• David Gilmour on a budget – BOSS BD-2

    In this video I’m presenting one of my all time favourite overdrive pedals, the classic Boss BD-2.

    The BD-2 has a transaprent tube amp-like tone, with a hint of mids and compression but a very open and dynamic character. It’s a very versatile overdrive capable of producing anything from clean boost to crunchy overdrive and near fuzz.

    The BD-2 is a very convincing and easy to get alternative for David’s 70s Colorsound Power Boost and the 80s/90s/00s Tube Driver tones.

    I’ve set the BD-2 up for a fairly high gain setting, with the volume slightly above unity 10:00, the tone slightly rolled off 9:00 and the gain at 3:00. I’m using the guitar volume to adjust the amount of gain to demonstrate that this pedal can pretty much be used for all puposes, with just this one setting.

    I’ve added a hint of delay (TC Flashback tape 440ms) and at the end of the clip, a Mooer ElecLady flanger for those late 70s tones.

    As always, let me know what you think in the comment field below.

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18 Responsesso far.

  1. Bernie Heerey says:

    That’s thee tone I love for slow atmospheric solos. Was you playing loud or was that just the magic combination of 69 pickups, Amp settings and the BD. Great playing as always Bjorn

    • Bjorn says:

      I wasn’t playing very loud. Too loud for a living room I guess but nothing near earshattering :) I guess it’s more about finding the sweetspot on the amp so that it can provide a nice platform for the pickups and pedal to shine. The amp is set clean but with the preamp pushing the tubes enough for a bit of that tube compression. I spent some time finding the right setting for the volume and tone and I use the guitar volume to control the amount of gain.

  2. Bib says:

    What was the song u played ?

  3. Michel Giroux says:

    Excellent demo!!!

  4. Thank you for that. I’m still There!
    Great feel and phrasing and of course…TONE.

  5. James Tea says:

    I have to say after buying dozens of non-Boss pedals, if I ever have to do it over again I will probably go back to Boss for the following reasons: Good sound, internal battery, large surface area switch and above all,,, Silent switch! the pedals I have with the exception of my delay are all traditional loud switches. When I’m recording in my room through a mic the switch sounds are audible and friends have commented, also they are no fun to use barefoot.

  6. G Jarvis says:

    Which Blues Driver would you recommend?

    • Bjorn says:

      The stock Boss model is very good but there are lots of clones and modified versions out there. I think most of them sound more or less the same with small variations. Usually with a slightly warmer top end and more balanced lows.

  7. -phil says:

    Awesome Bjorn! great playing and demo.

    Glad you took time to do this one. I’m a huge fan of the BD-2 and have THREE of them. One has the Keeley fat mod. I have a Butler Tube Driver and also Ibanez (Butler) Tube King. The tube pedals are great but have a large footprint and can be temperamental when used with other pedals at times. But yeah, the BD-2 is a very versatile and easy to use overdrive and works quite well as a straight up clean boost with the drive control on low settings. Anyway, I use the BD-2 in place of the tube pedals to good effect and it stacks well with other pedals.

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks! IMO the BD2 is an excellent alternative for most of David’s tones. Maybe apart from the typical fuzz and Muff tones. It’s very easy to set up and you always get great tones with it.

  8. Ofir says:

    Mr. Bjorn, great tone and great playing! A hint on the amp settings (eq., volume, channel) and the flanger’s would be highly appreciated. Ofir.

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks! I’m using the Laney Lionheart dirt channel and brigt mode, with the bass and mids around noon, treble and tone around 9:00. The ELady is set with the rate around 2:30, colour 9:30 and the range off. You’ll find the BD2 settings in the clip :)

      • Ofir says:

        And if I learned something from you, you set the drive channel on the verge of breakup…correct?

        • Bjorn says:

          Yes, how much depends on your pickups but you basically just want the compression of the tubes being pushed… not actual overdrive.

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