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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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BossBD-2 Blues Driver Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 244 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (186)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (18)
  • Responsive (13)
  • Compact (10)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (13)
  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (4)

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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

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

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from New York

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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 !

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    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

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    from Evanston, WY

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • 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

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      from Memphis

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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.....

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        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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          5.0

          A Very Versatile Distortion/Overdrive

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          from Jefferson City, MO

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

            This has been my favorite distortion pedal for a few years. its able to get a perfect blues sound and can also get slight uncompressed and heavier sounding. I use to be in a cover band and this would be the only distortion I'd use and it could do pretty much anything. I'd normally set the distortion around 3 o'clock and tone around 2 and let the knobs on my guitar do the rest. it works VERY good with tones and volume controls from you guitar and is very responsive.

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            5.0

            Great "Balls to the Wall" Blues pedal!

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            from Wisconsin

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

              Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

              My EpiPhone Casino (P-90s) played with my Peavey VT Classic tube amp never sounded so good. Nice and fat. I like it.

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              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Easy to use Great Sound Great

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              from New York

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              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

                Great Pedal Great Price

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                5.0

                the true blues sound i was looking for

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                from quakertown pa.

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                Pros

                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Really Kicked Up My Sound
                • Responsive

                Cons

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                    Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

                    brought out a whole new sound from my fender blues tube amp. inspires my to practice more

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                    5.0

                    A must have standard on your Pedalboard!

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                    from Land o Lakes, FL

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                      Cons

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                        • Blues Sound
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal:

                        A Standard must have on your pedalboard.
                        Sounds great (for blues).
                        Great price.
                        Works great, no issues, Can't go wrong.

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