The EBS Billy Sheehan Signature Drive Deluxe takes everything players loved about the multiple award winning original and steps it up a notch! More gain, more features, more control – more amazing tone!
There are a lot of drive pedals that are considered to be classics. Many of them use some variation of a standard type of op-amp circuit design called an '8-pin dual inline op-amp'. The new EBS Billy Sheehan Signature Drive Deluxe comes with the ability to change this chip to one that offers different characteristics to the default Drive effect. The chip is accessed easily by removing the bottom plate of the pedal. It's attached to the board by an IC-standard socket, and does not require any soldering to be swapped. A list of suitable chips will be listed on the EBS website.
Aside from significantly more gain than the original, the Billy Sheehan Signature Drive Deluxe also comes equipped with a Boost footswitch for the Drive to really push the gain to the extreme when needed. The level of boost can be adjusted internally by a trim pot. This new feature changes the character of the sound a lot. By activating the inverted phase you will notice significant more low-end when using the drive compared to the original pedal.
You can still benefit from the super cool Drive and Clean Loop features found in the original. Use the Clean Loop to send a clean signal to an octave pedal and obtain optimized tracking while the Drive channel is still in use. Or put an Equalizer in the Drive Loop to fine tune your distortion character. There are countless options to use these loops in creative ways; these are only two examples to get your mind spinning.
The Deluxe also comes with a built-in compressor that you can leave off, in Mid or High position. The compressor helps to maintain definition of tone while you’re using heavy distortion. It also helps to blend together the distortion and clean tone better. There are two internal trim pot’s that let you change the Threshold value and adjust the level of compression in the MID position.
- Drive - Sets how hard the distortion engine will work
- TONE - Changes the character of the drive sound
- LEVEL - sets the level of the drive sound
- CLEAN - sets the level of your clean tone
- The pedal can be powered by a 9V DC battery or an EBS AD-9+ Power Supply (not included).