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T-Rex Engineering Hobo Drive Overdrive and Preamp Guitar Effects Pedal  

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    So configurable and so gorgeous sounding, it’s hard to imagine that no one has thought of it before.

    The new HOBO DRIVE from T-Rex Effects is a spectacular overdrive pedal that’s built to put you firmly in the driver’s seat. Think of HOBO DRIVE as 2 pedals in 1 – an overdrive preamp and a boost pedal (with a twist).

    Start with a 2-stage preamp
    At its core, HOBO DRIVE is a 2-stage preamp controlled via traditional PREAMP and MASTER volume controls. But that’s not all. A TONE control lets you customize your overdrive sound right from the start, shaping its timbre to your exact tastes. Don’t worry: No matter how you set it, HOBO DRIVE delivers the warm, vintage-sounding tone T-Rex is famous for.

    Then add an adjustable BOOST switch
    On top of the preamp core, you get a very useful boost function for soloing, single-note lines, you name it. This not only makes HOBO DRIVE a more versatile pedal, it can eliminate the need for an external boost pedal, if you normally use an overdrive sound for your lead playing.

    Finally, the real sauce…
    When you kick your HOBO DRIVE into boost mode, it takes your overdrive sound up to the volume level you’ve set. But HOBO DRIVE lets you do something else: An ingenious PRE/POST switch gives you the option of boosting your signal before it hits the preamp – to add even more drive as you raise the stakes with extra volume.


    About T-Rex Engineering
    Based in Vejle, Denmark, T-Rex Engineering makes classic and signature effect pedals for the world’s best musicians.
    Our approach blends hi-tech innovation with old-world craftsmanship – always in the service of killer tone.

    Features
    • Controls:
    • Preamp
    • Master
    • Tone
    • Boost
    • On/off switch
    • Boost switch
    • Boost pre/post switch
    • Battery Type: 9V battery 6F22
    • Battery Life: 1 Hour
    • External connectors

    Call or click in the next nanosecond to order the Hobo Drive.

     
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    T-Rex EngineeringHobo Drive Overdrive and Preamp Guitar Effects Pedal
     
    4.8

    (based on 12 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Excellent sound quality (11)
    • Responsive (10)
    • Versatile (8)
    • Compact (6)
    • Good selection of effects (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances (10)
      • Home studio (8)
      • Professional recording (7)
      • Outdoor events / games (6)
      • Amateur recording (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (9), Professional musician (3)

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      5.0

      Love This Pedal!

      By Heffster Slideman

      from Shoreline Wa.

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about T-Rex Engineering Hobo Drive Overdrive and Preamp Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Great Pedal. Great price. Thank You MF.

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        5.0

        Great Stomp Box

        By Radar51

        from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clean Switches
        • Easy to use
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Unique Sound

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about T-Rex Engineering Hobo Drive Overdrive and Preamp Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I'm glad I bought it!!!

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        5.0

        Very Nice Overdrive/ Boost Pedal

        By Heffster Slideman

        from Shoreline Wa.

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about T-Rex Engineering Hobo Drive Overdrive and Preamp Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Picked it up as a Musicians Friend SDOTD. Awesome!

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          5.0

          Great boost and OD pedal.

          By Rudy

          from Puerto Rico

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about T-Rex Engineering Hobo Drive Overdrive and Preamp Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Clean and powerful boost. Controlled overdrive with nice headroom.

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              5.0

              BEST preamp-overdrive ever!

              By John Osborne

              from Miami, FL

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about T-Rex Engineering Hobo Drive Overdrive and Preamp Guitar Effects Pedal:

                MINDBLOWING pedal, very versatile... I bought two units during the recent sale. It beats EVERY preamp I have used, starting by the BB Preamp of Xotic.

                T-REX is just an amazing manufacturer. The pedal works extremly good as preamp, and the tones you can get from the overdrive are pretty unique, I mean, you can get very solid vintage tones, but modern sounds as well. And the boost feature is also a great thing... You can use it before or after the preamp, what is brilliant. And besides that, the pedal allows you to use the boost CLEAN!

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                5.0

                Great tone, flexible design, well built

                By ctgblue

                from east coast USA

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Battery Life

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about T-Rex Engineering Hobo Drive Overdrive and Preamp Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Got this on sale, at that price i couldn't pass it up. The flexible boost really makes this pedal. the gain goes from clean to pretty saturated sustain, never biting or gritty. being able to assign the boost pre OR post gain lets you either: saturate the preamp stage more or punch the front end of the amp with a boosted overdrive signal. pretty cool.
                The only con is the 'estimated' ONE HOUR battery life - really...
                I bought an Artec power brick so I can stop going through a bunch of 9V batteries. More than 4 pedals, get one.
                I would recommend, and have recomended, this pedal to others.

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                4.0

                Nice flexible boost plus pre amp drive

                By Cmnaround

                from Philadelphia

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Nice Feedback With Drive
                • Punchy Clean Boost

                Cons

                • No power supply included

                Best Uses

                • Clean Drive
                • Distortion
                • In Front Of A Loop Pedal
                • Volume Boost For Solos

                Comments about T-Rex Engineering Hobo Drive Overdrive and Preamp Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Works great for both bumping my volume to bring it up out of the mix, but also adds some thickness to my tone so it is fattened up a bit - very nice. It also has a pre amp and master volume so you can crank the pre amp and get a little bit of drive or a lot of distortion. Can boost clean or pre/post distortion. I scored a deal during a sale at Musicians Friend which totally rocked. Not sure if I would be as psyched for retail but in fairness it is like 3 pedals in one. It is awesome in front of a loop pedal because you can lay down clean or distorted tones, then boost for leads.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A drive to be different

                By A.K.Guitar

                from Duluth, MN

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Kind Of Different
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Jamming
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording
                • Recording

                Comments about T-Rex Engineering Hobo Drive Overdrive and Preamp Guitar Effects Pedal:

                This seems to be a great piece of gear so far. I was in the market for a "different" kind of overdrive and not another t-screamer type pedal (love them but have several).

                I'd call the HOBO DRIVE a low to mid gain drive that plays and stacks well (also saturates pretty well with the boost as a preboost), "feels" good, and has good headroom (internal 18v conversion is great but rough if you're a battery user at a supposed 1 hour of battery life! Don't know if that's true as I only use batteries with fuzzface circuits. Just be aware if batteries are necessary for you.)

                The HOBO doesn't seem to cut bass but doesn't seem boomy or mid heavy either (Strat into Fender amp). The gain style might not be for some players. I'd call it 'amp like' in response and feel, but it has a fuzzy quality with what almost sounds like clean signal mixed in at some settings (this is the "good kind of different" to me as noted above-because it doesn't sound like my other-too many is never enough-drives). I rather like this in my rig so far, but it is still the honeymoon stage.

                The boost is great and quite versatile when used in combination with the order switch to either add a bit of saturation or just a volume boost. The tone and gain ranges are all usable and there's good output from both the boost (20dB?) and drive sides so there's plenty to goose an amp if that's your thing.

                Normally T-rex pedals are out of my price range, but I would consider this pedal again, especially on sale like it was. I might even buy another. If it's on sale like it is as I write this, I'd call it a no brainer, but your mileage may vary.

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good overtdrive with a very good boost

                By Mike

                from Miami Florida

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about T-Rex Engineering Hobo Drive Overdrive and Preamp Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Sounds good with any kind of amp (solid state or tube)

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                4.0

                Really COOL Overdrive an AMAZING price!

                By King Of San Joaquin

                from Fresno, CA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about T-Rex Engineering Hobo Drive Overdrive and Preamp Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  More of a Fuzz pedal but a very nice one. A lot more versatile than most other fuzzes. The boost is an excellent feature and sound awesome.

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