“These are two of the most popular drive flavors out there, tweaked and combined into something greater than the sum of their parts”: Beetronics Wannabee Beelateral Buzz review

Beetronics moves away from its usual original circuit designs and delivers double drive with Klon and Bluesbreaker flavours

Beetronics Wannabee Beelateral Buzz – a dual drive featuring Klon and Bluesbreaker circuits with a twist
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

Beetronics has taken what are undoubtedly two of the most favored drive flavors out there, tweaked and combined them into something greater than the sum of their parts, creating a stalwart pedal with a ton of functionality.


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    Two classic drive circuits in one pedal.

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    Useful range of switchable tonal options.

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    Flexible routing, including a Parallel mode.

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    Fancy graphics.


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    Side-mounted jacks won’t be everybody’s preference.

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We have become so used to seeing Beetronics come up with a series of original fuzz pedals that its latest stompbox is something of a surprise: the aptly named Wannabee is a double-drive pedal with drive circuits that, while no doubt having Beetronics’ own slant on things, are based on the familiar and perennially popular Klon Centaur and Marshall Bluesbreaker pedals.

The Bluesbreaker inspiration is to the left and is called circuit #0, while the Klon-style is to the right and is called circuit #1. Both sides of the pedal are independently footswitchable so can be used individually or combined: a three-way toggle switch determines which will come first in a serial order or, alternatively, the two being used together in parallel, opening up a whole new scenario of sonic blends. 

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.