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Xotic Effects SL Drive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal  

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Famous for its woody, organic and beautiful sounds of saturation, these legendary British amplifiers, the Super Lead & Super Bass, have been deli...Read More

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OVERVIEW

A hot little number that cranks out the legendary British saturation of the Super Lead and Super Bass amps.

Famous for its woody, organic and beautiful sounds of saturation, these legendary British amplifiers, the Super Lead & Super Bass, have been delivering one of the all-time classic sounds for almost 50 years. Players like Jimmy Page, Paul Kossoff and countless other relied on this type of tone for their signature sound.

Xotic have recreated this vintage masterpiece in a rugged small enclosure. The SL Drive offers very amp-like response and cleans up nicely with a roll of your guitar's volume knob. The internal dip switches allow you to choose the sound characteristics of both 1959 models. The Super Lead setting offers a brighter tone with more gain, while the Super Bass setting has more low end with less high end. Its compact design conforms nicely to the smallest space on any pedalboard.

The SL Drive is equipped with true bypass switching and eliminates any signal interference when switched off. Power requirements are either 9V battery or AC adapter (optional).

FEATURES
  • Faithfully delivers the legendary sounds of the Super Lead and Super Bass British amplifiers
  • Two settings provide a ton of versatile tones
  • Amp-like response that interacts nicely with your guitar's volume control
  • Tone, Drive and Volume controls
  • Compact enclosure

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SPECIFICATIONS

SL Drive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

  • 3.5"W x 1.5"D x 1.5"H
  • .57 lbs.
  • Power consumption: 9VDC/5mA
  • Optional AC adapter: 9VDC-18VDC, Negative tips (regulated)
  • Input impedance: 1M ohm
  • Output impedance: 1K ohm
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Xotic EffectsSL Drive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
5.0

(based on 8 reviews)

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Pros

  • Compact (7)
  • Excellent sound quality (7)
  • Responsive (7)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (7)
    • Professional recording (5)
    • Home studio (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
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    5.0

    Vintage Marshall powerhouse

    By Clifton

    from Gilbert, AZ

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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 Xotic Effects SL Drive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I looked at quite a few different "Marshall-in-a-box" pedals for a while, but ended up falling in love with this one because of its versatility. This teeny little pedal is not a one trick pony; it has SO many different tweakable options and tons of gain on tap. The DIP switches help to round out the tone and you can get bitingly bright or extremely dark, whatever you prefer. The only thing I've noticed is, since it's small, I sometimes will hit the big dials with my foot when switching on or off or moving between pedals. So maybe give this pedal an extra inch of breathing room on your pedalboard, or just take some painter's tape to hold the knobs in place.
      I would recommend this pedal for classic rock or hard rock players; it may not be clean enough for blues-style playing but you can mess around with it, and it doesn't get a very scooped out metal sound. I play indie rock, and with the gain dialed below 10 it gives just enough sustain and grit to count. Try stacking a low-gain overdrive or a compressor on top of it and you'll get a very smooth, pushed drive for heavier songs and rhythm parts (my gain section is SL Drive>Heavy Electronics Red Eyes>Xotic EP booster, and my guitars have P-90 and humbucker pickups).

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      5.0

      Xotic SL

      By BW

      from Virginia

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Xotic Effects SL Drive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Thru a early 80's Fender Super Reverb, this SL from Xotic sounds great. After reading tons of reviews of various plexi type pedals and trying to settle on a choice, I kept seeing this pedal mentioned and due to price and size I decided to try it. Right out of the box, without trying the DIP switches....to my ear, it's just an amazingly useful product.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Sounding/Feeling Overdrive

          By gtrplyer

          from Los Angeles, CA

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Xotic Effects SL Drive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          The sound quality is phenomenal. I use a mix of Teles, Gretsches and Les pauls live and the SL Drive works beautifully with all of them. Great sustain, very musical. I love that it is also really light on precious pedalboard real estate.

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          5.0

          Sounds Fantastic Right Out of the Box

          By Powertronman

          from Sacramento

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good value
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Xotic Effects SL Drive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Sounds great and less filling on the pedalboard. The only drawback is that the second sound requires removing the back. Still, a really good pedal and great value.

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            5.0

            another great xotic pedal

            By dsnyder35

            from st. petersburg florida

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Xotic Effects SL Drive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              not a ton of gain but great for searing marshall type tones. I set my rig up neutral and rely a lot on pedals to color my sound. this one is great for stepping out of the mix for a solo or for getting that's 70's rock marshall type tone. I own all 3 of xotic's micro pedals and love them all. the ep boost is a must own. this is a great pedal to match with it.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great pedal!!

              By KTB

              from NH

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Responsive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Xotic Effects SL Drive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Only had this pedal for a week but love it so far. I use it with a Wampler distortion and it adds a great flavor when used together. On it's own it sounds great as well giving a cool Marshall type tone. I am using a Strat with a 64' Princeton Reverb. I wasn't sure what I would get when I bought this but I have been really happy with my results.

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                5.0

                MIB perfection!

                By Medley Guitar

                from Philadelphia

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Xotic Effects SL Drive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                After dumping tons of cash in search of the holy grail of overdrives my sonic dreams have come true! This pedal delivers! All sounds are useful, great headroom, compact, and a absolute keeper!

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Marshall in a Box

                By vibhaspatil002

                from Mumbai , India

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Great Super Lead Tone
                • Marshall In A Box

                Cons

                • Doesnt Sound Like A Plexi
                • Don't Expect A True Plexi
                • None really

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Xotic Effects SL Drive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I was searching for a pedal that would give me a great Marshall sound and I was recommended this pedal by a few folks on various forums. After playing this for about a week, I can safely say that it nails that Marshall Super Lead tone. The Super Bass tone is great too, but I use the Super Lead tone most of the time. It gives you that great early Van Halen, Kiss and Aerosmith sound. However, do not expect this pedal to do a hot-rodded Plexi style sound on its own. It is a great pedal but it just doesn't have the gain or the high mid cut to achieve those searing 80's Hard Rock type tones when plugged into a clean amp. If you are looking for a 70's Marshall sound - this is your pedal. For a hot-rod Plexi style sound - look elswhere

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