Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Overdrive Pedal

Overdrive Pedal with Clean Boost, Overdriven Tones, and True Bypass
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Clean or Dirty, This Pedal's Got It All

Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive features a unique "clean" control. Its overdrive circuit provides the same tone as a vintage '808. Then the clean control blends back in a boosted direct signal. This restores the attack and feel that is lost in a highly compressed overdrive circuit. Of course with the clean control turned down, you get a classic overdrive tone. All the way up, it provides a super transparent, 100% clean boost. The Sparkle Drive features true bypass switching. Hand-built from the finest components available, the Sparkle Drive is backed by a 5-year warranty.

Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Features:
  • Voiced after a vintage 808
  • Clean control blends back in boosted direct signal
  • Great attack and feel
  • Versatile tones from clean to overdriven
  • True Bypass
  • Hand-built
  • 5-year warranty
Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive adds the perfect touch to your guitar tone!

Additional Media

Sparkle Drive User Manual

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Overdrive
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Batteries 1 x 9V
Height 2"
Width 3.75"
Depth 4.75"
Weight 0.88 lbs.
Power Supply Included No
Manufacturer Part Number VD

Customer Reviews

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Sparkle Drive

This has become my "can't live without it OD" I had been eyeballing this for awhile. I liked the idea of blending the clean signal back in. Now I haven't played every OD under the sun. So I can't compare it to everything out there. I have tried or owned Fulltone's OCD and PlimSoul, TS9, Tech 21 GT2, Tri-AC, and XXL, MXR M77 custom modified OD and the Boss OS-2. I also had been using the MXR GT-OD which I liked a lot until I got the Sparkle Drive. This pedal is about impossible to make sound bad or unusable. I'm mainly using a Strat with single coils through a Tech 21 amp set to a clean Fender tone. This combo of the 3 is allowing me to get the blues tones I have been hearing in my head. I haven't really tried it out much with humbuckers or P90s yet. Unfortunately I don't think any of the online demos do it justice. Go in person and try it out with your gear. I thought the GT-OD was transparent. This pedal is now the meaning of transparent to me. You can use it like a traditional OD if you like and get that gritty bite and compressed tone and/or use the clean knob to dial back in your uncompressed clean signal to smooth things out. You are able to get textures you can't get with a normal OD. It can be kinda like running a clean and dirty amp at the same time. Good range on all the knobs. I like the inputs at the top if the pedal. Also if you just want to use it as a clean boost it is great for that as well. I'm loving Voodoo Lab products. The Tremolo and Micro-Vibe are great too. I have not tried the new mod version. I didn't want to be bothered with the extra settings. Funny thing is I wouldn't mind running 2 of the original, maybe even 3. Also different power supplies will effect the performance of your pedals. I have had some pedals sound like crap with certain wallwart power supplies only to find out they sound great with others. I don't use batteries.
Music background: Hobbyist 20+yrs

Finesse Players Rejoice!!

This is a wonderful pedal for players who want some grit mixed into their feel and nuance. It can growl and roar like an 808, but the clean dial is perfect for rhythmically driven players who understand that groove and texture is as much between the notes as it is in the notes themselves. This pedal is easy to dial in and goes from edgy/slight breakup to straight screaming TS808...with a just little less warmth than the original 808s I play a 72 Tele Deluxe through a JCM800 2 x12 and this pedal is perfect for my setup. I've honestly never been a fan of the 800s pre-amp gain. At anything above 2 it gets a little too mushy for me. With this pedal I can use the pre-amp gain on the amp to provide just that little extra warmth and color. The end result is pretty astounding. If you are into nu-rock and metal this will not do the trick. For everything else, this pedal gives you a wide array of tones and most importantly it does not get in the way of your playing. It is a very reactive pedal that does not suffer from the smearing or buzzing that so many other pedals produce. Basically if you are the kind of player that does not want his/her workhorse gain to cover up the nuances of the performance, this thing is pretty hard to beat.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Producer, Working Musician

Amazing v2

Just like Matt P. said - this thing is just fabulous. I almost *never* rate something 100% -being an engineer, I always get cheesed when a product "doesn't quite make it". This product does "make it". When it's on, ALL of my guitars (14 of 'em!) sound better, fuller, more alive, more dynamic, and just "out front" without any compression or artifacts. Through any of my ("what, eight already? Okay, honey, I'll sell one before I buy another!") amplifiers. It sounds as if there is some kind of exciter happening, but the sound isn't the same - Sparkle is fat but articulate at the same time. I have spoken to many folks (bandmates and other musicians) about what this pedal actually does, and nobody knows - it just makes everything sound wonderful. ...and that's 100% clean. Then, there is the distortion. Apparently, there is an option to dial-in some distortion and mix it with the clean signal. I have nothing to say about this function, because I never use it. In all honesty, that's because I'm busy. Onstage, with 16 pedals on my board, I tend to set them where I like them, and then just "stomp". The clean sound alone - the enhancements this pedal makes to any guitar's clean tone - ENTIRELY justifies the buck-thirty cost. I have seriously considered buying a second Sparkle Drive to use with some grit/disortion. The bottom line - for the clean tones alone, you will not be dissapoiinted. Sweetwater's return policy is top-shelf, so what's not t like? I've been playing professionally, casually, and "just for fun" for almost 40 years. I rarely "rave" about a product. The Sparkle Drive makes the grade, clean. Any disortion is just a bonus. Five stars, blown-away, fabulous! Get one.
Music background: Professional / casual / pro-bono


I absolutely love this pedal! I currently play through a Mesa boogie mark v combo amp and I'm playing with a country band and I never turn this pedal off! It takes the natural tone of my telecasters and really makes them shine. I have it set to add just a touch of that Nashville dirt and make the sounds "sparkle" if you will. I simply love the pedal and highly recommend it! Couple it with a good compression pedal and you'll have a sweet chicken Pickin tone.
Music background: Professional musician, hobbyist


I cannot believe I went as long as I did without buying this pedal. I heard it was good but It never dawned on me to actually get one. If you are looking for a punchy full sounding tone...this is your baby. I can't believe how well it dials in. It's very smooth and creamy. It can be used as a signal Clean boost or TS-808 overdrive. My favorite is somewhere in the middle. I have 2 other overdrives and 2 other distortions all that work well when the Sparkle Drive is on. I basically leave this pedal on all the time. It's off when i want a simple clean sound. This should be the first pedal any guitarist buys...no doubt.
Music background: 16 yrs Playing guitar Classic Rock/Blues/Modern Church

Sweetwater Advice

Charlie Davis

If you've ever wished for an overdrive pedal that offered amazing clarity, regardless of the gain setting, than this is the one for you. The clean control allows you to blend your direct signal back in, giving your single notes and chords amazing definition. If you need one main overdrive, or a good boost pedal, buy the Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive!
See also: Distortion Pedals, Voodoo Lab, Voodoo Lab Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz