Rarely, do I see an overdrive that really takes a totally different angle on the pedal’s tone. Usually, overdrives are designed to give you a grit or mild distortion to your sound. It is not as over the top as a distortion or fuzz pedals but it is designed to push the front end of your amp into a distortion. Over-powering, occurs when input gain exceeds the capacity of a device to handle the amount of gain thrown at it. With the Beta SuperDrive, it actually colors your tone to get a unique sound from another era!
The biggest difference in SolidGoldFX Beta SuperDrive is that it is designed to give you everything from mild Motown thump to a punchy, full-range push. When I first plugged it in, I had to rethink how I use overdrive. I noticed that it made my bass sound like James Jamerson! The Beta’s specially tuned JFET preamp and subtle germanium clipping offer a wide range of musical drive that is very tube like in its sonic characteristics. . With its tailored EQ and distinct gain structure, the Beta has just the right amount of tone to cut without being overly assertive or fizzy. It is a great pedal to add warmth to modern rigs or more edge to vintage setups.