There’s a new wreck in town, and it’s the DLS Reckless Driver. This new overdrive pedal is an incredibly versatile, “swiss army knife” dirt device that covers everything from rhythm to lead with its two channel setup. Dave Sestito, founder of DLS Effects, has offered to give away a brand new Reckless Driver to one lucky email subscriber of the Six String Soul guitar blog, so be sure to enter for your chance to win our latest guitar gear giveaway. Let’s hear the pedal with the help of a superb video demo.
Video Demo of the DLS Reckless Driver
Unique Tonal Controls of the Reckless Driver
There’s a few key features on the Reckless Driver that make it stand out from the crowd of overdrive pedals…and it’s a crowded crowd. We’ll walk through each of them so you can really understand what makes this pedal so versatile.
Mix Your Clean & Distorted Signal for More Definition
The ability to blend your clean signal with your effected signal is becoming more common with modulation and delay pedals, and even compressors like the Barber Tone Press, and DLS has used this tonal trick with their new overdrive/distortion pedal. The Reckless Driver offers the ability to mix your clean tone with the overdrive/distortion effect, separately on each channel. In our experience playing this pedal, this feature proved to be quite useful for times when a guitarist wants to have a more saturated lead tone (Boost), yet a cleaner rhythm tone (Normal) that is still gritty and overdriven.
Control Attack to Get Soft, Crisp or Quack
The attack switch is the simple secret weapon of the Reckless Driver. Flip it to the left, and you get a softer attack. Flip it to the right, and the attack is instead stronger. This is one of the key features that makes this pedal so versatile for different styles. Blues and jazz guitarists whole like to play with a softer overdrive tone (i.e. – John Scofield) will gravitate to the softer setting (toggle left). Country and hard rock guitarists who play with a crisper, more biting overdrive tone (i.e. – Slash) will gravitate to the harder setting (toggle right).
Compact All-in-One Rhythm & Lead Solution
There’s already a number of dual dirt pedals on the guitar effects market, but the Reckless Driver is one of the smallest that we’ve come across. The two stomp switches work quite simply and efficiently. One turns the pedal on or off, and the other switches between the Normal and Boost channels. The other key aspect to the Reckless Driver’s layout is that the Normal channel feeds the Boost channel when the Boost channel is engaged. This is just like cascading one overdrive into another (or into a distortion), and it helps to create amazingly fun sustain. This is where the hard rock guitarists will really have some fun. Fast forward to the 7:00 mark of this video to hear what the Reckless Driver sounds like when fully cranked.
Final Verdict on the Reckless Driver
We are most amazed by the Reckless Driver’s ability to sculpt so many overdrive tones. The Bass and Treble controls (which offer a lot of EQ) paired with the Attack and Mix controls, and cascaded dual channel setup really open up so many tonal options and uses. We were even able to dial in a convincing tone clone of the Bearfoot Honey Bee on the Normal channel, and the Boost channel took leads to a completely new level. This is a highly recommended overdrive/distortion for studio musicians who need to cover a lot of ground, or gigging musicians who want a dual drive pedal that will help retain a small pedalboard footprint.
To learn more about the DLS Reckless Driver, visit www.dlseffects.com.