Hello fellow metalheads
I have a Boss ME-70, and recently borrowed a friends' Boss Blues Driver BD-2 as I wanted to compare it to the blues driver in the ME-70. After comparing the sounds I started experimenting with it
I tried connecting the driver in a chain before and after the me70, and tried with guitars with both active and passive pick ups, and the results confused me, some more than others :S
(I'll try to explain my thoughts)
When I put the driver before the me70 in the chain and raised the gain the driver boosted the hum of the guitar and when I added some distortion from the me70 everything sounded likte s**t basically. When I put it after the me70 it boosted the sound and made it fatter and more creamy. Nothing out of the ordinary, but now comes the strange part. :S When I turned it off the sound was still a little "boosted" and creamy, and I liked that slight change in the sound more than the sound the pedal created when it was turned on. :S It wasn't until I removed the pedal from the chain that the sound got back to "normal". When I played a guitar with passive pick ups through the chain it almost sounded like a guitar with active pick ups, and when I played a guitar with active pups it sounded like a guitar with super-awesome active pups :S Can anyone explain this to me? Why a turned off pedal sounds better than the same pedal turned on :S It feels kind of waste to buy a pedal just to have it turned off...
After experimenting a bit more I found out that when I put the pedal before the me70 in the chain and kept it off it boosted the signal of different guitars differently... (even though I'd rolled off the gain to just about nothing). Most of my guitars sounded good, but one of them sounded terrible when I plugged it in. :S When I played it the sound was muddy and it sort of "rattled"... The decay of the sound was also longer: it sounded like I had put some sh**ty reverb on though I had the reverb all turned off!? :S It was as if the guitar itself was more "noisy", and then the driver boosted that sound and made everything sound muddy and "rattly".
What is this and why is it happening? When I knock on the guitar with the muddy sounds unplugged it sound more "hollow" and resonant than my others (that sound more solid and "dead" when I knock on them). Maybe it has something to do with it?
Note that the guitar with the muddy sound sounds great when played without the driver in the chain.
Please if you think you know the answer help me! :S I'm a bit of a newbie when it comes to things like this and I really appreciate all help I can get.
Thanks in advance!
(sorry about the long post...)
My guess would be that your rig is benefiting from the buffer in the BD-2 (this is on whether or not the effect is switched on), and you have one shitty guitar.
Nevermind that last bit then, but it's probably still somehow related to the buffer.Note that the guitar with the muddy sound sounds great when played without the driver in the chain.