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Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal   

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The Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal gives you the classic, bluesy sound of an overdriven vintage tube amp in a compact pedal. The BD-2 gives you all the...Read More

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Creamy, in-the-alley overdrive.

The Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal gives you the classic, bluesy sound of an overdriven vintage tube amp in a compact pedal. The BD-2 gives you all the textures you need to scream, sing, or cry. Can also be used for warm distortion with a higher level of responsiveness than most distortion boxes. Controls for Gain, Tone, and overall Level. Great for blues and rock. Expect subtle overdrive to ripping amp tones from your Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal.

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  • Sound of an overdriven vintage tube amp
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BossBD-2 Blues Driver Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 249 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (190)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (22)
  • Responsive (17)
  • Compact (12)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Good selection of effects (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (16)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Professional recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Boss BD2

this makes a Tube Screamer sound like a Behringer stomp box
Even though this is a distortion/overdrive pedal..it really kind of isn't. It's not for hair metal, etc...it's...Read complete review

this makes a Tube Screamer sound like a Behringer stomp box
Even though this is a distortion/overdrive pedal..it really kind of isn't. It's not for hair metal, etc...it's for very subtle overdrive..which is how it should be used. With the gain turned way, way down. It seems like any review I've read about this pedal complains about the distortion, or lack thereof. You're missing the whole point. There are hundreds of distortion pedals out there..that's not what this is all about. But if you need to be told that, then I'm wasting my breath. This pedal is also better than the T/S (which sounds like it's being played through a 6" speaker cab...waaaaay too boxey sounding and raspy. Use the Blues Driver with a Telecaster on the neck pup, or a Les Paul with both pups on, and you'll understand the point I'm trying to make.
built like a tank
well worth the money

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Smooth?

It's a good pedal - some will find it "great." But I think you can do better for less.
Pretty standard. Lack of tonal options limits this one...Read complete review

It's a good pedal - some will find it "great." But I think you can do better for less.
Pretty standard. Lack of tonal options limits this one quite a bit for me. Like most pedals with just a "tone" knob, it will sound good with certain amps/guitars, and not so good with others.
I'm not exactly with the consensus on this one. I figure there must be others like me out there, so I'll pass along my experience... The BD-2 does not sound "smooth" to my ears at all, though it's often described as such. I find it blistering, actually. Pretty brittle. Harsh, ice-picky, fizzy (pick your adjective)... I can't seem to get the tone back far enough to lessen that quality until it's back so far that the whole sound turns to mush (if that makes any sense?). Add to that some major compression - which prevents string separation and limits the pedal to being more useful for leads and chunky riffs - which is fine if that's what you need... but if you play rhythm and need chord clarity, you may want to check out the BOSS OD-3 instead. Great at low gain and much more rhythm-favoring compression and tone. So many people never give that circuit a shot.
It's popular now, pretty much an industry standard. The price has been raised and, in my opinion, it's no longer such a great value. Especially with how limited the eq options are.

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5.0

Versatile Overdrive!

By Md Johnson

from São Paulo, Brazil

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events

    Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

    I've been looking for this pedal for a long time. I bought this pedal used, in my country (Brazil) and liked the sound of this pedal a lot.
    I can play from blues to rock styles easily and control the gain with the volume knob on my guitar. Another quality on this pedal, is the nice crunchy sound for chords and I can boost with another pedal like boss sd-1 or Ibanez ts9 to have a great tone for solos!
    Even with this qualities, honestly, after 2 months using it, I had it modded with the "Keeley phat mod" and now it has a killer tone to blues, classic rock and also for hard rock !!!

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    5.0

    New to Using Pedals

    By John

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

    I'm a relative beginner, I'm just starting to collect basic pedals... Pedals change EVERYTHNG... I just picked Boss because I know they have been around forever and a day so they must be pretty good. Like I said, I'm just learning, so I think it's amazing what sound shaping is all about. The money spent on the basic pedals makes the money spent on everything else well worth all of the money spent... Bottom line... This thing rocks...

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    5.0

    Better than Ibanez

    By Big Bri

    from Polson, MT

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

      It is a shame that the various years/models of Tube Screamers get all the glory when the Boss Blues Driver is actually superior (in my opinion). The BD has a wider frequency range than the boxey-sounding TS, and it has quite a bit more hair when you put full gain to it. It also delivers a great not-quite-clean bite with the gain down and the tone turned up a bit. The electronics are responsive to changes in your guitar's volume/tone settings making it a nice tone shaper whether you set it with less or more gain.
      This thing is versatile, too. It can be subtle, or it can really scream. It can be creamy, or it can really bite. You just can't go wrong with the Blues Driver for achieving a great classic rock, blues, or even country tone that makes your guitar come alive.

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      5.0

      Exactly What I Remebered

      By Skydrow8

      from Juneau, AK

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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 Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

        I use this pedal as an OD option over my Marshall Amp OD. It gives me the smooth tube sound I need and look for on certain songs.

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        4.0

        My Go- To overdrive.

        By Christian David

        from Westhampton Beach, NY

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

          There's a reason this is such an industry standard pedal, and its name should give it away. This pedal delivers versatile overdrive perfect for blues. It's very expressive and responsive, especially through a good tube amp. The blues driver can cover the whole spectrum from mellow, heartfelt, almost- clean tones to a true Texas grit. I do a lot of Stevie Ray Vaughan and John Mayer style playing, and this complements a stratocaster excellently.. and it's downright dangerous with my ES-335 through it. The only thing I don't like is that there's a tone control, but that's my own pet peeve and most people like having it. Bottom line- if you need an overdrive that can deliver a quality breakup at all levels and intensity, this is it.

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          5.0

          Closest Thing To A Tube Amp (without actually buying one)

          By John

          from undisclosed

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Great Tone
          • Responsive
          • Touch Sensitive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Playing for Pleasure

            Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

            I play mostly for fun and like many people, I love the sound of a tube amp.
            But the kind of tube amps I like tend to be rather expensive and I really can't justify the cost.

            So I heard about this Blues Driver pedal and I checked out reviews, opinions, blogs and comparison demos on YouTube and decided to buy one and am I ever glad I did!

            My amp is a solid-state Ibanez Tone Blaster and and it's about as basic an amp as you can get. The stock distortion is either "On" or "Off" no matter what the volume or attack but the Blues Driver changed all that. It makes my amp sound so much like a tube amp that I wonder that if I had the money, would I even buy a real one?

            The pedal is versatile and I can go from just a tiny bit of dirt to all-out crunch. It's also very sensitive to playing style and volume in that with a light touch or low volume, I can get a very slight breakup and when I strike the strings harder or go up a bit in volume, the sound breaks up just like a tube amp. The Blues Driver also enhances my sustain as well as my bass notes so that a "Blues in E" really sounds like it's supposed to when comping or when I throw in quick chords in a solo.

            I may one day get that tube amp but in the meantime, this pedal will do just fine!

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            4.0

            Good to have in your back pocket !

            By vacant lot

            from sacto, CA

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Old School Analog Sound

            Cons

            • Nothin'

            Best Uses

            • Live Home Recording

            Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

            One who feels it, knows it !

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            5.0

            just right for some blues

            By Rick

            from Evanston, WY

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

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              • Performances

              Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

              With this device I can add just the right amount of overdrive, enhancing the guitar and amp tone without shredding.

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              3.0

              NOT FOR STAY AT HOME PLAYERS

              By Oge

              from Memphis Tn.

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              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality

              Cons

              • Not Responsive

              Best Uses

                Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

                This is the fourth or fifth overdrive I've bought and this is probably the best of them but it still doesn't do it for me. I'm looking for that light OD for Blues that so many people have and I just can't find it. They all require to much volume. I realize , after reading all the other reviews that the problem is probably me. I'm a relatively quiet stay at home player and OD's just don't seem to work as tone modifiers at lower volumes. Unfortunately this one is not that much different. I'll keep it and try to work with it because it is the best so far but it is disappointing.

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                5.0

                First thing that gets turned on.....

                By Mac

                from Round on the ends, hi in the middle.

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

                  I gotta be honest here...soon as I got it, I re-labeled it and sent it to Keeley for the "Phat Mod". It is now the first pedal to get turned on and is the one OD pedal that is always on. I lean toward single coils and this pedal can now dial up the exact tone I've been wanting. Great warm transparent sound with a touch of fuzz and a new low end on my strat that I can't get enough of I love it! I also enjoy my OCD and OKKO Gain+, but this BD-2 with mods is the sound I've been chasing.

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