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Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal

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Pigtronix FAT Drive Tube-Sound overdrive guitar effects pedal is thick and juicy, dripping with touch sensitive overdrive that responds to every nuan...Click To Read More About This Product

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Analog technology that gives you the quintessential Pigtronix tube sound overdrive.

Pigtronix FAT Drive Tube-Sound overdrive guitar effects pedal is thick and juicy, dripping with touch sensitive overdrive that responds to every nuance of your playing style. Multiple cascaded gain stages enable the FAT drive to cover sounds ranging from slightly overdriven to rich saturation, all while retaining musical dynamics and the original character of your instrument.

FAT Drive effects pedal takes a futuristic analog approach to create complex crunch tones using CMOS clipping and a variable low-pass filter for tone shaping. Bringing the tone control all the way clockwise takes this filter completely out of the circuit for total transparency and robust low end. Rolling the tone control back smooths out the highs, leaving ample mid-range bloom and bottom end punch.

A Hi/Lo toggle switch brings additional versatility to the FAT Drive's wide-ranging palette of overdrive tones, altering the gain structure for enhanced crunch and soaring leads. The FAT Drive features true-bypass switching and runs fine on standard 9-volt power but ships with an 18-volt adapter for superior headroom, clarity and overall output.

FEATURES
  • 100% Analog wide range overdrive
  • Multi-Stage Tube Emulated Clipping
  • Hi/Lo gain mode switch
  • Passive LPF Tone Control
  • True-bypass switching
  • 18VDC 300mA supply includedƒ

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PigtronixFat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.1

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (22)
  • Excellent sound quality (20)
  • Compact (18)
  • Versatile (13)
  • Good selection of effects (9)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (19)
  • Home studio (14)
  • Professional recording (11)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Truly Dynamic

I was hesitant about buying this pedal and even before it arrived I had some remorse. Once it did arrive I was astounded by the dynamics of this pedal. I have tried many,...Read complete review

I was hesitant about buying this pedal and even before it arrived I had some remorse. Once it did arrive I was astounded by the dynamics of this pedal. I have tried many, many overdrives and distortions and this one beats them all in the dynamics category. It really does do what it claims to. It is truly amp-like in the touch response and drive factor. Play lightly and you don't know it's on. Dig in and you will be blown back a few feet. And, best of all the distortion doesn't come all at once. Control you attack and you could leave it on all the time. Of course if you want to shake the earth just flip that "More" switch but beware, it takes no prisoners.

The only strike I can give it is the plastic jacks. I understand that they are probably just as durable as the metal ones but it's a mental thing.

I got a great deal on mine when I purchased it but knowing what I know now I would have no hesitation laying out the full price on another should I ever need to.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

OK but you can do better

I tried this with 9v and 18v adapters - both were kind of noisy (with single coil and humbuckers) on several amps. It was a SDOTD and OK for that price but for...Read complete review

I tried this with 9v and 18v adapters - both were kind of noisy (with single coil and humbuckers) on several amps. It was a SDOTD and OK for that price but for the list price there are better choices. My current favorite is the Fulltone Full-drive 3…but all my dirt boxes sounded better than the Fat Drive. It was dynamic as described but I found myself wanting less of the effect and since there is no clean signal blend, your guitar's volume control is the only way to balance this. I sent it back. I may have just gotten a defective unit so YMMV.

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Truly Dynamic

By greensound

from Indianapolis

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Transparent
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Plastic Jacks

Best Uses

  • Performances

Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

I was hesitant about buying this pedal and even before it arrived I had some remorse. Once it did arrive I was astounded by the dynamics of this pedal. I have tried many, many overdrives and distortions and this one beats them all in the dynamics category. It really does do what it claims to. It is truly amp-like in the touch response and drive factor. Play lightly and you don't know it's on. Dig in and you will be blown back a few feet. And, best of all the distortion doesn't come all at once. Control you attack and you could leave it on all the time. Of course if you want to shake the earth just flip that "More" switch but beware, it takes no prisoners.

The only strike I can give it is the plastic jacks. I understand that they are probably just as durable as the metal ones but it's a mental thing.

I got a great deal on mine when I purchased it but knowing what I know now I would have no hesitation laying out the full price on another should I ever need to.

(7 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Please quit putting this on Stupid Deal of the Day.

By Daniel Tosh

from Hollywood California

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Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

Aren't there other things you could put on Stupid Deal? I keep seeing this pedal on sale there over and over.

(5 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

poor sound just marketing

By ------

from Romania

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Responsive

Cons

  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    the missing button for dry and wet makes this box useless not to mention the ultra_gain switch that takes out ani attack from your notes.

    and not battery powered :)))))

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    OK but you can do better

    By kenren10

    from Claymont, DE

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    Pros

    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Limited Selection Of Effects
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I tried this with 9v and 18v adapters - both were kind of noisy (with single coil and humbuckers) on several amps. It was a SDOTD and OK for that price but for the list price there are better choices. My current favorite is the Fulltone Full-drive 3…but all my dirt boxes sounded better than the Fat Drive. It was dynamic as described but I found myself wanting less of the effect and since there is no clean signal blend, your guitar's volume control is the only way to balance this. I sent it back. I may have just gotten a defective unit so YMMV.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sound like a pro!

      By Dr. RamRod

      from Severn, MD

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This pedal will take your guitar playing to new heights. You may even wonder who's really playing your guitar. Fat sound, great sustain and seems to boost your amp output.

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Very disappointed

        By noshadow

        from Colfax, WI

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects

        Cons

        • Loud pop every time it's switched on or off

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I sent my first one back because the amp would pop every time I turned the pedal on or off. The replacement is no better - sounds like a rifle shot regardless of the volume setting. Having said that, the effect is very nice, very warm tube amp sound yet the notes are bright, never mushy. I'm going to keep the replacement, but I'm resigned to the fact that I can't switch it on or off during a recording. I'm very disappointed that a manufacturer would let something like this go to market with such a lousy defect.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My first Pigtronix pedal. It's great!

        By Chris C.

        from Charlotte, NC

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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 Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I picked this FAT drive by Pigtronix up on a stupid deal of the day and boy oh boy was it a great idea! This little overdrive pedal comes with an 18volt power supply and produces a range of tones from classic to insane. The build quality is also very solid! Made in the USA and sounds super!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice Meaty Tone

          By Grey Haired Punk

          from Sitka Alaska

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I've been using a Tele through a Blues Junior, which can be rather thin and piercing. I did a 4 way switch mod on the Tele, (Which uses both pickups as a humbucking pair) and this pedal gives a great low frequency boost using the 18 volt adapter. Instant huge sound through a Junior. What's not to like about that?

            (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Meh...

            By Josh

            from Pittsburgh

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            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Product is okay.. it's an effect and it changes the sound.. just leaves something to be desired..

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fat and responsive

            By Jimi

            from Crestview Fl

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

              The Pigtronix Fat Overdrive is well addressed by its name. Adjusts to the right amount of signal needed to push other pedals and gives a responsive boost to my amp.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              I can not recommend this pedal

              By John

              from Texas

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              Pros

              • Compact Design

              Cons

              • Limited Selection Of Effects
              • Poor Sound Quality

              Best Uses

                Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I wanted to like this one trick pony but the on/off button made a loud mechanical sound and a loud pop came out of my Fender amp speaker every time I turned this pedal on and off. I ended up sending it back.

                I picked up the MXR Custom Shop 'il torino' pedal and I'm very happy with it.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                sounds great!

                By twanger

                from cleveland ohio

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  use in my secondary pedal board. perfect addition. might get another for my main board

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Good pedal!

                  By Greg W.

                  from Rockfield, KY

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                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    Nice smooth overdrive pedal. Can also work as a clean boost.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Love my Fat Drive; adjustable all around & loaded with tone!

                    By Lee

                    from Suwanee

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      Awesome pedal that I can tweak to enhance the tone of whatever guitar I choose to play!! Rock solid construction too!

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Pigtronix makes great products and this is no exception!

                      By Chris C.

                      from Charlotte, NC

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                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Responsive
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        I use this Fat Drive on all of my instruments. I'm not just a guitar player, I do heavy electronic music. It's full of great tone and is the current first pedal in my drive chain.

                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great Dirt Pedal

                        By danny

                        from murrieta ca

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                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Responsive

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          Great Fuzzy Distortion. Thick tone. Sounds better at 18 volts. Not a metal distortion.

                           
                          5.0

                          A Refreshing New Take on Distortion Pedals

                          By Don

                          from Tampa

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Performances

                            Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            This pedal sounds like vintage tube amp distortion, a real plus! It can provide minimal amp breakup to a blown speaker effect. It can even do fuzz. All components including the musician are integrated in this circuit. Changing any one setting also changes the other settings, something not usually part of distortion pedals. And of course the pedal responds to the player's touch which for me is a great feature. The 'more' switch is very useful, however, I'm not sure that the 18 volt feature makes it work. I'm glad the power adapter comes with the pedal though. For me it works well with both tube and solid state amps. Overall, it's a great sounding pedal and a welcome addition to my other distortion pedals. I'm totally having fun with the sound of this thing!

                             
                            5.0

                            recommend adding this to your board

                            By Little Eddy

                            from Golden,CO

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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 Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              awesome sound & response to how hard you drive it/pick... very versatile

                               
                              5.0

                              Recommend highly

                              By David

                              from Texas

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Excellent Sound Quality
                              • Responsive

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Events
                                • Home Studio
                                • Performances

                                Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                Very edgy when set at a minimal setting. Great for playing grinding blues

                                 
                                5.0

                                Pigtronix does it again

                                By Speedturtle

                                from Louisville, KY

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                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Responsive

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Performances

                                  Comments about Pigtronix Fat Drive Tube-Sound Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                  I picked this up on a Stupid Deal as I have other Pigtronix pedals that sound great and initially I was disappointed with this pedal. It has a very low end almost fuzz-like characteristic in my opinion that is very different then my other OD pedals and took some time to get used to. I experimented with the FAT drive and it has really grown to become one of my favorite overdrives set at a medium gain for a nice classic rock tone. It blends really well with my other gain, delay, and reverb pedals. It sounds nice and warm through a tube amp (as it should), I'm not sure about a solid state amp. I give a lot of credit to Pigtronix as they create products outside the box to give players a unique sound that stands out and isn't just another recreation of something that's been on the market. This pedal may not be for everyone, but I would recommend checking it out and spending some time tweaking it as it has some killer tones.

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