Washburn Blues Overdrive Pedal Review
What makes the 'Washburn blues overdrive' instantly stand apart from
other overdrive pedals is its super affordable price. I've got mine for
just 20$. Although this pedal is discontinued now, it can still be
easily found on ebay.
The product descriptions I found on the net before the
purchase were saying actually that the pedal brings the range of tones
"from a light crunch to a full blown heavy metal sound".
My Blues Overdrive though deliveries a really mild overdriven tone
that indeed sounds blusy in the right way, and differently from many
other overdrive effects this one has this articulate harmonic bite that
fits especially well for blues soloing. And as its name suggests it's
what this effect was designed for, but gain wise, it really gets nowhere near heavy metal and has not enough crunch to play most of rock music, even when the gain knob is on max.
No matter what pickups I chose, and controls tweaked I never got
any high gain tone, and the power chords I was playing always came out a
bit skinny comparing to other overdrives like 'Boss BD-2' or 'Blackstar
The really good thing about the 'Washburn Blues Overdrive' though is
that is has 'true bypass' that leaves the tone of your guitar completely
untouched when the effect is off, the signal comes and go through the
pedal without any modification that occurs with a pedal with buffered
bypass. And the true bypass still works when there's no any power supply
to the pedal.
Another great features the Washburn Blues Overdrive has is that along
with the level and gain knob, there are both high and low tone controls
for broader tone tweaking and they are especially usable when playing
through a mini amp that has only one tone knob on its own, like
Orange Micro Crush or VOX AC1.
The minus though is that these EQ controls are too small and
the black dotes that show you "what time you are dialing at" are marked
also on the black surface making them hardly visible.
The pedal can work from a 9 volt power supply with
negative center that suitable for majority effects or from a 9 volt
battery. The way to insert a battery is the most comfortable I've ever
seen in a guitar pedal, in order to install a battery there's no need to
unscrew anything, the battery cover can be easily removed by pulling it
away like on most digital processors.
The pedal is really lightweight and looks like made of aluminum.
Although it doesn't feel as sturdy as a pedal made by Boss or Digitech
and I think it wouldn't survive very long if one would be jumping on it.
The bottom line:
Overall the Washburn Blues Overdrive is a great narrow specialized pedal
for playing blues solos, and because it has true bypass and costs so
cheap, there's nothing to lose getting one yourself to your pedal board.
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