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Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal

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Analog technology that gives you the quintessential Pigtronix tube sound overdrive.

Pigtronix FAT Drive Tube-Sound overdrive guitar effects pedal is thick and juicy, dripping with touch sensitive overdrive that responds to every nuance of your playing style. Multiple cascaded gain stages enable the FAT drive to cover sounds ranging from slightly overdriven to rich saturation, all while retaining musical dynamics and the original character of your instrument.

FAT Drive effects pedal takes a futuristic analog approach to create complex crunch tones using CMOS clipping and a variable low-pass filter for tone shaping. Bringing the tone control all the way clockwise takes this filter completely out of the circuit for total transparency and robust low end. Rolling the tone control back smooths out the highs, leaving ample mid-range bloom and bottom end punch.

A Hi/Lo toggle switch brings additional versatility to the FAT Drive's wide-ranging palette of overdrive tones, altering the gain structure for enhanced crunch and soaring leads. The FAT Drive features true-bypass switching and runs fine on standard 9-volt power but ships with an 18-volt adapter for superior headroom, clarity and overall output.

FEATURES
100% Analog wide range overdrive
Multi-Stage Tube Emulated Clipping
Hi/Lo gain mode switch
Passive LPF Tone Control
True-bypass switching
18VDC 300mA supply includedÆ’

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PigtronixFat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.2

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (14)
  • Excellent sound quality (13)
  • Compact (11)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Good selection of effects (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (12)
  • Professional recording (9)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Truly Dynamic

I was hesitant about buying this pedal and even before it arrived I had some remorse. Once it did arrive I was astounded by the dynamics of this pedal. I have tried many,...Read complete review

I was hesitant about buying this pedal and even before it arrived I had some remorse. Once it did arrive I was astounded by the dynamics of this pedal. I have tried many, many overdrives and distortions and this one beats them all in the dynamics category. It really does do what it claims to. It is truly amp-like in the touch response and drive factor. Play lightly and you don't know it's on. Dig in and you will be blown back a few feet. And, best of all the distortion doesn't come all at once. Control you attack and you could leave it on all the time. Of course if you want to shake the earth just flip that "More" switch but beware, it takes no prisoners.

The only strike I can give it is the plastic jacks. I understand that they are probably just as durable as the metal ones but it's a mental thing.

I got a great deal on mine when I purchased it but knowing what I know now I would have no hesitation laying out the full price on another should I ever need to.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

OK but you can do better

I tried this with 9v and 18v adapters - both were kind of noisy (with single coil and humbuckers) on several amps. It was a SDOTD and OK for that price but for...Read complete review

I tried this with 9v and 18v adapters - both were kind of noisy (with single coil and humbuckers) on several amps. It was a SDOTD and OK for that price but for the list price there are better choices. My current favorite is the Fulltone Full-drive 3…but all my dirt boxes sounded better than the Fat Drive. It was dynamic as described but I found myself wanting less of the effect and since there is no clean signal blend, your guitar's volume control is the only way to balance this. I sent it back. I may have just gotten a defective unit so YMMV.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Truly Dynamic

By greensound

from Indianapolis

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Transparent
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Plastic Jacks

Best Uses

  • Performances

Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

I was hesitant about buying this pedal and even before it arrived I had some remorse. Once it did arrive I was astounded by the dynamics of this pedal. I have tried many, many overdrives and distortions and this one beats them all in the dynamics category. It really does do what it claims to. It is truly amp-like in the touch response and drive factor. Play lightly and you don't know it's on. Dig in and you will be blown back a few feet. And, best of all the distortion doesn't come all at once. Control you attack and you could leave it on all the time. Of course if you want to shake the earth just flip that "More" switch but beware, it takes no prisoners.

The only strike I can give it is the plastic jacks. I understand that they are probably just as durable as the metal ones but it's a mental thing.

I got a great deal on mine when I purchased it but knowing what I know now I would have no hesitation laying out the full price on another should I ever need to.

(4 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

poor sound just marketing

By ------

from Romania

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Responsive

Cons

  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    the missing button for dry and wet makes this box useless not to mention the ultra_gain switch that takes out ani attack from your notes.

    and not battery powered :)))))

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Please quit putting this on Stupid Deal of the Day.

    By Daniel Tosh

    from Hollywood California

    About Me Experienced

    Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Aren't there other things you could put on Stupid Deal? I keep seeing this pedal on sale there over and over.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    OK but you can do better

    By kenren10

    from Claymont, DE

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    Pros

    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Limited Selection Of Effects
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I tried this with 9v and 18v adapters - both were kind of noisy (with single coil and humbuckers) on several amps. It was a SDOTD and OK for that price but for the list price there are better choices. My current favorite is the Fulltone Full-drive 3…but all my dirt boxes sounded better than the Fat Drive. It was dynamic as described but I found myself wanting less of the effect and since there is no clean signal blend, your guitar's volume control is the only way to balance this. I sent it back. I may have just gotten a defective unit so YMMV.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sound like a pro!

      By Dr. RamRod

      from Severn, MD

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This pedal will take your guitar playing to new heights. You may even wonder who's really playing your guitar. Fat sound, great sustain and seems to boost your amp output.

        (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Meh...

        By Josh

        from Pittsburgh

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        Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Product is okay.. it's an effect and it changes the sound.. just leaves something to be desired..

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fat and responsive

        By Jimi

        from Crestview, Florida

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

          The Pigtronix Fat Overdrive is well addressed by its name. Adjusts to the right amount of signal needed to push other pedals and gives a responsive boost to my amp.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          sounds great!

          By twanger

          from cleveland ohio

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            use in my secondary pedal board. perfect addition. might get another for my main board

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good pedal!

            By GW

            from Bowling Green, KY

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Nice smooth overdrive pedal. Can also work as a clean boost.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love my Fat Drive; adjustable all around & loaded with tone!

              By Lee

              from Suwanee

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Awesome pedal that I can tweak to enhance the tone of whatever guitar I choose to play!! Rock solid construction too!

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Pigtronix makes great products and this is no exception!

                By Chris C.

                from Charlotte, NC

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  I use this Fat Drive on all of my instruments. I'm not just a guitar player, I do heavy electronic music. It's full of great tone and is the current first pedal in my drive chain.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  My first Pigtronix pedal. It's great!

                  By Chris C.

                  from Charlotte, NC

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    I picked this FAT drive by Pigtronix up on a stupid deal of the day and boy oh boy was it a great idea! This little overdrive pedal comes with an 18volt power supply and produces a range of tones from classic to insane. The build quality is also very solid! Made in the USA and sounds super!

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Nice Meaty Tone

                    By Grey Haired Punk

                    from Sitka, Alaska

                    About Me Professional Musician

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      I've been using a Tele through a Blues Junior, which can be rather thin and piercing. I did a 4 way switch mod on the Tele, (Which uses both pickups as a humbucking pair) and this pedal gives a great low frequency boost using the 18 volt adapter. Instant huge sound through a Junior. What's not to like about that?

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great Dirt Pedal

                      By danny

                      from murrieta, ca

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                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Responsive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        Great Fuzzy Distortion. Thick tone. Sounds better at 18 volts. Not a metal distortion.

                         
                        5.0

                        Fat and Rich !!!!

                        By Shredder C

                        from PA

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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 Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          This thing impressed me with it's fat rich boost. Pigtronix is starting to make some really good pedals.

                           
                          4.0

                          Great tone but noisy button. Pigtronix sending replacement p

                          By Johne1

                          from Texas

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                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Doesn't Suck Tone
                          • Excellent Sound Quality
                          • Pigtronix Customer Service Very Responsive
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • On-Off Button Makes Loud Pop in Speaker

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            Great tone. Norm/More switch makes this 2 pedals in 1.

                            At bedroom level, it sounded great. When I turned the amp up, engaging the on-off button made a loud pop in the speaker. I called Pigtronix late Friday afternoon and within minutes they said they'd send me another pedal with an RMA and label to return my noisy pedal to them.

                            I'll come back with a follow-up after I receive the replacement pedal.

                             
                            5.0

                            Excellent Sound and Quality

                            By Wolfvans

                            from Nashville

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                            Pros

                            • Excellent Sound Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              This OD delivers a thick rich sound without being to fuzzy or pitchy. Those looking for a "metal" sound may be disappointed. Its not particularly "bright" at least on my rig (Les Paul, VHT tube amp). But those looking for a warm, textured OD will be beyond pleased. The frequencies where this pedal delivers, it delivers well. Solid sound and construction.

                               
                              5.0

                              Does what it says and maintains bottom end!

                              By Johne1

                              from Texas

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                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Excellent Sound Quality
                              • Quiet
                              • Works Well With Other Pedals

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Performances
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                Absolutely maintains original signal. No tone sucking at all. Great bottom end from this pedal.

                                Put it to the test with a Boss AW-3 Autowah pedal. Worked well both before AND after the autowah! Other gain pedals are noisy and amplify the autowah's sweep, but not the Fat Drive. Seems to be very high quality.

                                The problem with a lot of gain pedals is noise (probably a result of cheap components). I'm very impressed with the quality of this pedal.

                                With a Strat, the Normal setting goes from clean boost to dirty nicely.
                                For heavy gain and sustain, the More setting is like a Fender Supersonic dual stage gain; heavy gain but quieter from extraneous noise.

                                I've only tested it with the 18 volt power supply that comes with it.

                                NOTE: It does not take a battery.

                                 
                                4.0

                                Sounds cool and all....

                                By Keith Clevenger

                                from Kansas City

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                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Responsive

                                Cons

                                • Must use the supplied power adapter

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording

                                Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                I don't own a lot of overdrives, so I'm no connoisseur. My old tube amp has a great natural overdrive and that's what I'll compare this Fat Drive to. The Fat Drive is more fuzzy and metallic, especially on the higher/brighter notes. It's almost halfway to the Boss DS-1 distortion pedal that I own. Don't get me wrong, I like it. It's quite rich and dynamic, but it's not quite as organic sounding as other overdrives I've tried. It has a slight Cyborg edge to it. Mixing distortions is a great way to get a unique sound, and the Fat Drive is no slouch, especially as I grabbed it when it was the "Stupid Deal of the Day".

                                You cannot use a 9volt battery with this pedal!! You pretty much have to use the supplied power adapter. That's not a huge deal for me, as I use a pedal power supply with an extra outlet, but this does take away from the versatility of the Fat Drive.
                                The packaging and presentation is really top notch.

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