to this beautiful little Blue Box. With My Strat to My Les Paul through a 65' reissue Tube Twin Reverb Amp and a 4 X 12 Cabinet, I like using This BD-2 with some Delay and people just melt from the tones and notes that come out of My Fender Amp. I figure this, if'n it's good enough for David Gilmour, it's good enough for Me and YES it's good enough for Me........

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great pedal!

            By Funky T

            from Ooltewah, TN

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

              I use this pedal with a Fender tweed blues deluxe. I run my Strat, Tele, and a couple of LP copies through that setup and it's easy to dial up a nice vintage blues, or classic rock tone.
              I set my amp clean and dirty channels the way I want them and kick on the BD2 for solos. I was able to dial in the exact tone from the pedal that my amp already has. The pedal simply livens it up and boosts the signal a bit for solos. It's got a nice transparentness to it that I really like. You can dial up some nice gain as well, but it's by no means a metal pedal.
              I run mine with the tone set at about 10 o'clock and the gain at about 11 o'clock

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I Love It

              By BIGT

              from Hollywood, CA

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

                I say it every time I write a review, but the pedal is a personal choice. You really just have to use YOUR ears and go play one. I love this pedal. I've had it for years and it has never let me down. One thing for beginners, or those who don't know their effects that well yet, is that this is an overdrive pedal and NOT a distortion pedal. If you want a distortion pedal don't even bother with this. If you're looking for that nice Stevie Ray Vaughan style drive check this out. If you don't like it, there are 1 million other overdrive pedals to choose from. This one does it for me and it will probably never leave my board. It's a quality overdrive pedal that's worth giving a chance.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awseome Pedal

                By Cowboy1063

                from Dayton, Tx

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                Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

                I played the blues pedal through a Peavey Bandit 212 amp with my Dean Dime-O-Flame guitar and was amazed by the sound quality. I definetly had the best sounding guitar among my friends.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Beefs up SS amps too

                By Mike

                from Chicagoland

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                  Cons

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                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

                    This is the only overdrive pedal I have so don't have a point of comparison. I chose this over the Tube Screamer for my Telecaster based on YouTube sound comparisons, and certainly don't regret it. While I bought it to use with a Blues Junior, which is currently on backorder from MF, I've been using it on a Champion 40 modeling amp. Through the clean channel, you get a range of overdrive sounds, from crunch, though British into super distorted metal, particularly with the guitar volume cranked up. Switching from clean to modeling channels shows this pedal generates a smooth balanced overdrive sound that you just cannot reproduce with the amp's gain and voice options, which sound thin and tinny.
                    The only minor negative is the power supply - expect to replace the 9v battery immediately, and understand that whenever an input cable is connected the unit is on. I noticed the power light had dimmed from leaving a cable plugged in for a day, even though everything else was off.
                    Can't wait to hear this through a tube amp!

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Better than Ibanez

                    By Big Bri

                    from Polson, MT

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Performances

                      Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

                      It is a shame that the various years/models of Tube Screamers get all the glory when the Boss Blues Driver is actually superior (in my opinion). The BD has a wider frequency range than the boxey-sounding TS, and it has quite a bit more hair when you put full gain to it. It also delivers a great not-quite-clean bite with the gain down and the tone turned up a bit. The electronics are responsive to changes in your guitar's volume/tone settings making it a nice tone shaper whether you set it with less or more gain.
                      This thing is versatile, too. It can be subtle, or it can really scream. It can be creamy, or it can really bite. You just can't go wrong with the Blues Driver for achieving a great classic rock, blues, or even country tone that makes your guitar come alive.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Exactly What I Remebered

                      By Skydrow8

                      from Juneau, AK

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                      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 BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

                        I use this pedal as an OD option over my Marshall Amp OD. It gives me the smooth tube sound I need and look for on certain songs.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Make it standard issue

                        By Stephan "Giggles" Johnston

                        from Dallas, Tx

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                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Responsive
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

                          Let me start by saying that I have played a handful of other pedals always looking for what was right in front of me. This pedal is amazing. The sounds I get through this thing are unparalleled to anything else I've tried. The spectrum of sounds is always within pleasing sounds, no scratching, screeching or unnecessary noise. It is just a rock solid pedal that will always have a place on my board.

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