Electro-Harmonix East River Drive
Electro-Harmonix East River Drive

East River Drive, Overdrive pedal from Electro-Harmonix.

Hieroglyph 05/21/2015

Electro-Harmonix East River Drive : Hieroglyph's user review

« East River Drive - a great journey! »

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Value For Money : Excellent Audience: Anyone
I did not own a TS808 clone as such - I had a couple typical ODs and transparent ODs and was quite happy with them. There weren't too may online demos of the East River Drive (ERD) and not any dissenting voices, so I took advantage of my Thomann review voucher and grabbed the ERD for just £10 of actual money!

I was quite excited about getting this for some reason - maybe because it had great graphics! All my other pedals are rather plain by comparison.

As usual it arrived within 3/4 days and in good shape. I set about trying out some settings and combinations of equipment and it stood up well to anything it was played with and put through - even some stacking - particularly with a Joyo Deluxe Crunch - massive room/stage filling presence.

The most exciting find for me was that with a Gibson Les Paul and a Cornford EL34 equipped Roadhouse amp, it is classic early 1970s Marshall tone. Think Spiders from Mars' Mick Ronson, Hawkwind, Humble Pie etc. Massive square-toned Marshall drive - lovely!

As per usual, I am of the habit of taking pics of the settings that sound best for me against the specific gear and then print these out and place them in a folder for an 'at a glance' guide. What often becomes apparent is that the same dial shapes appear over and over again. Is true here too but no matter where this pedal is dialed you get great usable tone.

I use it primarily powered via a Soundlab Pedal Power supply, where it is noiseless switching and operation


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