Durham Electronics Sex Drive?

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  1. Coach

    Coach Senior Member

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    Anyone have experience with this pedal? I saw one in a local shop and it really tempted me because of the reviews I've heard. A search came up with little so help me out. What's the skinny?
     
  2. sanhozay

    sanhozay klon free since 2009

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    I love this pedal! Great clean boost with an ever so slight amount of grit that sweetens your existing sound. Very, very easy to dial in and works like magic with humbuckers & single coils. I often run a jangle box & the sex drive in tandem for a clear, punchy and throaty tone. Good times.
     
  3. pepperco

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    Its a spectaclar nuetral boost, with an unobtrusive
    EQ curve that suits my taste and style. The Tone or
    treble knob highlights the shimmer I need in a clean boost.

    The compressor function is barely audible...but there.
    More of a "feel" altering compression.

    I love mine, knocked a Klon off my board. I was only
    using the Klon for a clean boost, and the Sex drive
    suited me better. It does not have the girthy
    low mid push of the klon. Just clean boost and a
    touch of sparkle. ....luvin it
     
  4. Coach

    Coach Senior Member

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    Also, how much of a boost does it have? Is there a decible rating at all?
     
  5. pepperco

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    Plenty of boost for me,

    I run the level maxed out, and control the boost
    volume with the gain knob, maybe on 2 or 3.
    Thats all I need from it, but it has way more
    juice than that.
     
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    sanhozay klon free since 2009

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    There's plenty of boost available and the grit is mostly from pushing your amps front end, so it would vary based on the amp used. I'm using it with a Tele or McCarty & Carr Mercury or Maz 18. It's my fave clean boost that I've tried so far with humbuckers. And pretty close to the Klon with singles and Fender style amps. Really nice pedal. It's not articulate or colorless like the RC Booster or as plump and fizzy sounding as the Fat Boost. It adds a sparkle more than a color, so it's very transparent and natural sounding. And the pots on the control have very usable and functional tapers. It's a fantastic pedal! I'm hoping to try the Mucho Boosto soon.
     
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    The Edge uses one.
     
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    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    My favorite, hands down, and I've owned many. I really does sound good, but it feels GREAT. You can have no compression or either of 2 levels of mild compression. I use the lowest comp setting and just loves what it does to the amp. It will take a good tube amp and give it more volume (much more if you want it---it is plenty loud) and by doing so add some "hair" to your sound. The EQ is very effective and pleasing, and it never sounds artificial, hard, strident or squashed like some boosters do.

    Built like a tank as well. Highest rec from me, FWIW.
     
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    It is probably my favorite clean boost pedal along with the RC booster. But the Sex Drive is special..
     
  11. Coach

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    I tried one in a local shop and it was it to say the least.

    I e-mailed Alan to see if I could get it to be buffered bypass and he said that was cool and to let him know when I'd like it.

    So....I'm getting a sex drive. Thanks for the encouragement everyone.
     
  12. sanhozay

    sanhozay klon free since 2009

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    Good on you! I'm just thrilled with my Sex Drive! And no diet or exercise changes required
    :messedup
     
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    A permanent fixture on my board - best clean boost ever. Super natural, can get super-volume boost if you want, I love the Comp. switch. I tweak mine alot in our set: sometimes all knobs at noon, comp. off (gorgeous clean boost), other times comp on, gain @3oclock, level up a bit (awesome slight break-up ala Stones). It loves a good amp - Matchless in particular.

    Get one!!

    And WWRWD? Rehab. I heard he's doin' well tho'. How killer would Ronnie sound w/a SexDrive?!?
     
  14. Trandy

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    I'll let you know....just bought one and it should be here next week.:)
     
  15. pepperco

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    I should probably change that sig.:jo
    MUSICALLY speaking, when ever I wonder what to play on a song,
    I try to revert to Faces era Ron Wood for inspiration, yes I do
    try to play everything like I'm in the Faces. :dude

    Oh yeah, the Sex Drive has the brightest LED ever, blinding.
    I had to put a sticker over mine, to tone it down.
     
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    Yup, the bright ass blue light is the only thing I don't like about the Sex Drive, otherwise it's pure delight. I'm thinking of a band-aid over mine.
     
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    That LED is where the tone is, man!
     
  18. Ed Alvarado

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    Does anyone know what the turn around time is if you order directly from Durham Electronics?
    Thanks in advance.
     
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    I don't know what the turn around time is but I would email or call Alan directly.

    I emailed him about switching my SD from TB to Buffered and he responded the next day. The turn around on the mod was very quick FWIW.

    ΓΈ
     
  20. 12StringStrat

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    I must say, it's just a great pedal. Ignoring the compression switch, it's a very transparent boost that adds a bit of sparkle and a bit of low end. There's plenty of decibals of boost in this thing. As mentioned, the compression switch is not overly dramatic, but for single coils, it's fantastic. It gives just enough roundness (a definite compressed feel) to notes that it really sweetens things. The break up shows more with the compression switch turned on (in either on position). I'd say (and feel free to disagree) but it's the kind of break up similar to the full range position on a java boost (i.e. not a typical "overdrive" breakup), but it's no where near an overdrive amount of break up available.
    I had a Mucho Boosto a few months ago, (got it about the same time as the Sex Drive) and I was totally not impressed with it. I cut it from the board very quickly. It was almost like Sex Drive pedal knew where to call that kind of clipping quits. But other people seem to like it, and I'm sure there are many great tone styles that it would work well for.
     

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