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... Read More
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.
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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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