In 1994, alt-rocking guitarists everywhere emulated (but never quite duplicated) Billie Jo Armstrong’s gut-busting guitar tone on Green Day’s pop-punk masterpiece, Dookie. So why is Billie Joe’s overdriven tone so hard to reproduce? For starters, he’s Billie Joe Armstrong. Beyond that, he used two modded amplifiers — one tuned for clean sounds, the other tuned for dirty. The MXR Dookie Drive captures the sound of these two amps and packs them into a single pedal. Its Blend knob then allows you to morph between the two amp sounds in wet/dry fashion, arming you with a harmonic-rich sound that’s full of depth and dimension. The limited-edition Dookie Drive features a compact housing adorned with Richie Bucher’s Dookie album cover art.
2 modded amplifiers in a single pedal
The Dookie Drive has all the usual controls — Output, Gain, Tone, etc. — but the real magic lies in its Blend knob. This flexible control allows you to blend a clean and dirty signal together, much like Billie Joe does with two separate amplifiers onstage. This killer overdrive also includes a Scoop function, which allows you to sculpt your mids. The guitarists here at Music Experience have yearned for a pedal like this for a long time — Billie Joe’s tone is hard to nail — and now it’s here!
What MXR Says...
Billie Joe Armstrong’s guitar tone on Green Day’s groundbreaking album Dookie sounded dirty and punchy with the perfect amount of articulation to express the musicality of his fast, melodic riffs. He got that sound by running his signal through two heavily modified amplifiers—one scooped with a ton of gain and the other with a well-defined midrange. When it came time to mix the record, the band blended the two signals together in different ratios to match the vibe of each track. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Dookie, we’re releasing the MXR Dookie Drive. It captures the sound of both of Billie Joe’s amps in a single pedal so that you can dial in your own variations of that famous Dookie sound. We borrowed the amps themselves so that the MXR team could carefully analyze all the sonic qualities that make them sound so darn good. After much analysis and A/B testing, our engineers rebuilt the amps from scratch in pedal circuit form and fit them into a single housing. The High Gain and Clean Gain sections each have their own controls, while the Blend control allows you to mix them together just like Green Day did in the studio. If you want some extra scoop in the midrange of the overall output signal, just hit the Scoop switch. The Dookie Drive isn’t just for Green Day fans—this totally unique pedal provides a full harmonic range of overdriven tones for a playing experience that is full of depth and dimension.
MXR Dookie Drive Features:
Replicates Billie Joe Armstrong’s guitar tone on Green Day’s Dookie
- Simulates using 2 amplifiers — one tuned for clean sounds, the other tuned for dirty
- Blend knob allows you to adjust your clean/dirty ratio in wet/dry fashion like Billie Joe does with 2 amps onstage
- Dial in your sound with Output, Gain, and Tone knobs
- Sculpt your mids with the Scoop button
Features Richie Bucher’s Dookie album cover art
- Limited to 3,000 pieces
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||9V DC power supply (sold separately)
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