TC Electronic promises to “inject the nectar of the Gods directly into your guitar sound” with the $59 Zeus Drive

TC Electronic Zeus Drive
(Image credit: TC Electronic)

TC Electronic have had a stellar 2021 to date, unveiling the new high-gain Magus Pro distortion pedal and downsized Skysurfer Mini reverb pedal thus far. Now, the pedal powerhouse has revealed a brand-new overdrive offering, the Zeus Drive.

Powered by a pair of 1N34A Germanium diodes, the Klon clone-y Zeus Drive boasts a dual concentric gain control, which progressively blends overdrive into the incoming clean signal whilst simultaneously increasing clipping. This results in what TC calls a “crystal-clear, amp-like touch and response”.

Other controls include a standard Volume, Treble – which allows the player to dial in high-frequency content without thinning the lows – and a FAT switch, which increases bass frequencies and fattens up the low-end.

Internally, the pedal steps up the player's 9V DC voltage for an increase in dynamic range, and there's also a DIP switch, which flicks between true bypass and high-quality discreet buffered bypass.

Housed in a compact chassis, the Zeus Drive also sports top-mounted jacks for preservation of pedalboard real estate. 

Says TC Electronic: "Zeus Drive has arrived direct from the heavens. With its highly sought-after overdrive boost circuit, this golden chalice among overdrive pedals has a luxurious warm tone and quite an astonishing dynamic response, injecting the nectar of the Gods directly into your guitar sound."

The Zeus Drive is available now for $59. For more information, head to TC Electronic.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.