Hamstead Soundworks Comet Interstellar Driver review

A versatile new drive pedal enters our orbit. Read on for the Comet’s tale…

Hamstead Soundworks Comet Interstellar Driver
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

Hamstead’s Comet Instellar Driver is a class act of a pedal that delivers a wide range of tonal options without being overly complicated.


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    Two distinct drive voices in one compact pedal.

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    Wide gain range.

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    Practical EQ options.


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    We would have preferred the Hi Gain switch to be external rather than internal.

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While Hamstead’s previous overdrive pedals, the Odyssey and Subspace Intergalactic Drivers, both have three toggle switches (each with three options combining for a variety of sounds), the company’s latest all-analogue design, the Comet Interstellar Driver, takes a more back-to-basics approach with just a single two-way toggle switch on its front panel and a standard setup of Level, Gain, Bass and Treble knobs.

Nevertheless, that toggle switch fully exploits the relationship between the pedal’s Drive and EQ circuitry: set it one way and you’ll get EQ after Drive, while the other option puts the EQ first. However, it’s not quite that simple because it also changes the type of clipping and gain structure circuitry when you flip the switch. 

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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.