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Dr. J D53 Sparrow Drive and DI Bass Guitar Effects Pedal

The Sparrow Drive from Dr. J is a must-buy for the modern bassist. This pedal drives your amp, whilst it simultaneously recreates the massive tones of a mic'd tube bass amp and pumps it through the front of house! With an effective 2-band EQ plus the Drive control, you can dial in some very sweet bass drive tones, and using the Harmonics knob lets you squeeze in beautiful harmonic overtones and adds tube-like depth to your sound.

Using the Mix and Volume controls allows you to really fine-tune exactly how much of your tone you want to be affected by the pedal, so you can still retain the natural characteristics of your bass guitar. The Sparrow Drive also features analogue cabinet emulation and an XLR OUT for DI (perfect for live shows and recording) and the parallel 1/4" jack means you can also connect those pure, beautiful lows to your stage amp for a full and rich bass tone! Plus, you never have to worry about dirty house power or those pesky ground loops with the inbuilt Ground Lift switch!

The Tech Features

Brand: Dr. J

Model: D53

Controls:

  • EQ - High/Low
  • Drive
  • Harmonics
  • Volume
  • Mix
  • DI Ground Lift switch

DI Output:  XLR

Power Input: 9V

Dimensions: 8.2cm x 9.6cm x 3.8cm / 314” X 334” X 112

Weight:

(10993)

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A great solution when you can't use your amp

By: on 28 September 2015
I have my bass rig, and I like how it's set up. It's my sound. But all of a sudden, I was booked at a gig where I was told not to bring my amp. Just my bass guitar, strap, and lead. I didn't know what bass amp was going to be there. And I didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a bass DI driver like some of the better known ones because in 30+ years, I've never needed to do so. And chances are, I wouldn't need to after this. So I bit the bullet and bought this affordable unit. Man, I was surprised. The DI worked flawlessly. I was able to shape my sound as close as my usual bass rig as I wanted, with enough drive, enough adjustment with the bass and treble with the easy to use dials. It was the best solution, and after dreading the fact that I couldn't bring my bass amp to this particular gig. I was pleased to have bought this pedal for times like this. I ended up using the pedal with my bass amp during rehearsals and it sounded great. Nice and transparent. With the onboard DI out as well, I could plug direct into the mixer and not worry about fiddling around with my bass amp. A great solution for gigs where you might not be able to use your amp. A great addition to your pedalboard to help shape your sound. I'm pleasantly surprised. My only wish was if the DI was Phantom Powered. Then I wouldn't need to worry about power from a 9V Battery or having to also have a 9V power supply. That would be ideally super convenient.

A great solution when you can't use your amp

By: on 28 September 2015
I have my bass rig, and I like how it's set up. It's my sound. But all of a sudden, I was booked at a gig where I was told not to bring my amp. Just my bass guitar, strap, and lead. I didn't know what bass amp was going to be there. And I didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a bass DI driver like some of the better known ones because in 30+ years, I've never needed to do so. And chances are, I wouldn't need to after this. So I bit the bullet and bought this affordable unit. Man, I was surprised. The DI worked flawlessly. I was able to shape my sound as close as my usual bass rig as I wanted, with enough drive, enough adjustment with the bass and treble with the easy to use dials. It was the best solution, and after dreading the fact that I couldn't bring my bass amp to this particular gig. I was pleased to have bought this pedal for times like this. I ended up using the pedal with my bass amp during rehearsals and it sounded great. Nice and transparent. With the onboard DI out as well, I could plug direct into the mixer and not worry about fiddling around with my bass amp. A great solution for gigs where you might not be able to use your amp. A great addition to your pedalboard to help shape your sound. I'm pleasantly surprised.

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