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The original Colorsound Power Boost was release in 1969-70 and was 18 volts using two internal 9V batteries. It was very popular and was used by such guitar superstars as David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, and T-rex Marc Bolan. The pedal was known for it's powerful overdrive but also it's incredible boost factor. If used directly after the guitar it could be used in a host of ways to pushing fuzz pedals, boosting signal or just balls out rocking. But it had ONE problem, before the development of the master volume mod which was later done by Colorsound the pedal was TOO LOUD. As one customer of our's who is a highly regarded UK guitar player/producer stated to me, it is basically un-usable it is that loud. This is why our Colordriver HAS the Master volume, it works simply and tames the beast. You want to see how loud the original was without the Master Volume, take the Colordriver and turn it all the way up. CRAZY. In 1971 Colorsound changed the Power Boost to the 9V Overdriver and this design was over ....till now.
We have produced the 18V Colordriver to a true Power Boost replica done to the correct BC184 Transistors with two major UPGRADES. One the unit runs on 9Vs but the voltage is increased inside to 18v so you do not need to run a 18V supply. Second as you expected with made the pedal have the master volume on the side so you can dial down for whatever use you desire. You want killer Beck type overdrive crank the gain and push the master volume a ting over unity and watch your guitar tone explode. You want to push your amp for a fuller tone but still pretty clean, back the gain way off, and push the master all the way BOOM. You want to push a Big Muff for a David Gilmour transparent solo tone, push the master volume up in the Muff.
These are just killer reproductions, in a enclosure that is half the size (Ting bigger than a Boss Pedal) but while unique it still hints of the original. Inside the unit you will find correct "real" transistors that just gives it the genuine sound. The beauty of these pedals is the volume pot on the side so you can really push your amp, this gives it the shine of a driven amp mixed with the thick fuzz overdrive tone you want.
What is the difference between this and the orange Colordriver ? Well the 18V will give it a tad more headroom and transparency, plus this version used different transistors so the tone will be a bit different. Will have videos shortly.
But did these come with Master Volumes ? Well no most of them did not but the old pedals are so dam loud they are almost unusable as they push your amp TOO HARD and it is hard to get a cleaner tone. So for all around use we went with the Master Volume !
These pedals are tone machines, always try to use an amp that has some mild grit, the addition of fuzz at that point is the secret to tone.
Of course, the Tru-Fi Colordriver Fuzz/Boost is true bypass, sports LED, and manual !
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NOTE: Swirl Finish and Chrome/Polished Aluminum are $20 extra - Candy Apple Red and Anti-Freeze Green are no extra charge for now !
First impressions - I am very impressed with this pedal. There is a huge variety of sound in all 4 knobs.
The tone stack is very effective. With most pedals that I own, I use the tone knob to fine tune the sound and/or fix a problem frequency, and then I generally don't touch it after that That is definitely not the case with this pedal. The Treble and Bass controls give you a huge variety of sounds, all of which are a lot of fun. I spend a lot of time experimenting with these knobs to give me new and inspiring tones.
If you set the Gain knob low, you get a great boost that pushes your amp nicely. Turn the gain up and you gradually get more Silicon fuzz tone, until you are all the way up and it's pretty extreme. Personally, I usually keep it somewhere 1:00, and then dial it back with my guitar's volume knob as needed.
The Level knob has a ton of volume on tap. Unity is around 1/4 of the way up. if you turn it all the way up, it's extremely loud, similar to what I imagine an original ColorSound Power Boost was like.
Overall, there's a lot of variety of sounds in this pedal, and they are all good. You couldn't dial in a bad sound if you tried.
This is a very dynamic pedal. I'm a huge user of my guitar's volume knob, and this pedal responds well to that. Even with the gain all the way up, rolling back your guitar's volume knob and/or adjusting your pick attack will clean up your tone very nicely.
Build quality is top notch. It's a solidly built pedal, and all the knobs and the footswitch feel solid. It also comes in an awesome box for storage.
Finally, I got the swirl paint job, which is very cool - definitely recommended.
These are first impressions, and I am very happy so far. I've been playing this through a Strat and a Marshall. Pete on May 28th 2020
This is a great sounding, great looking, well-made pedal. The looks of this pedal are killer and it seems solid as a rock.
However, to my ears, it rates a 4 rather than a 5 sonically. It sounds very good, works well with other pedals and my amp, but just doesn't have that blistering sound I was hoping for, even with the drive cranked all the way. In fairness I have never heard the Colorsound pedal on which this was based, but I have owned many fuzzes over the years, including a 70s Vox Tonebender and a 60s fuzz face, and this doesn't have the heaviness of the former or the sweet germanium fuzziness of the latter. It's almost like somewhere between an overdrive and a fuzz, in fact. But then I'm much more into Ron Asheton than David Gilmour!
I should also say that the above impressions are mostly based on playing this pedal quietly, in my apartment. I was very pleased that it seemed to cut through nicely playing in a live situation with my (very loud) band—the volume knob, as others have noted, is very useful for this. I will probably make it my main (which is to say only) pedal for live use with this band, which is a pretty high compliment! It also seems to get along with other pedals well—sounds great with wah and with my Tubescreamer, which seems to drive it over the edge and create a little more sustain.
In all, a great and versatile hand-built pedal for a very reasonable price! Unknown on Nov 21st 2019
Everything I was hoping for and more. Stratospheric boost potential, works great before and after my favorite preamp pedal. Shocked me with the amount of low end on tap if you crank the bass knob. Unknown on Oct 22nd 2019