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I have owned seventy bazillion OD pedals (well, that’s an exaggeration – maybe sixty bazillion) over the years. I have tried a few of them twice, going back to reassess an earlier opinion based on hearing something I thought sounded good at a later date. Anyway I’ve never owned any pedal at three different times – until now. I was at the local GC over the weekend and noticed a used Fulltone FD-2 MOSFET for 99 bucks. I have owned 2 Fulldrives over the years – one in the mid nineties and the second around 2003. I didn’t like the first one which was the original Fulldrive. I thought it was muddy and I never could get used to the comp cut boost which I thought added way too much volume when engaged. A few years later, a friend had an FD-2 and used it through my rig one night. I thought it sounded pretty good so I ran across a used one at a pretty good price and picked it up. I thought it was better than the first one but as with so many OD pedals, something shiny and new came along and replaced the FD-2 on my board. Recently I’ve been listening to David Grissom’s new album “10,000 Feet” and have been digging the incredible tones he gets. While on his web page, I saw a pic of his pedal board and noticed he uses a red FD-2. When I saw the FD-2 at GC for only $99, I thought, “if this box is good enough for DG, maybe I missed something before". After I got it home, I went to Grissom’s web site again to check how he set his. I noticed the that his was not a MOSFET version and that mine had an additional switch (MOSFET – Standard). I was a little disappointed at first, thinking I had bought the wrong model. I thought of returning it but decided to test drive it anyway. I plugged my Hamer Monaco Elite into it and fired up my Gries Twenty. I set the switches on vintage/MOSFET with all of the controls at noon and let it rip. Holy crap, this big blue box sounded really good! I was immediately impressed. I don’t think it sounds much like either of my previous FD’s and I wasn’t copping much of a David Grissom vibe but I have to say I like this pedal a lot. Since the weekend, I’ve been experimenting with all of the various settings and seem to be favoring the FM/ MOSFET mode with the drive about 11 the best. Anybody else out there digging this box? I realize that I’m fickle when it comes to pedals but this is the first thing I’ve bought in a long time that didn’t take me a while to bond with.