Barber Direct Drive

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Give your sound a Brit accent with Barber’s Direct Drive Compact British, a pedal that takes all the best sounds of the Direct Drive, the Direct Drive Low Gain, and the DIrect Drive Super Sport into a single, compact stompbox. From early kt66-powered compact combos to the scooped mids and aggressively nasty sound of an EL34, you can coax a myriad of down and dirty vintage British voices out of the Direct Drive Compact British.

Brand: Barber Electronics

Color: Green


  • Compact Direct Drive uses a simple layout of three knobs, a gain toggle and a harmonics toggle
  • Measuring only 2.3″ wide

Details: Measuring only 2.3 wide, the NEW Compact Direct Drive brings a colossal catalog of vintage British voice to your pedal-board. We packed the most desirable sounds of the Direct Drive, Direct Drive Low Gain (LG) and Super Sport into one clean and compact pedal. If you like the sound of the early UK combos with kt66 tubes, it’s in there. If you bleed for the sound of a 4 input head with a wall of 4×12 cabs, it’s in there. If you live for the sound of a carefully modified master volume gem from the early 80’s, it’s in there too. The Compact Direct Drive uses a simple layout of three knobs, a gain toggle and a harmonics toggle to delivery it’s wide array from elastic-bells of GZ34-sag, to the hells-bells of a tight EL34-crush. Throw away the clock, tell the family you’re taking a solo holiday, there is a Compact Direct Drive on the way. The Compact Direct Drive has real honest solder lugs for jacks, true-bypass footswitch, toggles and pots. There are no worries about PCB mounted thru-panel parts that cant be serviced on the road, or that lead to high cost repairs. Nothing but the best tried and true hand-built methods adorn the interior of the Barber Electronics Direct Drive. The Direct Drive has a generous 2 1/2 of clearance between the front edge of the footswitch and the back edge of the knobs, no fear about accidentally changing your settings with each click of your footswitch. Updated in 2018 with a new look, v3, stronger bass, smoother top, and insanely low intro price!

UPC: 799928925518

EAN: 799928925518

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Based on 3 reviews

4.3 overall

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  1. Tom

    Direct Drive is a decent pedal. Build quality is good, highly responsive EQ, unique gain characteristics. However, it was too dark for my liking.


  2. Charlie

    Great, but if you’re looking to imitate a Marshall tone flawlessly, you’ll have better luck in other drive units.


  3. Dante

    Excellent midrange content and has a very natural-sounding cranked tube amp-style sound. This Direct Drive is the only overdrive pedal I’m keeping on my board forever.