In this video we’ll examine the classic Boss SD-1. Is it capable of replicating David Gilmour’s Tube Driver tones?
The SD-1 came out of the OD-1 – one of the first ever compact overdrive pedals. Like the Tube Screamer, it has a noticeable mids boost but a tad more low end and gain.
The SD-1, like the Tube Screamer, needs a bit of hair from the amp otherwise it tends to sounds thin and dull. I’ve set the Laney Lionheart up for just a tiny amount of gain – not much but enough for the tubes to add a bit of compression.
Is the SD-1 capable of replicating David Gilmour’s Tube Driver tones? Well, you tell me but for a fraction of the price of the Tube Drive and the fact that just about any guitar store carries these, the SD-1 offer a very affordable and great sounding alternative.
I’ve added a bit of delay with a TC Electronic Flashback set up with 440ms and 7 repeats. At the end of the clip, I’ve added a Boss CE-2 chorus for a bit of that mid 90s flavour.
As always, let me know what you think in the comment field below.