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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Gilmour and more...

I imagine lots of folks here have a Pink Floyd song or two tucked into their cover list and so do I. I've waited a while to write this review until I had all the feedback I needed. Since a couple of 100w Hiwatt stacks are out of the question as well his collection of vintage pedals, I needed to find some way to replicate his sustain on solos for songs such as "Comfortably Numb". Fuzz pedals just didn't cut it, and on a whim I tried this pedal followed by an EHX Soul Food using my Strat with a Dimarzio pre-loaded pickguard and 3 dual blade stacked pups. Wow. Pretty darn close. Now I'm waiting on the Freqout to see if that will sustain the notes out a little longer. Got a mini FUZZFACE on the way to try that out as I don't have any fuzz pedals and it'll help my pedalboard as well. Many thanks to Kenny Bergle as the #1 salesperson when it comes to knowing what to try in my budget range!
Music background: 45 years as a gigging amatuer; too many keg parties and too many cover bands...

Dumbletone Quest Ended Today

I had a brand new set of Jimmy Page SH18 Whole lotta hummers somebody just gave me, but I needed a really bad*** dedicated rock guitar to put it in and not make any more holes adding in dpdt / spdt switches and I hate'em since the. 1980s. I came across this TS-1 by accident and watched the vid on Youtube two days ago and ordered a set immediately and they arrived today with my brand new $179.00 Fulltone 3 [dumble in a box] which I also discovered by accident the same day. 30 minute installed of SH-18s the with the TS-1s in less than 30 mins all soldered in and done. Then I did a slight fret dressing on the guitar in five additional mins! I ran it through my big rig then combos and had a genuine lovely experience discovering the tonal combinations clean and dirty. It does a convincing tele, strat, Brian May out of phase and full blast Jimmy Page at my fingertips. I am so happy my head is about to explode. FYI blues jazz fusion players my 30+ year quest for dumbletone ended today with the Fulltone 3. I almost bought a used Fuchs ODS amp and an ethos and saved myself around three thousand + dollars combined. I am going to build a second one with the JS23 natural oil with JB/Jazz when it arrives at Sweetwater expected in mid May 2015 per my sales engineer and a third one with Duncan 59 set.You will obviously have to get your own pickups for this or convert an exiting guitar with four wires per pickup. Seymour has wiring schema for all other MFGs out there to work with this system. Absolutely brilliant and sounding amazing! Kudos!
Music background: Engineer/Mixer, Composwer, Performer, Grandpa x 8

Wonderful pedal!

Thanks to Fulltone for listening to customer feedback and making some wonderful changes to the Fulldrive. The left half of this pedal is a smooth Tubescreamer clone with 3 clipping mode. The 90's clipping is the Fulldrive 2 tone we all know and love. The Wide Asymmetrical clipping is a bit more open ended, with a bit more sparkle from added high and low end. The no-clipping mode is an exceptionally loud and raw rock sound the shows your guitar's true colors (not my personal favorite, but it has its place). The right half of the pedal is a JFET clean boost circuit, a noticeable change from the 2's MOSFET boost aka more gain button. You also have the ability to choose whether the boost comes before or after the drive. Before, it adds more gain and afterward it makes the volume louder. The dynamics switch is one of the favorite features: it cuts out the annoying peaks that so often come with a boost and eliminates them. It's like a strange little noise gate/compressor/limiter thing. Overall, this is an awesome overdrive pedal that will suit many different styles and can impress even the pickiest tone snob.
Music background: Performing Guitarist, Live Sound Engineer


sounds sexy, very sexy
Music background: 33 years slinging, lead guitar, studio gremlin

Full Drive 3

This pedal is cool! I love simplicity, and this thing is EXACTLY that. Independent boost and OD, with a variety of settings. It's also a good, rich warm drive.
Music background: I've been playing for 10 years
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