Today I received a Fulltone Full-Drive 3 FD-3
, with an extremely
minor cosmetic blemish (I'm not even sure that I've found it!)
that had Mike Fuller offering it up for $99... !
Full warranty, guarantee, and return policy, free shipping, no taxes, battery included!
It's a keeper!
It sure is a great and versatile pedal, like a much improved upon Tube Screamer in some ways, with a lot of options.
It does what I wanted it to do, which is work well going into a clean tube-amp with some of my other pedals, particularly a Fulltone MDV-3 MkII authentic Uni-Vibe stylee, and also clean-up well with a twist of my guitar's volume-knob and a little English on my "touch".
Note that I'm running it on 18v dc power, using a Fulltone IPS-18 Power Supply; It's capable of taking from 9v to 18v. I think that the 18vdc supply improves the FD-3's performance and tone...
Overall it's a fairly amp-like overdrive feel and tone, particularly on the "Comp Cut" and "Wide Asymmetrical" Clipping Modes. The foot-switchable, adjustable Boost can deliver a little (or a LOT
) more volume, and when placed first in order before the Overdrive side, it can dial-in the perfect amount of extra overdrive/distortion and volume-boost for leads and fills.
The Boost's Dynamics control, a Limiter using germanium diodes, is very useful for adding 'MORE' at a stomp, with just the right amount of rounding, fattening 'squishy' compression without being too spikily loud and harsh. The Dynamics control is a wonderful asset here!
The Overdrive and Boost sides can be used together, in either order- OD >
Boost, or Boost >
OD (my preference)- or they can be used independently. The pedal has PLENTY of output firepower on-tap to drive a tube-amp into overdrive and distortion, as well as providing its own clipping for overdrive tones.
I had read that many found it to be a very 'dark' sounding overdrive pedal, but that has not been the case here. I don't have to turn its Tone knob up very far past Noon at all, really.
It often sounds and feels as if there's a bit of a blend of buffered clean/direct signal mixed in with the overdrive, like a preset low amount of Sparkle-Drive type action. Not a bad thing at all! And maybe there is, maybe it's not "just me".
It should be no surprise that it works particularly, wonderfully
well with my Fulltone Octafuzz, and also quite well with my MDV-3 and Clyde Deluxe pedals, as well as getting along just fine with my pedals from other makers. ________