Billy Sheehan knows a thing or two about playing the bass and so this new version of his popular drive pedal should be a great tool for all you four-string lovers. EBS of Sweden have worked with Billy to announce this new updated version of his signature drive pedal at NAMM 2016.
Recently Billy has been playing in the Winery Dogs trio along with Richie Kotzen and Mike Portnoy. It seems he has still managed to make some time to work with EBS and re-design his drive pedal. The new upgraded version is billed as having even more gain than the original version and also has the ability for you to swap out the op-amps to achieve different results. The pedal has a holder that’s fairly easy to access that lets you replace the internal op-amp with different versions. A lot of people swear they can tell the difference in tonality. I have to admit I have never noticed any difference myself in the past when trying this on some of my own distortion pedals that use op-amps, but it could just be that my hearing isn’t what it once was.
The new version also has a foot-switchable ‘boost’ function and the amount of gain that is on tap from this boost can also be preset using an internal trim pot. Again, I would always prefer to have any controls on the outside of the pedal, as internal trim pots are a bit of a hassle. The pedal still has the original loop facility, so you can send the signal out and back in again. This means you can add combine the drive with another effect, for instance something like an EQ pedal or maybe even an octave pedal. There is also a built in compressor to keep your sound tight and punchy.
The price has yet to be confirmed and the pedal should be out a little later this year.