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Watch Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Demo the MXR Dookie Drive

Back in January Dunlop unveiled the MXR Dookie Drive, which promised to recreate the sound of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s amps on the band’s classic 1994 album.

Now, to celebrate the pedal’s official release, Armstrong himself has filmed a demo video in which he discusses his history with “chasing good tone and trying to get the ultimate rock sound.”

Additionally, he runs through the Dookie Drive’s distortion settings, hinting that turning the Blend knob fully counterclockwise will give the user the full Dookie tone. Turning the knob all the way to the right, meanwhile, offers something “a bit nastier, louder.”

Putting the Blend knob somewhere in the middle?

“I have no idea,” Armstrong admits.

You can check out the full video above.

For more information, head to Jim Dunlop

(Image credit: courtesy of Dunlop)
Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.