The release of the new Friedman BE-OD Deluxe and Golden Pearl overdrive pedals brings two welcome additions to the ever-expanding pedal range of boutique amp designer and all-around tone meister Dave Friedman. These are hand-built in the USA by a company with a reputation for making great-sounding equipment.
Friedman BE-OD Deluxe
First up, we have the new Friedman BE-OD Deluxe, which is essentially two, yes two, BE-OD pedals. That means two channels of amp-like tone based around Dave’s infamous ‘Brown Eye’ BE-100 hot-rodded Plexi-based amp head.
This pedal sees the addition of a very useful set of dual midrange controls, which expands the usability of this pedal even further. It needs 18V DC of power, so Friedman includes a splitter power cable. You will need an isolated power supply to use this though. The pedal is true-bypass, so won’t mess with your tone when not engaged.
To me, this pedal ticks all the boxes for what should be a good high-quality drive pedal. Boutique drive pedals are everywhere these days. But if you’re looking for Plexi tones, you could just cut to the chase and try the Friedman stuff.
RRP – USD 269 released 19 November
Golden Pearl overdrive pedal
The Friedman Golden Pearl overdrive pedal is billed as a transparent, lower-gain overdrive. This type of overdrive that is often used to kick the front end of an already ‘cooking’ tube amp.
Let’s take a look at the functions on offer here. There are two switches on the front panel, a three-position high-frequency cut switch and tri-mode clipping voice switch. That tri-mode allows you to select one of three clipping circuits, namely an LED, a diode or no clipping at all. That’s combined with the option to cut high frequencies. That’s combined with the standard Volume, Tone and Drive controls to dial in your tones. Overall, this is a fairly simple drive pedal, but one that seems relatively flexible. It can handle 9-18V of power and is, of course, true-bypass.
RRP – USD 169 released 19 November