by Dave Fields
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.