Update 5/21/22 about 1-2 days for shipping - I am really caught up - still our most popular pedal
AS SEEN ON THE JHS SHOW March 30th 2022....WATCH BELOW !
NO Swirl Sorry !
Order NOW ! GREAT VIDEO COMPARING 18v to 9V BELOW !
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 !
Made in the USA!
NOTE: Swirl Picture OUT OF STOCK FOR NOW ! / Each one is UNIQUE will slightly different than picture !
NOTE: Sparkle Finish and Chrome/Polished Aluminum/Glitter are $20 extra - Candy Apple Red and Anti-Freeze Green are no extra charge for now !
- 100% Handmade
- True Bypass
- Comes in Gray, like original or options
- 3 vintage BC184 transistors
- Gain, Treble and Bass controls
- Side Volume Control just like the original
- Old school brown carbon resistors
- Internal 9V battery clip
- Takes a Negative Tip 9V DC power Supply !!! THIS IS KEY
ReviewsDan PeabodyI use a rage of pedals and I play a range of styles. I mostly used Les Paul with humbuckers for an Esquire. Use a Tweed Deluxe I use a vibrolux sadly not vintage. And I use an amplifier a friend built that's el34 powered Trainwreck type amp. And regardless of which guitar I use or which amp I use I could dial this pedal into absolutely sounds stellar and give me exactly what I need it's fantastic. I will say I just plugged it in to the Trainwreck I use the master volume at at half the channel volume at about 10 trouble at 1 and bass at. noon. The amplifier have the master at noon and I have the channel volume at about 9 which is where I like it just beginning to break up when I kick that pedal in it absolutely should the room and it was like going back to the 70s in pure rock and roll the good kind the kind that I remember but I'm old. I could very happily play a gig with that amplifier that pedal and may be a delay. Be all I'd need I could get just about any sound I wanted it is a magic box. I recommend trying one.Steve Blind
18 volt colordriverWow I have been playing guitar for almost 50 years and have never heard anything like this before. This is now my favorite pedal of all time. It takes you to guitar tone nirvana. Surprisingly it is the added clear clean boost it adds to even distorted compressed sounds is euphoric. Thanks to Dan and Mick on That pedal show for opening my ears!Ric Hansen
Colordriver 18vThis is "The One"! It does clean boost, it does light gain, it does fuzz. I don't know how but I guess I don't need to. EQ and gain range make it the most flexible and tweakable pedal I own. Only disappointment is I need to sell some other pedals now. Amazing sound and quality. Couldn't ask for better!Giovanni Picchio
Colordriver 18vSuper pedal true vintage sound, beautiful box, i love it Grey from italy GioJae Brown
tru-fi 18 volti think my fuzz search is over. after about a year of debating with myself if i should pull the trigger on a tru-fi device i did, and i should not have waited. this pedal is fantastic. three problems that usually pop up with most of my favorite fuzz pedals are that they are either to brite ,to dark , or hard to get unity gain ( i play loud ..really loud) the 18volt colordriver is a very flexible pedal it can be bright when needed ,dark when you want it ,and always as loud as you need it to be, while offering offering fuzz tones from smooth and creamy to absolutely frightening. stop putting it off and don't wait any longer, you need this pedal today. it's seriously badass !!!Abraham
I’m in LOVEAfter playing through a Tube Screamer for years I wanted to take it to the next level. I feel like a boy who just slayed a dragon. My beard grew in overnight. This is a top notch, professional piece of music equipment worthy of any studio or stage. Thank you!!Scott Tufts
ColordriverFantastic! This pedal is awesome! I absolutely love it. Great quality and craftsmanship. It’s definitely worth the wait. Thankyou very much, I appreciate you.Sanford R
18v ColordriverThis is my new favorite "always on, roll the guitar volume down and up for clean to dirty" pedal. I got the Anti-Freeze green paint job and it is awesome to behold! I find myself planning an entire pedal board around this pedal (and whether to keep the green/orange theme). I'd write more, but I'd rather go play my guitar through the Colordriver.John
ColorsoundComes in a box. Made with care. Sounds greatRyland
Absolutely Killer Drive!I bought this pedal after the killer review done by That Pedal Show. It is absolutely killer! The perfect mix of drive and fuzz, and easily controllable and versatile with the controls on the pedal, as well as volume/tone controls on your guitar. Tru-Fi is super easy to communicate with and this definitely won't be the last pedal I buy. Thanks again!
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