Blues had a resurgence in the early 1990s with the likes of Gary Moore and Eric Clapton having big hits with their blues albums. Boss realized the need for a pedal that could produce a bluesy vintage tube amp tone and in 1995 they came up with the Blues Driver. The BD-2 was been a success from it first went on sale and it’s still one of the best selling Boss pedals today. One of the pedals main features is that the level of distortion is proportional to the picking strength. This is a feature taken to the extreme with the DN-2 Dyna Drive.
Unusual for a Boss overdrive, the colour of the BD-2 is blue. This is because they wanted to emphasize the blues part of the pedal’s name. The BD-2 has not had any known circuit changes since its release.
- Controls: Level, Tone, Gain
- Connectors: Input, Output, AC Adaptor
- Current Draw: 13 mA (DC 9V)
- Weight: 400 g (15 oz.)
- Recommended AC Adaptor: PSA Series
- Silver – Made In Taiwan
The BD-2 was sold from March 1995 to present.