Congratulations on your purchase of the DRIVE IN Overdrive, a classic overdrive pedal with LEVEL, DRIVE and TONE controls plus a special COLOR knob to tune the voicing of the pedal. True bypass keeps your tone unchanged when the DRIVE IN is bypassed.

  1. LEVEL – Adjusts the overall output level (volume) of the DRIVE IN.
  2. DRIVE – Adjusts the amount of overdrive (gain) of the unit. For cleaner settings rotate counterclockwise. The maximum overdrive is also limited by the COLOR knob settings. For maximum overdrive set the COLOR knob to full up.
  3. COLOR – Tunes the voicing of the DRIVE IN – Two functions:
    1) Adjusts the bottom-end response of the pedal. Rotate counterclockwise to increase the bottom-end response. Remember to adjust the DRIVE knob (gain) to compensate for changes in the overall gain when turning the COLOR knob.
    1) Increases or limits the gain of the pedal. To increase gain rotate clockwise.
  4. TONE – Active tone control to adjust the amount of high frequencies.
  5. IN / OUT JACK – IN: 1/4″ jack for guitar level input. When disconnecting the Input, the internal battery turns off automatically. Out: 1/4″ jack to connect to the input of an amplifier or other effects.
  6. FOOTSWITCH and LED – True bypass. Switch for pedal on/off. When the pedal is engaged, the LED will be lit.
  7. TRUE BYPASS – When the DRIVE IN unit is turned off, the signal runs through to the amp without any loss of signal level. The pedal is totally switched out of the signal path.
  8. BATTERY CHANGE – For battery change, open the bottom cover by removing the 4 screws and carefully replace the old battery. Ensure that the battery clip is connected correctly before closing the bottom cover.
  9. DC POWER JACK – The DRIVE IN can be powered with both, battery (9V block) and external power supply. On the rear you will find the socket for connecting an external power supply. It is a standard 2.1mm plug as used by (almost) all manufacturers of effects devices. All commercially available power supplies for effect devices (negative to center pin) can be used. If a power supply is connected, the internal battery will automatically switch off.

Input Level: -20dB

Input Impedance: 500KOhm

Output Impedance: 10KOhm

Dimensions (w/d/h (inch)): 2.4 x 4.6 x 1.2

Weight: 0.7 lbs**

Power supply: + 9 V DC, negative to center pin, or battery Current demand: about 10mA


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Neo Instruments extends a warranty covering all verifiable defects in material and workmanship for a period of 12 months from the date of original purchase. Statutory warranty rights remain unaffected hereby. The warranty covers the remedying of manifest defects by replacing or repairing defective parts. Any other claims, in particular those for a reduction in price or cancellation of contract, may only be made after an attempt to rectify the defect or deliver a replacement has failed.

The warranty does not cover damage incurred during transit, as well as damage caused by non-compliance with the operating manual and improper or negligent handling of the device. Beyond that, the warranty does not cover defects or damage caused by acts of God (including but not limited to lightning, floods, etc.) or other external influences, as well as mechanical damage or flaws that are not attributable to manufacturing defects. If defects occur during the warranty period, please contact us at the following address:

NEO Instruments Flemingstrasse 20-22 D-36041 Fulda

+49 (0)661-9619805

© 2018 Neo Instruments All Rights Reserved**

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