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Sorry if this topic has already been covered , I did a search in the archives and could find nothing specific to my question….

I see a lot of dudes using a Blues Driver bd2 on their boards and am guessing it’s to add a bit of oomph to their tone?

Im also guessing that the gain is basically on zero or close to zero.

I’ve seen more BD2’s than Tube Screamers because the BD2 has more balls than the nasally TS?

Any insight into this would be appreciated!

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Weird oh84, the Blues Driver is a versatile, tube-like overdrive pedal, with more of a flat/full range EQ, with more bass response, and without the pronounced mid-bump of the Tube Screamer. The BD has more volume, and has more gain on tap than a TS. With the gain dimed, the BD verges on fuzz. The BD is kind of like an amp in a box. My Keeley modded BD sounds like a Fender Super on 6. The article, linked below, explains the differences between the BD and the TS in great detail. I hope that this helps.

https://www.guitarworld.com/features/ibanez-tube-screamer-vs-boss-blues-driver

Bob

Last edited: Dec 27, 2023 00:46:35

RobbieReverb wrote:

Weird oh84, the Blues Driver is a versatile, tube-like overdrive pedal, with more of a flat/full range EQ, with more bass response, and without the pronounced mid-bump of the Tube Screamer. The BD has more volume, and has more gain on tap that a TS. With the gain dimed, the BD verges on fuzz. The BD is kind of like an amp in a box. My Keeley modded BD sounds like a Fender Super on 6. The article, linked below, explains the differences between the BD and the TS in great detail. I hope that this helps.

https://www.guitarworld.com/features/ibanez-tube-screamer-vs-boss-blues-driver

hey, thanks for the detailed response! This helps!

I use the BD-2 model in my Boss OD-200, also with a Boss BP-1w Booster/Preamp in front of it, for a couple levels of switchable "push" into my Quilter Aviator Mach 3. I absolutely love what that chain gives me back. (for reference using Strat style guitar, whether Fender or G&L).

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I got this one it's pretty amazing very low gain and transparent great sound and the fat control it the price of admission......

Had Boss Blues Driver, gave it away because it sounded so shrill and like an ice pick. I love my tubescreamer. I wondered that too, seeing so many using the blues driver and I couldn’t even stand 5 minutes of its shrill tone. Maybe I got a bad one?

desert_surfer wrote:

Had Boss Blues Driver, gave it away because it sounded so shrill and like an ice pick. I love my tubescreamer. I wondered that too, seeing so many using the blues driver and I couldn’t even stand 5 minutes of its shrill tone. Maybe I got a bad one?

_Sometimes it’s just us and our ear so for you you made the right call. That’s why I like the Blue Note it has the Fat Control or otherwise I would have the same problem you have._

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