Dunlop has announced an interesting new pedal called the MXR FET Driver:
Featuring a unique circuit design, the MXR FET Driver captures the rich, creamy sound of an overdriven tube amplifier by cascading an op-amp gain stage into a FET stage. The FET Driver thickens up lead tones with musical, amp-like distortion and sustain without the fragility and inconsistency associated with tubes.
The FET Driver features a simple but responsive set of controls. Set your volume level with the Output control, and then use the Drive control to dial in the grit, from subtle soft-clipping to early stage distortion. Fine tune the FET Driver’s sound by tweaking Hi and Lo boost/cut controls, and push the Hi Cut switch to roll off high end frequencies when playing in high volume situations where excess noise is apparent.
The FET Driver features true bypass switching and comes in a heavy duty metal housing that’s ready for the road.
Dunlop released a Joe Bonamassa signature version of this pedal last year, which got good reviews. I’m glad to see they’ve decided to release it as a non-signature version as well. I’m looking forward to checking this one out.