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All the tones of the original Sparkle Drive plus three custom mods for punchy and modern to thick, singing lead tones!

The Sparkle Drive MOD overdrive effects pedal from Voodoo Lab delivers all the overdriven sounds of the original Sparkle Drive but with a twist. Using the MOD switch, you can select the stock 808-based circuit or instantly pick from three custom mods. Whether you need more gain, tighter bass response, a more-vocal midrange, or a thick and juicy lead tone, Sparkle Drive MOD gives you the tools to get there.

In Stock mode, you get the classic tube-style midrange grind that's great for blues or for boosting your solos. Mod 1 is the Lead circuit with extra gain, a thick and juicy bottom end, and smooth highs that are perfect for single-note melodies. Mod 2 delivers punchy, mid-cut rhythm tones thata re great for chunky rock power chords and funk. Mod 3 gives you the high-gain treatment with articulate highs and an aggressive bottom end.

Additional features include a unique Clean control that allows you to blend in a boosted direct signal restoring attack and feel. Switching is true bypass via a high-reliability gold-contact relay.

FEATURES
  • Create multiple, layered amp sounds - one clean, one overdriven
  • Four unique overdrive/distortion circuits: Stock, Lead, Rhythm & High Gain
  • 100% clean boost circuit with tons of output
  • True-bypass switching via gold-contact relay with LED
  • Hand built in the USA
  • 5-year warranty

Maximize your overdrive. Order the Sparkle Drive MOD today.

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Voodoo LabSparkle Drive MOD Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 16 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (9)
  • Excellent sound quality (8)
  • Good selection of effects (6)
  • Responsive (5)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great pedal!!

This pedal has 4 very usable crunch tones, from low-gain 808 Tube Screamer to vintage Marshall lead with great sustain, and everything in between.
The main reason I'm writing this is because if...Read complete review

This pedal has 4 very usable crunch tones, from low-gain 808 Tube Screamer to vintage Marshall lead with great sustain, and everything in between.
The main reason I'm writing this is because if you're like me, and have been chasing that elusive Eric Johnson lead tone, this is the closest thing I've found in a pedal. I know Eric uses the B.K. Butler Tube Driver into a vintage Marshall with an old Echoplex, but if you don't want to lug that stuff around (or pay for it!!), this Sparkle Drive Mod in the "1" position with a clean, tube amp and an analog delay will get you there!
Great work, Voodoo Lab - excellent product!!!
I only wish it had another button to switch between modes, because they're all cool and usable, and would be great to switch between them on the fly.....by no means is this a deal-breaker, though.
Voodoo Lab always makes great quality products, and I'm never dissapointed with their stuff!
For everything this does in one pedal, great value!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Noisey pedal...

I bought this pedal after seeing the created behind voodoo labs (James) used it through a Marshall amp set to quiet bedroom level and was able nail the early Van Halen screaming tone using...Read complete review

I bought this pedal after seeing the created behind voodoo labs (James) used it through a Marshall amp set to quiet bedroom level and was able nail the early Van Halen screaming tone using the high gain selection on this pedal.

He seem to nail the early EVH tone using it and then added layering effects to complete the EVH tone.

I bought the pedal because of what I seen and heard him do on YouTube. I already own everything else he used in the demo to complete the EVH tone, so I thought.

Here's my take:
What I found was the Sparkle Drive Mod seem to be very noisy when turned on and idled. Another issue I have is the selection knob at the top which controls tone pre-set settings from over drive to high gain makes a loud pop noise through my speaker cabs when the pedal is switched to each pre-set channel.

I'm not getting the same snarling EVH tone on the high gain channel he seem to get using the same settings running through my 1987 Marshall Lead 100 head set to bedroom volume running into two JMP 4x12 cabinets.

My amp is crystal quiet when the pedal is switched off and not when it's switched on.

I am a novice player, I have owned and use other hand made boutique pedals that seem much quieter when used vs this one.

The video clip had me believe the Sparkle Drive Mod pedal can get Eddy's tone at low volume levels and hence the reason why I bought it.
I'm baffled, The high gain selection isn't even close to what I am heard him get on YouTube.

My guess is it may have been very good audio editing tweaks that latter complimented the tone.

I found using my ISP noise gate quiets everything down but it's a huge disappointment to have to do this when my Marshall amp's master volume is set to one or two at bedroom level. If I turn my amp's master up to half volume levels the idle noise is unbearable without a noise gate!

I have commented on James's demos seen on YouTube asking for advice but haven't gotten any reply's.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great pedal!!

By Randy Pearce

from Denver, Colorado

Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive MOD Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

This pedal has 4 very usable crunch tones, from low-gain 808 Tube Screamer to vintage Marshall lead with great sustain, and everything in between.
The main reason I'm writing this is because if you're like me, and have been chasing that elusive Eric Johnson lead tone, this is the closest thing I've found in a pedal. I know Eric uses the B.K. Butler Tube Driver into a vintage Marshall with an old Echoplex, but if you don't want to lug that stuff around (or pay for it!!), this Sparkle Drive Mod in the "1" position with a clean, tube amp and an analog delay will get you there!
Great work, Voodoo Lab - excellent product!!!
I only wish it had another button to switch between modes, because they're all cool and usable, and would be great to switch between them on the fly.....by no means is this a deal-breaker, though.
Voodoo Lab always makes great quality products, and I'm never dissapointed with their stuff!
For everything this does in one pedal, great value!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Versatility Buy It!

By Couion

from Baton Rouge, LA

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive MOD Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Semi Pro, been playing live and session work for over 30+ years, I already own the origional Sparkle, I'm very please with the Sparkle MOD and it will stay on my peddal board. It's no one trick pony as many other pedals are, I really liked my OCD but really I can get everything from grit to full on shred with the sparkle MOD, the Mod version has enabled me to get rid off other distortion pedals, I simply use my original for a little dirt and set the MOD for full on attack, with 4 different voicings of attack, I use this, of course in front of a "Tube" 6L6 amp and can achive anything from the SRV to Dream Theatre.. really. again the equipment chain you use all plays a role in your overall sound.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Pedal Great Company

    By livininthewoods

    from TX

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    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive MOD Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    2 overdrives 2 distortions and a clean boost all rolled up into one sturdy American made package with silent true bypass switching and a five year warranty from a company that actually seems to care. What more can you ask for? Get it!
    I have never owned an original Sparkle Drive but when I owned a digitech GNX2, the sparkledrive model was my favorite OD by far so I knew that when I finaly went back to real tube amps, I wanted the SD. Since the Sparkle Drive Mod is the same as the Sparkle Drive with 3 additional gain types, it was an easy choice.
    Mode 1 is straight up 808 and I owned one of the original green ones back when they were just another pedal.
    Mode 2 to my ear is somewhere between a TS-9 and a Boss SD-1 more gain and more bass with a little less mid.
    I have not really used the 3rd and 4th modes too much but I guess I would describe them as similar to the lower gain Boss distortions DS-1 etc...
    The switch is dead silent. I wish all FX pedals used this same switch, no click at all.
    The quality of this product really impressed me. Everything is very neat and sturdy looking. The construction is solid. The switch is dead silent but looks like something that would wear out rather quickly.
    Voodoo Labs offers a 5 year warranty so I think it is probably reliable and they seem like a really good company to have to deal with so if you do need it repaired I don't think you will run into the trouble that you do with some other companies.
    My daughter got ahold of my registration card and wrote all over it. I sent an email to VoodooLabs with my name and address asking if they would mail me a new card. The very next morning I have a email that says don't worry about it we took you info and your product is now registered, thanks for your purchase. If only every company I gave my money to was as good.
    When compared to other pedals in this price range, the difference is like night and day. I recently bought 5 pedals all in the same price range 120-200 and Voodoo Labs was the clear winner in every catagory. Better warranty, better construction, better components, better customer service and it was made in the USA. Voodoo Labs if you are reading this, please come out with a metal type high gain distortion pedal with an increadibly flexible EQ section and you will really be my hero.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sparkle Drive Mod - Excellent!

    By MikeF

    from CA

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    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive MOD Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    An outstanding pedal. I would highly recommend this over the typical tube screamer. Its built better, can give you that exact TR tone and a WHOLE lot more!
    I use the SDM to put some edge on my Twin Reverb and my Strat. Take that super clean tone and add some bite. I use an LP + Marshall for that tone and I had a need to add a little bite to my clean rig.
    Build quality: Typical of Voodoo labs pedals, this thing is built like a tank. It has a piece of Lexan on the top of the pedal to protect it, true bypass. The settings are very easy to see with the pedal on my board. Its quiet as a mouse using the Pedal Power.
    One of the tunes my band wanted to cover was Pride and Joy. The combo of the TRRI and the Strat through this pedal just nails that SRV tone (Pedal on basic TS setting). You can also set the EQ to emphasize low und up to high end. Its particularly useful on this rig as it tends to be a bit jangly.

    The mix dry/wet is key to the tone on this pedal. The ability to dial in the mix of the effect allows for a wide range of tone possibilities. Moreover, the combination of settings allows for a mellower distortion ala SRV all the way up to some serious metal tones and everything in between.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Looks good and sounds good!

    By TIm Grogg

    from Georgia

    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive MOD Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Besides the great tone, it looks good on the pedal board (one of my requirements) and doesn't take up too much space. I had a Fulltone Full-Drive 2 that took up a lot of space, was kind of noisy and way too many options. This pedal is much simpler to operate and the tones are super. I mostly play vintage rockabilly but need the overdrive for blues and late 60's stuff. On the pedal board, I have the Sparkle Drive Mod in front of a Boss DD-6 delay, a Boss Fender 63 spring reverb and a Boss '59 Bassman running through the effects loop on a Peavey Classic 50 (2-12's). This pedal really rocks with my LP Custom Epi modified with Gibson P-94 single coil pickups. You can peel wallpaper in position 1 with the gain knob at max.

    I haven't had it very long so more experimentation to come.
    The plexi surface gives this pedal a distinctive look and it doesn't take up much room on the pedal board. The best part is that it sounds good, too. The mod switch gives you a predictable tone at each position so that you know what you are getting when you hit the on switch. The true by-pass is really true on this pedal. The only complaint is having to disassemble the box to change the battery (a powered pedal board solves that problem) and to find the serial number.
    The plexi surface seems durable and the rest of the box is quality metal. I'm not too hard on my stomp boxes so this one will probably last a while. The mod switch gives you a solid "click" at each position so you can tell where you are just by feel.
    I think this is a great pedal for the money.

    (3 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Noisey pedal...

    By Just J

    from RI

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    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive MOD Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I bought this pedal after seeing the created behind voodoo labs (James) used it through a Marshall amp set to quiet bedroom level and was able nail the early Van Halen screaming tone using the high gain selection on this pedal.

    He seem to nail the early EVH tone using it and then added layering effects to complete the EVH tone.

    I bought the pedal because of what I seen and heard him do on YouTube. I already own everything else he used in the demo to complete the EVH tone, so I thought.

    Here's my take:
    What I found was the Sparkle Drive Mod seem to be very noisy when turned on and idled. Another issue I have is the selection knob at the top which controls tone pre-set settings from over drive to high gain makes a loud pop noise through my speaker cabs when the pedal is switched to each pre-set channel.

    I'm not getting the same snarling EVH tone on the high gain channel he seem to get using the same settings running through my 1987 Marshall Lead 100 head set to bedroom volume running into two JMP 4x12 cabinets.

    My amp is crystal quiet when the pedal is switched off and not when it's switched on.

    I am a novice player, I have owned and use other hand made boutique pedals that seem much quieter when used vs this one.

    The video clip had me believe the Sparkle Drive Mod pedal can get Eddy's tone at low volume levels and hence the reason why I bought it.
    I'm baffled, The high gain selection isn't even close to what I am heard him get on YouTube.

    My guess is it may have been very good audio editing tweaks that latter complimented the tone.

    I found using my ISP noise gate quiets everything down but it's a huge disappointment to have to do this when my Marshall amp's master volume is set to one or two at bedroom level. If I turn my amp's master up to half volume levels the idle noise is unbearable without a noise gate!

    I have commented on James's demos seen on YouTube asking for advice but haven't gotten any reply's.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Lead tones

    By jakeyrotten

    from VA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive MOD Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      The Sparkle Drive MOD sounds great. It's got 4 different presets, your standard 808-tube screamer tone, a fat lead channel, a rythmn channel and a "modern gain" channel. I've been using the Sparkle Drive MOD as a boost to my lead channel. What's cool about this pedal is the "clean" control, which lets you blend in your clean (meaning your amp tone, it doesn't have to be a clean tone at all) channel with the pedal's OD circut. So the tonal possibilities with this pedal are huge. I take the OD channel on my amp (60W Fender Deville) and use the SDM to boost the signal for more volume and to give my lead tones some extra cajones. With the blending on the clean channel you can get some really nice lead tones. What's really nice about this feature is you can still use your amp's overdrive, and you can put as much or as little of the pedal's OD into the mix as you want. So not only can you use the OD circut inside the pedal, if you're happy with your stock amp tone you can keep that and use the SDM as a lead boost or just add enough OD into the signal to fatten up your leads, without messing with the sound your amp's putting out. The other rythmn settings are pretty nice as well. I don't really use them though. It might be easier to use the other channels if there was a second button to switch between the channels on the fly. That's my only gripe, which is pretty minor.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Absolutely blown away!

      By lespaul56

      from Jonesboro, AR

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Lack Of Unwanted Noise
      • Responsive
      • Transparent
      • Useful Tone Options
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive MOD Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I just bought this today, so I'll refrain from staying in the honeymoon phase and try to review objectively. I was handed this pedal to play with, not expecting to buy it. Plugging it in, though..I knew I would have to have this tonal beast on my board. I was using a Vox Ice 9 Overdrive for my cleaner, softer dirt settings, but it always felt too dark, as good of a pedal as it was. This lean green tone machine immediately replaced the Ice 9, and unless I get another board, the replacement is permanent! The way that the grit and the cleans interact is beautiful, and there isn't a bad setting between the two. The tone knob ONLY controls the gain for the drive, which is good, because you can get a transparent clean, and then EQ the drive for additional tonal tinkering. The different settings are unique and quite usable, and I'll never be able to settle and stick to just one! Running through Jazzmaster single coils, the Sparkle Drive Mod really fattens up the tone and gives a lot of brawny GIRTH. It's a fantastic noise. With humbuckers, you get fat, thick leads and punchy, driven rhythm. I'm incredibly glad I made this purchase, and I can't wait to show this to my band mates!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        only had it for two days but I'm in love

        By LOguitarman

        from Lake Orion, MI

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive MOD Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This pedal is absolutely incredible. The range of tones available from it are unmatched. I'm a classic rock/blues guitar player and this pedal totally hits the mark. My main guitars are a '52 vintage telecaster and aSG standard. This pedal is incredible with both. I split my channel into a Fender Blues Deluxe and a Vox AC30. It pushes both amps to just the right point for complete sonic nirvana. Achieves everything from vintage Cream to old school VH to classic Muddy Waters. I can not say enough about the quality of build and tone provided By this pedal. From the clean boost to full on gain, it is immaculate. Everything Voodoo Lab makes is outstanding(particularly the discontinued analog chorus, if you can get your hands on one) but this pedal is almost ethereal in its ability to push a great tube amp into sounding like perfection. Spend the extra money and check this bad mother out; you will not be dissapointed!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sparkle Drive MOD

            By paul baker

            from Sothwest

            Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive MOD Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I have NO regret about buying this box, it is definately a keeper ! This is my first review on any piece of gear that I have had, (many) and felt compelled to tell other guitarists about my "find". It has given me the tone that I have been looking for. I am plugging in a Fender Strat into the Sparkle Drive, and then right into amp (Fender Excelsiur). This set-up gives me awesome tone at lower volumes. I can adjust the clean knob to achieve Great clean tone , or go the other way for dirty tones. I don't really use the settings 3 and 4, but I imagine that many other guitarists will be satisfied.
            This pedal has a unique feature in that it has a "clean" knob which you can blend with the overdrive effect or the user can turn knob and get a really beautiful clean boost. The pedal has four settiings, each adding more "dirt" to the first setting which is the original version od SparkleDrive. Other knobs are : Gain, Tone, volume, and the clean. Pedal switches on and off with toggle button.
            Brand new, but it appears like a quality unit.
            This pedal gives me the classic 808 sound I was looking for and i think it's worth the money. Of all tube screamer type pedals , this is my favorite (including Ibanez reissues ) and other modded pedal. I am very satisfied with the tone. Great value.

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