Here is a nice pedal I wanted to talk about for a while. It’s the Electro-Harmonix East River Drive. This is a classic sounding overdrive using the famed JRC4558 IC chip (ala Tube Screamer). This is a symmetrical clipping overdrive. There is a lot of talk about the JRC4558 IC chip. Some people swear about the tone from the JRC4558 opamp – some don’t care. For those of you have that have a few minutes today.. check out this post – “Visual Sound: Myth Buster #2: Op Amps”
But regardless of the type of opamp that is in the EHX East River Drive, the bottom line, it sounds great at an affordable price! Standard controls you’d expect for this classic overdrive – Volume, Drive and Tone, and the unit is has a true-bypass footswitch.
Here is the official description of the East River Drive:
Electro-Harmonix East River Drive Overdrive creates classic overdrive that’s as bold as New York City. Add some east coast attitude to your clean sound or send your already gritty tone over the edge. Symmetrical overdrive adds edge and gain without compromising tone. Volume and Drive take it from sweet to searing while Tone lets you dial in just the right amount of bite to cut through the mix.
No matter how hard you drive it, you’re always in control. True bypass and tone that is absolutely unflinching at a musician-friendly price! What more could you ask for?
Check out this demo by EHX:
If you own this pedal, please head over to PedalFinder.com and submit a review!