The Gearmanndude has made his own pedal! Now you cannot mess with the Luther Drive!
Based on the Maxon OD808, you’ll find the Luther Drive to be perfect for filling the gap for your Tubescreamer-esque needs. The Luther Drive has a few differences in at circuit in comparison to other green cased overdrives.
The Luther Drive is based in a Hammond-type project box, pots turn as they should separately mounted from the board itself, not on the PCB board, but separately and individually mounted. Footswitch feels like a normal switch. A Toggle switch dons the board, with a blue LED lighting the way.
The Luther Drive sports a really cool L slap to write on there in a cool Curly-cue cursive kind of fashion. Really, it’s a mid-humped no nonsense box.
Throw test: This might lose a part or two is thrown.
With two different modes, both Normal and Loud via the simple toggle on the face, you can attain tones that the Keeley Flexi 4×2 can produce, for less than half the cost. Without the switch, this is a normal TS808 type pedal, play as you would either as a great blues drive or as a clean boost.
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Given it’s price tag of $117, the Luther drive is in the competition for your pedal dollars. I’d be wary if you are going to get this pedal. It is built by Gearmanndude, who stands behind his product with customer service to be sure. The only caveat to this purchase would be if you are living by the Joe Bonamassa rule: Don’t buy any pedal that you can’t easily buy at the next guitar store down the road. In other words, if you go through multiple pedals of the TS-808 flavor, then buy an actual Ibanez TS-808 reissue, available everywhere. When we get into custom shop stuff like the Luther Drive, I recommend you do one of three things:
- Get that Ibanez TS-808 I was talking about earlier, or even the Maxon OD808 – virtually the same pedal.
- Get the EHX East River Drive, a poor man’s TS808/OD808 which does the job quite well.
- Buy two Luther Drives from Gearmanndude himself.