Providence Stampede SOV-2 drive

If it’s good enough for Robben Ford and Matt Schofield, I figured it was well worth trying out.  The reputation of this compact Japanese-made overdrive stomp box is right up there with Klons and Zen Drives, and it’s deserved.


It’s very, very transparent so you can hear the character of whatever guitar is going through it and whatever amp it’s going through. It ranges from clean boost to moderate overdrive, so it’s not really a pedal for metallers. It also cleans up very progressively as you rein back the guitar’s volume.

Perfect for blues, rock and fusion.  Just as well, that’s what I play.  Absolutely devours batteries, though, as it steps up the voltage internally – a 9v power supply is essential with one of these!

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