Chandler Limited Germanium Drive Distortion Pedal

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
  • Germanium technology specifically tuned for guitar
  • Feedback control lets you dial in the tone you crave
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:
  • The sound and drive of a Chandler Germanium Pre Amp in a guitar-ready pedal
  • Genuine Class A, germanium-transistor-based drive and feedback circuits provide the sought-after Germanium tone
  • Feedback control with 5 distinct zones allows you to dial in the tonal contour, giving you total control over the character of your sound
  • High-frequency contour shaping switch lets you select from smooth, to bright, to extra bright treble
  • Boost range filter controls let you isolate the drive effect, easily avoiding muddiness and providing an extended range of tonal possibilities
Take the sound of Chandler Germanium Pre Amp technology onstage, with a Chandler Limited Germanium Drive guitar pedal!

Additional Media

Germanium Drive Distortion Pedal Cue Sheet
Germanium Drive Distortion Pedal User Manual

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Gain Boost/Overdrive/Distortion
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Batteries 2 x 9V
Width 3.45"
Depth 5.7"
Power Supply Included No
Manufacturer Part Number Germanium Drive

Customer Reviews

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If you're looking for an 'amp-in-a-pedal' - there is no such thing. But...if there was any more tone in this box it would need a speaker. Not a subtle flavor, but SO sweet it hurts. The Devil Boost gets raunchier. This one is all Brown Sound, all even-order harmonic bliss, from sparkly chime up to the brink of fuzz. Your guitar will gain at least 500 lbs. upon impact.


I bought the Chandler Blue and Red at the same time not really expecting to keep them both. Well, they're both outstanding and both keepers. I have to give them both fives, I've flip-flopped countless times as to which one I think I like better. Fiddle with one of them for five minutes and you'll be convinced you prefer it. Then go back to the other one and suddenly you won't be so sure. Put a Bogner Wessex OD (or the OD of your choice) in front of either of them and even bigger WOW! These are outstanding (and LOW NOISE) pedals.
Music background: Studio Musician. Mastering Engineer.

The only

I use my Chandler Limited Germanium Drive pedal in conjunction with my Vox AC15, mostly for recording, and this pedal has a sound scape that perfectly matches what I'm trying to achieve. While it can do fuzz tones, I rely on my Wampler Velvet Fuzz for really heavy stuff. Instead I use my Germanium Drive for tone coloration and I more or less keep it on all the time, even when I'm using a clean sound. The Germanium Drive is capable of a great deal of sonic variation and it just always makes my signal path sound better.
Music background: Semi-Pro musician and engineer

chandler limited germanium drive distortion

Chimey to wild smooth crunch sweet sustain very easy to use definetley unique tones
Music background: hobbyist and collecter

More Than Worth It

Ok, I hope this doesn’t turn into a book. 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 because 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 I’m about to describe. Tone: This is so subjective…and frankly words sometimes fail. I can’t recommend the Germ Drive to everyone. It’s like wine. You enjoy what you enjoy. If it’s $5.00 or $500.00 dollars, it shouldn’t 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 I’ve 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 I’d 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 it’s a different animal altogether. My tone is intact, but enhanced. I’m 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 don’t 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 you’re 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 RMA’d back to Sweetwater and have to give them props. The whole process was great and that’s 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. Here’s 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 can’t say enough about how pleasant, ultimately helpful, and informative it was to work with him. So in summary, I’ll 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.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Quasi-Pro Musician, Coninual Student
See also: Distortion Pedals, Chandler Limited, Chandler Limited Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz