Fulltone Fulldrive 3 Overdrive / Boost Pedal

Guitar Overdrive Pedal with NOS JRC4558D Chip, Boost-order Switch, and Selectable Voicings
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Back in Black, Good to Be Back!

After the wild success of the limited-run 20th Anniversary FD3, Fulltone decided to release the black standard Fulltone Fulldrive 3 guitar overdrive pedal. Plug in, and you'll quickly understand this pedal's legendary status. Driven by a genuine NOS JRC4558D chip, the Fulldrive 3 serves up juicy crunch with all the trimmings. Flip the Fulldrive 3's Order switch to place the Boost either before or after the Overdrive section, but prepare to spend several hours exploring limitless tone-shaping options. Two different voicings let you choose between classic smooth, symmetrical clipping or contemporary Class A-style even harmonic overtones. You need awesome overdrive, and Sweetwater's got your pedal - the Fulltone Fulldrive 3!

Fulltone Fulldrive 3 Guitar Overdrive Pedal at a Glance:
  • Two voicings give you control over your sonic universe
  • JFET Clean Boost - your secret weapon for stage and studio domination
  • Germanium-diode "Limiting" function eliminates nasty spikes
Two voicings give you control over your sonic universe

With its new old stock JRC4558D chip and the very best of the original circuitry, Fulltone's Fulldrive 3 nails the sound of the classic 1990s FD2 Fulldrive - and it's awesome overdrive, take it from us. But technology marches on, so in addition to the original '90s FD2 voicing, you also get the choice of a second "Wide Asymmetrical" voicing that delivers a sleek, contemporary overdrive sound that's delightfully transparent and open-sounding. This amazing versatility makes the Fulldrive 3 a valuable component of your guitar rig.

JFET Clean Boost - your secret weapon for stage and studio domination

Fulltone gave the Fulldrive 3 an independent, discrete JFET Clean Boost with its own volume control. Why put a clean boost on an overdrive pedal? Well, at Sweetwater, we think this is a brilliant move. Long a cherished secret weapon of tone-savvy pro guitarists, clean boost lets you always be at the right volume, and it also lets you hit the front end of your tube amp just so. Put that in the same pedal with a killer overdrive circuit, and you've the versatility for stage and studio domination.

Germanium-diode "Limiting" function eliminates nasty spikes

You'll notice a little black knob on the Fulldrive 3 - it's labelled "Dynamics." As you spin it clockwise, you're dialing in a germanium-diode "Limiting" circuit that dials out the irritating, grating spikes many clean boosts produce when you dig into your strings. Believe us - the results sound completely gorgeous. It's all in keeping with the care and design savvy that goes into every Fulltone pedal. If you're in the market for a guitar overdrive pedal, we think the Fulltone Fulldrive 3 should be at the top of your list.

Fulltone Fulldrive 3 Guitar Overdrive Pedal Features:
  • Driven by a genuine NOS JRC4558D chip
  • Order switch gives you tons of tone-shaping control
  • Choice of '90s FD2 or Wide Asymmetrical voicings
  • JFET Clean Boost gives you added versatility
  • Housing is roughly 20% smaller than the original pedal
Get an incredible range of overdriven tones with the Fulltone Fulldrive 3 guitar overdrive pedal!

Additional Media

Fulldrive 3 User Manual

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Overdrive
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Height 1.5" (2.25" with pots)
Width 4.8125"
Depth 4"
Manufacturer Part Number FullDrive3 (Black)

Customer Reviews

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Great Value!

If you can't find something you like about this pedal, you probably just haven't used it for long enough! This drive is an absolutely wonderful thing to have if you're working with limited budget or space. I needed a pedal that could do a lot of things well, without having to break the bank, and this little number delivered way beyond my expectations! First of all, the independent boost circuit is really what makes this thing special. Being able to get a clean boost, or some extra dirt depending upon the situation is extremely useful. Not having to buy a separate boost allows you to save some money as well as some space on your board. How good does the drive sound? Well, that's a tough question to answer, because this pedal is capable of such a wide variety of sounds. "90's" is your classic "Full Drive 2" sound, "Wide Asym" is the closest this drive gets to "transparent" and can work well if you need a lighter sound. "CC" is a really gritty (and REALLY loud) setting that just offers the drive's natural tone with no clipping enabled. I've found uses for all 3 settings, but since this is my stage 3 drive, I leave it on "CC" most of the time. It's also built like a tank! It's made of solid metal, so no need to worry about damaging it on the road. It's price point is also pretty fantastic, as I've seen similar models (think JHS Kilt or similar) running for well over double the price. Overall, I really don't have anything bad to say about this pedal!
Music background: Worship Guitarist

Dial in the right boost!

Love this box as you can dial in the exact boost that you want - all you have to do is tap the boost switch after that! Nice overdrive and I put this box behind my fuzz pedal. Works as advertised - love it.

My new favorite overdrive!

The Fulltone Fulldrive exceeded all expectations. From subtle and smooth to angry and biting, this does it all. Overdrive flavored range from almost clean to tubescreamer tones, as well as the clean boost function being a stand alone effect. Well done.
Music background: Rock, blues, funk, soul

Full-Drive 3 is Fantastic

I really like my new Full-Drive 3. I own one of the earliest Full-Drive 2's out there. In fact it is the earliest serial number (in the 300's) with the Comp-Cut feature, which Michael modded for me at my request. Anyway, this sounds as good and I really like the independent boost feature. On the FD-2 I always wished I could have an independent boost. I also really appreciated the online video that Sweetwater posted showing the features. It's always nice to see how someone else uses gear. This is a very solid box. It has many sounds available and is built like a tank. I also like the fact that it is smaller as it barely fits on my crowded pedal board.

fulltone strikes again!

My first fulltone purchase was the fulldrive 2 and I was thrilled with the little blue box, so.....my curiosity was telling me to check it out, Well let me tell you! Another great pedal. Being able to select the order of boost and overdrive is a way cool idea , not to mention tweakable options. Now I'm gonna go for the red GT 500, the grand slam!!! What a great set of options very affordable and well built. Thanks Justin for your advice, another good pick!
Music background: 40 yrs and still playing
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