Electro-Harmonix East River Drive Classic Overdrive Pedal

Overdrive Pedal for Electric Guitar with Volume, Drive, and Tone Controls, True Bypass Signal Path, and 9V Operation
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Value-packed Overdrive Pedal Lets You Cut Through Any Mix

Hit your guitar amplifier hard with the Electro-Harmonix East River Drive overdrive pedal! Use it to add some edge to your clean tone, or push your tube amplifier into gloriously rich distortion. The East River Drive brings you the quality you expect from E-H, like a near-bulletproof design and true bypass signal path. It doesn't change your tone, just gives it a steroid injection. Built to last and at a value-packed price, the Electro-Harmonix East River Drive belongs on your pedalboard!

Electro-Harmonix East River Drive Overdrive Pedal Features at a Glance:
  • Edgy overdrive pedal ranging from subtle to aggressive
  • Volume and Drive controls let you dial in the right amount of aggression
  • Tone control lets you fine-tune your tone's attack and bite
  • True Bypass design doesn't degrade your guitar's signal
  • 9V battery included, can also be powered by optional AC adapter (sold separately)
Cut through any mix with the Electro-Harmonix East River Drive guitar overdrive pedal!

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Overdrive
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Batteries 1 x 9V
Height 2"
Width 2.2"
Depth 4.3"
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Power Supply Included No
Manufacturer Part Number East River

Customer Reviews

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Absolute Steal

I had to replace my TS9 (Tube Screamer) recently. I got this based on some recommendations. For the price, it has blown me away. I personally think it's even better than the TS9. Very user friendly and good overall. I'd definitely pick this this one up.
Music background: 6 years musical experience, singer/songwriter/musician, Music major @Louisiana College.


I was looking for a very specific type of overdrive . I wasn't looking for one to use as a standalone overdrive. I was looking for one that mainly I could use as a lead boost, over an already overdriven channel. But I wanted one that didn't drastically change the sound of my amp, just one that thickened up the sound, boosted the volume, and allowed it to cut through the mix better. While I was at Sweetwater I tried out all of the new drive pedals from Electro Harmonix. I tried the Soul Fool, Hot Tubes Nano, The OD Glove, and the East River Drive. For me the East River Drive just fit the bill perfectly. Once engaged it boosted my volume, fattened the sound, added some upper mids that will make my sound really cut thru, but didn't darken the highs, or make the low end disappear. By itself it gives a very warm musical drive for blues or light rock. But primarily its best use is as. A boost for an already driven lead tone. A close second was the OD Glove. It sounded awesome! By itself it had much more gain and a more powerful distortion sound. But for a boost it compressed everything a bit too much. It just didn't sound as natural as the East River. If I needed a stand alone drive unit I would have gotten the Glove. So for me the East River Drive was just what I was looking for. And at this price its a no brainer!
Music background: Guitar teacher, studio guitarist

Steal of a Deal

The best overdrive I have ever tried at any price. Extremely dynamic and touch responsive. Crisp and bright and clear without ever being edgy or shrill. EH strikes again!

Can't go wrong

For the price, I was a little skeptical, but the sound clips I listened to online sounded too good not to give it a try. Wow. I can't emphasize enough how great this pedal is! I have owned a TS-808 and sold it because I didn't like it. This pedal blows the TS808 away at 1/3 of the cost! Works excellent as a clean boost (lots of headroom) or a light-medium gain overdrive. You really can't go wrong with this pedal. If you want to get into heavy overdrive/saturated tones, I recommend the Glove from the same series of pedals, but I imagine that the two would work well together too. For the price, it's a no brainer. Buy it.
Music background: 10+ years as a musician, live sound, and 5 years as a recording engineer.

Awesome OD

This pedal stacks well with my Earthquaker Devices Hoof Fuzz or with my amps dirty channel. It also sounds great on its own and the tone knob really allows you a nice range of sounds. Keep in mind though that this pedal is a lighter OD, which is exactly what I was looking for. It has become a key part of my pedal board!
Music background: Music Maniac

Sweetwater Advice

Electro-Harmonix East River Drive

At the price of a really nice pizza date, the East River Drive is a steal. Depending on your tastes, the compressed and slightly-smoother-than-TS-9 midrange bump may be a virtue. But if you've even ever just wondered how a TS-style pedal might fit into your rig, this is a chance to get a pretty nice one for next to nothing....
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