Mesa Boogie has joined the ever-growing boutique pedal market with four new overdrive pedals, and given their 44 year history of writing the book on amp overdrive, these should be something special! I suppose it’s only fair to state right up front that I am a huge fan and have used Mesa amps for more than 25 years, so I’m really looking forward to putting these new ODs through their paces as soon as possible. In the meantime I’ll include what Boogie has to say about the pedals, as well as include some inside info direct from Boogie on how their ODs compare to other models you may be familiar with.
From Mesa insider:
Tone-Burst – In same family as most clean boosts. Xotic RC Booster, Xotic EP Booster, Keeley Katana, etc.
Grid Slammer – Same family as overdrive pedals. Tube Screamer, Xotic AC Booster, King of Tone, OCD, etc.
Flux-Drive – Same family as higher gain overdrive pedals. Xotic BB Preamp, OD1, etc.
Throttle Box – High gain distortion. Definitely NOT a Recto, but it’s in the modern high gain family. MXR Fullbore, Super Distortion, Metal Zone, etc. Good lead sounds, and lo gain is versatile.
From the Mesa site:
Your favorite amp probably just found a few new friends! Welcome FOUR NEW DRIVE PEDALS from Mesa that cover the full range of musical styles, sounds and features in compact yet tone-packed packages.
Enter… Tone-Burst, Grid Slammer, Flux-Drive and Throttle Box! Between these four pedals lies an exceptional variety of clip, drive, overdrive, gain and full-on distortion with the tone you want and the features and versatility you expect from Mesa.
These pedals feature the same quality components, craftsmanship and inspiring performance as all of our custom amplifiers. All four pedals (and ALL Mesa products) are proudly 100% Designed AND Hand-Built right in our one-and-only shop in Petaluma, California, U.S.A. Each pedal also uses True Bypass On/Off Switching and is 9V battery powered or AC powered via an External Power Jack Input.
The TONE-BURST™ Boost/Overdrive offers a virtually transparent gain range usually associated with “clean” boost pedals. However, the TONE-BURST has enough gain to boost your guitar to the threshold of clip and slightly beyond, making it far more useful for a variety of applications. It’s incredibly powerful for adding boost, drive and/or EQ to any guitar and amp combination. Whether using it as a utility to boost the output of single coils to match a humbucker or as a subtle overdrive when a standard overdrive may be too much, the TONE-BURST is an incredibly useful and expressive pedal that makes the best things sound even better! Check out video clips here
The GRID SLAMMER™ Overdrive is an overdrive pedal that produces a variable boost in gain over a wide range with a classic, guitar-centric midrange bump that enhances many different playing styles. It’s a true overdrive “specialist” that covers an amazing array of what many top players consider the most expressive and musical ranges of overdrive. From sweet, subtle breakup to a harmonically smoldering overdrive that can both sting and sing, the GRID SLAMMER sets a new bar in legendary overdrive! Check out video clips here
The FLUX-DRIVE™ Overdrive+ is an overdrive for those who want more of all the best things from an overdrive! It has more liquid gain and enhanced sustain that easily feeds into rich harmonic overtones making it incredibly addictive and inspiring to play, especially to enhance a crunch or higher gain amp channel! It also offers a more complete tone-shaping network with individual Treble and Bass controls. This architecture makes the FLUX-DRIVE a more complete preamp with added versatility beyond that of most overdrive pedals. Check out video clips here
The THROTTLE BOX™ Distortion serves up all genres of ROCK with cut and aggression, but retains the signature warmth and organic sonic quality found in all our instruments. While its main strengths lie in higher-gain sounds, it’s also versatile and the lower gain options shouldn’t be overlooked for classic rock or howling blues. It also features a unique Mid Cut that scoops out midrange to produce the signature Boogie “V” EQ-curve that so many artists have employed in our amps to create the world’s heaviest guitar tones! Check out video clips here