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Tube power and impressive cab sims make up a versatile do-it-all drive that’s a sweet value, too.

A variety of great drive tones packed into a versatile and well-designed pedal.

No option to stack channels in series. No independent headphone level control.

$299

Blackstar Dept. 10 Dual Drive
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Though they can still seem like a novelty, tube-loaded drive pedals have been with us for decades. The B.K. Butler Tube Driver arrived in the late ’70s. The Mesa/Boogie V-Twin, the Electro-Harmonix English Muff’n, and others popped up in the decades that followed. Now, a new push toward tube-driven pedals is afoot—fueled largely by the modeling boom, pedal preamps with impulse response and speaker-simulation capabilities, and the urge to lend tube color to both modes of amplification.

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