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Blues Overdrive Pedal
Add a blues distortion effect to your pedal board with this Blues Overdrive Pedal from Monoprice!
This pedal uses a FET transistor to simulate the sound of tube amplifier distortion, resulting in that dirty, overdriven tone that is perfect for the blues and hard rock. You can control both the Gain and Tone of the overdrive effect, as well as the output volume. The pedal features true bypass, so it won't alter your tone when not actively in use.
The casing is metal for long term durability. It is powered using either a 9VDC power adapter with a negative tip/center, such as our 9V Power Supply for Guitar Pedals (PID 611690) or a 9V alkaline battery (not included).
|Input||1/4" monaural TS jack (impedance: 500 kilohms)|
|Input Impedance||500 kilohms|
|Output||1/4" monaural TS jack (impedance: 150 ohms)|
|Output Impedance||150 ohms|
|Recommended Load Impedance||10 kilohms|
|Power Requirement||9V alkaline battery or 9 VDC AC adapter (tip/center negative plug)|
|Dimensions (WDH)||2.9" x 4.5" x 1.9" (73 x 115 x 48 mm)|
|Weight (including battery)||9.5 oz. (270g)|
I bought a bunch of monoprice pedals a little while back -- blues overdrive, mini delay, mini fuzz, chorus.
Mini delay is a nice little pedal, sounds good and no reasons not to get one other than it is a manually adjusted tempo setting. If you need tap tempo this isn't for you.
Mini fuzz is pretty cool; the tone knob will turn it from a sizzling distortion to a retro bass fuzz. Blend Co troll is a nice touch.
Chorus is a basic chorus. A little bit noisy when engaged but if you just need a cheap chorus it'll do.
That blues OD is a bit off though. I was thinking it would be just able as a clean boost but it doesn't get clean at all. Turning the gain to zero really just take a bit of gain and treble off. Tone knob seems to do the same. Does not have much headroom on the volume knob either. Provides a decent lower gain crunch tone that is useable but limited. Think early acdc crunch or Bryan Adams or something in that vein.
PROS: sounds great, metal casing, just the right size, option to use battery, true bypass, price point
CONS: control knobs are plastic and seem vulnerable to damage
Expanding a little bit:
- Great sound, and you can adjust the tone for your taste.
- Cool casing. It is metallic blue and the texture is really neat.
- Small, it is like a boss pedal but the height is a little less.
- Cheap (I bought this one for half the price).
- Monoprice does not have demo videos for the pedals, so you don't know how they sound until you get them.
- The instructions are not really useful, they just state the obvious. I think that there is space for more in the instructions provided.
PROS: - Great sound.
- Cool casing.
CONS: - Monoprice does not have demo videos for the pedals.
- The instructions are not really useful.
Overall, I'm very happy with it. Packaging was very spiffy, as mentioned above the build quality is quite superb. I have no qualms taking it out to gigs, it's better built than most other budget pedals I've owned. I wish it were through-hole components like the BD-2, because the SMT components of this pedal make it neigh impossible to modifyI was somewhat hoping for this to be a cheap platform for modifying, but alas it is not. That said, I'm more than pleased with the construction and the tone for the price I paid, and if you're looking for a blues overdrive sound without paying name brand prices this is the best I've tried yet.
PROS: Pedal is very well built. Brushed aluminum enclosure with pretty blue finish, a convenient battery door on the back, and rubberized, grippy surface on the back. True bypass.
CONS: SMT construction does not allow repair or modification.
PROS: Affordable and worth the experiment
Nice sturdy housing attractive finish
CONS: Effect sweep didn't start as low as I'd hoped
PROS: Does exactly what you want it to do.
Sounds good without shaking the house down.
Way better than the gain in my solid state amps.
CONS: Does not quite reproduce that over-driven tube sound, but that might be the result of keeping the volume down.
PROS: Price, well built, rugged.
CONS: uncontrollably overdrives my hollowbody Humbuckers, but I like it for tele, SG's and P90 LP's and Jazzmaster.
That being said, my expectations were quickly cut off. I hooked up the pedal, and immediately noticed that the LED light wasn't coming on. The pedal still passed a signal though, so I decided to play with it a bit. Turns out the pedal works just fine, but the LED light that indicates the pedal is functioning does not. This became particularly annoying as I was trying to dial it in, because it was difficult to tell if the pedal was even on for some of the settings.
Being the man that I am, I decided to open it up and take a look to see if I could find anything wrong. The pedal is easy to open up, but the paint is even easier to scratch. Once I had the cover off, the LED light started working without issue. So I put the cover back on, and the LED light went out again. So I loosened the screw in the upper left corner of the pedal a bit, and the LED turned on. Then I tightened it down again, and the LED turned off. So I loosened it again. A fairly easy modification (and the screw isn't loose enough to cause a whole lot of concern), but between this and a less-than-stellar experience with the Monoprice Chromatic Tuner Pedal... I'm thinking it might be better to spend a little extra and get something tried-and-true.
PROS: Relatively high build quality for the price (knobs are plastic and pull off easily, however)
Pedal sounds pretty good
CONS: The paint on the aluminum scratches easily
Quality Control seems to be an issues
PROS: Excellent price
CONS: LED could be a little brighter
Con: had a little trouble figuring out how to get the battery compartment open (especially following the instructions in the manual), but finally managed to open the lid with breaking it.
1 month ago