Soldano SLO 100 Clone The Donner Force 2 Mini Guitar Pedal Review

Housed in a gorgeous baby blue Aluminium-alloy stompbox casing.

At the time of writing this, The Donner Force 2 Mini Guitar Pedal is one of five preamp amp modeling pedals that Donner has to offer. Each preamp pedal is modeled after different popular amps made by Fender, Marshall, Orange, Peavey, and Soldano. The Force 2 is based on the 2-channels sounds of a Soldano 100w Super Lead Overdrive (SLO 100). Is the Force 2 pedal a Soldano SLO 100 Clone?

The Force 2 doesn’t have all the controls/knobs as a Soldano SLO 100, however, the Force 2 is a versatile 2-channel mini preamp pedal with lots of organic tube amp sounds of its own. I don’t own a Soldano SLO 100 so I can’t do a side by side comparison.

The Force 2 mini pedal sounds are based on the Soldano SLO 100, so it’s not exactly a clone per se. However, you will get some killer sounds out of this pedal based on the Soldano 100w Super Lead Overdrive. Keep in mind the Donner Force 2 pedal is over $4000 cheaper and weighs about 40 pounds less than an SLO 100 amp.

Each of Donner’s preamp pedals includes built-in reverb a cab simulator and low mid and hi EQ’s.

 

Soldano SLO 100 Clone Donner Force 2 Mini Guitar Pedal Video Review

In This Video

For the demo video, I used a Fender Jazzmaster equipped with Blacktop open-coil humbuckers with coil splitting capability. For recording, I’m using a Focusrite Pro 40 directly into Logic Pro X. No other processing or other effects are used aside from a Digitech CabDryVR pedal that I only use briefly to test out some other cab sims. Everything else in the video is the Donner Force 2 Preamp Pedal recorded directly to my computer.

Who is this for?

If you’re looking for nice clean, crunch and lead sounds for recording, re-amping or using live with or without an amp then you may consider this versatile amp modeling pedal.

Tricky Operation / Modes

Since the on/off and switching between the 2 channels use the same foot switch, it can be a little tricky getting used to using the Donner Force 2 preamp mini guitar pedal. Although once you get the hang of it, it’s very simple.

A look at the manual.

Donner Force 2 Guitar Pedal Manual Controls

Overview of the Force 2 guitar pedal controls.

Not mentioned in the manual but this pedal will remember your settings for each channel, this comes in handy for matching your output level as well as getting the most out of your two channles.

Donner Force 2 Mini Guitar Pedal Manual Modes Soldano SLO 100 Clone

Read the manual to learn the on/off and channel selecting features.

Final Thoughts

I love the versatility of The Donner Force 2 guitar pedal, it’s a swiss army knife kind of pedal. Clean, crunchy to heavy distorted tones with reverb and a built-in Cabinet Simulator. This mini pedal can be used in many situations including re-amping, direct to a PA system for live performance, into an amp or recording directly into a computer as I demonstrate in the video above.

I don’t own a Soldano SLO 100 so I can’t do a side by side comparison, but you can get a lot of great sounds with this pedal. It’s something to check out for yourself indeed. Keep in mind a Soldano Super Lead Overdrive (SLO 100) costs over $4000 and weighs about 40 pounds. So you definitely save a ton of cash.

Donner doesn’t say what kind of cabinet the cab sim is model after but it sounds good too and you can turn it off if need be. I’ll be using this as well as the other Donner preamp pedals mostly for recording direct. It’s a very simple setup.

FAQs

Can I use a 9volt battery and/or does it come with a power adapter?

No. Do to the mini size of this pedal, there is no 9volt battery option.

No, Power adapter is not included.

You’ll need a DC 9V adapter power supply(Center negative), NOTE: current consumption:200mA.

Is this pedal true bypass?

Yes

Where To Buy

You can find more information and buy the Donner Force 2 Mini Electric Guitar Preamp Effect Pedal Here.

If you have any comments or questions please feel free to comment below.

 


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