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					 QUICKSTOMP EFFECTS                                                                                                                                                                                                                               FULLTONE FULL-DRIVE 2 MOSFET EDITION

                                                                                                                                                                 ■ The big news for
                                                                                                                                                                 the 10th Anniversary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TRULY COMMITTED?
                                                                                                                                                                 Full-Drive 2 is the
                                                                                                                                                                 all-new mosfet mode                                                                                                     LEAD THE WAY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ■ If you really want to treat your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         guitar, you could go the whole way
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and splash out on a Fulltone 15-
A SPECIAL 10TH ANNIVERSARY VERSION OF THIS BOUTIQUE,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     foot jack-to-jack lead.

TWO-CHANNEL OVERDRIVE FROM CALIFORNIAN FX GURU                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Undoubtedly of faultless quality, if
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         this thing EVER does go wrong as a
FULLTONE. LOUIS THORNE GETS HIP WITH CLIP                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                result of normal use just post it to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the factory, and they will send you a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         new one. The slight downside is that
      To say that Michael Fuller,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        on this side of the Atlantic they will
 ...  the man behind Fulltone,
                                                          GBINFO                                                                                                                                                                                                                         cost you £49.99 each.
is a fanatic about guitar playing           FULLTONE FULL-
and gear is an understatement.              DRIVE 2 MOSFET                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the biggest, boldest, most open and
Not only does he own a huge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            precise drives using the ‘comp-cut’
                                            PRICE:              £249
array of classic amps and                   BUILT-IN:             USA                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and ‘mosfet’ mode; good for rockier
effects, but he also builds his             TYPE: Overdrive stompbox                                                                                                                                                                                                                   sounds that need optimum note
own tone machines and, as an                POWER:      9V battery or                                                                                                                                                                                                                  definition. Conversely, the springiest,
accomplished guitarist, even                      9V DC mains adaptor                                                                                                                                                                                                                  most transparent, chewy, vintage-
                                                       (not supplied).
holds the impressive accolade                       Also takes 18V DC                                                                                                                                                                                                                  style drives and dynamics are available
of Guitar Player magazine’s                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            with ‘flat mids’ and ‘standard’ mode.
Ultimate Blues Guitarist 1993.              Peach Guitars                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Where the Full-Drive 2 Mosfet
Clearly, he knows a thing or                PHONE:     01376 553676                                                                                                                                                                                                                    really excels is that however you set it,
10 about tone and taste.                    WEB:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the intrinsic sound of the guitar is
   The following year, Fulltone the                                                                                                                                                                                                                        never lost, and at lower gain levels
company was born out of Fuller’s                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       especially, picking dynamics really
love of vintage effects, with an
                                                                                                                                      ■ Chances are you’ll be
                                                                                                                                                                MODES FOR MOODS                            tweaky about fine adjustments will                                           shine through. Humbuckers or single
added desire for more reliability.                 GBOPINION                                                                          bending over the front
                                                                                                                                      when hooking up, hence
                                                                                                                                                                Like the Dytone Booom Bastic               appreciate the mosfet mode’s increased                                      coils sound equally impressive, each
Consequently, we are not talking                                                                                                      the upside-down labels    reviewed on page 38, the Full-Drive 2      muscle and definition in the mid                                             displaying their own character: this
mass-produced, digital modeling
                                            FULLTONE FULL-                                                                                                      has switchable ‘overdrive’ and ‘boost’     frequencies: Robben Ford fans take                                          pedal just oozes class. It’s definitely
                                            DRIVE 2 MOSFET
devices here; these are handmade            EDITION                       using custom-made, heavy-gauge           signal chain when they are turned off.       modes, meaning two sounds at your          note. According to Fuller, the mosfets                                      at its best through a valve amp at
pedals, constructed with top quality        GOLD STARS                    copper wire. The switches are triple-    It could be argued that with the right       feet. The volume and tone controls         make the pedal clip in a slightly more                                      gig volume, and it’s also worth
components, and thus they come                 World class, beautifully   pole, double-throw types, which          buffer, true bypass isn’t the be-all-        are global, while the boost mode has       symmetrical manner, whereas the big                                         mentioning that you can run the
                                               transparent drive
with top level price tags.                     sounds                     provide the connections needed for       and-end-all for effects pedals – and in      a dedicated pot for extra level and        deal with the original Fulltone is its                                      Full-Drive 2 at 18 volts (just make sure
                                               Adds two channels          true bypass when the pedal is off, and   your average pub gig, its arguable           distortion when you step on the            asymmetrical clipping. What that                                            the adapter is centre-negative) which
                                               to your amp
NEW STARTER FOR 10                             New ‘mosfet’ mode
                                                                          the inclusion of an LED when it’s on.    whether or not people would notice –         corresponding switch.                      means in practice is that in ‘mosfet’                                       increases its dynamics, adding
This version of the Full-Drive 2               increases versatility      Mike Fuller is extremely picky about     but that argument is never going to             With the central mini-switch set at     mode, the Full-Drive 2 trades some of                                       headroom to give an even more open,
celebrates 10 years of Fuller’s most        BLACK MARKS                   his true-bypass switching, pointing      convince the obsessives. In any case,        either ‘vintage’ (slightly peaked in the   its extra harmonics and elasticity for                                      amp-like feel. If you’ve struggled with
celebrated stomper, here with a new           Not a single one            out that most pedals, even the more      all you TB fans are safe here.               mid frequencies) or ‘fm’ (flat mids),       a more direct, smoother distortion.                                         how ‘regular’ pedals somehow ‘squash’
‘mosfet’ mode in addition to the            GBRATING                      expensive ones, don’t truly leave the                                                 the overdrive control provides the            The ‘comp-cut’ setting provides a                                        your amplifier’s dynamic range, this is
standard model’s sounds. According                                                                                                                              gamut of textures, from just a hint of     non-compressed version of the tone,                                         a feature you’ll want to try for sure.
to Mike Fuller, in ‘vintage’ mode the                                                                                                                           break up to a healthy amount of gain.      which can be useful for an effective
mosfets add richness in the mids for a                                                                                                                          In that respect, the Full-Drive 2 has      clean boost (regulated with the                                             CONCLUSION
more ‘Dum***’ like lead tone, among                                                                                                                             a wider range of usable gain than          overdrive knob again). It’s fantastic                                       If you’re after scooped, ultra-high gain
other textures. From that, we assume                                                                                                                            many pedals; likewise with its overall     for country or clean blues sounds, for                                      guitar sounds, or harsh, square-wave
he means Alexander Dumble’s ultra-                                                                                                                              frequency response, where some             example; a somewhat more direct tone                                        fuzz, then the Full-Drive 2 Mosfet is
rare, ultra-desirable amplifiers, used by                                                                                                                        overdrive devices – notably standard       and response. In that respect, you get                                      not the pedal for you. However, for
the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Larry                                                                                                                          TS808 and TS9 Ibanez Tubescreamers                                                                                     just about everything else, it delivers
Carlton, Eric Johnson and Robben                                                                                                                                – can tend towards a very middly tone,     WHAT IS A MOSFET?                                                           tone aplenty, made even more versatile
Ford. It’s a big claim, and a tantalising                                                                                                                       with not much in the way of subtlety                                                                                   by the new ‘mosfet’ mode. Country,
one at that. The other part of the                                                                                                                              in the high end, nor weight in the           YOUR QUICK TRANSISTOR 101                                                 blues and all but the heaviest rock
story is that in ‘fm’ mode, the mosfets                                                                                                                         lows. Here, the overall envelope is          ■ As the name suggests,              that no single component             players will find a lot to love here,
are said to impart a ‘chimey, open,                                                                                                                             wider and far more natural sounding,         Fulltone’s Full-Drive 2 Mosfet       can be judged individually in        assuming of course you also love the
                                                                                                                                                                                                             contains a new ‘mosfet’ mode         any amp or pedal), mosfets
stinging Texas blues sound’. More                                                                                                                               with a ‘tone’ pot that’s more of a                                                                                     fundamental tone of your rig. The FD2
                                                                                                                                                                                                             to offer an extra range of           can contribute to a very
of which later.                                                                                                                                                 presence control, according to Fuller,       tones, in addition to the            musical overdrive for guitar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       bolsters your existing partnership with
   The FD2’s heavy-duty steel chassis                                                                                                                           which affects the high-end harmonics.        standard pedal’s compliment.         tones, hence their inclusion         the most wonderfully transparent and
is now a lovely shade of ‘burnt orange                                                                                                                             Flicking the second mini switch              A MOSFET (metal-oxide             here. More practically, the          dynamic overdrive textures, or fat
metallic’ in place of the regular blue,                                                                                                                         from ‘standard’ to ‘mosfet’ adds punch       semiconductor field effect            ‘mosfet’ mode has a more             clean tones, plus you have additional
and is home to a collection of knobs                                                                                                                            and clarity to the whole shebang, a          transistor) is a type of             symmetrical clipping pattern         footswitchable boost always on tap. If
                                                                                                                                                                                                             transistor that clips (distorts)     for a more focused, smooth
and switches which are all of the very                                                                                                                          difference which is more pronounced                                                                                    you already own a decent valve amp
                                                                                                                                                                                                             softly when overdriven,              distortion character than when
highest quality. The pots are bolted                                                                                                                            at higher gain levels. This is the major     somewhat similar to the way          in standard mode. Neither is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and are into anything from Albert Lee
securely to the steel chassis – meaning                                                                                                                         change from the standard FD2 model,          a valve reacts, in very general      ‘better’, but you’ll soon discover   to Led Zep, try one out tomorrow.
minimum internal damage from a                                                                                                                                  and although relatively subtle – it          terms. Assuming they’re used         more appropriate applications           The Full-Drive 2 Mosfet is among the
stray stomp – and then point-to-point                                                                                                                           doesn’t totally transform the pedal –        right in the circuit (bear in mind   for each mode.                       greatest overdrives ever made – no true
wired to the rest of the components,                                                                                                                            those of you who are decidedly more                                                                                    tone hound should be without one. GB

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