When I look for an overdrive pedal, I’m always looking for a pedal that sounds natural, not too bright, smooth….
Something that sounds like one of my favorite amps (of which the name I won’t mention) but with a natural overdriven tone. Also, one that when I push with a compressor or a clean boost, won’t break up in a nasty, ratty way.
On the top of my list is the Mooer Hustle Drive. Not only is it natural and smooth sounding, it’s SMALL! I love how when I turn my volume up or down on my guitar how the Hustle Drive responds like an amp. How did Mooer cram all that sound into such a small package?! When you click the on switch, it all comes roaring out in a perfect sound package. It not only sounds amazing live, it records with, in my opinion, the perfect tone. And hey fellow guitarists, it’s all about the tone right?!
I’ve taken this pedal with me on tours all over the US and Europe and it’s performed flawlessly.
Here are my settings for the Hustle Drive: (set the amp to a beautiful clean tone, then):
Volume: 12 o’clock
Tone: 1 o’clock
The switch should be set to: LP
Drive: 12 o’clock
Check out my guitar sound on my song, “Changes of My Life,” to hear an example of what the Mooer Hustle Drive and other Mooer pedals sound like together.
VERDICT:I give the Mooer Hustle Drive 5 out of 5 stars.
Dave Fields – Fodera Guitar artist/NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee. Touring recording artist.
We couldn’t help but notice how good this photo looked of the Pickboy Edge 1.14, along with some playing partners. These picks are a favorite of players who like to play for speed. Posted by @xaviergarth on Instagram.
Trey Xavier of Gear Gods contacted us about contributing some Mooer micro pedals for a “shoot-out” style review he was doing to build his “dream” fly rig pedalboard. We jumped at the opportunity and sent Trey a Baby Tuner, a Funky Monkey, a Hustle Drive, a Noise Killer, a Repeater, and a Tres Cab for the shoot out.
This week is the first installment of his shoot out. First up are the wah pedals. At the time of the review, we didn’t have a Wahter pedal so we sent Trey a Funky Monkey Autowah to use against the mini wah pedals from Dunlop, Morley, and Hotone. Even though the Funky Monkey does not have a rocker pedal it still compares well. Trey really likes the compact size, quality of sound, and options of the Funky Monkey. If you don’t use a wah that often the Funky Monkey saves quite a bit of space over even the smallest of the wah pedals and may be your best option.
Check out the video for the full test results and check back next week for the next installment.
This Mooer Mini Flight Rig was inspired my Michael Fenimore, one of our Mooer local artists. Neal really like Michael’s pedal selection and with the addition of the Mod Factory created a pedal board great for gigging or song writing. Click on the above video to watch Neal’s play through of the board. This board really has lots of possibilities.
This week Neal takes a look at some of Nate Lopez’ favorite Mooer pedals. Neal puts together the Soul Shiver, Trelicopter, Ninety Orange, Shimverb, and throws in the Micro Looper so you can the various effects in an impromtu composition of Neal’s. We were joking with Neal that he needed the Micro Looper to replicate Nate’s 8 string playing.
Mooer just released 2 new pedals : the Woodverb and the Varimolo. The Woodverb is a digital delay pedal design specifically for acoustic guitar players to retain the tone and warmth of an acoustic guitar. The Varimolo is a digital tremolo pedal normal, filter, and variable modes. The filter acts like an auto wah and the variable mode changes the rates of the tremolo.
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Here’s a classic blues riff inspired by Stevie Ray Vaughan that will spice up any acoustic or electric blues jam. Since the riff is repeating you just need to learn it once to play the whole progression. Some signature SRV licks are taught that aren’t too difficult.
Neal Walter shows off some of Eddie’s slick tapping licks while using the Dr J Arsenal Distortion pedal. Learn some tricks on how to master Hot for Teacher, a 12th fret A minor riff, and a bonus riff at the end with some cool string bending. Neal also talks about how to unlock the secret of getting not only the notes right but also getting the elusive Eddie “swing” feel.
The Dr J Arsenal Distortion gets a great Marshall tone and works well with many guitars and amps. You can get all kinds of distortion from classic British crunch to modern high-gain tones. There are 5 controls to give you total control over your tone and distortion. Click here to learn more about the Dr J Arsenal Distortion pedal or check out our Dr J Factory Tour and see where the pedals are made.
If you’re at all like us, you’re probably a bit curious how Dr J makes original design boutique quality pedals for so little. At the factory we got a look at how it’s all done.
From the start, the culture wall sets the tone. This is where Dr J sets the tone for the company. The wall is lined with images of the team and its accomplishments. Next stop the conference room for some high level discussions, then on the meeting room for a traditional ceremonial tea while discussing the products. Then comes materials, production, and testing. Then on to the extensive R&D department where there are many new products being developed. And finally to Dee Leung, the principal designer for Dr J.
We’re really impressed with the factory and product. One thing many players forget is that all the Dr J pedals are original design. Dee has really done a great job of creating original interpretations of some classic pedals and adding his own twist.
Says, Tone Report, “Dr. J has taken the build quality, ingenuity and tweakability several steps further, while similarly offering the pedal board-friendly size and extreme value-to-tone ratio.” Click here to read the Tone Report review on the Shadow Echo.
We’re partial to the Shadow Echo for it’s spacey vibe, the Sparrow Driver & DI as a no nonsense bass pre-amp and driver, and the Green Crystal for it’s not so straight interpretation of a classic overdrive pedal. But all the pedals are really usable. The Planes Walker Fuzz has both germanium and silicon transistors and does a good job emulating the Supro Sound. And the Aerolite Comp and Armor Buffer and good additions to any pedal board.
But don’t take our word for it, check one out now at your local music store and discovery for yourself what Dr J is all about.