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Electro Harmonix East River Drive

Electro Harmonix East River Drive
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item number 323981
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available since October 2013
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sales rank 5669 at thomann.de 48 in this category (Details)

Electro Harmonix East River Drive effectpedal, classic overdrive, nano Series, controls for volume, tone and drive, true bypass, 9 Volt battery included, optional power supply 109004 EU96 DC-200 BI (not incluted)

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Great TS Style Overdrive

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So this is the first Pedal built by Electro Harmonix like the famous green overdrives by a well known japanese company. I was looking for a Ts-808 Style Overdrive for quiet a while but did not find a really good sounding OD that sounds the way the old ones sound and respond.

The EHX East River Drive does also not sound like an vintage tubescreamer and first I was really disappointed and thoughr about sending it back. But then i tried the east river driver in front of my very good sounding Rockbox Boilingpoint. And in that combination the east river drive gives my sound the boost I was looking for. The great thing about this pedal is, that it adds this mids to the sound that cuts through the whole bandmix.

In my opinion the east river drive is absolutely great when you are looking for a boostpedal that colourises your overdriven sound and gives you this SRV Sound. It is also great for clean sounds when you look for that midboost for a little bit of flavour.

I do not recommend it if you are looking for a standalone overdrive for crunshsounds because it does not sound open and fresh.

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The East River Drive is a great unit. The drive it adds is quite subtle, suitable for use in bluesy rock but cannot deliver highly saturated and distorted tones. It is very responsive to velocity, so if you dial it in right you can have a clean tone which begins to drive if you hit it just a bit harder, very useful for moody solos.

Has the usual EHX build quality in sturdy metal box, very small as well. Three knobs provide all the shaping required.

On the downside there is very little variety of tones available, so would have to be alongside a selection of other pedals in a versatile rig. However since the mini EHX range is competitively priced you can have a few set up together. Also the tone knob doesn't really provide enough variation so would recommend having an equaliser alongside.

On an entirely frivolous note, I love the graphic on the front! Really atmospheric.

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I was quite excited when this pedal came out and when I saw the competitive price offered by Thomann I took it into serious consideration.

I did not own a TS808 clone as such - I had a couple typical ODs and transparent ODs and was quite happy with them. There weren't too may online demos of the East River Drive (ERD) and not any descenting voices, so I took advantage of my Thomann review voucher and grabbed the ERD.

I was quite excited about getting this for some reason - maybe because it had great graphics! All my other pedals are rather plain by comparison!

As usual it arrived within 3/4 days and in good shape. I set about trying out some settings and combinations of equipment and it stood up well to anything it was played with and put through - even some stacking - particularly with a Joyo Deluxe Crunch - massive room/stage filling presence!

The most exciting find for me was that with a Gibson les Paul and a Cornford EL34 equipped Roadhouse amp, it is classic early 1970s Marshall tone. Think Spiders from Mars' Mick Ronson, Hawkwind, Humble Pie etc. Massive square-toned Marshall drive - lovely!

As per usual, I am of the habit of taking pics of the settings that sound best for me against the specific gear and then print these out and place them in a folder for an 'at a glance' guide. What often becomes apparent is that the same dial shapes appear over and over again. Is true here too but no matter where this pedal is dialled you get great usable tone.

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