• Lovepedal Hermida Audio Dover Drive review

    Hermida Audio Dover Drive

    Every once in a while a pedal pops up with a special appeal to us Gilmour nerds and with obvious references to a legendary overdrive pedal, I had to check out this one. Here’s my review of the Hermida Audio Dover Drive from Lovepedal.

    Like many of you, I’m sure, I though “a Tube Driver clone? Do they dare? And without a tube?” Well, they asked for it. Using the familiar graphics known from the overdrive pedal that’s as synonymous with Gilmour as the Big Muff, is risky business.

    The Dover Drive is housed in a MXR-sized’ish chassis, with true bypass switching and it runs on 9V battery or Boss-style power adapter. Controls are gain, volume and tone. Inside the pedal, there’s also a bias trim pot, allowing you to fine tune the gain stage.

    So, let’s cut to the chase. Is this really a Tube-Driver-Gilmour-in-a-box? The answer is no. It’s not. This is not a clone or solid state pedal board friendly version of the Tube Driver. It doesn’t really matter what it is. What matters is how it sound. And it sounds awesome!

    As the name implies, the Dover Drive is perhaps more oriented around Eric Johnson’s way of using the Tube Driver. He’s always set the Hi and Lo (treble and bass) very low. This completely changes the character of the pedal, from sounding bright and boomy, like David’s tones, to dark and smooth, with more emphasis on the mid range. And make no mistake; the Dover Drive has A LOT of mid range.

    You may dismiss it as too boxy and thin at first but it’s important to understand why mid range is so important to your guitar tones. The typically scooped pedals, like your transparent boosters and Big Muffs, sound great alone, when you’re jamming in your bedroom, but in a band or recording situation, your guitar will, in most cases, drown behind the drums and keys. Amps, pickups and pedals with a good amount of mid range, will effortlessly cut through the dense mix and sit right beside the vocals. Same goes for the low end. Alone, the Dover Drive lack the fat low end (not as badly as the Tube Screamer though), but in a band setup, that low end will drown behind the bass drum and bass guitar, which again makes your guitar difficult to hear.

    The Dover Drive is loud. You could use it as a booster but the huge amounts of mid range, makes it a tad too dark and not as clean as a scooped booster. There’s plenty of gain on tap too. At lower gain settings, you’re in the JTM45 territory and paired with a humbucker guitar, the Dover nails everything from Just Got Paid to Back in Black. Set the gain around noon and the Dover gets all creamy and smooth, with all the characteristics of David’s On an Island tones. Roll the gain all the way up and you got an extremely dynamic distortion, tapping into fuzz and Big Muff territory.

    The single tone control won’t compensate for the Tube Driver’s bass and treble controls but that’s really not the point. Counter clockwise adds a creamy texture to your tones, which is great for taming some of the highs on high gain settings. Rolling the tone clockwise adds presence and cleans up the pedal on lower gain settings.

    It’s refreshing to see that Lovepedal decided to make a unique pedal, rather than trying to clone the Tube Driver. The Dover Drive is extremely versatile and perhaps one of the finest overdrives for bedroom or studio setups, in regards to recreating David’s tones. Highly recommended! Check out Lovepedal.com for more details.

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  1. Nicholas Love says:

    Of all the clips you’ve recorded playing different parts of the Comfortably Numb solo, my absolute favorite tone is the heavy distortion/fuzz setting at the end of the clip. Inspired me to buy my own. I love the Dover Drive because it can do a great Gilmour tone no matter if it’s light overdrive or screaming fuzz.

  2. Patrik says:

    Have you tried mad professor amber overdrive?

  3. Giacomo says:

    Hi Bjorn, I have a chandler tube driver, but I need one more for different kind of overdrive in floyd pedalboard. In your opinion which one is the best between hermida dover drive and tone works tube driver?

    • Bjorn says:

      The Dover is based on the tones Eric Johnson gets from his Tube Driver and the way he sets it up, which means lots of mid range and gain. This is very different to how David’s using the pedal, so therefore, the pedal might not be your best choice. The Tube Works is very similar to the TD, spo if you want something different, you might want to consider either a more vintage overdrive, like the Colorsound Powerboost (or one of the many clones out there) or perhaps a Klon inspired pedal for more boost and mids. Deoends how what tones you want and what you think you need to compliment what you already have.

  4. John says:

    Hey Bjorn! Love these reviews by the way!

    I just bought a Dover Drive today because it was listed at such an amazing price! But now I’m wondering, how does this pedal do when played through a Fender style amp? I know pedals like the Fuzz Face and Big Muff don’t work well with Fenders.
    Also, how would this sound stacked with a TS-808? I know they both have alot of mids and highs.
    Last question, I swear. Is this a noisy pedal? I strictly use Vintage style Strats so theres alot of hum and I’m wondering if this makes it unbearable?
    Thanks!
    John

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi John! The Dover is based on the Tube Driver but it shouldn’t be mistaken for a clone. It’s designed to emulate Eric Johnson’s Tube Driver tones, which is with the bass and treble rolled all the way down for maximum mid range and the gain pretty high. That means, less headroom, more mid range and lots of gain. It sounds nice for David’s heavier Tube Driver tones, but it’s not for cleans and boost. It do have a bit of noise due to the amount of mids and gain present. It works nicely on most Fenders but I wouldn’t stack it with other mid range oriented pedals like the TS9.

      • John says:

        So it’s really best as a stand alone overdrive? Maybe just modulation and delay/reverb with it?

          • John says:

            Hi Bjorn, thank you for such a fantastic reference site for all Gilmour tone fans. I’m sorry if this question has already been covered but… I note you say that the pedal has a lot of mid range. Would it be a good choice for my Marshall JVM 205H or would a scooped mids muff pedal be better? I currently have a Z Vex Fuzz Factory which is proving to be a little bit too wild for my taste.

            • Bjorn says:

              The Dover is based on the tones Eric Johnson gets when he combines his Tube Driver with his Marshall amps. Possibly with a Fuzz Face combined. That creates a lot of mids and an overall saturated tone. My experience with mixing mids boosted pedals with Marshall amps, is that you’ll get too much mid range and compression. The tone sounds overwhelming and you have very little dynamics. A pedal with less mids and compression, would probably be a better choice.

              • John says:

                Bjorn,

                Thank you for taking the time to provide such a detailed reply. Based upon your experience (coupled with the fact I love the tone you get) would you recommend some pedals which might be a better fit for the JVM?

                • Bjorn says:

                  Happy to help :) Depends on what tones you want. The amp can handle pretty much anything, so you could go for something very scooped, like a Powerbooster but I think to cover as much of David’s tones as possible, and other genres as well, I’d go for something like the Wampler Plexi Drive, Boss BD2, Buffalo TDX and similar. These have moderate gain and mids.

  5. Chaz says:

    Bjorn, amazing as always. I need a boost and an OD, between these two, Buffalo power booster and the love pedal, which do you recommend

    Thanks!

    • Bjorn says:

      Two very different sounding pedals. The Dover has LOTS of mid range and gain and might not be the best choice for David’s tones at all, although you can tweak it for some cool ones. The Powerbooster is the complete opposite, with hardly any mid range and a transparent, glassy tone. Depends on what tones you want and what amp you have. If you want those classic 70s rhythm tones, then go for a Powerbooster clone. For the more modern stuff, I’d go for the Buffalo TDX, which is a Tube Driver clone. For a bedroom amp, with little mid range, I’d go for something versatile, like a Wampler Plexi Drive, Mooer Blues Mood or the Vick Audio Tree of Life.

  6. Richard says:

    Your thoughts on the Dover Drive when used with a Fender Blues Jr III? Good combo, or not?

    • Bjorn says:

      Goes very well, I think. The saturated gain and boosted mids is a nice combo with Fender amps. It’s a fairly bright pedal though, so be careful with the tone control and the treble on your amp.

  7. JAIME says:

    Hello Bjorn:
    I have a Tube Driver Tube Works (910) and is too harsh, i do not to give it away,but try a different tube in it.
    Anyway… I could get a small alternative to try.
    On may you mentioned the Fet Driver and the Plexi Drive over the Dover Drive.
    I must guess you try the MXR, What was you impression??
    I know you love your Plexi Drive but, could you tell me why i need to get this over the Fet driver??
    Or i must think on the Fet Driver taking count that was modeled directly after the Tube Driver??
    Please give me all your thoughts and details on this please.
    I really hope do not bother

    SHINE ON

    [It depends very much on your amp and guitar. If you have an overall bright setup or use bright settings then the Tube Driver and similar pedals will sound fairly bright. That’s just the nature of the pedal. The MXR definitely has the qualities of the Tube Driver but it’s perhaps not as aggressive. Slightly smoother and although you can get some really great tones with it I think it lack some of the mojo and rawness of the Tube Driver. The Dover Drive is modelled after a Tube Driver with the treble and bass controls rolled all the way down, which is very different from how David’s using his but dead on Eric Johnson’s tones. It basically sounds more like a beefed up Tube Screamer. I like the PlexiDrive because it has some of the edge and bite of the Tube Driver but it’s also got a bit of mid range and compression, which I guess makes it easier to tweak and make work on more demanding amps. – Bjorn]

  8. John Kline says:

    I’ve had both a Dover Drive for two weeks and a BK Butler Tube Driver for about a week now. I was at first impressed with Dover Drive, but decided to buy a Tube Driver to compare directly. In the direct comparison, the Tube Driver is far superior in tonal quality to the Dover Drive IMHO. The Dover Drive sounds good, and is undoubtedly useful by itself, but next to the Tube Driver, it sounds thin and anemic. Furthermore, The Tube Driver breaks up more musically… the Dover Drive has audible odd harmonic distortion that is particularly dissonant with major and minor intervals.. Not as bad as more solid state distortions, but still sounds like solid state distortion next to real tubes. I might not have noticed had I not compared them side by side.

    I am not sure if I am going to keep it or not… Good solid state distortion… but not as good as real tubes. If you haven’t played through a BK Butler Tube Driver, you are missing out. Butler hand builds and sells them on Ebay. Paid just over $300 for mine with the bias knob, which I probably don’t need… you can definitely score one for around $200, and it will KILL the Dover Drive.

    [Thanks for sharing :) I don’t think you can compare the two. Although the Dover is based on the TD, with the Hi and Lo controls all the way down or off, the Tube Driver has a much more open and dynamic character and you can’t beat that tube. I like the Dover but they’re two different pedals really. – BJorn]

  9. Crackinthewall says:

    Hi Bjorn and thanks for this other accurate video demo. Maybe it’s an interesting pedal, but for me it’s not even closer to a BM sounding pedal. It sounds more like a rich od, in certain licks it reminds me a bit a Chandler-ish sound, not as a Butler TD. But very far from BM or from a fuzz, also with all the gain up.
    IMHO this is another od on the market, not so astonishingly different from many others, and with a graphic intended not to be original.
    IMHO IMHO IMHO IMHO IMHO :D
    I must say also that I don’t remember any “negative” review from you, maybe except for new reissue BMs. You are such an optimistic reviewer! :-)

    Talk to you soon!!!

    [Well, yes, the Dover is an overdrive and as mentioned in the review it’s tweaked as a Tube Driver sound with the bass and treble all the way down, like Eric Johnson uses it. I don’t make any money from my reviews. Nothing to sell like PGS or others so I’m also free to review whatever I want. I try to support small builders and never review anything that sounds like crap. It’s just a waste of my time… :) – Bjorn]

  10. Michael says:

    Hi Björn,

    thank you very much for that in-depth review and for all the unbelievable work you’re doing here!
    Did you change the factory settings of the bias trim pot inside the DD for your demo vid? Just curious!

    Keep up the great work!

    Cheers

    [It’s all stock and factory settings. – Bjorn]

  11. Marcelo says:

    Hi, Bjorn! I have a Top Tone DG2. Can you compare both pedals? Thanks.

    [To the Dover? Two completely different pedals I think. The DG2 is more of a RAT, with lots of gain and high end, while the Dover is an overdrive, much like the OCD with tons of mid range. I guess at certain settings you can match them pretty well but I don’t think one replaces the other. – Bjorn]

  12. Marcelo says:

    Hi, Bjorn. Is the introduction song of the video from any Air Bag album or only a back ground song? Thanks!!

    [It’s just a snippet I made for these videos :) – Bjorn]

  13. Sean says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    Great review! Been lurking your site for a long time, and its influenced several of my pedal choices. I have a question for you….Im trying to match the tones David used in his Live in Gdansk record, for the second solo in Shine On YCD and A Great Day For Freedom. That deep creamy bluesy warm tone. I currently use a BD2 (not modified) and its just too harsh and trebley. I also have a bass big muff, and a proco rat 2. Tried all sorts of settings, and with my Suoerchamp X2, I just cant get the harshness of the BD2 to go away. With the tone Im seeking, do you think the Dover Driver, MXR FET drive, or the Wampler Plexi-drive would be the best option? I know the Superchamp is also kind of limiting, but I hope to get a Laney Cub head with a 2×12 cab loaded with Weber FC12 drivers eventually. Do you still like your Laney head?

    Regards,

    Sean

    [Hi Sean. I think the essence here is to roll off some of your treble and not being afraid to do it. Fender amps are very bright and it often helps rolling down the treble almost all the way and increasing the mids. The BD2 can be harsh but try to lower the tone as much as possible. The Dover might work. It has a dark tone and lots of mid range, which will make your tone sound warmer and smoother. The Fet Drive and Plexi Driver are on the brighter side. – Bjorn]

  14. Nicolas says:

    hi Bjorn, thanks for the review.
    Doesn’t this pedal sound a bit like a skreddy skrewdriver to you? It seems to have the same break up in the lows, you know, that lack of headroom crashing into each other sound. I love it! Just wondering one thing though, does it cut even the tiniest hint of bottom end? I absolutely hate pedals that do that :(

    [It’s somewhat similar but the Skrewdriver doesn’t have as much mid range. The Dover has very little low end and that’s kind of the whole idea with the pedal. Too much low end takes away some of the dynamics in the upper register and it also makes your guitar harder to hear in a band set up. In a recording situation, you’d remove most of the low end below 100Hz or even more so although a thin pedal sound boring alone, in a band situation it’s perfect. – Bjorn]

  15. Debargho says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    For a bedroom setup maybe with a 5-10W amp, would you think the the Boss blues driver more suitable, or the Dover Drive for Gilmour tones Animals- present? I also happen to be a huge Eric Johnson fan. However, the Dover Drive isn’t freely available around where I live and shall have to order one in. Shall much appreciate your feedback :)

    Debargho

    [Both pedals will work fine but given that you like both Gilmour and Johnson, I would say that the Dover is the best choice. – Bjorn]

  16. Dove says:

    I love that pedal!

    It comes first in my top one list (a huge list because of my letters :p)

  17. Thierry says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Great review as usual!
    Did you ever try the mxr fet driver wich is supposed to capture the creamy sound of the tube driver?
    I tried one and it blend very well with my Pig Hoof Mk II on comfortably numb.

    I saw you sometime use a boss RT20 what do you think about it ?

    By the way, i own an Hartman flanger and i’ve bought a mooer eleclady after your review, and i was blown away by that little stompbox. Conclusion i decided to sell the Hartman…

    [Yeah, the Hartman is OK on cleans but doesn’t work that well with overdrives and distortions. The Mooer is excellent. The Fet Driver is closer to the way David’s using the Tube Driver, with the ability to shape the tone more than the Dover. The Dover, is aimed specifically towards Eric Johnson and the way he sets his Tube Driver. Check out my review of the RT20 here. – Bjorn]

  18. Kenyon says:

    Hello Bjorn!

    Just checked back in with this site and remembered what a great resource it is–thank you. I’m in the process of upgrading my rig and I’m looking at some overdrive, fuzz, and distortion pedals. The Dover Drive sounds great in your video (thanks in no small part to your tecnhique), but I am wondering if you have a recommendation that would work best with what I’ll be using: Gibson LP Studio (stock humbucker pickups), Carvin V3 100w tube head, 4 x 12 Celestion half-stack, TC Electronic G-System, . Thanks for any help you can offer. Also, I’m continuing to enjoy Airbag, and hope to see you on tour in the US soon!

    [Hi Kenyon! The Dover Driver should work nicely. It’s a very versatile pedal. It’s also worth checking out the Fulltone OCD and the Wampler Plexi Drive. All three doubles as overdrives and distortion. As for fuzz, I recommend a dedicated fuzz pedal. Check out the guide for some tips :) – Bjorn]

  19. Bernie Heerey says:

    Hi Bjorn
    I am a bit confused about settings for overdrive etc.. You mention adjusting for unity with the amp ( pedal off) but also state that a pedal can become thin if the volume is set below about 1 oclock.. Do you set the volume of the distortion or gain pedal first to unity with the amp and then adjust the pedal gain to taste and use a volume pedal the guitar volume to match the amps volume with out the pedal on.. can you please give me the best way to set an overdrive or distortion.. I know this is basic but I got myself a little muddled here!!! thanks.

    [Hi Berbie. It all depends on the pedal and what tones you want. Unity gain or level, means that when the pedal is engaged, there’s no change in the output volume. The pedal is set to match the volume on the amp. Usually, this is the volume setting that is neutral for the pedal – that doesn’t affect the character of the pedal. Unity can be twelve o’clock but that’s no rule. Some pedals have a high output while others has a low output, with unity around 3 o’clock. Setting the volume lower than unity, will make the pedal sound more transparent but it can also make it thin and flat. Setting it higher can push the amp harder and give the pedal a smoother tone and a more tube amp character, with more compression. It can also make the pedal sound too boomy and distorted. The right balance require some testing and matching with your guitar, amp and what other pedals you combine in that particular tone setup. – Bjorn]

  20. Dag says:

    Bjørn, how was the internal trimmer set in your clips?

    [Factory. – Bjorn]

  21. Keith says:

    @James, I may have made some statements that were not as objective as they should have been, but fact still remains, that to my ears the V2 is among the best sounding Muffs I’ve heard, and has a very Violet Ram’s head flavor. I should have made a clip many months ago, but life has been throwing curveballs at me. However, my home studio should be up and running within 2 weeks, and if my broken pinky has healed enough, that will be the first thing I record. There is one clip on YouTube, but the clips maker isn’t a Gilmour guy, and the tones he gets sound nothing like the ones I’m getting. Anyone who still has any interest will have a chance to hear Castledine’s awesome V2 very soon!
    Peace, Keith

    [That’s actually a very good point… a bit off topic but a lot of great sounding guitars, amps and pedals are overlooked and ignored because the review or YT clip doesn’t apply to the tones you’re searching for. It doesn’t mean that the item is crap. It’s just not presented with your preferences in mind. Making an objective review and one that truly cover each nuance and use of a pedal is almost impossible. Looking forward to your (hopefully Gilmourish) clip, Keith! – Bjorn]

  22. James says:

    Hi Bjorn, any word on the V2 Big Muff Clone??? Is it as good as Keith says it is???

    [I haven’t tried one yet but I’m sure it’s a nice one. Big Muff comes in all varieties and although some claim to be THE one, it’s ultimately down to taste and preferences. There was no definitive model of the early Big Muffs. They had a nasty inconsistency and of course, time has made some of these pedals quite unplayable. There are two ways of making a Muff clone. Either clone one specific pedal 1:1 or, make a clone based on the best features from several pedals. Stu, who designed the V2 has a reputation for making some awesome stuff and I’m sure the pedal sounds great. The question is, is it the tone you want :) – Bjorn]

  23. Tom says:

    Well I’m very glad to know you’ve been keen to utilise this pedal amongst your own gear Bjorn, it really does sound like it’s got some great mojo happening inside it!
    I’ve taken the liberty of ordering one yesterday, I am really looking forward to the tones it can give me…maybe even the ones I’ve been looking for quite a while now!
    I’ll try to post back with some results …
    Looking forward to seeing some more great future reviews! :)

    Cheers mate !

    [Cheers, Tom! – Bjorn]

  24. Tom says:

    Thanks Bjorn!
    Well that’s great to know & by the sound of your demo clip it sure intends to pack a punch for some very nice tones indeed!
    Personally, would you ever be inclined to use it amongst your own rig for live/studio purposes ?
    I know you have a real BK tube driver, I just thought I’d ask :)
    cheers!
    Tom

    [It sounds very different from the way I use the Tube Driver (the Gilmour way), so I don’t think you can even make the comparison. I’ve already been recording some demo stuff with the Dover and I’d had no problem having it on the stage board… although I don’t really need it now :) – Bjorn]

  25. Richard says:

    Sounds awesome! Especially that ‘Blue’ tone. It seems to be quite versatile aswell, it’s suprising how muff’y it could sound.
    By the way; is there any plans for a review on the Wren and Cuff box of war?

    [I haven’t planned on doing a full review but it’s mentioned in the Buyer’s Gear Guide – Big Muffs. – Bjorn]

  26. jorge says:

    Dunlop mini fuzz Rules man!!!

  27. Keith says:

    Hey Bjorn, it’s been awhile! Been nursing the wounds, and working at getting the studio sorted out. Love the clip, don’t quite understand the graphics, but I can see how that mid hump would cut through the mix very well. Especially liked the driven tone on CN, with the mild modulation, and that delay was set beautifully. Hope to get back to my old POSTECUTIONER status,( hehe), soon. Hope all is well with you, the family, and the boys in the band.
    Best Regards, Keith

    [Hi Keith! It’s been a while. Hope you’re feeling better! Take your time :) – Bjorn]

  28. Tom says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    It’s been a little while since I’ve been intrigued so much about the truly fine quality of tone that a stand alone pedal is able to produce :). And above that, thank you for using the song examples you’ve chosen to further demonstrate the flexibility of this little beauty, and hats off for the great playing too mate!… It’s definitely going to be a piece of gear that’ll most likely find its way into my rig… I have a question though, is it a good idea in your opinion to use it with a transparent booster to get the most out of it or is it best used alone? .. I am currently using a Wampler Euphoria , which is a very versatile transparent type of variable booster with 3 boost modes.
    Are you familiar with this pedal?
    Am also looking at getting a very cool green Sovtek tall font big muff clone made by Arc Effects called the Big Green. Apparently this is a new revised version of its predecessor, and now comes with an extrenal 3 way mid switch – a very useful feature to have in any muff type pedal as you’ve pointed out in some of your previous posts . Have you ever tried this pedal out? If so, what were your thoughts on it ?

    Thank you for the help Bjorn & a big congrats on the superb new album btw! :)
    Cheers!

    [Thanks Tom! The Dover Drive is best used alone. It’s got so much tone and, if needed, lots of gain too so I really don’t see the need for a booster. The Arc Muff is excellent :) Cheers! – Bjorn]

  29. Marius says:

    Hei Bjørn,

    Love your site! Superb articles and a lot of information to learn from. Also a great layout. Are you that Gilmourish007 at Strat-Talk too?

    I am a hobbyist looking to buy my first overdrive pedal. Do you think this pedal and my Vox AC15C1 would make a great couple, or would I have to look for something else? Looking for ACDC/Billy Gibbons/Gilmour/Johnson type of tones, with my LP, and just a nice heavy blues sound.

    [Thank you! No, I’m not Gilmourish007. I think this pedal would be perfect for your setup and the tones you’re seeking. Cheers! – Bjorn]

  30. Matias says:

    This pedal is just amazing, i can’t wait to pair it with my AC+ and Soul Food!

  31. nick picone says:

    Wow, the CN segment really illustrated how versatile this pedal is! Great playing (as usual) Bjorn.

    [Thanks Nick! Yeah, the pedal covers a lot of tones. – Bjorn]

  32. ricardo says:

    It would be appropriate to review the Catalinbread Echorec pedal and some of the Motionsound rotary speaker amps.

    Thanks for such a deeply researched site!

    [Thanks! I’d be happy to review the Echorec of they’d send me one :) – Bjorn]

  33. joerch says:

    Hi Bjorn!
    Again a very fascinating review and I am – as always – in awe of your tone. It seems that with every given combination of your fingers, pedals, amps (Marshall, Laney Cub, now Lionheart, Reeves) you get great, great Gilmour tones. It’s a shame, though, that you don’t profile these great tones with the Kemper Amp (Kemper Profiler). You would make a lot of people happy and what’s best is that you could keep all those great tones for recording without any hassle and even for jamming at home through headphones or studio monitors at bedroom level.
    Nonetheless – new reviews from you always put a smile on my face! Keep up that great, great work!

    [Thank you! – Bjorn]

  34. Nico says:

    Before the video started, I was thinking on “The blue” solo. Loved it!

    I think on TS-9 pedals as something everyone should have. In some particular situations, they are very useful and tend to accommodate the sound of some distortion pedals. I mean, mid-ranged overdrives might not be the typical Gilmourish type of overdrive and might not sound that good in pair with a Big Muff but they usually are handy and easy to dial in.

    [If nothing else works, you can always count on a Tube Screamer :) – Bjorn]

  35. Gabor Illy says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Seems to be appealing, but how can you compare it to the Wampler Plexi Drive and to the Cornish clone awesome Toptone LightDrive? They are great alternatives for overdrive purposes too in the same pricing category. Am I right, that upon your opinion this fine beast is not the best for cleen boost?
    Kind regards from Budapest!
    Gabor

    [No it has a bit too much gain and mid range for it to be used as a booster. The Plexi Drive is cleaner and it has much more headroom. It’s similar to the Light Drive but personally I like the Dover Drive better. Cheers! – Bjorn]

  36. Pete says:

    GREAT DEMO!!
    Although, I’m not hearing anything I can’t cover with my P19 or Iron Bell. I know they won’t sound exactly the same, but I can get in the neighborhood with those. Finally, a pedal that I live without. LOL
    (Although I do have a Soul Food on the way. I want to see how that matches up with some of my pedals. Specifically my Mojo Hands FX DMBL.)
    Too many great pedals out there.

    [The Iron Bell will cover the heavier tones – the Comf Numb clip – while the Soul Food is very close to the milder stuff. – Bjorn]

  37. Antonio says:

    Let me whipe the smile of my face first…
    Beautiful, beautiful tone, Bjørn! Sure the pedal is amazing, no doubt about it, but you can’t dismiss the player ;)

    I’m a fan for a long time…keep up the good work!

    Cheers from Portugal

    [Thank you, Antonio! – Bjorn]

  38. Alex Mircica says:

    Thanks Bjorn, been waiting for this review for a while. Sounds like it might be worth a punt as I am looking for a new overdrive, so it’s either this or Buffalo FX Power Booster.

    On the note of your guitars , is that a new Strat or your old Black? It looks like it has a roller nut on it?
    I always thought you had the EMG set up on your MIJ Rosewood neck Strat, I get confused as I know you swap pick guard assemblies around like me!
    I like your Road Word Sunburst too….

    [A few years back I swapped the necks on my two black Strats. This one is the body from the CIJ 65 and the maple neck of my first black, the CIJ 54. I mostly use this one for recording. – Bjorn]

  39. Josetxu says:

    Great review (as always)!. Have you checked the MXR Fet driver? it seems to be something similar. I’ve got one of the Joe Bonamassa signature version ones and it’s possible to dial in some nice Gilmour tones also.

    [Thanks! I haven’t had the chance to check that one out yet. – Bjorn]

  40. Buster Albek says:

    Hej Bjørn
    How does it works with big Muffs? :)
    My first impression was, as you say that it seemed thin, and without that much headroom.

    But I may give it a chance on a studio/homeboard.

    Thank you as always.

    Buster.

    [It doesn’t have that much headroom but that’s kind of the point and nature of the pedal. If that’s what you want, then you might want to check out a more transparent booster, like the Buffalo Power Booster. – Bjorn]

  41. Michel Giroux says:

    Excellent review Bjorn!
    It’s complicated enough with a Throback Overdrive Boost,a Big Muff,(tone wicker),and a Boss BD2;and now this,plus all the others!!!! ;)

    [He he, thanks! – Bjorn]

  42. John says:

    I really enjoyed it. Do not know if this is exactly, but it seems that the work that a G2 or DG2 does, Dover Drive is more exciting.

    Great sound!

    [It’s different pedals really. The Dover is more of an overdrive, while the G2/DG2 has more gain and is more a classic distortion, with the characteristics of the RAT and germanium fuzz. – Bjorn]

  43. Adam Duarte says:

    Great review, Bjorn! Thanks for being faithful to demo these new and interesting pedals for us Gilmour fans.

    I’ve got a question regarding how this (and I guess, a traditional Chandler or BK Tube Driver) stacks up against a RAT for distorted tones. Obviously a Driver would work better in conjunction with a Big Muff, but for stand alone distortion, what are some of the differences? I’ve got a RAT on my board right now for distorted tones that I don’t need the thickness of a Muff for, but it has a tendency to be pretty bright and harsh. Sometimes this works well, others not so much. Thanks again!

    [Hi Adam! As you can hear from the Comf Numb part of the clip, the Dover can be set up for similar tones as the RAT. They both have a lot of mid range and gain and I think the Dover is even smoother than the RAT. The Tube Driver is very transparent and doesn’t have much mid range. At least when you crank the treble and bass like David does. It can sound pretty harsh with the gain high but paired with the right amp, it will produce some very smooth compression and mid range on high volume. – Bjorn]

  44. Andy McKay says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    I really don’t know how you find the time to do all these reviews lol.

    Nice sounding pedal, agreed it would be very useful in the studio.
    I would love to see an A/B review with the Butler, as you did with the EHX Deluxe Electric Mistress and the Mooer Elec Lady.

    Many thank’s for all your hard work! :@)

    Andy ‘Fuzz Head’ McKay.

    [Thanks Andy! – Bjorn]

  45. Brad Roller says:

    Hmmm. Sounds nice! I may have to get one. I use the OCD overdrive for my overdrive tones a lot I know you do as well. How do these two compare to your ears? I get a very convincing tube driver tone from the OCD with the HP switch flipped on and honestly they sounded about the same. To me anyways. The Dover seemed to be a bit darker sounding. Everyone hears things differently! Lol thanks for the review! Great playing too! Take care man!

    [Hi! The OCD is perhaps closer to how David’s using the Tue Driver, with more presence and low end, while the Dover Drive has more mid range and an overall darker tone, which is close to Eric Johnson and perhaps also how David’s sometimes using the Tube Driver in the studio. – Bjorn]

  46. Roko says:

    Can’t tell you how excited I get whenever I see a new review on Gilmourish.com!

  47. Gabe Aguirre says:

    So just to reiterate, this is NOT a booster, but rather a Tube Screamer alternative for standalone overdrive? Thanks for putting up a review even while you are so busy, always start itching for that fix! haha

    [Hi, correct. This is an overdrive in the truest sense. Definitely in that Tube Screamer territory bit lots more gain and an overall smoother tone. – Bjorn]

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