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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 254 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (194)

  • 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 (25)
  • Responsive (21)
  • Compact (15)
  • Versatile (13)
  • Good selection of effects (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (19)
  • Home studio (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (11)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Professional recording (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Boss BD2

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...Read complete review

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

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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 20 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 20 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 14 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.

(10 of 10 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 9 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 14 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.

(5 of 9 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.

(4 of 5 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

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    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.

    (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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    Pros

    • 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

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