Boss BD-2 Blues Driver - Overdrive Pedal


93 out of 100. Incorporating 1500+ ratings and reviews.

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Boss BD-2 Blues Driver
Boss BD-2 Blues Driver

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Our rating of 93/100 is based on analysis of 1500+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The aim of the Boss BD-2 Blues Driver is to replicate the bluesy overdriven tone of a vintage tube amplifier, packed in a stompbox.

And it does the job pretty well if you look at its many favorable ratings and reviews.

This pedal is also a favorite among "modders", who tweak the components and circuitry of the pedal to their preference, some of these modded versions have even made their way into the pedalboards of famous guitarists.


  • Controls: Level, Tone, Gain
  • Analog
  • Hardwire Bypass
  • 9-Volt Adapter/Battery
  • Used by: Billy Joe Armstrong, Prince, Tom Morello, Lincoln Brewster

Owners of this pedal love its overdriven tone, which many describe as smooth and sweet, without the harshness that other overdrives seem to add. Even with its simple 3-knob interface, It is also often described as a versatile dirt box, from slightly overdriven tones to maxed out gain.

While there aren't many complaints about its performance, there are some who feel that the pedal is a bit too bright sounding for their taste.

This should be on your list if you're looking for a good tube-like overdriven tone.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Overdrive Pedals Under $150.

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