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Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal 

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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
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BossBD-2 Blues Driver Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 255 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (195)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (26)
  • Responsive (21)
  • Compact (16)
  • Versatile (13)
  • Good selection of effects (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (20)
  • Home studio (16)
  • Outdoor events / games (11)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Professional recording (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (22), Professional musician (7)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(19 of 21 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

(13 of 23 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.

(12 of 16 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.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Tube Tone in Front of any Amp

By Marky Mark

from Pittsburgh PA

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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

    (10 of 12 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 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

    (4 of 6 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.

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