Visual Sound V2 Open Road Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal  

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If you're looking for an open-sounding, amp-like overdrive with less dominant midrange, the V2 Open Road guitar pedal from Visual Sound is perfect for you. Finally, here's an overdrive pedal that deli... Click To Read More About This Product

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If you're looking for an open-sounding, amp-like overdrive with less dominant midrange, the V2 Open Road guitar pedal from Visual Sound is perfect for you. Finally, here's an overdrive pedal that delivers grind and girth. The Open Road has clear low end, sparkling highs, and none of the midrange hump found in most other boxes. Play a 6-string chord and all the notes ring through. Play a single note line and it sizzles, punch a power chord and it grinds.

The Open Road effects pedal features a very interactive tone circuit, effecting not only high-end roll-off, but gain structure as well. At any setting, at any volume, the V2 Open Road produces organic amp-like tones that might cause you to leave it on all the time.

Features
  • Fat, grinding tone
  • Less dominant midrange
  • Organic amp-like tone
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty.


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Visual SoundV2 Open Road Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.9

(based on 24 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (5)
  • Responsive (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (4)
  • Performances (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
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    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent bang for the buck

I'm surprised no one has written a review on this pedal yet. It is an excellent pedal, and is one of the best I have ever used. I found out about it through...Read complete review

I'm surprised no one has written a review on this pedal yet. It is an excellent pedal, and is one of the best I have ever used. I found out about it through GuitarWorld, and after a long search, was finally able to order it through Guitar Center after a long and tiresome search(most stores dont have it in stock, you have to mail order, but they will let you return it if you dont like it so its all good) Most Overdrive pedals simply crank the midrange, and in the end, simply add distortion, doing nothing to boost your amp. I'm happy to say this one is VERY different. I play through an Epiphone Valve Standard 15 watt tube combo amp (it has almost no distortion whatsoever) with a Epiphone G-400 Les Paul Custom, and with this pedal, its a setup I could only dream of. As the rythm guitar, I needed a fat, powerful, and rich overdrive, especially since the lead player cranks his mids and has a rather thin tone. This pedal turned my 15 watt combo into a monster, and I can now push the amp so hard that it rattles and shakes with every chord (aka it sounds just like it should with overdrive, just on the verge of blowing up) This Pedal gives you powerful, thick bass, and cutting highs, as well as sustain and a rediculous amount of boost (crank its level all the way up and you can sometimes double your volume) This pedal will do great with AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath era metal, Southern Rock, and just about anything else except heavy metal. It really excels at blues based rock, but will perform strongly in anything else (I've used it in metal, and while it wont get super heavy distortion, it will give you a great chuggin tone, so dont be afraid to try it) It can even be a clean boost if you set it up right, although if you're looking for that you should check out the True Boost made by this company. Dont pass up a chance to play this pedal. It is easily worth the price, and will handle almost anything you can throw at it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

OK, but not all that either

I don't know, I'm not going to give the Open Road a 'Glowing' review. It's OK at best. Great quality components, but falls short soundwise. Nothing Organic about it's sound at...Read complete review

I don't know, I'm not going to give the Open Road a 'Glowing' review. It's OK at best. Great quality components, but falls short soundwise. Nothing Organic about it's sound at all, just seems to get louder or softer, no real dynamic range. Think I'll switch to a JHS Morning Glory or a Timmy, money better spent.

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5.0

Great Pedal

By pjozoe2112

from Bellingham, WA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Visual Sound V2 Open Road Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    The Open Road is a perfect fit for my needs and will be on my board for along time to come. Can be dialed up anywhere where light organic overdrive to very saturated distortion.

    Most useful tone knob of any OD I own...really changes how the guitars tone is expressed. When engaged the Open Road rounds out the signal without coloring the sound, sometimes I have to look down to make sure it's on.

    Buy it, you won't be disappointed.

     
    5.0

    Delivers the goods as promised.

    By Toomanyguitars

    from Long Island,New York

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Sounds Like Drive Channel
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • None For Me

    Best Uses

    • After A Ts-9
    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Visual Sound V2 Open Road Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This pedal is NOT a warmed over T.S. If you want a more "open" sounding overdrive that wont kill you with mids this is the ticket.A lot happens when you turn the tone knob past 7-it really clears out the mids,which does wonders for humbuckers.Yes it has a pronounced low end but it sounds awesome,almost like a second channel(If your platform is clean).Not kidding.This pedal is a winner and it is staying on my board -right after the TS-9
    .........P.S. the drive knob really starts to kick after 1:00.

     
    5.0

    Best Overdrive I've Ever Used

    By Marvin Mealer

    from Tunnel Hill, GA

    Comments about Visual Sound V2 Open Road Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This may well be the bed overdrive I've ever used. Unlike a tubescreamer, the is no midrange hump on the eq. The Open Road is very transparent and amplike. I use this through a Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue which can be finicky towards overdrive pedals due to the bright cap. That's not an issue with the Open Road. Bass is solid, treble swimmers. This pedal also plays well with others and is also great as a boost for other overdrive, distortion, and fuzz. It's built like a tank and outperforms a lot of higher priced boutique pedals. This pedal actually has me thinking about moving along my 808 based overdrive, it's that good! Probably not so great for metal unless you stack it with a distortion or use it to push the preamp in your tube amp. Also comes with a lifetime warranty from Visual Sound and their customer service is excellent!

     
    5.0

    Fantastic Overdrive

    By Tommy

    from Richmond, VA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Visual Sound V2 Open Road Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I can not speak highly enough about this pedal and Visual Sound, in general. I have never been let down buy the quality of their products and their customer service. This pedal sounds great! If you are bored with the midrangey 808 clones, you should definitely give this a try. Great, deep lows and sparkling clean highs. I like to play with a lot of open chords and with this pedal, I can crank the drive up and play the notes of an open C chord, and you can hear the notes clearly. I have the VS Rt. 808 overdrive also and you can blend the two to create some awesome tones. Super versatile.

     
    5.0

    Great Sounding Overdrive Pedal

    By Sputnik1138

    from Quincy, MA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Visual Sound V2 Open Road Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I've been successfully using the Visual Sound Open Road pedal for about two years. I used to use a Visual Sound Jekyll and Hyde, and have in the past owned overdrive pedals from Fulltone, Lovepedal, the obligatory Tube Screamer, and others. The Open Road is the only overdrive pedal I currently own, and I was so pleased with it I bought a second one so I can have two available overdrive settings.

      Simply put, the Open Road does exactly what it claims… it gives you a good overdriven sound like a Tube Screamer without the mid-range "hump" and associated tone shaping that the Tube Screamer, and many other overdrive pedals, often produce. The first time I heard it, it was a revelation. You just don't realize how much tone is often lost or changed when you kick these pedals on. The Open Road allows me to keep much closer to the sound of my amp with no pedal, which is what I want. Plus it has a super range of overdrive tones available, plenty for what I need. No knock on any other pedal if you like the sound it gives you, but for me the Open Road is the solution.

      I will say I had a problem with the second pedal I bought when the motherboard died. I called Visual Sound, they gave me a return number, and in two weeks I had it back with a brand new board in it. They couldn't have been nicer and it gives me confidence that they will stand behind their products.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      OK, but not all that either

      By George Lester

      from Lebanon, OR

      About Me Experienced

      Comments about Visual Sound V2 Open Road Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I don't know, I'm not going to give the Open Road a 'Glowing' review. It's OK at best. Great quality components, but falls short soundwise. Nothing Organic about it's sound at all, just seems to get louder or softer, no real dynamic range. Think I'll switch to a JHS Morning Glory or a Timmy, money better spent.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A cut above the rest

      By Grimey

      from Utah

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Great value
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Visual Sound V2 Open Road Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Ok, so I did a ton of research before buying this, and turns out it was a GREAT decision. The problem I have had with so many pedals is that they what i feel to be "one-trick ponies" and just not as versatile as I want them to be. Also, as a tone nut, I find that lots of the boss pedals (just to name one, not to knock them, I do have a few) just sound so 1 dimensional.
          So this sucker knocks it outta the park. Unlike an 808-type pedal, the mids are cut down. that means that chords actually ring through clear, it just sounds less muddy (depends on what you want) that being said, I can get way fuzzy sounds with this, IT BITES HARD when you crank the Drive. Turn down the Tone, and you can get Black Keyes type sounds, I do out of my 2012 Amer. Strat, I'm blown away. Can be used easily as a clean boost, or to give a little grit for mostly clean sounds. This may be the single most useful pedal I have.

           
          5.0

          OUTSTANDING PEDAL

          By GeorgiaJim

          from Georgia

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Visual Sound V2 Open Road Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This is the best pedal I've ever used. I've had it now for over 3 weeks. It does exactly as it claims-overdrives your amp w/out losing the sound/vibe of your amp in the process. Great for blues, which is what I play mainly. I've been able to nail A
          lbert King's tone through my Princeton Reverb Reissue. I can't recommend this pedal highly enough. I don't usually write reviews, but this pedal knocked me out.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Overdrive love

          By DAVID GILLESPIE

          from Havertown Pa

          Comments about Visual Sound V2 Open Road Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This pedal is insane. It's so nice it has an awesome bass side and a clear trebly side. It is perfect for christian music and is a perfect drive with out sounding like mush. It's an awesome pedal will definitely be keeping this on. Now to get a jekyll and hyde. Visual soundcrocks.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best overdrive i've ever tried...

          By NHBluesMan

          from Grand Rapids, MI

          Comments about Visual Sound V2 Open Road Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I've been a huge fan of Visual Sound for awhile now (currently own a Jekyll & Hyde, Visual Volume, and chopper tremolo). I've always loved my Jekyll & Hyde, but the overdrive side is too muddy for chord work, so i picked up this guy after several months of reading every review i could find, watching videos and trying it out in-store.

          This pedal absolutely rocks! It gave me the exact sound i was looking for almost immediately when i plugged it in. It has clarity for chord-work, but still packs a serious punch when you crank the gain knob. Two of the coolest things about this pedal are: 1) it cleans up wonderfully with your volume knob, unlike other overdrive's that stay muddy, and 2) when you crank the tone, it actually acts as a 2nd gain stage. This pedal is not leaving my board anytime soon, and now using the J&H as a 2 stage solo-booster, i've got all my grounds covered!
          easy controls to use, 3 knobs, indestrucable casing, and a switch that will last forever.
          Visual Sound doesn't take short-cuts with their work, and this pedal is no exception. Even in the rare case that something does go wrong,they have one of the best customer service departments in the world.
          There are other overdrives that TRY to do what this one does at up to 2 or sometimes 3 times the price. This pedal is a steal for $120, and even more so if you find one used

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