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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Hands down best TS for me

This is an absolutely incredible transparent to mid gain overdrive. Its easily the best TS based pedal I've ever used, including many well beyond its price. The ERD just has the mojo. It sounds almost exactly like an 808, but with a hair more low end to my ears. The little bit of added bass/low mids really thickens things up, when being used as both a boost and stand alone drive pedal. I use it mostly as a boost (gain 0, volume max) into an already saturated Orange Tube Amp. Modern Orange amps have an incredible distorted tone, but its a tad fuzzy and loose and spongy in the lower end. The ERD tightens it right up with a dash of compression while still retaining more of the bass than a standard ts. It instantly turned my amp into a tight metal machine. It makes all my palm mutes very percussive and cutting (with a chuggy bass underneath), while your leads have endless sustain, and sound sweet and singing due to the upper mid boost. I use it in front of my clean channel on the edge of breakup already, and usually dial the gain in around 9-11 o clock, with the volume wide open, and it gives you that sweet clean yet crunchy blues sound in spades. You get an incredibly dynamic drive at these lower settings too, lighten up on the pick attack and get cleaner, and the heavier your hand the crunchier things get. Gives you that sweet singing, compressed yet dynamic blues sound, and at next to nothing.

East River Drive - Classic Overdrive

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

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.

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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