Boss BD-2 Blues Driver
THE PERFECT TONE FOR BLUES
The BD-2 Blues Driver delivers the creamy, yet crunchy sound associated with great blues guitar. This popular pedal provides instant access to the kind of warm overdrive and emotive distortion usually reserved for 30-year-old tube amps.
As the name implies, the Blues Driver is the perfect companion for emotive blues guitar. Its expressive gain structure reacts organically to every nuance, from picking attack to dynamics.
Tonally, it sits somewhere between the SD-1 and DS-1. The BD-2 has a stiffer attack than an SD-1, and a brighter, more scooped sound. Some might say it’s more transparent than the big mid-hump of the SD-1. This strident drive sound, reminiscent of classic combos, slices through mixes with ease. The BD-2 also has a surprising amount of gain on tap. From barely-there clean boost to near-fuzz territory and a whole lot in between, it’s all in there. Bring on those stinging, searing blues licks.
It’s hard to beat the heritage of the two other luminaries of the drive/distortion world. Still, since its debut in 1995, the Blues Driver has become as much of a staple as the DS-1 and SD-1. Notable users like John Mayer (during the John Mayer Trio era) and Prince turn to the BD-2. These icons use it for everything from light, touch-sensitive overdrive to cranked distortion.
- Classic “blues” guitar tones with tube amp simulation
- Warm distortion and overdrive
- Responds to nuance and volume changes
- AC adaptor or 9V battery operation