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In many ways, Blue Drive 1 by Lunastone Pedals is like ‘The Beauty and the Beast’. It has a beautiful body, but it can also rear its ugly head.
Put all knobs at the 12 o’clock position, and Blue Drive 1 will (in most cases) act as a wet, beautiful and sustain clean boost approximately at unity volume. But, dial the Drive knob to catch the point just before the drive kicks in and the magic starts to happen.
When playing softly, you will still have the beautiful wet transparency, but hit it harder and the Beast will stick out that ugly head. If you have a ‘bite-y’ day, just turn the Drive knob all the way up and you will feel the sharp teeth of this pedal.
The inspiration for Blue Drive 1 design comes mainly from the Blues genre. The Blues scale is a super harmonious pentatonic scale with an extra very active flat 5 note, that always adds edge and spice no matter how many times it is played. And that basically nails the soul and identity of Blue Drive 1.
Blue Drive 1 is unlike our TrueOverDrive effects pedals, designed with a more common distortion/overdrive approach, as it (like most other distortion/overdrive effects pedals) has a combination of cascade coupled gain stages and diode clipping. However, Blue Drive 1’s ‘tipping point’ or ‘jump’ where you suddenly go from an almost clean sound to a fairly overdriven sound due to the nature of the diodes has methodically been turned into an advantage!
Play with the Gain knob just around that breaking point, and you will be able to control the beauty and ugliness only by playing dynamically.
The knobs are not only placed diagonally because it looks killer, but it is also because Lunastone know that sometimes a quick tweak is needed mid song.
With the Volume and Drive knobs accessible by the edges, you can tweak them on the fly with your foot. No more kneeling down, letting go of the strings, abandoning the groove and losing momentum. Just tweak on the go and keep doing what you are supposed to do. PLAY!
FX Pedal Planet Limited and FX Pedal Planet Online Store are proud to be UK dealers for Lunastone Pedals. If we do not have the Lunastone Pedals effects pedal required, please message us via the contacts page and we will do our best to get the product in that you want at the very best price and service.
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