Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal  

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The Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive pedal gives you the dynamic punch of a clean amp, and the sustain and warmth of an overdriven amp, all in a single stompbox. Sparkle Drive's unique Clean control lets you ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive pedal gives you the dynamic punch of a clean amp, and the sustain and warmth of an overdriven amp, all in a single stompbox. Sparkle Drive's unique Clean control lets you blend its overdrive circuit with a boosted clean signal for a rich, layered guitar tone.

With the Clean control off (fully counterclockwise), the overdrive circuit has the same classic tones as a vintage 808. With the Clean control all the way up, you get a super transparent, 100% clean boost with tons of output for driving the front end of your amp. Just spend a few minutes dialing-in the Clean control with your setup, and you'll find a sweet spot that no other single effect pedal can deliver. The Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive features true bypass switching, a heavy-duty metal switch and on/off status LED. Hand built in the U.S.A. and fully backed by a 5-year warranty.

Features
  • Multiple, layered amp sounds - one clean, one overdriven
  • Overdrive circuit delivers vintage 808 sounds
  • 100% clean boost circuit with tons of output
  • True bypass switching with LED
  • Hand built in the U.S.A.
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Full 5 year warranty.


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Voodoo LabSparkle Drive Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 69 reviews)

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A Truly Dynamic Overdrive

I received the VooDoo Labs Sparkle Drive a couple of years ago as a gift. When I first tried it out, i was playing a second rate guitar thorough a practice amp and i...Read complete review

I received the VooDoo Labs Sparkle Drive a couple of years ago as a gift. When I first tried it out, i was playing a second rate guitar thorough a practice amp and i was delighted by how much warmth and harmonic complexity the pedal coaxed out. The box is small enough to be entirely unobtrusive on your pedal board, and the casing feels like it could stand up to more abuse than i would likely subject it to. The knobs turn smoothly and the tone shaping controls are very effective. I always find myself with the tone control between 9:00 and 3:00, so there are plenty of highs and lows available depending on your taste. This pedal sounds similar to a vintage ts808, but it is better in my opinion, because it costs less, and it has a unique and very useful "clean" control which means if you love the way your amp sounds clean, and you dont want to compramise that tone in order to get your gritty distortion tones, you can find a balance of the two that sounds best. I always have the pedal on because it sounds so natural. It can even be kicked on as a clean boost! But it delivers plenty of thick distortion when that is called for as well. Basically, Unless heavy hitting European Black metal is your thing, this pedal won't disappoint.

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The concept is great and the clean boost is useful, but the overdrive seems so boxy, and small sounding.I've used it with my Marshall and Fender and Mesa amps and just cant get into...Read complete review

The concept is great and the clean boost is useful, but the overdrive seems so boxy, and small sounding.I've used it with my Marshall and Fender and Mesa amps and just cant get into the sound. If this is truly what an 808 Tube Screamer sounds like, I don't get what all the fuss is about. Sounds boxy and dry.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My favorite overdrive, EVER.

By Shooter Janes

from Oklahoma City

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    Guys, it doesn't get much better than this. I have this, a Soul Food, and a Fulltone OCD, and this pedal gets WAY more work than the other two. Don't get me wrong, I love all three of those, but this is probably my favorite tubescreamer circuit ever. The blend feature is SOOOOOO useful. Gives you that extra snap and definition you always feel like you're missing when you engage that distortion. Beautiful, full sounding distortion. I may replace some other pedals, but this one stays.

     
    5.0

    GreenMan

    By Michael Cofer

    from Georgia

    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    This pedal was recommend by a friend. I used it Memorial Day weekend at an outdoor venue and it worked without any problems at all.
    Clean Drive - just what I wanted..
    Seems to be very robust. Time will tell
    Great for the money. No problem there.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Clean Boost

    By Jordan Greer

    from Houston Texas

    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    I have had this pedal for about 2 months now and I absolutely love it! When you dial up a good mix between the gain and clean knobs, you can really get a killer clean tone. Personally, I don't believe that it is a great higher gain overdrive pedal, but it stacks nicely with other overdrives. I run it mainly before my Fulltone Fulldrive 2 and it sounds really great! Definently worth the price if you are looking for a great clean drive pedal! If that's what you are looking into getting, you won't be dissapointed!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice OD

    By Alex Graff

    from RI

    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    Great pedal. I highly reccomend it. If you are looking for a solid overdrive that's got muscle but also has the capacity to be very sensitive for under $200, this is the way to go.
    I like the fact that you can blend the clean and dirty signals. It gives you a clearer, more honest tone than many other compressed OD pedals (e.g. BD2, OCD). The only thing that's great but not PHENOMENAL is the actual overdrive itself.
    Sturdy.
    For 130? Amazing. Other overdrives dont really come close to this one until you get up into the 180 and higher range (Fulldrive 2 is an exception). That clean control helps so much.

     
    5.0

    Plays well with others

    By Russell Jackson

    from Phoenix, Az

    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    I've been on the hunt for a good overdrive that plays nice with my Jet City amp. The J-C was designed by Mike Soldano, so it doesn't have much in the way of clean headroom to begin with and most pedals push it past the point of good tone. Not this little beauty. I knew 30 seconds after firing it up for the first time that it was a keeper. Now I can turn the gain on the amp up to 4 or 5, then crank the gain on the Sparkle Drive full on, which pushes the overdrive tone way over the top. Not my cup of tea. Now comes the "clean" knob that blends in a boosted clean signal and then use the clean knob on the pedal to balance the whole thing and put the tone right into the sweet spot. It just sounds amazing at any volume too. The tonal pallet is really wide open on this box which makes it really versatile. Construction is top notch, components are the best. I love everything about, except t sounds freakin' awesome and it And it seems to play nice with other pedals as well, like a Microvibe, (which as it happens was already on my pedal board. It's an butt-kickin' combination.

    (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Cheap Plastic

    By Alan Hendricks

    from New Albany

    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    I was really excited to try out this pedal at GC. Turns out it is very cheaply made of flemsy plastic. The idea of this pedal is great but poorly execuited. There is no chunk or drive at all even with the gain all the way up and the clean all the way down. The only real use this pedal has is as a clean signal booster but at his price you could easily find a better quiality/ built signal booster for much less.

     
    5.0

    Versatile pedal

    By Ironmike

    from Fort Worth, TEXAS

    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    This is my third favorite pedal in the chain. My first is my Boss tuner, second my MXR 10 channel EQ, then the Sparkle Drive OD. I prefer this pedal to the Fulltone OCD, simply because of the ability to blend the sound. If I could make one recommendation for future enhancements, I would like the housing to be smaller. I prefer the mini/micro sized pedals because I could then put more pedals on my already crowded board. I get the best tone out of a '93 Fender Blues Deluxe and playing either my Gibson LP Std or Fender American Deluxe Strat.
    As many here have said, the tone knob is what makes this pedal. Having the ability to blend the clean and the crunch really provide a wide range of tonal possibilities.
    The case is rugged and has been on my pedal board for over a year without issue. I use the power cord on my pedal board, but have had no issues at the connection.
    You'll be hard pressed to find a pedal with similar quality and features at any price range.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    On par with much more expensive overdrives...

    By session_of_jam@yahoo.com

    from New England

    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    I really like the Sparkle Drive. Tons of volume to drive any tube amp into submission. The clean/drive blend control really makes this pedal versatile. It can be an all out gain pedal, or a strong clean boost. The tone is a little dark, and has a little more "honk" than I normallly enjoy, but I have plenty of other places to compensate for that in my chain. Just a nice tight and focused sound. Very musical.
    Not too many extras here, but the clean/drive blend knob is a real treat.
    Seems pretty rugged to me, but the power adapter input has wiggled loose a couple times. Happens with lots of pedals, but then again, some never have this problem. For that, it gets an 8.
    Easily my favorite overdrive in this price range (and I likes me some overdrive pedals!!!)

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Pedal

    By Mgaskill182

    from Redmond,Oregon

    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    This is a great addition to your stomp box collection," Buy one"
    Combine this pedal with a Boss CS-3 and you have awesome tone and sound!!, one of my favorite stomps. My Telecaster sounds so good with the addition of this pedal and with both pedals running together my Gibson faded SG with 59' Seymore Duncan pickups gets real big "clean crunch" a great old time tone, awesome pedal!!.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

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    By Planet Dave

    from North Bay Area Ca.

    Comments about Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal:

    The concept is great and the clean boost is useful, but the overdrive seems so boxy, and small sounding.I've used it with my Marshall and Fender and Mesa amps and just cant get into the sound. If this is truly what an 808 Tube Screamer sounds like, I don't get what all the fuss is about. Sounds boxy and dry.

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