Chandler Limited Germanium DriveItem ID: GermDrive
Gain Boost/Overdrive/Distortion Pedal with Germanium Transistor Circuitry
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Tap into Germanium Sound - LIVE!The Chandler Limited Germanium Drive guitar pedal lets you take Germanium sound to the stage! For years, Chandler Limited's Germanium series preamps have been the secret weapons of live sound engineers and guitarists alike. That's because Chandler's Germanium pres sound amazing on guitar, especially when you push them hard. The Germanium Drive makes this sound more accessible than ever! Like the rackmount Germanium Pre Amp, the Germanium Drive features germanium-transistor-based drive and feedback controls, so you can perfectly shape the contour of your tone. Whether you're after a thicker, more present bottom end, rich and airy distortion, or anything in between, you'll get the tone you want from the Chandler Limited Germanium Drive guitar pedal. And yes, it goes up to 11!
Chandler Limited Germanium Drive Guitar Overdrive/Distortion Pedal at a Glance:
Time-tested Germanium sound built for the stage
Equipped with genuine germanium-transistor-based Drive and Feedback circuits, the Germanium Drive guitar pedal lets you dial in luscious lows and creamy highs. Germanium transistors have been instrumental in the most revered preamplifiers and signal processors for decades. That's why Chandler Limited uses germanium transistors in many of their most popular models. With a Germanium Drive, you get to take this amazing sound on stage!
Germanium technology specifically tuned for guitar
If you're still a bit curious about a guitar pedal created by renowned studio gear maker, Chandler Limited, here's something you might not know. Wade Goeke, the mastermind behind Chandler Limited, has been an avid guitar player for several decades. That's why he took a particularly unique approach to making the Germanium Drive. In addition to tried-and-true germanium technology, he decided to give the Germanium Drive controls including three high-frequency shaping settings and three filter selections for the drive circuit - all of which give you even more control over your guitar tone.
Feedback control lets you dial in the tone you crave
The Germanium Drive's Feedback control is the key to its incredible tone-shaping ability. Like all amplifiers, the Germanium Drive guitar pedal uses feedback (the process of feeding the output signal back into the input of the amplifier) to boost gain. But unlike typical preamplifiers, Chandler Limited's Germanium Drive lets you control the amount of signal that's fed back. The Feedback control affects more than just gain, it alters the overall character of your sound, including its total harmonic distortion and frequency response. This makes the Germanium Drive ideal for sculpting your guitar tone. And with five distinct feedback control zones, you'll get instant gratification as soon as you take hold of the feedback knob.
Chandler Limited Germanium Drive Guitar Overdrive/Distortion Pedal Features:
Take the sound of Chandler Germanium Pre Amp technology onstage, with a Chandler Limited Germanium Drive guitar pedal!
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Reviewsbased on 2 reviews
More Than Worth It
by Christian Thomas from NY, NYOk, I hope this doesnít turn into a book.
August 2, 2012
Music Background: Recording Engineer, Quasi-Pro Musician, Coninual Student
Disclaimer: If you're inclined to buy this pedal "because expensive" this review may not be helpful. If you're inclined to buy this pedal becau... read more [+]se your honest about your experiences on the quest for holy tone, then by all means, read the tale of a fellow pilgrim.
This pedal is the work of an artisan-engineer-musician. You kind of need to be those things to make what Iím about to describe.
Tone: This is so subjectiveÖand frankly words sometimes fail. I canít recommend the Germ Drive to everyone. Itís like wine. You enjoy what you enjoy. If itís $5.00 or $500.00 dollars, it shouldnít make a difference. You should be willing to pay either for something that is good.
Well, this pedal is not cheap, but it is so good. I enjoy it so much more than any pedal Iíve played, so yes, it is this valuable to me. I just switched from a BadCat 2 Tone OD/Pre. When I had it, I thought Iíd never play a solid state OD pedal again. It had life, sparkliness, and great breakup for what I enjoy to play. The only problem was that there is a notable tone difference between the clean and dirty channels. The dirty channel was more lo-fi and I occasionally missed some of the highs I like to remain present. But I stuck with it because I hated the compression and downright obfuscation of my tone through most solid state pedals I had used. Well, the Germ Drive pedal has everything I enjoyed about the Bad Cat, without anything I hate about solid state OD. But itís a different animal altogether. My tone is intact, but enhanced. Iím ok with that. It sounds better! I never turn this thing off. The boost is amazing and helps get a little natural growl out of my Bassman as well. The tone comes out sparkling, alive, and sometimes, downright mean. This thing can rock, but you get to choose how hard with the magical feedback selector. I donít know what to compare it too, but it is so worth trying out in your rig.
Construction: Rock solid construction. Great tone shaping options/tools, but simple layout. Each control is perfectly suited for the option youíre selecting. The components are top-notch; studio grade but road-worthy.
Cons: none for me.
Support: Early on I had trouble with a motorboating-type noise. I RMAíd back to Sweetwater and have to give them props. The whole process was great and thatís why I buy from Sweetwater.
The second pedal they sent made the same noise. Even though I was filtering my power at two points, it became clear after trying the pedal elsewhere, that the problem was dirty power. Hereís the kicker: I reached out to Wade Goeke with my problem (after receiving the second pedal) and he was gracious and kind enough to walk me through the whole process of troubleshooting. How many founders of the companies you buy from help you troubleshoot the product they make? He even sent me a sweet t-shirt in the process. I canít say enough about how pleasant, ultimately helpful, and informative it was to work with him.
So in summary, Iíll rock this pedal until I die. So it goes. And hopefully pass it down to one of my kids while complaining about what crap music they have to deal with.
This did turn into a book. close [-]
by from Los Angeles, CAWe got serial 0001 and have been using it for a CD we're producing now. Alone it is amazing! Combining with a Pete Cornish SS-3 and Z-Vex Fuzz Factory it is UNREAL! This is the 37th pedal in my colle... read more [+]ction and is number one for drive. Can't wait for the compressor... close [-]
December 6, 2011
Music Background: Pro
Chandler Limited Germanium Drive
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