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MI Audio Blue Boy Deluxe v.2 Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal  

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    A smooth medium gain overdrive that is great for Blues and Fusion leads.

    The MI Audio Blue Boy Deluxe v.2 Overdrive is the king of smooth, singing low and medium gain sounds. The Blue Boy overdrive is an amazing effects pedal for Blues and Fusion leads.

    Gain Control: The Gain control of the Blue Boy Deluxe is designed to have a wide sweep of gain sounds. With the Gain control at minimum, the sound is pure clean. At about 60%, you have as much gain as a TS style pedal. With the gain maxed, you have 3 times the gain of a TS type pedal.

    Despite this amount of gain, the Blue Boy pedal's delivery is very smooth. At the same time, it is very faithful to your original tone, so if you dig in, the Blue Boy Deluxe will follow very nicely. The Blue Boy Deluxe doesn't compress as much as a typical TS type of pedal. This makes it a much better mate than a TS type of pedal for higher output single coils and humbuckers.

    Character Control: This is a feature which is not available from any other manufacturer. This is effectively a pre-overdrive bass control. By controlling the amount of bass in the pre-overdrive signal, you can change the character or feel of the overdriven sound. By turning character all the way down, you can get great, tight, high gain sounds, wonderful for palm-muting. Turning up the character adds more 'momentum' to the tone, and works wonderfully with single note work. Most other pedals will only have one static 'character' for the overdrive.

    Tone Control: This is a 'balancing' control. Unlike other designs which progressively roll off the top end of your guitar sound, this tone control affects both the low and high frequencies. It's effectively like having a 2-band low/high EQ. As you turn down the tone control, the lows increase, whilst the highs increase. Visa versa as you turn up the tone control. This, in conjunction with the mid, brightness and internal presence controls means that you can dial in almost any tone you like.

    Mid Control: A dedicated midrange control is very important as the mids dictate how well a pedal sits in a sonic mix. The mids control just the midrange, whilst the tone control adjusts the low/high balance. The mid control featured on the Blue Boy Deluxe is unique in that it is highly interactive with the tone control.

    Brightness Control: This was initially an internal control (like the character control), but has been turned into an external control. The brightness control was initially designed to allow users to match the brightness of the pedal for their rig and taste. It was intended as a set-and-forget control for people with a consistent rig. However, a common request from many professional players who found themselves using different 'house-rigs' every night was to make this control external so that they sound set the brightness from night to night. This is the last tone shaping control in the signal path.

    Volume Control: The final output section of the Blue Boy Deluxe has been designed to provide you with maximum output volume. With the volume turned all the way up, the output signal can reach 14Vpp, which can seriously overdrive a good tube amp. The volumes control is also a logarithmic or 'volume' taper, which means that when the control is set to 12 noon, the volume is only 15% of the way up, so there's plenty of volume up your sleeve should you need it.

    Features

    • The ultimate in low/mid gain sounds.
    • Less compression than the standard design
    • The classic JRC4558D IC which sits in an IC socket allowing you to swap it with other IC's
    • Heavy Duty 3PDT footswitch with True Bypass
    • Clear Lens Yellow/Amber LED
    • 9V Battery or DC power supply with up to 25V headroom
    • Professionally powder-coated and silk-screened enclosure, measuring only 4.3" x 2.2"
    • A total of 6 external controls, for the ultimate flexibility:
    • Gain control
    • High/Low balancing control tone control
    • Volume Control with output up to 25Vpp with correct power supply!
    • Dedicated midrange control
    • Character control for adding 'momentum' to guitar notes, or keeping things tight
    • Brightness control for controlling top end content, and to help match the Blue Boy Deluxe to different amps.

    A great addition to your pedalboard tone palette.

     
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    MI AudioBlue Boy Deluxe v.2 Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
     
    4.3

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    3.0

    Maybe I got a bad one

    Comments about MI Audio Blue Boy Deluxe v.2 Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I got my Blue Boy and was eager to plug it in and get going. However, this thing was very noisey. It seemed like I had a very noticealbe buzzing sound no matter what I did. Even with the gain turned down I had buzzing (and I could even hear it when I played). It also had quite a pop when I went to switch it off. I use good cables and none of the other OD pedals that I've ever used did this. Guess I'll send it back and try something else.

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    5.0

    Overdrive that's just right!

    By Pete-dXDNV

    from New Jersey

    Comments about MI Audio Blue Boy Deluxe v.2 Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I play mostly blues and rock. I needed an overdrive that would give me a nice, smooth amount of dirt at lower volumes for recording. I'm using both a Fender Stratocaster and a Gibson ES-335 through a Dr. Z Galaxie amplifier and the Dr. Z, when turned up to get the tubes cooking, is just too loud for recording. Other pedals I have used were just too distorted and "fuzzy". This pedal gives me complete control over the tone and amount of overdrive. This is not a heavy metal or grunge type of pedal, but works fabulously for the type of music I play. I gave it a 4.5 for Quality only because I found the screws that hold the back cover on were a little difficult to remove and replace. Other than that minor issue, I highly recommend the Blue Boy Deluxe v.2.

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    5.0

    Amazing tone machine

    By Vic

    from Cambridge, Ontario , anada

    Comments about MI Audio Blue Boy Deluxe v.2 Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    If your looking for a great overdrive pedal, this is by far the best I've ever owned! The EQ sectionis world class. Amazing pedal for overdrive and tone shapping other drive or distortion pedals.This and the blues pro from MI audio together are simply awesome! Both have their own characteristics for overdrive, but together your in lead heaven with class!

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