Boss BD-2 Blues Driver

Single-Effect Pedal

Made by Boss

Description The BD-2 delivers the creamy, yet crunchy sound associated with great blues guitar. Instant access to the kind of warm overdrive and emotive distortion usually reserved for 30-year-old tube amps.
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On 1/18/2006, Mark Wright (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
Good quality od,well worth the cash.
Price: $390.00 rand
Where Obtained: music connection
Features:
Normall boss pedal.tone drive and volume controlls.ac and battery powered
Sound Quality:
Nice original overdrive,can be a little bassy but nothing the tone knob cant fix.i use a highway stat,crap crate gx212 an a old sd-1 that works wen it wants to.the bd-2 is one of the few od pedals that doesnt try coppy the 808,this is a big plus.
Ease of Use:
Easy enough for any1 to use even special people:)
Durability:
Built like a tank
On 6/1/2004, Brian Munro (145) posted:
Overall Rating:
When I bought this pedal I was not looking at any other pedals - I knew this was what I wanted. Compared to other pedals I own or have played in the past - this pedal reigns supreme. If this pedal was lost or stolen I would buy it in a heartbeat. I love this pedal and it needs no improvement.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $120.00 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: L and M Music
Features:
This pedal has three knobs: level, tone and gain. They can be tinkered with to achieve great tone - from a simple boost, to great blues 'dirt', to full-out distortion. It can run on a battery or by an 9 volt AC. This pedal has one imput and one output, and the standard boss pedal mechanism. It dosen't sound like many features, but it really dosen't need anythiong else.
Sound Quality:
Iv'e played this through Marshal and Fender tube amps and even a piece of crap solid-state (a Nova I think), with a 71' Les Paul, Yamaha RGX, a wanna be' Strat, and my buddies BC Rich. The result in each case was great tone. I was especially suprised at how good it made the 30 watt solid-state sound. Don't get me wrong the tube amps (obvisally) still sounded better, but it made the solid-state sound like a good vintage tube amp.Execelent sound quality in every case. This pedal is best suited for: blues, rock and blues-rock - but it will work well for just about anything. This is the best single-effect pedal I have ever played. Period.
Ease of Use:
Very, very simple to use. You can obtain desired tone in seconds. Nothing more to say.
Durability:
Its a Boss pedal - end of story.
On 9/7/2003, Martin Priller (574) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is by far the best distortion pedal I ever had and wouldn't even think of giving it away or not using it in my rig
Model Year: 2000
Price: $59.95 (new)
Where Obtained: Old Towne Music
Features:
3 switches and runs by battery or adapter,nothing more nothing less.
Sound Quality:
I play an OLP VH type guitar and also my buddies 1980 Gibson SG thru a 100watt Marshall JCM cab/head with a cry baby wah and an Danelectro vibrato pedal. As soon as I set that up with that Marshall I had the sound I wanted while my buddy who got a rack system is still playing around with his to get what he wants out of it.I told him get this pedal and you won't have to worry about programming that distortion you wanted cause it's all right in this pedal.
Ease of Use:
I used one of the settings in the manual for Brtish Blues sound and it was pretty good.gives me that AC/DC and Zepplein sound no problemo.
Durability:
It's a Boss pedal so it should hold up right?
On 6/27/2002, Jeff Rice (3314) posted:
Overall Rating:
I love this pedal. If I only had to go with one effect this would probably be it. Everyone I've talked to who uses it loves it.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $80.00 (new)
Where Obtained: The Guitar Center
Features:
A/C power or battery, which is included. 3 easy knobs to play with. It doesn't get much easier.
Sound Quality:
I run an ibanez through a crate amp. Not the greatest amp but this gives me lots of crunch when I want it. You can also get some nice cleaner tones with the gain down.
Ease of Use:
3 knobs. 'nuff said.
Durability:
All metal construction. Boss built.
On 12/31/2001, Justin Nagy (1219) posted:
Overall Rating:
This pedal works great for vintage tube sounds. It's not going to give you so much gain that it covers up the fact that you can't play worth a damn (take that, metal heads). If it were stolen or lost, I would smack the SOB over the head with my Crybaby (a big metal brick). Definitely a keeper, would buy again.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $69.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
Features:
The pedal has 3 knobs. Level controls the volume. Tone acts as a treble cut (more tone = more treble). Gain controls gain. It takes 9 volt batteries and they are easy to install. It can be used with an AC adapter but I don't have one.
Sound Quality:
I play anything from Classic Rock (Hendrix, the Doors) to Hard Rock (AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen) to contemporary Grunge (Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots). I play an Epiphone Les Paul Studio through a Crate GFX-212T (not a great amp, IMO). I put the BD-2 in front of the amp and just use the amp's clean channel. You can get a HUGE range of sounds with this pedal! From twangy clean to rock crunch to saturated overdrive. I plugged this pedal in, turned the gain to almost max, the tone to the middle, and played the Purple Haze intro. My jaw dropped. I progressed to the verse, and eventually finished the song. This thing gave me that vintage "all knobs at 10" '66 Marshall Plexi tone! Hendrix never sounded so good through my setup! The suggested "Crunch" setting works pretty good for an Angus Young lead sound. Tweak that a little, and you've got Jimmy Page's hard rock tone. I give it a 4 because of some slight noise when the gain is at max.
Ease of Use:
This unit has 3 knobs. They twist. When you twist them, the sound changes. Simple enough? Anyone can get a good sound out of this pedal. The manual is very thorough. It gives suggested settings (usually not first class, but a good place to start) and a neat little section where you can write down your custom settings.
Durability:
It's a BOSS pedal...If nuclear winter began, the only things that would survive are cockroaches and BOSS pedals. I don't think I could break this thing TRYING (but who knows, I've only had it a month). I don't do the backup thing (You gotta be able to rely on your gear, but a backup guitar should usually be there for the occasional broken string). It's a small metal brick (not as big as a wah pedal).
On 9/20/2000, John Schell (6102) posted:
Overall Rating:
I love this pedal. It sits nicely next to my TS9 and my Vox Wah...
Model Year: 2000
Price: $69.95 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center, Commack Long Island
Features:
Pedal has three knobs; Tone, Gain and Level. Both AC and battery powered I wish it came with the AC adapter
Sound Quality:
I run this with my American Standard Strat and my 70's reissue Strat into my Fender HotRod Deluxe tube amp. I play blues, but I also play a sorry attempt at Jazz, punk and Top 40. This pedal is suited for just about anything except maybe Jazz. I have the TS9 Tubescreamer and this is about the same, but this pedal gets way more dirty. Its not really too noisy. I haven't noticed any buzz...
Ease of Use:
Durability:
Its a boss pedel. This will be around way after I quit the guitar to begin growing a belly and going bald.
On 7/8/2000, Peppe Lahtinen (1754) posted:
Overall Rating:
Very good pedal if you want to save a little money and choose this instead of Ibanez Tubescreamer.
Features:
Standard Boss features. Doesnt need more.
Sound Quality:
As the name tells this is for blues and old rock music. Good warm sound in my opinion. I still like the classic Ibanez Tubescreamer little better.
Ease of Use:
Durability:
On 6/19/2000, Eric Gates (1345) posted:
Overall Rating:
At first I bought this primarily to carry around in my guitar case for sitting in a jam sessions where someone else provided an amp (at jazz jams I've found that a lot of people bring "clean only" amps or go direct to a PA - I like a little dirt in my sound.) I quickly came to like the BD-2 so much that that it found it's way into a free slot in my MIDI setup and replaced the dirty channel on my amp.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $80.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mussicians Friend
Features:
Nothing super gadgety, just great overdrive. No tube, AC or battery power (I use both depending on where I am.)
Sound Quality:
Wonderful. I use it for all the types of overdrive I go for form very subtle - almost clean crunch to thick, sustaining bluesy sounds. I tried several stomp boxes out when I bought this (including the TS-9) and this was my favorite. The tone control can be a little finiky, but I've gotten used to that.
Ease of Use:
Three knobs - Gain, Level and Tone. All are pretty self explanatory. I was getting killer sounds almost imediately.
Durability:
It's BOSS, need I say more?
On 6/14/2000, Brent Cushman (190) posted:
Overall Rating:
I didn't really look at too many other pedals before I bought this. Like an idiot I had just bought my guitar and had to have a pedal. And this happened to be the one. Good thing though, I use it all the time. It has great overdrive and is easy to figure out and use.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $69.95 (new)
Where Obtained: American Musical Supply
Features:
Three knobs: level, tone, and gain. AC, or battery powered. No need for any extra bells or whistles.
Sound Quality:
I run it into a 50 watt Marshall with built in overdrive on one channel, but It's not as smooth as the BD-2, so I use the pedal instead. It's even great because you don't have to have the volume to high to get a great crunch out of it. It doesn't fit with some of the stuff I play (like when using a wah) but for AC/DC It's great.
Ease of Use:
It doesn't take much to get the sound you're looking for, with just the three knobs and all.
Durability:
I've been using it quite a bit, and I've never had any problems with it.and it is pretty heavy duty.