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BOSS BD-2 Blues Driver Best Guitar Effects Pedal Warm Distortion and Overdrive Pedal with Tube Amp Simulation


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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.

- Classic "blues" guitar tones with tube amp simulation
- Warm distortion and overdrive
- Responds to nuance and volume changes
- AC adaptor or 9V battery operation



1. What type of pedal is the Boss BD-2?

  • The BOSS BD-2 is an effects pedal that gives you that natural-sounding overdrive tone. It has a lighter distortion than most pedals out there. You can use it to change the tone and even control the volume. The BD-2 is one of the best pedals specifically designed for blues music!

2. Does the BD-2 have more distortion than a tube screamer?

  • The BD-2 does offer a bit of distortion but the tone is different from that of a tube screamer. It is designed to give you that smooth and creamy sound that is associated with the blues guitar.

3. Is this one better for blues than other overdrive/distortion pedals?

  • Yes, most definitely! The BD-2 has great control over the tone, the amount of saturation, and the overdrive. It is a very good pedal that makes your set sound better.

4. Does this pedal add sustain?

  • Yes but not much. It produces a crisp and crunchy blues sound but it leaves the tone clean.

5. Can I use the BD-2 with a bass guitar?

  • Yes, you can! The BD-2 makes your amp come to life at low volume levels. You might lose some of the low ends but it is not very noticeable on the low B.

6. Does it work with an acoustic guitar?

  • Yes. You can use any guitar pedal with an acoustic guitar but it should have a built-in EQ and a ¼ output jack for the amp.

7. Can I use this with my harmonica?

  • Yes. The blues driver gives an overdrive effect that can give a bit of a crunchy sound to your harmonica.

8. Can I use it with my guitar and listen via headphones?

  • Not directly. The pedal should be connected to your amplifier, then plug your headphones into the amp.

9. Does this come with an AC adapter?

  • No. There is no AC adapter included.

10. Can you plug this into any amp?

  • Yes. Amp plugins are standard so there should be no problem using them with any kind of amp. You can use it with a solid-state amp to get a nice overdrive clip or with a tube amp for an analog clip. 

11. Where can I use the BD-2?

  • The BD-2 sits between the guitar and the amp in the signal chain. The pedal switch will boot the gain on the amplifier. This is a great pedal for putting any amount of crunch and overdrive.

12. Does it add any noise to the signal?

  • Any gain pedal will add noise to the signal. The BD-2 gives you a warm tone perfect for the blues chords.

13. Is this a good stand-alone pedal?

  • Yes! The BD-2 is a good stand-alone pedal and it would sound good with a clean amp.

14. Is the BD-2 good for rock?

  • Yes! It is a great pedal for blues and rock. The BD-2 is a very versatile pedal that gives you amazing control. 

15. Does this pedal reduce the highs and lows in a signal?

  • The BD-2 has a basic EQ that allows you to control the tone. It is perfect for getting that warm blues distortion. 



  • Nominal Input Level: 20 dBu
  • Input Impedance: 1 M ohms
  • Nominal Output Level: -20 dBu
  • Output Impedance: 1 k ohms
  • Equivalent Input Noise Level: -118 dBu (IHF-A, Typ.)
  • Connectors: INPUT Jack, OUTPUT Jack, AC Adaptor Jack (DC 9 V)
  • Power Supply: DC 9 V: Dry Battery 9 V type (6F22/9 V), AC Adaptor
  • Current Draw: 13 mA (DC 9 V)
  • Accessories: Dry Battery 9 V type (6F22/9)
  • Option: AC Adaptor (PSA-Series)

Size & Weight (Incl. Battery)

  • Width: 73 mm (2-7/8 inches)
  • Depth: 129 mm (5-1/8 inches)
  • Height: 59 mm (2-3/8 inches)
  • Weight: 400 g (0 lbs. 15 oz.)

* 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms
*The specifications are subject to change without notice.

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