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Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal  

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The Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive pedal gives you the dynamic punch of a clean amp, and the sustain and warmth of an overdriven amp, all in a single stomp...Click To Read More About This Product

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Double your pleasure with two amp tones!

The Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive pedal gives you the dynamic punch of a clean amp, and the sustain and warmth of an overdriven amp, all in a single stompbox. Sparkle Drive's unique Clean control lets you blend its overdrive circuit with a boosted clean signal for a rich, layered guitar tone.

With the Clean control off (fully counterclockwise), the overdrive circuit has the same classic tones as a vintage 808. With the Clean control all the way up, you get a super transparent, 100% clean boost with tons of output for driving the front end of your amp. Just spend a few minutes dialing-in the Clean control with your setup, and you'll find a sweet spot that no other single effect pedal can deliver. The Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive features true bypass switching, a heavy-duty metal switch and on/off status LED. Hand built in the U.S.A. and fully backed by a 5-year warranty.

FEATURES
  • Multiple, layered amp sounds - one clean, one overdriven
  • Overdrive circuit delivers vintage 808 sounds
  • 100% clean boost circuit with tons of output
  • True bypass switching with LED
  • Hand built in the U.S.A.
  • Five-year warranty

Put the power of two amps at your feet; order the Sparkle Drive guitar pedal today!

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Voodoo LabSparkle Drive Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 63 reviews)

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Great Pedal

This is a great addition to your stomp box collection," Buy one"
Combine this pedal with a Boss CS-3 and you have awesome tone and sound!!, one of my...Read complete review

This is a great addition to your stomp box collection," Buy one"
Combine this pedal with a Boss CS-3 and you have awesome tone and sound!!, one of my favorite stomps. My Telecaster sounds so good with the addition of this pedal and with both pedals running together my Gibson faded SG with 59' Seymore Duncan pickups gets real big "clean crunch" a great old time tone, awesome pedal!!.

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The concept is great and the clean boost is useful, but the overdrive seems so boxy, and small sounding.I've used it with my Marshall and Fender and Mesa amps and just cant get into...Read complete review

The concept is great and the clean boost is useful, but the overdrive seems so boxy, and small sounding.I've used it with my Marshall and Fender and Mesa amps and just cant get into the sound. If this is truly what an 808 Tube Screamer sounds like, I don't get what all the fuss is about. Sounds boxy and dry.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Pedal

By Mgaskill182

from Redmond,Oregon

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Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

This is a great addition to your stomp box collection," Buy one"
Combine this pedal with a Boss CS-3 and you have awesome tone and sound!!, one of my favorite stomps. My Telecaster sounds so good with the addition of this pedal and with both pedals running together my Gibson faded SG with 59' Seymore Duncan pickups gets real big "clean crunch" a great old time tone, awesome pedal!!.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice OD

By Alex Graff

from RI

Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

Great pedal. I highly reccomend it. If you are looking for a solid overdrive that's got muscle but also has the capacity to be very sensitive for under $200, this is the way to go.
I like the fact that you can blend the clean and dirty signals. It gives you a clearer, more honest tone than many other compressed OD pedals (e.g. BD2, OCD). The only thing that's great but not PHENOMENAL is the actual overdrive itself.
Sturdy.
For 130? Amazing. Other overdrives dont really come close to this one until you get up into the 180 and higher range (Fulldrive 2 is an exception). That clean control helps so much.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very cool distortion pedal, but...

By Dave-1PoZe

from Rochester Hills, MI

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Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

This pedal is worthy of all the praise you've heard/read about it in my opinion. I love it. Unfortunately the switch went bad on mine after only 4 months of light use, hence the 2 stars for quality. After a bit of research I found that this is pretty common with this pedal. I called Voodoo Lab and asked about getting an RMA even though I hadn't sent in my warranty card. They obliged without hesitation...I was stunned. They also informed me that they're using a new switch in their current pedals and haven't had any bad reports.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It Sparkles!

By gwbluesman-3P5no

from South Central Kentucky

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Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

This is a nice pedal! If you want metal, don't stop here. If you want a volume boost with nice clean bite, with geat overtones and some added sustain, this is the hot setup! And the big plus is it does not loose your origional tone.I hate stomp boxes, that said I just bought this one. I heard another guy using one and it sounded so good I had to try one. It's everything I wanted it to be.I play a USA Strat Dlx. and a LP Std. through a Fender HRDlx. I don't care for the gain stages in this amp, but I like the clean tones. So this box was the answer for a nice harmonic, fat overdrive and volume boost.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

On par with much more expensive overdrives...

By session_of_jam@yahoo.com

from New England

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Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

I really like the Sparkle Drive. Tons of volume to drive any tube amp into submission. The clean/drive blend control really makes this pedal versatile. It can be an all out gain pedal, or a strong clean boost. The tone is a little dark, and has a little more "honk" than I normallly enjoy, but I have plenty of other places to compensate for that in my chain. Just a nice tight and focused sound. Very musical.
Not too many extras here, but the clean/drive blend knob is a real treat.
Seems pretty rugged to me, but the power adapter input has wiggled loose a couple times. Happens with lots of pedals, but then again, some never have this problem. For that, it gets an 8.
Easily my favorite overdrive in this price range (and I likes me some overdrive pedals!!!)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My favorite overdrive, EVER.

By Jon

from Oklahoma

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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 Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    Guys, it doesn't get much better than this. I have this, a Soul Food, and a Fulltone OCD, and this pedal gets WAY more work than the other two. Don't get me wrong, I love all three of those, but this is probably my favorite tubescreamer circuit ever. The blend feature is SOOOOOO useful. Gives you that extra snap and definition you always feel like you're missing when you engage that distortion. Beautiful, full sounding distortion. I may replace some other pedals, but this one stays.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Review

    By Planet Dave

    from S.F. Bay Area

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    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    The concept is great and the clean boost is useful, but the overdrive seems so boxy, and small sounding.I've used it with my Marshall and Fender and Mesa amps and just cant get into the sound. If this is truly what an 808 Tube Screamer sounds like, I don't get what all the fuss is about. Sounds boxy and dry.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Go-to OD Pedal

    By Daniel-V0L5N

    from Watertown, NY

    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    I bought this pedal off a friend and I'm not sure what I did without it! Though I don't use it as a head crushing lead OD pedal (though you CAN get that sound with it) this pedal can be used in almost every situation. The clean knob magically boost the presence of the signal and can take the pedal from fuzzy to gritty blues with a half turn. When I first started gigging with it, I left every knob at the mid point and got a fantastically balance effect. Tweaking it from there only makes it better. Really great tones through an amp that is slightly over-driven. I would buy this pedal again and again.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for bass guitar

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    I use this with my bass. If you want a grindy bass sound, stop wasting your money trying out all the bass overdrives on the market. The all pretty much suck. This will not suck the low end out of you sound because you can blend you boosted clean sound in with the overdriven one. Just for a reference, I use an ampeg billy sheehan preamp and and svt-4 pro head. This pedal and a compressor pedal nails the tone I get from my rack for open mic gigs and jams. Get this for bass. You wont be sorry.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Tube screamer with blend knob

    By Karl Houseknecht

    from Palmyra, VA

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    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    That one line could sum up the entire review. It's a TS-808 clone with no surprises, except for the ability to blend in some clean tone via the Clean knob. I find keeping the blend below 25-30% is best, and I generally keep it at about 20%. Does it "sparkle"? Kinda. I like the tones I'm getting from it. Nice overdrive with some good string definition courtesy of the blend. As such, using the guitar volume knob, you can really clean it up.Another nice use of this pedal is as a clean boost. Turn up the clean knob and the volume knob and hit your other pedals or the front of your amp harder. Works great. I have it on my board with a Plexitube and a Full Drive 2 MOSFET, and it is a nice compliment to the others.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Max Tone

    By VoodooFan

    from Indy

    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    The sparkle drive full on gets it. It is 2 pedals in one. Screaming overdrive on one side and a clean boost on the other; Its like running 2 amps at once. I play live once a week and have practice, I can't haul 2 amps around to get my tone. This is my answer, it even sounds good in front of my solid state practice amp. If you want great tone you need this pedal.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    NOT to be used as a lead overdrive

    By sparklelover

    from Dallas

    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    I bought a sparkle drive hoping to use it as powerful overdrive pedal that was full of warmth, presence and clarity, well it only did clarity well.Was initially quite disappointed till I found out it had other superb uses! It serves excellent as a clean booster or lead booster by turning the gain and level knobs up. Also, it is the BEST pedal I've used for adding slight grit to chords (not power chords)yet retaining the clarity of the chord, nothing I've owned or tried has gone close to that, I've tried the miaudio classic distortion, skreddy screwdriver, lovepedal eternity, metal muff just to name some, all were fantastic pedals in doing what the SD couldn't do but get nowhere close in adding that perfect grit to chords without sounding fuzzy, screechy or nasally.Bottom line: Get this pedal for rhythm work if just want to add that perfect amount of grit to your chords and still make them sound like they originally should.

     
    5.0

    GreenMan

    By Michael

    from Atlanta, Georgia

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    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    This pedal was recommend by a friend. I used it Memorial Day weekend at an outdoor venue and it worked without any problems at all.
    Clean Drive - just what I wanted..
    Seems to be very robust. Time will tell
    Great for the money. No problem there.

     
    5.0

    wow.

    By Dsmith1324

    from Goldsboro,NC

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    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    this sparkle drive is perfect. i am an active praise/worship musician, and this does everything i need. if i want a nice, boosted distortion, i can just use it as a push for a fulltone fulldrive. amazing. defnitly a necessity for any guitar players rig.

     
    5.0

    Keeley needed!

    By sammysam2200

    from Dallas, TX

    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    Great rhythm sound. True bypass makes a huge difference. Clean boost is incredible and works well for electric or acoustic. Sound is just phenomenal! The drive side is a little weak. You really need to send it to Keeley to have it modded for exceptional solo work. Stock is great for rhythm or softer licks. Definitely recommended!

     
    5.0

    SPARKLING PEDAL INDEED!

    By TeleMike47

    from Prestonsburg,Ky

    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    I bought this pedal with an open mind with its reasonable price tag.Boy did it surprise me.First off the overdrive side has a bit more edge than say an 808 type pedal.Then you have the clean boost side of the pedal.All of this with a volume control on board the pedal as well.I am running this pedal through a Dr Z Prescription ES Combo with Fender Teles and Strats and it has really shape the sounds up in ways i could not have imagined.The clean boost is used more on this pedal than any thing it is truly a great product and i highly recommend it to anyone looking for this type of pedal for there rig.Thanks Voodoo Lab.Mike in Kentucky!

     
    4.0

    Overrated?

    By Buddyleebob

    from North Carolina

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    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    Nothing really bad about this pedal, I wanted something to boost my signal for leads. This pedal boosts your signal, but I was unhappy with the sound of the distorted setting, and didn't get anything out of the clean boost, or any mix between them. I tried it when my tubescreamer died and I prefer the tubescreamer all day long.

     
    5.0

    Best 808 out there

    By surferx

    from Nashville

    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    This is the best TS808 out there without a doubt. I had it side by side with my Analogman Tubescreamer and the distortion is exactly the same I mean identical but that's were it ends. The Sparkledrive cleans up sooooo much better and is much less muddy (thus the sparkle in sparkledrive). I have read reviews in here that said it was not as good as a tubescreamer well you need to look at the schematic folk same chip same circuit (as the modded Kelley and Analogman) but true bypass and being able to blend the clean signal like on a mixer is so nice. Buy one if you are looking for a TS808.

     
    5.0

    Freakin' Awesome!

    By Firebird V Guy

    from Arlington, VA

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    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    I've been using the sparkle drive for about a year now, and I could ask for anything better! What a lot of people don't know is that this thing is best used with another distortion pedal to help add the high tones back in after your other pedal chops them out...resulting in the purest distortion possible. Don't be fooled by what seems a bad ratio between the clean sound of the pedal and the distortion...you need to play with it and other pedals to really pull out its full potential. Go buy one...us it...experiment with it....love it!

     
    5.0

    Outstanding Sparkle Drive

    By 1morejam

    from Monroe, NY

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    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    If you're looking for an overdrive pedal give this a try. To say this is the best overdrive pedal out there would mirror saying that a Subaru WRX is the best car. There are many cars each with their own great applications. And there are sooo many different kinds of overdrive pedals, each with their own sweet spot on the pedaltrain, but i can say the Sparkle Drive stands out among the crowd. The housing unit is solid, not as thick as MXR, and has cool graphics on the face. The knobs are as follows: GAIN(overdrive level)/ TONE(treble cut for overdrive only)/ CLEAN(clean signal level)/ VOL(volume). The overdrive on most pedals i find to be a bit scratchy (have alot of treble). I tend to have the TONE knob between 9 and noon. If I have it more than that the sound gets too raspy for my taste. The CLEAN is a real nice touch. It essentially blends a boosted clean signal of your guitar along with your overdriven signal. With that option you can dial in some really nice, very full sounding overdriven tones. With the CLEAN up to 2 and the GAIN around 10-11 its a warm boost with slight dirt for melodic solos. I have had this for five months now and have not come across any problem with it. In a nut shell...this is a great overdrive pedal.

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