The Drunk Beaver Bloom V2 is a modded version of the mid-1990s Japanese-made Bixonic Expandora overdrive, as used by the likes of Billy Gibbons, Joe Satriani, Megadeth and Slipknot. It's not a widely known pedal, but those who know it rate it highly!
The Bloom is an extremely versatile pedal with plenty of volume and headroom, and its various modes of overdrive, distortionand fuzz. If you need an all-in-one pedal, or just fancy adding some new shades of gain to your pedalboard, then this is the one for you!
What's New with the Bloom V2?
The version 2 Bloom builds on the v1 and makes some significant changes. The LM308N op-amp has been replaced with a MC1458N dual opamp, which improves the pedal's tonality, making it less compressed and giving a thicker yet more "open" sound.
Vitalii has also added a Fat toggle to adjust the frequency response of the pedal.
"Volume" - Adjusts output level.
"Tone" - Controls high-frequency response.
"Gain" - Adjusts the amount of gain (pretty self explanatory!)
"Voice" switch - Select between 3 clipping modes:
Germanium - NOS germanium diodes for saturation and sustain
LED - Maximum volume and dynamics
Silicon - The same silicon diodes as used in the original Expandora
"Mode" switch - Select between 4 modes:
Fuzz (the "forbidden" setting in the original Expandora).
"Fat" toggle - Switch between Fat, Tight & Classic frequency responses.
An internal LED brightness trimmer allows you to adjust the status LED brightness.
Modded take on the Bixonic Expandora
4 modes: Overdrive, Crunch, Distortion & Fuzz
3 voices: Germanium, LED & Silicon
3 frequency responses: Fat, Tight & Classic
Instrument switch for fine-tuning for guitar or bass
The range of sounds I got in just the first 10 minutes of playing with this pedal was a joy to behold. I can probably afford to take three other pedals off my board now on the strength of this! Well worth the money.