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Xotic SL Drive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal  

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Famous for its woody, organic and beautiful sounds of saturation, these legendary British amplifiers, the Super Lead & Super Bass, have been delivering one of the all-time classic sounds for almos... Read More

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Famous for its woody, organic and beautiful sounds of saturation, these legendary British amplifiers, the Super Lead & Super Bass, have been delivering one of the all-time classic sounds for almost 50 years. Players like Jimmy Page, Paul Kossoff and countless other relied on this type of tone for their signature sound.

Xotic have recreated this vintage masterpiece in a rugged small enclosure. The SL Drive offers very amp-like response and cleans up nicely with a roll of your guitar's volume knob. The internal dip switches allow you to choose the sound characteristics of both 1959 models. The Super Lead setting offers a brighter tone with more gain, while the Super Bass setting has more low end with less high end. Its compact design conforms nicely to the smallest space on any pedal board.

The SL Drive is equipped with true bypass switching and eliminates any signal interference when switched off. Power requirements are either 9V battery or AC adapter (optional).

Features
  • Faithfully delivers the legendary sounds of the Super Lead and Super Bass British amplifiers
  • Two settings provide a ton of versatile tones
  • Amp-like response that interacts nicely with your guitar's volume control
  • Tone, Drive and Volume controls
  • Compact enclosure
Specifications
  • 3.5"W x 1.5"D x 1.5"H
    .57 lbs.
    Power consumption: 9VDC/5mA
    Optional AC adapter: 9VDC-18VDC, Negative tips (regulated)
    Input impedance: 1M ohm
    Output impedance: 1K ohm
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XoticSL Drive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 5 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (3)
  • Excellent sound quality (3)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Performances (3)
  • Professional recording (3)

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4.0

Great Marshally overdrive with lots of flavor

By Fusion Guy

from Winston Salem, NC

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Xotic SL Drive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    The SL Drive from Xotic is a great, solidly built overdive to achive that classic Marshall sound. It does have a small footprint, but I was surprised that it stood a little more taller in height than what I expected, nevertheless construction is very solid and it does have a bit of weight to it despite it's tiny size. In standard Super Lead mode it has mids & highs that can easily cut though a band mix, great for rock rhythm and tons of volume for leads. There is enough gain for some great sounding crunch, but really not enough for achieving metal or liquid sounding high gain leads with lots of sustain (on a clean amp that is, boosting a driven amp may be a different story.) I use an MI Effects Super Crunch for my higher gain sounds, this SL sits right in the middle range of the drives on my pedalboard and is very very useful. Sound quality is excellent! Highly recommended.

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    5.0

    SL Drive By: Xotic is "Amazing"

    By Future Tech

    from Concord CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable Easy To Use
    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Most Amazing Effect I Own
    • Responsive
    • Sound Is Incredible
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Can Be Used In Any Genre
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Xotic SL Drive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I wish I would have acquired this effect many years ago. This effect enhances my solos to another level.
      It can be used when using my Marshall or Fender Amplification. The many different setting are distinct and easy to adjust. This effect can be used by itself or in conjunction with my other effects. Yes, I would definitely recommend this effect to anyone that is looking to enhance their guitar playing experience.

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      5.0

      Fantastic old school distortion pedal

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      By rbt_austin

      from Austin, TX

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Xotic SL Drive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I purchased this pedal and added it to my effects chain and all I want to say is this is a killer pedal. You can instantly sound like you're playing through a classic Marshall stack sounding rig very simply. I would like to purchase the other pedals in this line of pedals and see how they work together. It plays nicely with my Xotic BB+ pedal.

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        5.0

        You Won't Be Disappointed!

        By David A

        from Seattle, WA

        Comments about Xotic SL Drive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Let me just start off by saying 5 Starts! The thing I really like the most about this pedal is you can turn the drive way down to where you can get that late 60s early 70s tone to the likes of Jimmy Page and his peers. A great sounding pedal for the money. Sounds even better in chain after [Keeley] Compressor and just before a Keeley Katana Boost.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Xotic Effects SL Drive Distortion

        By Roger Morton

        from St Petersburg, FL

        Comments about Xotic SL Drive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This is a great match up with Xotic's SP Compressor and EP Booster, as a trio they make a pretty decent pedal board by themselves. It works very well by itself too. This was just what I was looking for in a distortion pedal with it's smooth/creamy attack and great crunch. Does it sound just like a Marshall? Only a Marshall really does that but this is a pretty freaking good approximation of it. Switching between pickups yields the different tones of your guitar, backing off the volume cleans it up nicely. 18volts gives a bit better headroom and interaction with the guitar volume control. The interior dip switches let you tailor it to your taste and the outer controls finish it off with precision. This pedal really works well with other distortions/drives in front of it too. What's NOT to like? I don't know because I really DO like it. I would definitely replace if lost, it doesn't seem likely to break as it's built like a tank.

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