Fulltone Full Drive 3 Overdrive with Boost Guitar Effects Pedal
Fulltone Full Drive 3 Overdrive with Boost Guitar Effects Pedal
Nothing quite compares to the sound of a good valve amp being pushed hard. Its tonal Nirvana and what most drive pedals and digital amps are trying to simulate. Guitarists looking to achieve singing, full distortion with tonnes of body, soul, and humanity are looking for that sound. Harnessing that sound, however, typically comes with some caveats. Firstly, an amp doesnt get to that heavenly point of tone without an ear bleeding amount of volume. Secondly, valve amps are very expensive and heavy.
In swoops Fulltone and their Full Drive 3. This is the latest version of their Full Drive series of pedals which is an attempt to recreate the full and responsive tone of pushed valves, in a pedal form, without actual valves. It is scarily uncanny.
The Full Drive 3 simulates its valve tone by using what are called JFETs. JFETs are a type of semiconductor which is unbelievably responsive and amp-like, much more so than pretty much anything else out there. They create the same, slightly unpolished, reactive response youd expect from a valve amp. They swell and squeeze and punch just like youd expect a well pushed valve would.
The scariest facet to the design of the Full Drive 3 though is how convincingly it reacts to what it is seeing. It feels alive. The volume control on your guitar will tame the pedal from a screaming beast into a sparkling, sensitive clean tone in a frighteningly realistic manor. It is fluid and dynamic to a degree that could easily convince you to tear it apart with your bare hands in a frenzied, desperate search for the hidden valve amplifier that must be buried within. Alas, all you would find would be Michael Fullers genius and a few JFET semiconductors.
As mentioned above, the Full Drive is incredibly responsive and dynamic. This ethos is reflected in every facet of the pedal and its controls all work together to provide the broadest yet most authentic canvas possible. The volume control is for the master output level of the pedal and the tone control dictates the tonal flavour of the pedal to help it fit seamlessly into your rig.
The overdrive control sets the amount of gain that the pedal is producing. The amount of gain will dictate how pushed the pedal sounds and feels but, as mentioned, the pedal can be controlled so intricately from the guitars volume control or even the amount of pressure from your right hand that the amount of gain the position of the overdrive control is producing isnt necessarily as cut and dry as it is on other overdrive pedals. Youre setting more of an abstract reference point for the gain, how much power there is to be harnessed should you want to.
The Three Styles of Clipping
Slap bang in the middle of the Full Drive 3s control knobs is a three-way selector switch which controls the type of clipping the pedal is producing. They are as follows.
- Up - 90s: Symmetrical clipping with a full midrange.
- Middle - Comp-Cut: Pure opamp overdrive with no diode clipping assistance. In laymans terms, its loud, aggressive and articulate. This is the mode best used if you want to slam the front-end of your amplifier.
- Down - Wide Asymmetrical: The sweetest of the modes. The highs and lows are more soulful and there are a slew of lovely harmonic overtones which add a nice, even, Class-A style chime.
Each of the three styles share an overall character but are audibly distinct enough to be worthwhile exploring. They all offer slightly different emotions. They promote and reward distinct playing styles. Theyre lovely additions which make this already bewilderingly responsive pedal that much more versatile.
One of the new features on the Full Drive 3 is its dedicated and independent boost section on the right hand side. This is another overdrive altogether which has also been beautifully crafted and works by itself or in conjunction with the main meat and potatoes on the left. It is a high-headroom, extraordinarily transparent, JFET powered circuit which adds a whole other dimension to the Full Drive 3. You have a dedicated switch on the right to turn it on or off whenever you like irrespective of whether the main section on the left is on or off. Also, you have a two way selector switch that allows you to control how they work when theyre both on together. You can either have the overdrive feed into the boost or the boost into the OD, its up to you and what you prefer the sound of.
The last two things to mention are the buffer and the dynamics control. Firstly, the buffer. The Full Drive 3 now uses a buffered bypass. This is in response to the growing number of players who are running bigger and bigger pedalboards. The need is increasing for buffered pedals to keep the signal alive and full. Fulltones buffer is one of the best out there. It has been carefully considered and designed to preserve your tone with the utmost clarity. The buffer has also been designed to limit the Full Drives influence on other pedals around it whilst keeping the Full Drive itself isolated from other pedals in ones chain that may be out to affect its tone.
Lastly, the dynamics control is another new addition. This little knob controls a exclusive Germanium diode limiter circuit designed by Fulltone to control the feel of the notes through the pedal and also protect against massive transient spikes that could damage your amp. You can use it to sweep the feel of your playing to create a much fuller, juicier tone with sweeter highs through any amplifier.
The Full Drive 3 from Fulltone is a really fully-fledged overdrive pedal. Its scary amount of dynamism coupled with its flexible controls and killer tone make it a serious contender for a spot on any board. You can treat it like a valve amplifier in a box which bends and flexes to suit any guitar or playing style. The addition of the independent boost section means that it really is two high-class drives rolled into one. The cherry on top of everything is that the Full Drive 3 is also 20% smaller than its predecessors. This means that not only will it sound great on any board it also stands a good chance of fitting onto any board too!
Here at Bonners Music you have the opportunity to try one of these great Fulltone effects pedals yourself. Just give us a call on 01323 636141 or better still, visit our showroom! If you can't see the Fulltone pedal listed that you are after just call 01323 636141 for availability and the best price.
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We offer our customers the ability to apply for simple finance facilities to fund a purchase from us. Once you are accepted by V12 Retail Finance you will be asked to eSign the credit agreement and once in receipt of your purchase, v12 will make your agreement live and your monthly repayments will commence for the agreed term. In short retail finance gives you the flexibility to buy what you really want now, not just what you can afford today by spreading the cost of your purchase over a repayment period that suits your budget.
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Declined Credit Applications
You will be informed of the decision if the lender declines your application, the lender in unable to share the reason for decline with us. Applications are usually declined for reasons such as:
You do not meet the eligibility criteria (see above);
- adverse credit reference agency information;
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- or your existing account performance with other lenders.
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Orders placed using our finance options may take longer than the delivery times quoted above because we cannot despatch goods until the signed finance documents and relevant identification has been returned to us. Where we ship to
Presently, we offer online ordering and shipping to the UK only. Shipping rates may vary between areas and we do not offer online ordering to the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and other International locations. A surcharge may be payable for Isle Of Wight, Northern Ireland, and other off-shore UK addresses.
How We Send Your Packages To You
The shipping method we use is determined by the size & nature of the goods being purchased. Sometimes you will have the choice of different shipping methods. These will be offered to you at the checkout stage of ordering.For most items, someone will need to be present at the delivery address to sign for the goods. For pianos and some larger items, we will contact you prior to delivery to arrange a convenient day. We are not able to be specific about the delivery time. Deliveries are made between 8.30am and 6pm Monday to Friday.
No-one at home?
Our courier will try and deliver your parcel(s) twice. After the second failed attempt, your goods will be returned to our warehouse. If you would like us to try and deliver them again, we will charge the delivery charges associated with your order again. You may also choose to collect your parcels from our retail store.
Digital Piano Deliveries For Self-Assembly
If you choose our courier delivery/flat pack delivery method, please be aware that with larger items such as digital pianos, the courier is not contracted to carry them up any steps or stairs. If there are stairs leading to the front door of the delivery address, or you live in an apartment which is not on pavement level, it is your responsibility to arrange transportation from the pavement level to the delivery address. In this instance, the delivery driver may, at their own discretion assist you in carrying the parcels to the delivery address, but they are not contracted nor obliged to do so.
Do you need delivery upstairs, or delivery at a specific time?
For some larger items which need to be delivered upstairs - including pianos, we offer a timed delivery service using our own van and drivers. This service is free on some items and chargeable on others. Call us on 01323 639335 to discuss your specific delivery requirements.
Delivery Surcharges For Larger Items
For some larger items, delivery surcharges may apply to the following areas: Scotland, Wales, Channel Islands, Isle Of wight, Cornwall, Ireland, North Of England above Leeds. Call us on 01323 639335 to check before ordering.
All new products purchased from Bonners are covered by a minimum 12-month return to base (RTB) warranty unless otherwise stated on your receipt.
Cabinet style digital pianos and acoustic pianos are covered by our on-site warranty. The applicable warranty period is shown on your receipt. Return to base means that the goods must be returned to us under the terms of the warranty. We do not pay for transport of RTB items to our premises for repair. We can collect your items - see collection charges below.
Self Assembly Items With Faults On Arrival
Please do not dispose of boxes and packaging for items which require self-assembly until you have thoroughly checked and tested the product. In the unlikely event that a self-assembly item arrives with a fault, we will it replace it free of charge if it is re-packaged for safe transportation in the cartons in which it was supplied. If you dispose of the packaging, we will charge for collection as per our collection charges stated at the bottom of this page.
If there's a fault with the product...
If at any time within this warranty period, the equipment fails, in the first instance call us on 01323 639335 where one of our advisers will try and help you rectify the fault over the telephone.
If your item fails within 30 days of receipt, and is not due to mis-use or other reason excluded from the normal warranty, we'll give you a replacement or, if that's not possible, a refund.
After the 30 day period, we will arrange a suitable repair of the item or, if that's not possible, give you a replacement, or if that's not possible, a refund.
On-site warranties only apply to larger digital pianos and acoustic pianos. It is the buyer's responsibility to return all other items to our store for repair. We charge for collection of faulty items. Charges vary depending upon location and size/weight of the product being collected.
Consumables such as (but not limited to) guitar strings and reeds are not covered by the warranty. Accidental damage or misuse of the item are not covered by the warranty.
If You Made The Purchase From Home....
All home order returns must be authorised in advance by calling 01323 639335. If we decide that your item needs to be returned to us, we will issue you with a returns authorisation number. This number must be displayed clearly on the outside of any returns sent to us.
We charge for collection of items which appear to have a fault - but this charge will be refunded to you once we receive the item and have confirmed that a fault exists.
If You Change Your Mind...
Goods Purchased In-Store
Within 7 days of purchase, we are happy to exchange or give you a refund with vouchers for any item you purchase. Just return the item to our store, unused, in its original undamaged packaging, along with the receipt and we'll be happy to exchange the item for something more suitable, or give you a refund in Bonners vouchers. We do not give cash refunds in cases of 'change of mind' for goods purchased in-store.
Goods Purchased From Home
Following The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations, we will accept items back even if you have opened the goods to inspect them. You are entitled to a refund as long as you inform us of your decision to cancel within 14 calendar days from the day after delivery of the goods. The goods must be in an ‘as new’ condition and returned in the original, undamaged packaging, along with any accessories and free gifts received with them. You can examine the goods as you would in a shop but you must not have used or installed them or input any data on them. Whilst the goods are in your possession you must take reasonable care of them. Enclosed DVDs, CDs, memory cards and software packaging discs must still be sealed. We do not accept return of goods that have ben damaged or mis-handled whlst in your care
There are three ways to refund/cancel your purchase:
- You can return the product to our store with your receipt, bringing the card you paid with so we can credit it. When returning opened products to us, you should do so without undue delay and, in any event, not later than 14 days from the day on which you communicate to us your decision to cancel.
- You can cancel your order via the Contact Us facility on the Customer Services page
- By phoning us on 01323 639335 with your order reference number and delivery details to hand
Once we have received the goods back from you, and after inspection of their condition, we will give you a refund for the cost of the product plus the delivery charge paid when you purchased the item(s) (except for the additional costs arising if you selected a type of delivery other than the least expensive type of standard delivery offered by us). If you have changed your mind and no longer wish to keep the item(s), we do not refund the cost of returning the item(s) to us.
We may make a deduction from the refund for any loss in value of the goods if the loss is a result of any unnecessary handling by you. If you have requested we begin the performance of any service, such as installation of a product, within the 14 day cancellation period we have the right to retain any charge paid for services which have already begun or been completed. Refunds take 7-10 working days to be credited to your payment card.
We cannot refund/cancel your purchase:
- The goods have been damaged whilst in your care.
- If you return your product to our store without proof of purchase
- The seal has been broken on any included DVDs, CDs, memory cards or software
- The goods were a special order to your specification
In All Cases....
We do not accept returns of software, music books, CD's, DVD's, or consumables, unless found to be faulty in which case a replacement product of the same title will be supplied.
We also do not accept returns of goods which have been made to your specifications or have been personalised. We may also refuse to accept the return of any item which has been mis-used.
Our warranty, returns & refunds policies do not affect your statutory rights.
If you need your product collected from a UK mainland address because you have changed your mind, or have disposed of the packaging of a self-assembly product, or if it requires attention under a return-to-base (RTB) warranty, the following charges will apply:
Note: We do not collect items that are not in their original box and packaging, except for digital pianos. It is up to you to ensure your item is packaged safely for transportation and we do not accept liability for goods damaged in transit due to being incorrectly packed before collection by our courier/driver
Our collection charges may differ from any delivery charges you may have paid at the time of purchase. This is because we offer subsidised delivery costs at the time of sale. Weights referred to below are the gross weight including packaging.
|Product Type||Collection Charge Including VAT|
|Portable Keyboard/Piano - boxed in original packaging under 20KG||£57.60|
|Portable Keyboard/Piano - boxed in original packaging 20KG - 40KG||£81.60|
|Portable Keyboard/Piano - boxed in original packaging Over 40KG||£105.60||Digital Piano (cabinet style; boxed in original packaging)||£180|
|Digital Piano (cabinet style; un-boxed) - Ground Level Collection (max 5 steps/stairs*)||£240 *Additional charge of £90 per flight of stairs|
|Acoustic Upright Piano - Ground Level Collection (max 5 steps/stairs*)||£240 *Additional charge of £90 per flight of stairs|
|Acoustic Grand Piano - Ground Level Collection (max 5 steps/stairs**)||£360 **Additional charge of £144 per flight of stairs|
|All other items boxed in original packaging||£43.20|
*NB - Charges quoted are for standard collection from England ground level postcodes. Additional surcharges may apply to goods being collected from other areas. Enquire for details before committing to purchase.
Part Exchange Returns
If you part exchanged an instrument towards the item you are returning, we will refund you the monies paid and, if we still have posession of your part exchanged item, you will need to arrange collection from one of our stores, or pay a delivery charge for the item to be returned to you. Delivery charges for return of part exchanged items will depend upon the individual item and quotes are available on request.
In the event that we have bno longer have possession of your part exchanged item, we will refund you the monies paid plusthe value given for your part exchange item - as shown on your sales receipt.