Ashdown John Myung Double Drive review

The Dream Theater bassist teams up with Ashdown for a tooled-up dual distortion perfectly voiced for bass guitar

Ashdown John Myung Double Drive
(Image: © Ashdown Engineering)

Guitar World Verdict

This Ashdown x John Myung collaboration is perfect for bass, with a super-heavy crunch from a super-solid unit.


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    Solid build.

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    Thunderous bottom end.


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Why take two distortion pedals out when you can take one? That’s the logic behind the signature overdrive of Dream Theater’s bassist extraordinaire and Ashdown bass amp user John Myung.

Ashdown produced its Double Drive pedal after consultation with Myung and his bass tech Maddi Schieferstein, the idea being to create a pedal that would sit well tonally with his signature Ernie Ball six-string Bongo. Myung is quoted as saying: “Drive 1 is great at harmonic distortion, and Drive 2 offers a great tweak in bass presence, being able to bring it out without getting in the way of itself.”

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.