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going forward would be keeping the Boss side’s gain relatively low (around 9:00 but with the level pushed) and the JHS side’s gain relatively high (dimed but with the level pulled back to 2:00). This way I could assess their individual characters and see how they stacked. The Boss setting added plenty of jangle and oomph to my signal, giving me the bluesy grit of its namesake. The previous Blues Drivers I’ve played had so much treble they almost sounded like ice picks, but this sounded more smoothed out and warm. The humbuckers probably helped. The JHS meanwhile was throaty and wild and wowed me right out of gate. The midrange growl was very distinctive and I got a great sustain as I played some open chords. I switched to the JHS/Boss setting, which lets you toggle between the two without an external switch (blue LED for Boss, red LED for JHS). The options and ease of use were appreciated and fun, but it was time for the moment of truth. Time to stack the two together. Holy cats, now this is what I’m talking about! It looks like the folks at Boss and JHS were onto something combining forces, because the stacking of these two overdrives works surprisingly well. Everyone knows a good gain boost can add a ton of character to an already saturated distortion. The Angry Driver has indeed successfully combined that into a single unit. I found myself personal favorite to be the Boss running after the cranked JHS for maximum gain and squealies. C O N C ER N S You have to decide if that sound is worth $200. Also, it’s a nitpick, but the stacking of the concentric knobs makes on the fly changes a little tricky, especially if you have thick fingers. W H AT W E LI K E Two different flavors of overdrive you can stack however you want with easy control. The Angry Driver makes for a worthy collaboration between two pedal giants. ToneRepor t .com 6 1