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Friedman Motor City Drive Tube Overdrive Pedal, New

Dial in a range of tones, from the edge of breakup to tasty high gain overdrive. The Motor City Drive's 12AX7 tube perfectly captures the feel of a tube amp. (4) Read 4 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Friedman Motor City Drive Tube Overdrive

Many pedals strive to emulate the tone and signal path of a tube using solid-state or digital circuitry. The Friedman Motor City Drive Tube Overdrive Pedal has an actual high voltage (220 volt) driven 12AX7A preamp tube. The result is a true natural feeling pedal, unlike any solid state-signal path pedal in production. The 12AX7 naturally compresses, clips and adds more harmonically rich tone than most transistor or digital devices.

Named after Dave Friedman's home town, the Motor City Drive delivers rich tube tone that takes you from light overdrive to rich higher gain tones, that sustains for days. The wide-range gain knob allows you to dial in the right amount of saturation and distortion while the Bass, Midrange and Treble controls are a true tube preamp style tone stack. Since tubes require more current to operate than transistors, this pedal requires a specific power supply source with at least 350-400mA of current. If your power supply does not have this amount of juice, a universal 12V power supply is included.

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- 12AX7 Tube Overdrive Pedal
- Gain, Bass Middle, Treble and Volume Controls.
- True Bypass
- Included Universal 12V Power Supply
- Voltage Requirements: 9-12vDC - Minimum of 350-400mA of current
- Built in USA

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- Dimensions: 6" x 4.5" x 3"
- Weight: 1 lbs.
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Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 7 x 4 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MOTOR CITY DRIVE
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Overall: Finally, I took the plunge into a 2 based Overdrive. This is like one of the coolest pedals I have ever owned. For years I have been searching for that elusive tone that allows me to dial in gain with my guitar volume control. Without having to blast my amp. I tried lots of different things and basically settled on Lower wattage tube amps. But even lower wattage tube amps can become insanely loud. This thing gives you all the spongy compression of a full-blown hundred-watt stack without having to blow the eardrums off your bandmates or your audience. It basically behaves like an old THD flexi 50 or one of the old non master volume tube amps like an old Trainwreck. I can literally dial it all the way clean with my guitar. And then when I need it I can just thin the knob and I'm at Max gain. The addition of a mid-range control on the pedal makes it extremely versatile when dialing in your desired tone not to mention the fact that you have the ability to change out different types of tubes to alter the gains characteristics. Also on a side note. I had a question about the power supply for this pedal. If you're going to use a 9 volt power brick make sure you're using 500 milliamps minimum. Otherwise you won't get the response out of this pedal that you need to get. Or just use the supplied adapter at 12 volts.. I initially sent this question to Friedman customer support. And lo and behold I got an email from Dave Friedman personally telling me what I could and couldn't do in regards to power. I thought that was an awful nice touch. I am totally impressed with this product
Style of Music: Pretty much play all styles of music. Emphasis on Blues, classic and hard rock, jam band, jazz. But honestly just about everythi
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Overall: I just purchased the Motor City Overdrive in December 2018. It does exactly what I expected it to do. It produces wonderful tube overdrive that can easily be dialed in to your taste. The range of overdrive is very wide. At low settings and at the maximum settings, the 12AX7 tube works to produce thick, complex, tight grained, overdrive. The tone controls are also useful for shaping the charter of the drive that you select. After the initial check out of the pedal, I pulled the stock Chinese 12AX7 tube and began using lower gain tubes in place of the 12AX7. This changed the character of the overdrive. I tried a JJ 12AX7 (100% gain) and found the sound better than the stock tube. I then tried an Sylvania 5751 black plate (70% gain), and a 12AT7 Sylvania (60% gain). I settled on the 5751 due to the sound of the overdrive range that it provided. The low end was usable and the maxed out high end of the knob range was also usable for the styles of music that I play. The stock 12AX7 is fine, it just creates much more drive than I will ever use when the drive knob is maxed out. The beauty of this pedal is that you can easily tweak the tone using the knobs and by swapping tubes with different gain factors. This pedal sounds most like my Fulltone OCD Pedal (Obsesisve Complusive Drive). It is that good. It just has that added touch of tone that I love in tube gear. The Friedman Motor City Tube Overdrive pedal is a fantastic tool. It has edged out my favorite OCD pedal for now. I will keep them both. You can't have enough overdrive pedals. It is good to have at least two on the board for a high and low gain option.Fantastic pedal. Solid build and design. The tube can be replaced in seconds once you unplug the power supply at the pedal. The tube is adequately protected for most users. I scratch my head and wonder why there are not more of these tube based pedals out there. It is basically a tube pre-amp, like you might find on some Master volume amplifiers. I love the pedal. The price is a bit high, but you are getting tube driven over drive and the quality is there to justify a slightly more expensive product. Get one.
Style of Music: Rock, folk, jazz, blues, Christian worship
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