Driftwood Purple Nightmare Tube Preamp Pedal review – all the guts and glory of the full-blown PN head's Burn channel without the $3,000 investment

The Burn channel from the PurpleNightmare is ready for its pedalboard close-up and does not disappoint

Driftwood PurpleNightmare preamp pedal
(Image: © Driftwood Amps)

Guitar World Verdict

If you love the Driftwood Purple Nightmare head’s Burn channel but not its $3,000-plus price – or you want to add a world-class high-gain tube channel to an amp you already own – this pedal is a dirty dream.


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    Top-quality high-gain tones.

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    Very flexible.

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    T/S overdrive section can boost the preamp’s output and gain.

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    And you can use this T/S drive as a standalone effect.


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    Nothing, but naturally it is not cheap (though much cheaper than the amp itself).

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There are many here among us who feel that tube amps are the only way to go, regardless of how good digital modeling amps and apps may sound. One of the few problems with tube amps is that they can be pretty damn expensive, and for some of us the prospect of buying a new amp demands sacrifices like walking to work or going without food for a year. 

Fortunately, the Driftwood Purple Nightmare Tube Preamp Pedal offers a more pleasant alternative thanks to its ability to function as an additional fully independent amp channel or even as a standalone guitar amp itself, in addition to the usual front-end preamp applications. 

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.