The classic sounds of the Power Boost has gotten a huge revival over the past decade and clones comes in many shapes and sizes. One of the newer to arrive is the Supa Driver from Buffalo FX. Here’s my review.
The Power Boost was long a mystery among us Gilmour fans. At least in terms of what overdrive pedal he actually used on those classic 70s albums. The mystery is solved – read more about the Colorsound Power Boost here – and personally, the Power Boost has been one of my all time favourite guitar effects ever since I discovered it.
David Gilmour used the Colorsound Power Boost for both boost and overdrive between 1972-79. It can be heard on all of the albums and tours from that era and the pedal, or its grey Overdriver counterpart, has even popped up from time to time in the studio in recent decades.
The Supa Driver is basically a beefed up Power Boost, with the familiar tone and character of the original but with a lot more gain and just a hint of compression.
In addition to controls for gain, volume, treble and bass, there’s also a pre-gain control, controlling the pre-amp with an additional silicon transistor. It adds to the gain and compression and allow you to finely tune the amount of gain and take the pedal into fuzz territory.
I’ve always been a huge fan of Buffalo FX and the way that Steve manage to make well-known and sometimes over-cloned circuits and make them his own.
Like his stock Power Booster, the Supa Driver deliver all the mojo and character of the original Power Boost, with some much welcomed improvements. The bass is focused and tight and the high end is slightly rolled off, allowing you to really crank the pedal, without getting that nasty ice-picky treble bleed.
The addition of the pre-gain control makes this pedal perhaps more versatile than the stock model and I also like the fact that when you roll the pre-gain past noon, you can hear a bit of compression kicking in, allowing more sustain and an overall smoother tone.
In the clip I’ve tried to cover as many different tones as possible with just this single pedal. From crunchy clean to fuzz. The Supa Driver also makes an excellent booster for your clean tones or, in combination with other dirt pedals.
Read more about the Supa Driver at buffalofx.com