Boss BD-2 Blues Driver | REVIEW

Published 10 months ago on December 7, 2020

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Boss BD-2 Blues Driver

MSRP: (UK) £75 / (US) $149

Since 1995, the Boss BD-2 Blues Driver has delivered that creamy yet crunchy sound you've heard on countless great albums and live shows –and at a great value! Sam Bell explains just why this pedal has been such mainstay on so many pedalboards over the years.


2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the classic Blues Driver from BOSS Pedals. The BD 2 is a standard pedal for many guitarists, offering a clean, crisp vintage amp-like break up all the way to speaker ripping blues sustain and everything in between. Many Guitarists have had this on their boards for everything from Crunchy Clean Sounds, Fiery Solos or even boosting other Overdrives/Distortions with its unique style of sustain and tone. 

The BD-2 Blues Driver simulates the sound of a vintage tube amplifier, giving you instant access to timeless tones. It also responds to your playing dynamics, so you can pull out a range of tones to give each note the perfect flavour and feel. All in all, you'll love the warm overdrive and emotive distortion the Boss BD-2 Blues Driver adds to your rig.

The features are simple; we have Level, Tone and Gain. Level control's the pedal's output, the tone helps us shape the upper mid/treble range of the pedal, and the Gain gives us everything from a subtle breakup through to face-melting bluesy sustain. Using this pedal at any setting never compromises its ability to clean up with the guitars volume knob, it has an unparalleled response to pick attack dynamic, and it can really wake up any clean amp platform.

So what more can you say, the BD-2 is a much loved classic drive pedal, instantly recognisable and still going strong 25 years since release. The allure of the Blue stompbox with its golden control knobs are enough to make me smile. Boss has always paved the way for high-quality effects pedals which are consistent around the world, if you can get the tones from a specific boss pedal, you'll find you're able to get it from any boss pedal of the same model. Their build quality, simplicity and classic design continue to be a feature of many pedalboards from weekend warriors to fully touring professional's. The BOSS BD 2 is worthy of any setup, get one now! I know I am.

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