Most would argue that Fulltone Pedals were the first boutique effect pedal company. Many Fulltone effects have become industry standards, and many smaller boutique guitar effects builders strive to further improve up on the Fulltone effect designs. Popular Fulltone pedals include the OCD, Fatboost, Fulldrive, Fulldrive 2, ’69 Fuzz, Choral Flange, GT-500, Deja Vibe and Robin Trower overdrive amongst others.
With an all star lineup of artists including Eric Johnson, Tom Petty, Robin Trower, Peter Frampton, Joe Satriani, Kirk Hammet, Mike Campbell and even Johnny Depp, you know you’re getting good tone when you use Fulltone pedals. This company is definitely the biggest in the boutique world, and offers some classic designs.
Popular Fulltone Pedals
Fulltone OCD (Overdrive)
As a pedal that Mike Fuller touts was made for himself, the OCD overdrive is designed to give you that real overdriven tube amp feel. The pedal has exploded on the scene (partially due to the hilarity of its name), and tonally it sounds very good…some swear by it. It’s perfect if you want a small yet versatile overdrive pedal with natural tube amp feel.
Fulltone Fulldrive 2
The Fulldrive now comes as the Fulldrive2-Mosfet. Still housed in a blue enclosure, this dual channel overdrive pedal was a groundbreaking product when launched. In a word of recovering digital tone junkies, Fulltone helped bring guitarists back to the more natural tube amp tones decades ago. The pedal has evolved into multiple variations over the years and is now offered with a Mosfet switch for smoother tones while the Normal mode offers more open tones. This is the best selling overdrive pedal in the world (or is it the Tube Screamer?).
The patent-pending Plimsoul is an interesting effect. With the turn of a dial (external), guitarists can get everything from smooth bluesy overdrive tones, to harder British crunch tones. While the popular OCD overdrive has a flat EQ, the Plimsoul has an enhanced midrange/lower midrange making it an ideal lead/soloing overdrive pedal for combo amp uses. If you already have a Marshall and 4×12 cab, then this might just be too much of a good thing. 🙂
The easiest way to describe this pedal is that it’s a dual discrete F.E.T. gain pedal, with distortion on one side and an overdrive/boost on the other. They can be used independently or separately, giving you some cool options for stacking and live us. Offering Volume and knobs Distortion, paird with Bass, Mid and High external minipots, the high-gain side has all the control you need to fully sculpt your high gain tone. The overdrive/boost side is a bit simpler offering Volume and Overdrive knobs, matched with Bass and High minipots to dial in a dirty boost tone. The F.E.T stage makes the pedal very amp-like, which sets this pedal apart.
Fulltone ’69 Fuzz
Modeled after the fattest, warmest vintage Fuzz Face tone that Mike Fuller could imagine, the ’69 Fuzz will bring you home to tone. At the core of this little tone monster are two hand-picked Germanium transistors that produce the classic organic fuzz tone that helped sculpt the tones of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Johnson and more. Roll your volume back and it cleans up like a vintage Fender amplifier, offering all the classic versatility that you’ve been wanting. With Volume, Gain, Contour and Bias controls (oh, and an internal trimpot for clipping/harmonic adjustments), you can craft the perfect vintage Fuzz Face tone.
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