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LHW

Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Jan 13th, 2018 02:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I picked up one of these at an auction this afternoon.
Does anyone have an opinion of them?
Thanks!

LeftyMeister

Buckeye Country, USA

Tone is in the lingers
Jan 13th, 2018 02:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had one when they first came out. I like it for low gain but it really didn't add anything that my Keeley BD-2 didn't do already, and the BD-2 was more versatile.

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Jan 13th, 2018 03:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have no first hand knowledge of them, only what I've read. A cursory look suggests it's a TS-style OD with separate treble & bass.

Apparently the Drivetrain II seems to have received some significant improvements over the first one.

From effectsdatabase.com:

"The revised Drivetrain II features several important improvements made in response to customer feedback:

1. Increased output volume - With the drive set all the way off the pedal is still capable of substantial boosting by turning up the volume control. This allows a cleaner boost for fattening up the sound, pushing a tube amp over the edge or for simply changing the eq of your sound.

2. Wider range treble control - Allows more aggressive sounds and more tonal control which is especially useful with dark sounding humbucker equipped guitars.

3. Neutral bypass - This buffered bypass does not alter tone when the pedal is bypassed and does not pop loud like common true bypass switches. And because it is buffered it prevents signal and treble loss when using long cables or multiple pedals placed after the Drivetrain II. We feel this is superior to true bypass switching.

4. Metallic Racing Green finish - Racy finish reminiscent of 60's muscle cars... rev it up!"


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El Californio

Jan 13th, 2018 03:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had a Drivetrain II for many years -- my favorite low-gain pedal, highly prized among the Reverend faithful. Simple and effective.

LeftyMeister

Buckeye Country, USA

Tone is in the lingers
Jan 13th, 2018 07:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had the original and remember the low volume ouput.

Peegoo
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Jan 13th, 2018 11:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I always thought if they improved on the Drivetrain, it would be called the Bad Monkey.

Leftee
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VA

Life makes a man tired.
Jan 14th, 2018 12:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And if they improved the Bad Monkey it would be called the Fat Drive.

Mick Reid
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Australia

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Jan 14th, 2018 01:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I always thought if they improved on the Drivetrain, it would be called the Bad Monkey."

Hah!! I was thinking it, but wasn't gonna say it!

I love my $59 Bad Monkey. I pull it out the cupboard now and again and it never disappoints.


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El Californio

Jan 15th, 2018 12:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The all-analog Drivetrain II has much more natural tube-like tone than the pleasant-but-rather-canned and often "fizzy" sounding BM, imo. Excellent as a clean boost too. You guys be trippin'.

LeftyMeister

Buckeye Country, USA

Tone is in the lingers
Jan 15th, 2018 03:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a BM for one day and sold it to a teenager.

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Jan 15th, 2018 04:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I had a BM for one day and sold it to a teenager."

I had a BM this morning...

don't if I could have sold it though.


ejm

usa

Jan 16th, 2018 07:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

archiestone: "The all-analog Drivetrain II has much more natural tube-like tone than the pleasant-but-rather-canned and often "fizzy" sounding BM, imo."

Do you mean to imply that the BM is not all analog?

Does anyone have a reliable schematic of either the BM or the DTII?


LeftyMeister

Buckeye Country, USA

Tone is in the lingers
Jan 16th, 2018 08:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I had a BM this morning..."

:oD


Leftee
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VA

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Jan 16th, 2018 09:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a green BM and sold it. I wish I would have kept it. They’re hard to find now. They don’t make them any more, do they?

Any ways. I picked up a Pigtronix Fat Drive on a SDotD and I really like it a lot. I might paint it green.

LHW

Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Jan 16th, 2018 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am liking the Drivetrain! I just realized I now have 5 O.D. or distortion pedals on my board! Something has to go.

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Jan 16th, 2018 10:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think both the Bad Monkey and the original Tube Screamer (and various clones) use a JRC 4558 IC chip as the analog basis of their classic boost/OD tone.

The Drivetrain I and II also appears to use a JRC 4558 chip and would seem to be similar in many ways to a Bad Monkey in that it seems to be a TS-type circuit with extra EQ control with both Bass and Treble pots.

I have a Bad Monkey as well as an Ibanez Metal Screamer (JRC 4558) and both operate well in the TS tradition, as would, I am sure, a Drivetrain.

reverendrob
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our time in hell
Jan 16th, 2018 10:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not hard to find.

Seem to run $50-60 typically for what's on Reverb.

GC's used site has one for $30

Boom.

Leftee
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VA

Life makes a man tired.
Jan 16th, 2018 10:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I’ve got 5 OD/dist. pedals. I don’t need another.

Like “need” is a thing around here. ;-)

archiestone
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El Californio

Jan 16th, 2018 12:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I emailed Joe Naylor and invited him to chime in and defend his turf but he hasn't posted 'round these parts in a long while...

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Jan 16th, 2018 03:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I had a green BM..."

(trying really hard not regress into potty humour again)

However, I wasn't aware they ever came in any other colour.

Also, I wasn't unaware that they were discontinued until now. I bought mine in 2015 which is the year Digitech ceased manufacture. I'm sure there must be a boatload of old stock out there. I know retailers here still have them.


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