Warm Audio Warmdrive review

Warmdrive by name, warm drive by nature, this new Dumble-voiced amp-in-a-box is a knockout

Warm Audio Warmdrive
(Image: © Warm Audio)

Guitar World Verdict

A premium amp-in-box overdrive pedal that foregrounds warmth and musicality, with sweet spots galore, and because you can't afford a Dumble, you might want to try this one and attain a newfound sense of Zen from your drive tone.


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    Outstanding tones.

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    Easy to dial in.

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    Good price.


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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.