The Messiah Guitars Eddie Boostdrive is a Eddie Haddad 2-in-1 signature pedal with a one-knob MOSFET boost placed before a two-mode soft-clipped drive pedal with a 3-band EQ. Each channel has its dedicated footswitch.
The two overdrive voicings, accessible via the Mode toggle, are the following:
- wither silicon diode clipping for a traditional compressed overdrive
- LED clipping for a more open, amp-like tone.
On top of that, a Tight switch on the left side of the case tames the low-end for a leaner and edgier tone that more easily cuts through the mix.
The 3-way EQ section adds a lot of tonal flexibility, while the boost is of the transparent kind and can be used by itself when the overdrive is off, or push it into distortion territory when they are both on.
Check out the video of this pedal by RJ Ronquillo, below.
Messiah Guitars Eddie Boostdrive, Builder’s Notes
EDDIE BOOSTDRIVE is a dual pedal containing two separate effects – a one knob MOSFET booster, and a soft-clipped drive pedal with a 3-band EQ. The pedal also features a mode switch allowing a selection of wither silicon diode clipping for a traditional compressed overdrive and LED clipping for a more open, amp-like tone.
The drive section also offers a tight switch, that eliminates some of the bottom end from the input signal to help you cut through the mix. More headroom is provided by an internal charge pump that runs the pedal at 18V, while being powered by a standard 9V pedal power supply. The EQ alone lets the drive emulate many sounds reminiscent of other favored overdrive pedals.
The booster is a straight through, transparent booster that works great on its own. Since it’s placed before the drive in the chain, using it at the same time as the drive can bring the drive to a moderately heavy distortion territory. The foot switches are illuminated to let you know when your effects are on. In addition, the drive switch will change illumination color according to which mode is selected.
The pedal is a true bypass, using a pair of optocouplers to isolate the LED lights for a switch pop reduction.