Flux-Drive by Mesa Boogie (Pedal review / test / demo)

Review by Have Guitar!

The Mesa Flux-Drive is the overdrive pedal for those who want more of all the best things from an overdrive, according to Mesa themselves. Is that so? The Cambridge dictionary states that the word “flux” means “continous change”. Well, that makes no sence what so ever…

As an overdrive the Flux-Drive surely makes the job you’d expect from an overdrive, it really helps shaping what you already got soundwise rather than recreating the tone. The bass and treble controls gives you additional control over the sound, which is always welcome. These EQ controls are just set enough according to me, they will change the sound but not drastically so.

Also I must add that some of the sound demos in the video actually sounds better now, when listening to the video than what I felt about them whilst playing. The Flux-Drive was nice pedal to try out but for me personally – it is not a pedal that I will buy in the future (the pedal in the video was borrowed).

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Video index:

00:55 – Base sounds for controls demo (Fuchs Blackjack 21 MKII)
01:49 – Flux-Drive Level control
02:55 – Flux-Drive Gain control
04:14 – Flux-Drive Bass control
05:12 – Flux-Drive Treble control
06:26 – Ballad backing track w/wo pedal
07:09 – Clean sound used for presets
08:50 – Gain sound used for presets
09:21 – Preset: Mid Gain Crunch
10:10 – Preset: Singing Solo
11:40 – Preset: Flux Bump
12:57 – Preset: Slam It
13:53 – Presets talk/conclusion
14:54 – ToneJunkie Lowman 65 without pedal
15:52 – ToneJunkie Lowman 65 with pedal
17:03 – Blues backing track w/wo pedal
17:36 – End words

Equipment used:
Mesa Boogie Flux-Drive
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
Green ‘White Dove’ SG (Lundgren The One)
Kemper Profiling Amp

Flux-Drive @ Mesa Boogie website

Profile packs used in this video –

ReampZone Fuchs Blackjack 21 MKII Kemper profiles

ReampZone Orange TH30 (Modded) Kemper Profiles

ToneJunkie 65 Lowman Amp Pack

Live Ready Sound 79 Mini Bender

Kemper Profling Amp

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Blues Driver BD-2 by BOSS (pedal review / test)

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It is not new but it’s a classic – the BOSS Blues Driver BD-2. A well placed product that came out around the time of the ‘blues boom’ of the mid 90’s. It’s an overdrive for the blues players and many others…

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Video index:
00:56 – Clean & Gain sound used for control tests
01:30 – BOSS Blues Driver BD-2 Gain control
02:52 – BOSS Blues Driver BD-2 Level control
03:33 – BOSS Blues Driver BD-2 Tone control
04:44 – BOSS Blues Driver BD-2 Mixed settings
05:46 – Blues backing track with/without the pedal
06:16 – Runthrough of the pedals presets
14:01 – Pink Floydish backing track with/without the pedal

Equipment used:
BOSS Blues Driver BD-2
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Green SG ‘White Dove’ (Lundgren The One)
Kemper Profiling Amp

Blues Driver BD-2 @ BOSS Website

In Praise of the Humble, Underrated Boss Blues Driver @ Reverb.com

The following profile packs was used in the video:

ReampZone – Diezel Einstein 100 Kemper profiles

ReampZone – Marshall JMP Super Lead 1976 Kemper profiles

ReampZone – Dumble ODS 50W HRM Kemper profiles

ToneJunkie – Sugar 16 Kemper profile pack

Kemper Profling Amp

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Yngwie Malmsteen Overdrive by Fender (pedal review/demo)

Yngwie Malmsteen Overdrive by Fender (pedal review/demo)

This video is a review / demo of the Fender Yngwie Malmsteen overdrived pedal. I suppose everyone knows who Yngwie is, a guitarist who was part of creating what became called “neoclassic metal” and he has had a huge influence on guitar players all over the world. So… this is his signature overdrive pedal!

Now I say it in the video and I’ll repeat it here; don’t expect me playing anything like Yngwie in this video! I’m not that kind of guitarist and frankly I don’t wanna be (said without bashing the man himself in any way!).

As for the pedal it-self – it has true bypass, metal casing, can be run with a 9-volt-battery or external power supply. It has only two controls – volume and gain. I know some people consider this the best overdrive out there, everyones taste is different! Me, I like it, but it is not my favourite overdrive pedal. Let me know in the comments what You think about it!!

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Equipment used:
Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Overdrive
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Kemper Profiling Amp

Profiles used in this video:

ReampZone – Marshall JMP Super Lead 1976

ReampZone – PRS Archon 100

ReampZone – Orange TH30 (Modded)

Live Ready Sound – Unchained

Kemper Profling Amp

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Fulltone OCD vs Tone City Dry Martini (Comparision / Blind test!)

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The master and the contender… maybe. So I have reviewed the Tone City Dry Martini, without comparing it to the pedal that it’s based on; the Fulltone OCD. I saved that for this video and after some thinking I decided to make it a blind test. Who doesn’t love a blind test?!! It’s scientific, fun and… well, a somewhat fair way to do an A/B-test.

I don’t think the Fulltone OCD needs a detailed introduction. It’s a classic overdrive pedal, available in many different versions and made in the USA. This pedal is said to have been sold in over 250000 units since it came around in late 2004. A sensitive overdrive, something that can create those overtones from a driven tube amplifier.

The Tone City Dry Martini is a smaller sized ‘clone’, made in China and cheaper than the OCD. It do have the same controls (Volume, Tone, Gain and a hi/low gain switch) but the spec’s are not excatly the same… and I do believe you can hear that – in my ears they do not sound the same. And that’s why I figured a blind test would be a good way to go about!

This way you can check out which sound you prefer, it might… or might not… surprize you. Let me know in the comments what you thought sounded the best! And did you get it right, pedal by pedal?

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Equipment used:
Tone City Dry Martini
Fulltone OCD V2
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Gibson Explorer Tribute/B2 2019 (Dirty Fingers+)

Kemper Profiling Amp Tone City Dry Martini @ Musik Produktiv

Tone City Dry Martini @ Andertons

(Tone City Audio’s webpage has been “Under maintenance” for a long while now, thus the above links!)

Fulltone OCD

Profiles from the following profilers has been used in this video –

Live Ready Sound

ReampZone

TMS Profiles

ToneJunkie

Kemper Profling Amp: https://www.kemper-amps.com/

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Dry Martini by Tone City (Review / Demo / Showcase)

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The American writer E.B. White said about the Dry martini; “the elixir of quietude”, which of course is something you couldn’t (or maybe shouldn’t) say about an overdrive pedal like the Tone City Dry Martini… (yes, he was talking about the drink).

So this is a demo/review of the Tone City micro pedal Dry Martini. This is a clone of the Fulltone OCD pedal and features about the same controls as the OCD; Volume, Tone, Gain and a high/low gain switch. The gain is best described as low to medium with a punchy character (think a tube amplifier at its ‘sweet spot’). It should be noted that the latest version of the Fulltone OCD has some features that the Dry Martini hasn’t; like the ‘Enhanced bypass’ for example.

This video is all about the Tone City Dry Martini on its own, no comparison with the Fulltone OCD. If not already out, I will soon release a “blind test” video where you can test if you can spot which is the original pedal (or which of them you would prefer). I’ve used one clean sound and one slightly overdriven sound for this review, should be noted that due to a malfunction the sound in the overdriven sound part of the video is captured by room microphones.

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Equipment used:
Gibson Les Paul Standard ’76
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Tone City Dry Martini
Kemper Profiling Amp

Video Index –
01:47 – ToneJunkie Brown Eyed Girl (BE100), clean sound/profile w/o pedal
02:41 – Dry Martini 12’clock setting
04:13 – Dry Martini volume up
04:43 – Dry Martini Tone control at low gain
06:43 – Dry Martini Tone Control at high gain
08:58 – Low gain w High gain switch activated
11:02 – All controls maxed, high switch on
11:44 – More Low gain testing
15:09 – Fiddlin’ with the guitar tone control
16:05 – Various settings on the Dry Martini
16:49 – Live Ready Sound Fukes ODS (Fuchs), crunch sound/profile w/o pedal
17:30 – Dry Martini 12’clock setting
18:53 – Low gain settings
20:19 – High gain settings
21:14 – End words

(Tone City’s webpage has been ‘under maintenance for a long while, so I’ve listed a couple of EU retailers instead.)

Tone City Dry Martini @ Musik Produktiv

Tone City Dry Martini @ Andertons

Fulltone OCD

Profiles used in this video from –

ToneJunkie

Live Ready Sound

Kemper Profling Amp

Martini (the drink!) @ Wikipedia

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Dummble Pack by Top Jimi (Kemper profiles demo)

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Here’s a demo of the Dummble Pack from Top Jimi – it’s a great pack of tones here according to my opinion and taste! It’s a big pack with over 100 profiles and it’s not very expensive.

So, Dummble you say? Seems there’s a lot of various Dumble sounds floating around. And I guess that isn’t surprising considering a used Dumble amp can cost way over 100 000 USD!! So these profiles comes from a Ceriatone Overtone Special (100 watts), and that should be a ‘clone’ of an original Dumble amp (and a lot cheaper by that!).

Clone may sound a bit degrading, I don’t really care because it sounds great! Rich tones, great gain sound and various styles of sound is what this pack from Top Jimi will get ya and I hope my demo shows that. Me? I really digg this pack, it is a keeper for sure!!

This profile pack contains both studio as well as merged profiles, profiled with three different speakers; 12″ Celestion Vintage 30, 1970 12″ Celestion 25W Greenback and 1967 12″ Celestion 20W Greenback.

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Equipment used:
Harley Benton TE70 Black Paisley (Fender Texas Specials)
Gibson Explorer Tribute B-2 2019 (Dirty Fingers+)
Fulltone OCD
Kemper Profiling Amp

Dummble Pack @ Top Jimi

Dumble Amplifiers @ Wikipedia

Ceriatone Amplifiers

Kemper Profling Amp

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DP Durple by Tone City (pedal review – demo – showcase)

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Here’s a new guitar overdrive pedal from Tone City – DP Durple! So it is not a signature pedal but it’s collaboratively designed by Tone City and “Danish Pete” from Andertons. The DP Durple is based on Tone City Mandragora OD but modified to suit Danish Pete’s tonal taste.

So the Tone City Mandragora is based on the Kalamazoo Love Drive and the DP Durple is as said based on the Mandragora, with some modifications. The Mandragora’s ‘Pre’ (presence) has been replaced by a ‘Mid’ control that let’s you cut or boost the amount of mid-range. The ‘Tone’ control has been adjusted to be less bright, offering a more moderate amount of treble so it’s not too shrill at the higher settings.

Otherwise it’s a small but sturdy analogue pedal; metal casing and true bypass. The dimensions are 4.2 x 5.2 x 9.3 cm and it needs a 9VDC power supply, no battery compartment. The controls are gain, volume, mid and tone.

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Equipment used:
Tone City DP Durple
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Gibson Explorer Tribute/B2 2019 (Dirty Fingers+)
Kemper Profiling Amp

Tone City pedals @ Andertons

(I list Andertons due to the fact that the Tone City Audio webpage has been in maintenance mode for a long while now…)

ToneJunkie webstore

ReampZone webstore

Kemper Profling Amp

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Orange Rockerverb Ultimate Kemper Profiles by Gold Lion Audio (Kemper profiles demo)

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Another ‘premier’ – the new Orange Rockerverb Ultimate Kemper Profile pack from Gold Lion Audio – yes! The Orange amps has a special sound that hits me in the right spot every time and this pack is no different.

Another good thing with this profile pack is that it comes with studio, direct and merged profiles – something for all tastes in other words! Also there has been five different cabs used while creating these profiles which gives a good variation of tones. Might add that these profiles recreates the sound from an Orange Rockerverb 100 head!

There is not much else to say than this is a great pack if you like that orange tone… personally, I love it. So thanks for watching Have Guitar and I do hope you will like this demo. Please support the channel with a subscription! To you who do already – Thanks!!!

Equipment used:
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Mooer Rumble Drive
MXR Double Double Overdrive
Kemper Profiling Amp

Orange Rockerverb @ Gold Lion Audio

Orange Rockerverb Series

Kemper Profling Amp

Mooer Rumble Drive

MXR Double Double Overdrive

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Golden Plexi by Tone City Audio (Guitar pedal review, test, sound demos)

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A golden small metal box that brings out the sound from a Marshall Plexi amp, is that possible? With ToneCity Audio’s Golden Plexi it is and that is the subject for this video! It is small, it is cheap and it can make your tones scream like a pig on fire. Well… actually it will sound better than that… I never lit a pig on fire but I do imagine this sounds better…

I must just say this, I kinda ran into a problem when I was trying out the pedal. It sounded fantastic when I used it with a clean tone but as soon as I switched to a profile with some gain it immediately became too much. Too fat, too compressed and just too much in general! I guess I had not done my homework properly on this pedal, seems to be intended to be plugged in to the clean channel of an amplifier.

As I usually use the same guitar for the whole video when it comes to effetc pedals, due to the above fact I used different guitars with different clean profiles instead. You know, trying to create a video with more overview perspective so to speak.

This demo/review is done with a Kemper Profiling Amp, with the stomp box plugged in to the front of the Kemper. The Kemper sounds and reacts very much like a classic (or modern!) tube amp and it takes pedals just a real amp. Just wanna make that clear!

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Equipment used:
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019 (Dirty Fingers+)
Harley Benton TE70 Black Paisley (Fender Texas Specials)
Kemper Profiling Amp

Tone City Golden Plexi @ Musik Produktiv

Tone City Golden Plexi @ Andertons

Carl Martin website

Guitar Interactive Magazine review of Carl Martin PlexiTone

Kemper Profling Amp

Profilers in the order that they appear in this video –

ToneJunkie – 63 Trem-Luxe

SGL Profiles – Dirty 40

Live Ready Sound – Ruler of Amps

Gold Lion Studio – Budda Superdrive 80

Deadlight Studios – S.P.A.W.N. Quick Shot

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Mojo DirtyToy by RockProfiles (Kemper profiles demo)

Mojo DirtyToy by RockProfiles (Kemper profiles demo)
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Here’s a demo from a profiler that I haven’t featured before – RockProfiles and the pack is called Mojo – DirtyToy! As I say in the video, I was honestly impressed by the tones that you could squeeze out from this pack, they just sound awesome!

So these profiles have been created from what I understand is a one of a kind amplifier: the amp is a Mojave DirtyBoy, with ten tubes, five transformers, user-controlled variable feedback, variable bias, and built-in variac, Mojave’s Dirty Boy offers a feature set you can’t get anywhere else. Ans did I mention that it sounds awesome?!

This profile pack will give you 26 merged profiles from clean to high gain combinded with four different cab’s. Highly recommend by me! I will get more packs from RockProfiles after having a taste of this pack…

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Equipment used:
Schecter Custom E-1 Special Edition VSB (Schecter USA Sunset Strip/Schecter USA Pasadena)
Ibanez DTT700 (DiMarzio D Activator-X)
Mooer Rumble Drive
Electro-Harmonix Soul Food
Kemper Profiling Amp

Mojo DirtyToy @ RockProfiles webshop

Mooer Audio webpage

Electro-Harmonix website

Kemper Profling Amp

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