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Full-Drive 2, Overdrive pedal from Fulltone.


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Fulltone Full-Drive 2 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Fulltone
  • Model: Full-Drive 2
  • Category: Overdrive pedals
  • Added in our database on: 04/19/2004

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Fulltone Full-Drive 2 user reviews

Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 8 reviews )
 7 reviews88 %
 1 user review13 %
Everlone07/05/2011

Everlone's review"A Full-blown overdrive pedal."

Fulltone Full-Drive 2
The Fulltone Fulldrive II is an overdrive pedal with a Boost button for additional overdrive gain. This pedal is hand wired and completely analog.

UTILIZATION

This is an easy to use pedal with a multitude of tonal options. There are four knobs; Level, Tone, Drive and Boost. These control the volume of the pedal, the tone, the amount of drive, and the amount of Boost drive, respectively. The two footswitches on the pedal turn the pedal on and off and engage the Boost function, which does not work independently of the regular overdrive section. There is also a 3-way, miniature toggle switch to select one of three modes. The first is the Comp-Cut mode, which makes the pedal more of a clean boost. In this mode you get less gain, but way more volume output from the Fulldrive. The next is Vintage mode, which delivers a traditional Tube Screamer tone with a slight bump in mids. The final mode is the FM, or flat mids. This mode has the tonal characteristics of the Vintage mode but without the mid bump giving it a flatter EQ curve.

SOUND QUALITY

I used the Fulldrive II with a Gibson Les Paul Custom and several different amps, including a Marshall JCM 800 2x12 50 watt combo, a Laney LC50-II, and a Fender Super Reverb. In most cases I was using the Fulldrive as a boost to an already distorted tone, but I have also used the pedal as my stand alone overdrive tone. I would set the pedal differently for each scenario and in both cases the pedal performed amazingly well.

OVERALL OPINION

My favorite thing about the Fulldrive II is the versatility of the pedal. I have owned several overdrive pedals and this is by far the best. It is capable of so many different tones it is truly an indispensable tool for any guitar rig.
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iamqman04/13/2011

iamqman's review

Fulltone Full-Drive 2
Fulltone makes some amazing products. I am huge fan of their work. This review may come off as little biased because I enjoy the quality of their pedals, but I think that most people who know pedals, knows how well the Fulltone line of gear operates.

I love this pedal because it is basically two pedal in one. It has the overdrive side and the boost side for solos or another simple drive channel.

Fulltone Fulldrive2 MOSFET Overdrive/Clean Boost Guitar Effects Pedal Features:

* Offers clean boost and overdrive via two channels
* Durable, 16-gauge steel enclosure
* Volume, Tone, Overdrive, Boost controls
* Selectable Vintage/CompCut and MOSFET/Standard modes
* True bypass


UTILIZATION

Mini-Toggle #1

* "Vintage" for old-style Fd2 mid-heavy tones that cut through the mix
* "FM" stands for "flat-mids" offering a more natural sound but I've enhanced this mode for even more transparency, it sounds great on a strat's Neck Pickup, truly spectacular! .
* "CompCut" feature removes the bounding from the feedback loop allowing for Monster Clean Boost tones and some rougher OD sounds with the OD and Boost knobs turned up

Mini-Toggle #2

* choice between MOSFET and Normal clipping modes
* "normal mode" is even more asymmetrical, sweeter, more open, no "blanket" over the sound.
* moved the LED's, borrowed the OCD's super bright LED's with (Fulltone's exclusive) "no thump/No pop" True Bypass.
* a beautiful sparkle Blue Metallic powder-coat finish for this...the final version of the most popular boutique OD ever made.


SOUND QUALITY

This particular pedal sounds great in pretty much any guitar and any amp. I tend to lean towards Fender Strat's, Charvel's, and Gisbon Les Paul's going into a Marshall style amp or some kind. If you have a good amp that takes pedals well like a Fender Twin or a Vox AC30 then you will love this pedal.

This pedal works great in front of an already overdriven high gain amplifier. It really responds well to you your playing dynamics and touch. The tone is thick and warm. One of the best if not best overdrive pedals that Fulltone makes.

OVERALL OPINION

This is a fantastic pedal that is capable of so many options and versatility. At new these units come in at around $150 which is a steal in my opinion. To basically have two pedal in one for the price of most single overdrives is great. That is probably why this pedal is one of Fulltone's highest sold units.

I would recommend this pedal to anyone who needs to have a couple pedal in one and doesn't want to give up a tone of space on his pedal board. One of the best priced units available anywhere.
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Tophe201403/06/2011

Tophe2014's review

Fulltone Full-Drive 2
OD/booster pedal all analog powered with a JRC4558 (still a reference in OD)

UTILIZATION

So here we get our usual Volume Tone Gain and on/off from the tubescreamer.
The originality is that the pedal manage to have a boost switch, the extra pot called boost help up setting up that boost, it is just an another feedback loop setting but it also add mediums, Yummy!! :)
The tone is special, it more working like a presence control.
a 3 way switch is there to, giving Vintage/FM/No comp settings, meaning full med bump for vintage, Flat mids, and no comp (no cap/resistor/diode in the feedback) this mod is loud as hell, a great booster, very convincing.

SOUND QUALITY

I got a older model before the Mosfet mod, it is even better, no too brite, the sound is very solid, very rawring on a OD channel

OVERALL OPINION

The best OD out there!
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moosers02/28/2009

moosers's review

Fulltone Full-Drive 2
The Fulltone Full Drive 2 is an analog overdrive guitar pedal. It has 1/4 inch inputs and outputs and is not rackable as it is a foot pedal.

UTILIZATION

The configuration of the Full Drive 2 is really easy to follow and is straightforward overall. It has knobs for volume, tone, overdrive, and boost, with a separate foot switch to turn the boost on or off. It also has two switches to control different types of amp simulations and tones. I don't have a manual for this, but the pedal is easy enough to use that I never needed any help learning how to use it.

SOUND QUALITY

The sound quality of the Fulltone Full Drive 2 is great overall. It is rich in tone and has quite a full sounding overall body to it. I use this with guitar - usually a Fender Stratocaster and a '76 Fender Twin Reverb amplifier. While it will work with other electronic instruments, it is probably suited best for electric guitar. You can get both a great lead tone and a great rhythm tone, as the pedal versatile and capable of a few different types of overdrive. Overall, the sound quality is top notch and is easy to get a great sound from it.

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using the Fulltone Full Drive 2 for about a year. Fulltone is building a reputation for making some great overdrive pedals, and the Full Drive 2 is one of their best. It has a great look to it, and the sound quality is awesome. Its ease of use makes for being able to get quick overdrive sounds that sound great. The price is more expensive than most Boss pedals, but in terms of a high quality overdrive, the pedal is reasonably priced. It is built well overall and will stand the test of time if you treat it right. Overall, I recommend this pedal to those interested in a great sounding overdrive pedal - great for rock music!
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