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Fulltone FullDrive 3 Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal

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In celebration of Fulltone's 20 years as the world's premiere boutique pedal manufacturer, Fulltone has released this special Fulldrive called the "FD3" featuring a real NOS JRC4558D chip, not the cur... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

In celebration of Fulltone's 20 years as the world's premiere boutique pedal manufacturer, Fulltone has released this special Fulldrive called the "FD3" featuring a real NOS JRC4558D chip, not the current production NJM4558.

It has the Fulltone-exclusive Order switch which places the Boost either before or after the Overdrive section of the circuit: After takes whatever sound you have set and increases the Volume so you pop out of the mix. Before pounds the input of the Overdrive channel and increases the distortion, not really the volume...more like the FD2.

You get to toggle between two selectable modes: "90's" original FD2 voicing and "Wide Asym".

It has a completely independent, discrete JFET Clean Boost with a Volume control and a unique mini-knob controlling Germanium Diode "limiting" function that has to be felt to be really appreciated. Clockwise on this knob takes out the strident, irritating spikes that occur with other clean boosts when you hit the strings hard. This Boost circuit does not invert the signal like most clean-boosts and can be used with or without the overdrive section of the pedal.

Plus the housing is about 20% smaller than the traditional Fulldrive2.

FEATURES

  • Real NOS JRC4558D chip
  • Fulltone-exclusive Order switch which places the Boost either before or after the Overdrive section
  • Toggle between two selectable modes: "90's" original FD2 voicing and "Wide Asym"
  • Completely independent, discrete JFET Clean Boost with Volume control and Germanium Diode "limiting" function
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FulltoneFullDrive 3 Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 
5.0

(based on 5 reviews)

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5.0

The missing piece

By DAVID

from Buffalo, NY

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Comments about Fulltone FullDrive 3 Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

I learned about this pedal from reading an interview with Pete Anderson. He said he likes to have a clean amp sound and add any distortion to the guitar before it hits the amp. He said The FullTone Full Drive was what he used and his description made me look into it. I love to play through the Fender Deluxe Reverb I bought in 1976. The drawback has always been the lack of a gain knob. It took volume - often far more than was appropriate - to get that edge that some songs require. Using pure distortion pedals usually just added noise and spoiled the sound of the guitar itself (usually a Stratocaster or Telecaster). The Full Drive 3 gave me that gain knob - and more. Using a balance of the distortion and volume on the pedal I can now switch from clean to edgy with no boost in volume and no trip to the amp to adjust knobs. The second half of the pedal - the boost side - gives me an increase in volume when I need it whether the distortion side is on or not, again without greatly affecting the sound of the guitar. I've only had it a short time and only used it for one performance but it did exactly what I expected and needed it to do.

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5.0

Fantastic overdrive and independent boost

By Mike

from Rhode Island

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

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    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Fulltone FullDrive 3 Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    The Full-Drive 3 by Fulltone is easily my favorite overdrive pedal. As a reference, I've played the Full-Drive 2, OCD, and GT-500 from Fulltone, as well as tubescreamers, soul food, and various other soft-clipped overdrived pedals. Truth be told, I've liked all of them, but the reason why I like this one in particular is because of the 3 different voicing options and the boost. The FD3 is an upgrade over the 2 in many ways. The comp-cut mode is significantly improved (my favorite setting), the boost channel can be used independently, and the housing is smaller. Do you need the 3 if you have the 2? Maybe, maybe not, but I'm willing to bet it's worth a try. Now the overdrive on tap here is relatively low. Don't expect to get super-saturated lead tones (although with the right pickups and the boost engaged, you can). This pedal excels in the mild to crunch zone. I also stack it with the OCD for solos like many people would use a tubescreamer, and it's nice and cutting.

     
    5.0

    Good Driver

    By Picker

    from Eugene, Oregon

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    Comments about Fulltone FullDrive 3 Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    It works and sounds great. I'm using it with my jvm 205c and they seem to work well together. the only thing is, I've had to crank the tone knob all the way up. But it sounds really good like that, so I guess it doesn't matter. Anyway, it's well made and sounds great so I'm happy. I'm glad I bought it.

     
    5.0

    Yes

    By Eli

    from New Jersey

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

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    • Events

    Comments about Fulltone FullDrive 3 Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Im so happy with this effect

     
    5.0

    Fulltone are great

    By Jerry the guitar faker

    from Middletown Connecticut

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
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      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fulltone FullDrive 3 Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Great tube amp sag and overdrive way better than the fulldrive 2 and a more suttle overdrive compared to the ocd

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