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Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal  (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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’

Strap in and shift your sound into overdrive. Order today.

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PigtronixFat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.1

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (18)
  • Excellent sound quality (16)
  • Compact (14)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Good selection of effects (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (14)
  • Professional recording (10)
  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (9)

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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(8 of 9 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.

(5 of 8 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.

(5 of 21 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 :)))))

    (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

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      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 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Meh...

        By Josh

        from Pittsburgh

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        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

              About Me Experienced

              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

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Verified Buyer

                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

                  About Me Professional Musician

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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.

                         
                        4.0

                        Great Sounding OD

                        By dngrusd

                        from St. Louis, MO

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Responsive

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

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

                          This overdrive sounds great! It fattens up single coil guitars with great tone at all settings. Tweak it a bit for humbuckers. It can get a bit noisy at higher gain levels.

                           
                          5.0

                          A spicy flavor additive

                          By Robbo

                          from Garden Grove, California

                          About Me Novice

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio

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

                            I'm not a beginner. I'm more of a continuing novice. I got this little magic box from Musician's Friend through their 'stupid deal of the day' promotion and have been having a blast with it since then. I bought it in an attempt to learn a bit about what pedals can do and use it to boost a little 5 watt Four Force EM 1 amp which I'd also got very cheap from MF a couple of years back. I can't really tell you anything particular other than to play around with it, find a sound that you like, and go to town. It sure adds some extra boost and some spicy flavoring to my Four Force EM 1. If I was the son of a genius like Dweezil Zappa, who knows what possibilities could come out of that little white box...

                            Service and delivery comments:

                            As always, the delivery and service from Musician's Friend was prompt, easy, accurate, and with many options for purchase. Another winning transaction between me and the folks at MF.

                             
                            4.0

                            Great sound

                            By bubux

                            from panama

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Excellent Sound Quality
                            • Responsive

                            Cons

                            • No battery support

                            Best Uses

                            • Events
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances

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

                            Really good design and sound

                             
                            3.0

                            Disappointing.

                            By Lucky Finn

                            from Western NC

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                            Pros

                            • Responsive

                            Cons

                            • LOUD POP thru switch.

                            Best Uses

                            • Probably won't use it.

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

                            The switch makes a lot of noise. The amp picks it up. Headphones pick it up. There's an electrostatic POP when you engage or disengage it. Pigtronix replaced the switch immediately but nothing changed. Musicians Friend replaced the whole unit. Same thing. I have other pedals that are a True Bypass that make NO noise compared to this one. It's unusable for recording if you need to engage it during a passage on a track. On stage it would probably be ok. I'm actually pretty disappointed in this pedal; I've heard a lot of good things about Pigtronix.
                            I can't fault their customer service... Just this pedal. If this is a design flaw; FIX IT!! But obviously, there are more than two of them with this problem..... Unless I got the only two that have it. (stranger things, etc)

                             
                            5.0

                            Fat and Rich !!!!

                            By Shredder C

                            from PA

                            About Me Professional Musician

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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.

                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Great tone but noisy button. Pigtronix sending replacement p

                              By Johne1

                              from Texas

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              See all my reviews

                              Verified Buyer

                              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.

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