Fulltone FD2 Fulldrive2 Mosfet £149.99 (inc.VAT)
Web Site: http://www.fulltone.com
Founded in 1991 by LA based musician Michael Fuller, Fulltone are on a mission to design & build the highest quality guitar FX pedals on the planet. These pedals are all hand made & hand wired - often using components that Michael makes himself because the "off the shelf" ones just aren't good enough for him. We haven't seen or heard a bad review about a Fulltone Pedal - when you read the user reviews on Harmony Central, every pedal gets a rave response - and if you look at the user list on the Fulltone web site you'll find some of the worlds greatest guitar players have been using Fulltone for years.
Another hot topic with pedals is "True Bypass Switching". All Fulltone pedals feature "True By Pass" switching - that means that when the pedal is switched off there is absolutely zero signal loss or interference from the pedal - it's like the pedal isn't even there! Whilst many manufacturers claim to have true by pass switching, this is not always the case. Try your pedals out & see how different your amp sounds when you remove the pedal from the chain. The better your guitar & amp are, the more you'll hear the difference. And to top it all, Fulltone pedals come with a 5 year warranty.
Housed in a beautiful powder coated Blue 16ga. steel enclosure, the dual-channel FullDrive2 gives you the best of both worlds. The first channel is the "Overdrive Mode" capable of clean boost or non-compressed overdrive or choose light to medium softer overdrives all while retaining your guitar's original tone. The Tone knob is a very effective presence control that can smooth out or add upper harmonics. The second channel is the "Boost Mode" with its own separate distortion control for medium to higher gains with a more singing violin-like sustain!
In 2007, the FullDrive2, the most popular boutique overdrive ever made, and staple on many pedalboards for years, became the FullDrive2-Mosfet, sounding better than ever before.
One mini-toggle lets you choose between a "Vintage" FD2 sound with mid-heavy tones that cut through the mix and "FM (flat-mids)" for a more natural, transparent sound that works awesome with a Strat's neck pickup.
The other mini-toggle lets you choose between Mosfet and Normal clipping modes. Normal mode is even more asymmetrical, sweeter and more open, with no "blanket" over the sound.
And, of course, the FD2-Mosfet features super-bright LEDs (borrowed from the OCD) and Fulltone's exclusive "no-thump/no-pop" True Bypass switches. We are the first to offer a switchable "Boost" Channel in an overdrive and manufacture our own Super-Duty 3PDT footswitch allowing True-Bypass plus LED.
Chosen by Guitar Player Magazine as "Best Stompbox of 2006" and as one of the all-time top 50 effects ever!