Maestro Ranger Overdrive review

The revived Gibson brand’s overdrive is now available for double shifts on your pedalboard – and it might just be amp-flatterer you’ve been looking for

Maestro Ranger Overdrive
(Image: © Future / Adam Gasson)

Guitar World Verdict

Nicely responsive to dynamics and guitar volume, this pedal’s two natural-sounding voices make it a versatile asset to have in front of your amp.


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    A versatile drive.

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    Well priced.


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    Like the other Maestro pedals, it's a little bulky.

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If there’s any pedal that can benefit from Gibson’s avowed two-pedals-in-one approach for the new Maestro series, it’s the humble overdrive pedal

Do we want a transparent low to mid gain overdrive or do we want something a bit gainier and amp-like? The Ranger sorts this by giving you both, although it’s not just that one option has higher gain than the other. 

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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.