Ashdown Drive Plus

Ashdown Drive Plus

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Drive Plus, Bass Distortion/Overdrive from Ashdown.

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Ashdown Drive Plus tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Ashdown
  • Model: Drive Plus
  • Category: Bass Distortions/Overdrives
  • Added in our database on: 06/21/2006

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Ashdown Drive Plus user reviews

Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 4 reviews )
 3 reviews75 %
 1 user review25 %

mooseherman's review"Really Impressive Bass Distortion"

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This is basically a bass distortion pedal. These pedals are pretty notable for how much they have disappointed me in the past. Not this one. There are two 1/4" connections for input and output as well as an input for the power supply. There are no MIDI or Computer editing capabilities. The pedal is also unfortunately not rackable.


The effects editing is a little bit more detailed, but I think that is really the selling point of this pedal. The configuration isn't too bad, though it is unique. The coolest thing about this pedal is the drive knobs. There is a separate drive knob for the high frequencies and low frequencies. This is crucial. There is also a filter control for both the high and low frequencies. There is also an input volume knob as well as an output volume knob. Another interesting feature is the balance knob, which controls the mix of the distorted and clean signals, which allows for a variety of tones.


I think that the P-bass is the best bass I have for this pedal, as the Jazz bass doesn't take well to distortion in general. The multiple drive controls for high and low frequencies make this a pretty amazing pedal. It makes it easy to add distortion to only the ends of the bass that you want to. Thus, you can emphasize the gain on the high end to make it sound really distorted, but leave the low end relatively clean to maintain the most thump and power. These knobs also prevent extremely muddy sounds, which was also a frustrating occurrence before. You can also really crank the gain on both frequency knobs but make the balance closer to the clean tone to make a really interesting distorted tone that still is clear.


I liked the variety of tones and the clarity of this pedal the most. I think that this is hands down the most interesting idea for a bass distortion I've seen. I think that it's expensive new, and it's not as well known, which is why I'm really psyched that my buddy found this for me. I have tried countless bass distortions and haven't really been satisfied with any of them. I would highly recommend this.

ggluzicki's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" simpa but not top"

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This is a classic overdrive pedal bulky analog mode.
1 in 1 jack jack out AND power supply.


by adjustment knob. simple enough to find the right sound sound. amber see manual that does not exist.


At the time the effect is not striking (but this is not an overdrive distortion), but the 2 em listening boosta the frequency is pretty cool.

It is used on my BTB 676 and a Hartke amp ha 2500.

This pedal is not striking at the difference in sound; but it gives the little extra that may fail to enter a amp range.


ca have to do 3 years I have.

I just bought on a whim to see what gave ca.

ca colors well the sound of the amp and the indicator needle is fun.

It must be one of the cheapest on the walk so no need to ruin.

I do not know if I would do this choice, but as it is .......

Lucasz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

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Level of the character:

- 5 knobs:
Input 1
1 Low Frequency Drive
1 Balance
1 High Frequency Drive (And yes, there are two channels of distortion)
Output 1

- A VU meter
- A footswitch "true bypass".

Nothing complex ...

The carcass is very hard steel, no risk of breaking! two arches protect the meter.
Only problem for me, I got it wrong with the VU meter stuck. We must remove the case to pick. Have two small screws are interesting :-)


Usage is quite simple. It adjusts the input level for one's own without modification, is regulated both drive and output level of the effect.

The knob is used to balance the balance (if so) between the LF and HF Drive Drive Not bad thought!

Nothing superhuman.

Level settings, it is true that we have a broad panel of her. Practice :-)

A manual? Yes, there is one in English that explains what each knob.


Sound levels, I am very satisfied. We keep the sound of his bass! We do not mug an old guitar sound! It's a real drive for low ;-)

The big advantage is that it does not waste time by enabling low. Those who have already tried an overdrive know what I mean. Generally, we are happy in the store, you think it will move coughed ... And then we try to repeat. The result is often disappointing. As soon as the guitarist's branch canal saturated finished was low :-( guitar all his food ...

Here it's different, it grabs a sacred well now.

I have not found better.


I use it for two months. I'm not disappointed.
No need to spend 3 days to find what you're looking for. One arm and boom. That's it.

The seller of my shop was on the buttocks and much preferred this one to the famous ODB-3.

Effect with a beautiful personality.

bajito's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

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Stomp pedal overdrive / distortion for bass, the size of two large pedals boss.

Steel case and heavy char-fawn-d'assaut jumps over me-even-not-evil.

5 knobs: level of low frequency input gain, balance, gain high frequency, output level - True bypass - a signal to the nitre of-the gadget useless, but that is pretty on sc only).

9 volt battery location, absolutely not practical or easy close
Between power supply type boss.

I put 9 because the battery cover is really a crap.


The intrt this PDAL RSID in being able to gain rgler indpendamment frquences high gain low frequencies. This allows for a relatively distortion varies. The addition of a balance can privilgier the distortion on the bass or distortion on the treble.

The pedals are easily RULES therefore, the knobs are effective, but like any effect, it may be good to spend some time on it to refine the report.


High Frequency gain distortion sounds pretty Scheer and analog, which pulls all the way to the fuzz. We like it or not, I personally am not too fan. However the gain on the bass, with a good balance SETTING THE produces a typical tube screamer crmeux her, and the fact ca plutt well! You can also get a serious effect on distortion.

I also have a SansAmp Bass driver, sound quality and level of distortion, there is no picture!

The sound of the instrument is good enough in this respect that the pedals do not color too.

I note 8 because the sound is a little dry and lacks a bit of heat.


I use the pedals for 1 week. I love the strength, the ability rgler gain on both sides of the spectrum of the bass.

The only regret is that the sound is a bit dry and cold, as a good analog distortion. It lacks the pedals a ct warmer lamps.

Overall, it's a good distortion, an affordable price. The report qualitprix I think is pretty good.

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