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Carl Martin Hot Drive´n Boost has been carefully designed to imitate the sound of a good old-fashioned distorting Tube-Amp.
The Hot Drive´n Boost is the perfect choice for that crunchy blues tone, with plenty left over for a great hard rock tone as well.
With the BOOST feature the Hot Drive´n Boost is a “TWO IN ONE” pedal. That allows you to get that extra “kick” (up to 20db) for solos to really stand out.
The Hot Drive´n Boost has a built in regulated (+-12V) power supply. This enables us to design circuitry of the highest quality with maximum headroom.
The low output impedance insures a lo noise connection, and gives improved working conditions for the guitar



This is what they say


Elia Rinaldi
Hot drive’n boost, the best overdrive I’ve ever played! For everyone who want an elegant bluesy/rock sound (without forgetting the great boost).

GUITARIST (UK)
An Excellent sounding and incredibly useful pedal, offering wide scope and usability, along with high-class construction and components.

FACHBLATT Musik Magazin (Germany)
Contrary to other actual distortion pedals, the Carl Martin pedal does not alter your basic sound characteristics of your instrument and amplifier, quite on the contrary, it offers additional sound nuances.

Bassist (UK) CM pedals in general.
High performance, low-noise pedals which can be used live or in the studio are rare beasts, but that’s the case here. Pedals which work at this level of efficiency and are this well made, with this level of pedigree aren’t cheap, but in the same breath aren’t expensive either. If you appreciate paying for quality, the Carl Martins wont be found wanting.

GUITAR BUYER (UK) CM pedals in general.
Following their initial release way back in 1993 (is it really that long ago?), Carl Martin pedals quickly earned a strong reputation for producing studio-quality analogue effects within the confines of just a humble stompbox. Alongside the impressive build quality, another of the pedals’ more interesting features was that they were among the first to offer two-in-one functionality along with a high-quality built-in power supply.

Vintage Guitar (USA)
We grabbed a Danish-made Carl Martin pedal for a test drive, just to see what was going on across the Atlantic.
Carl Martin shares many of the qualities of the Fulltone pedals in terms of quality of construction (aluminum cases) and high-quality stomp switches, but also sport some differences, like built-in regulated power supplies (no batteries or wallwarts), and chassis-mounted pots and jacks.
Hot Drive’n Boost/Hot Drive’n Boost Mk II
These overdrive pedals are set up very similarly, with gain, wave (tone), level, and boost level controls, along with drive and boost bypass switches and LEDs. The company says the original HDB is “…designed to imitate the sound of a good, old-fashioned distorting amp…” The Mk II, on the other hand, is designed to “…imitate the sound of a hot, overdriven tube amp.”
To help see what they could do, we grabbed a new Gibson Les Paul and a Fender Strat and plugged them into the house Peavey Delta Blues combo.
Very quickly, we discovered that by manipulating the Wave control, we were able to get a smooth, tight, tube overdrive with both guitars.
The Mk II’s overall lower tone was more suited for the Strat’s single-coil pickups. The boost level and footswitch worked great to boost solos and fatten up the tone for better note separation.
Regardless of the guitar, both pedals reacted like tube preamps when we used the instruments’ volume and tone controls to clean up the sound or soften the tone.





Style: Rock
Amp: Carl Martin Custom Shop 50 Combo
Guitar: Rickenbacker



Style: Hard Rock
Amp: Carl Martin Custom Shop 50 Combo
Guitar: Ibanez JS 1000



Style: Rock
Amp: Carl Martin Custom Shop 50 Combo
Guitar: Rickenbacker



Style: Rock
Amp: Carl Martin Custom Shop 50 Combo
Guitar: Rickenbacker



Style: Rock
Amp: Carl Martin Custom Shop 50 Combo
Guitar: Rickenbacker



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