Overdrive is probably the trickiest of the pedals and effects. For me at least. I’m constantly searching for that something special and whatever that is, seem to change depending on what amp and guitar I use and in what mood I’m in. My latest addition is the Engine from DryBell. Here’s my review.
The Engine is a two channel pedal, with an overdrive and booster, which you can combine either up or down stream. Perhaps not your typical David Gilmour pedal, but it’s an incredibly versatile pedal and definitely one that can handle Gilmour’s unique tones as well.
David Gilmour is known for his pristine clean tones and creamy overdrives. It’s a bit of Hiwatt and Fender combined, with a Tube Driver, or several actually, for more grit. All of these components have strong ties to the very early generation of Marshall amps and the Engine fits right in there.
The overdrive side of the pedal is based on the early 70s Marshall Plexi that just about every rocker used in the 70s. There’s the typical gain, tone and volume controls and a very handy mids control, allowing you to either scoop or boost the mids depending on what amp you’re using.
The booster is basically DryBell’s Unit 67, with a Rangemaster boost, boosting the upper mids, a two band EQ (bass and treble) and a volume boost.
I’m a huge fan of those early Marshall tones. Compared to the overwhelming JCM and the more modern models, the so-called Plexi amps, the JTMs and Super Leads, are to my ears, much more musical and timeless sounding. The Engine captures every nuance and characteristic of these amps, with an impressive accuracy.