D-Style Overdrives (“D” stands for “Dumble,” the name of a reclusive boutique amp builder with stellar reputation) are extremely sought after by roots and rock guitarists, and because of this several companies offer stompboxes that try to simulate the transparent and smooth tone of the Dumble amps. The Caline Mellow Drive is among the most affordable in this niche.
Hailing from China and selling for around $50, this is a rather normal take on the “D-Style clone,” with Volume and Gain knobs to set saturation and output volume, a Tone control that adds high mids and a Voice knob for extra presence.
This being said, the reviews on Amazon are good, averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars.
A tribute to one of the most sought after and world renowned tube amp circuits made famous by players such as Eric Clapton, John Mayer and Robben Ford. This a seriously smooth blues machine that works equally well across any genre. As you would imagine it cleans up beautifully with your guitar volume pot and reacts to the pick attack of your playing. From gentle break-up to sweet harmonic medium drive tones, this pedal is perfect for blues, rock and country styles.
VOLUME Knob: Controls the overall signal volume
GAIN Knob: Controls the amount of gain added to your signal
TONE Knob: Adds rich harmonic high mids to your tone
VOICE Knob: Adds brightness and presence to your tone
- True Bypass
- Aluminium alloy casing
- Power Requirement: 9V DC center negative
- Current consumption: 50 mA