And if your living room drive doesn’t quite translate to the stage, press the handy hi cut switch and you’ll tone down the top end to prevent shrill treble at gig volumes. A special thank you to the ‘new’ guys that helping out. It was extremely hard for me to dial out fuzzy, boosted bottom end. Weren’t they claiming they were the same? I thought Dunlop stated they were exactly the same. I need help with that answer!

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Now, I will buy a Bonamassa version if one becomes available. It’s already my second favorite drive of all time All are longtime members that stepped up to the invite to jeo out by volunteering their time and effort to help the membership experience on TGP stay on the even keel.

OotMagrootOct 15, The pedal sounds very different with the knobs at noon, where the low and high frequencies being boosted change the feel of bonanassa pedal a lot. The main difference I see are the two diodes D3 and D4. It’s perfectly normal to set the treble at zero, for instance and boost the bass only to about 9 o’clock.


Our Verdict A pricey but worthwhile overdrive that suits both clean and dirty amps, uoe for bluesy leads.

At least with my setup it is. Oct 15, 2. Or neither of them do and have passive EQ?

Teleman76Oct 15, Oct 15, 7. The EQ is the same on both version. I tried them side by side.

MXR CSP Joe Bonamassa FET Driver review | MusicRadar

Cool, I called Dunlop and they told me it is exactly the same, this was done as a marketing binamassa Elsewhere, the pedal is true bypass and runs from a nine-volt battery or power supply. I tried the standard MXR FET Driver side by side with the Joe Bonamassa Signature version the original black one and there is a definite difference between the two when all the knobs are set the same. My question is are both version active EQ?

Matt LOct 15, The thing with the EQ is that it boosts only. There’s probably more but these ones are obvious, even to my untrained eye. A special thank you to the ‘new’ guys that helping out.

Jan 19, Oct 15, 8. I have a feeling that people who don’t like this pedal treat the EQ like other pedals. You actually opened it up and proved they were different.


If the usual drives aren’t doing it for you, a visit to the FET might well be in order. Oct 15, 5.

MXR FET Driver IS different to Joe Bonamassa Signature FET Driver

Control-wise, the level and drive knobs act as you’d expect, while the hi and low knobs cut or boost treble and bass boonamassa, and the hi cut switch rounds off high frequencies. The pedal’s natural-sounding dirt also blends beautifully with amp overdrive for meaty lead tones – just the way Bonamassa likes it.

The production model has a revised layout, so parts are probably just in new places. This is not from memory.

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