Enlightened Drive

Hot! Enlightened Drive

Dumble-in-a-Box? A mighty claim made by the designers of this boutique circuit. Decide for yourself it that's justified.

Smooth, medium-gain overdrive that will respond to your playing dynamics like it was sitting on your lap.

Debate around the innards of this pedal takes up a lot of interweb space, mainly on choice of op-amp and clipping diodes. Some originals used a AD712, some a common NE5532 - you can have either. You can try pretty much any 8-pin op-amp you like until you nail your perfect sound. Clipping is supplied as per original - 2N7000 FETs and BAT41 diodes.

The PCB is laid for vertical-mount pots, but you can wire in 'normal' pots. Note: if you select vertical-mount pots these have a round shaft, so take that into consideration when buying knobs - you'll need some that fit with a grub-screw.

Partial kit: PCB, all board-mounted components, pots.

Full kit: As above, plus footswitch and appropriate daughterboard/components for your selected bypass type (see Downloads section for details of those), jack sockets, DC socket, battery snap, hook-up wire, LED.

Enclosure (pre-drilled) is only available with full kits, and will not take a battery. Knobs are not included.

Builds are only available with full kits including enclosure and vertical-mount pots. Please choose appropriate knobs.

Difficulty: Medium

PCB size: 50 x 40mm

Knobs required: 4

Enclosure: 1590B

Direct-Connect compatible (4- or 6-way)



Pedal Parts



£28.80 inc. tax

£24.00 ex. tax
? Tax based on United Kingdom.

Customer Reviews

2 review(s) posted (write review)
Great kit. 5 product stars
"Great quality components, very well made pcb, great service (instructions are very easy to follow), perfect layout ... my first build ever went flawless and the pedal sounds amazing. Well done!" Maurizio V. - 21/05/2016
You need one of these. 5 product stars
"Blimey. As a touch sensitive overdrive this pedal is sublime. The gain is very sensitive to the output of the volume output of the guitar, vintage pickups give gentle OD, high output pups give a bit more, and the way you pick changes the tone/OD - complementing the character of the instrument rather than blanketing it with uniform dirt. Couple it with an other OD to get superb multi channel mayhem. I'm A/Bing this with a 'klon klone', and I'd have to say this is better. The kit was super simple to make, and arrived the afternoon after ordering." Anthony - 16/01/2014

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Full kits DO NOT include enclosures unless you select them in the 'Kit Type' drop-down menu.

Don't forget to download the appropriate daughterboard build document for your kit:
Standard 3PDT