Boss OD-3 Overdrive PedalItem ID: OD3
Overdrive Pedal for Guitar and Bass
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The Vintage Sound of a Tube Amp Pushed to its Limits!The rich, fat, dynamic overdrive of this stompbox produces distortion that is miles warmer (and somehow more "natural") than the harsh buzzsaw distortion of many effects pedals. With the OD-3 OverDrive, guitarists get an expanded range of smooth overdrive tones and improved response.
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Patty, El Sobrante, CA
Reviewsbased on 9 reviews
by LM from InI have had this pedal for 8 years and can tell you it sounds great. These reviews are hard for most of us to rely on because so many things can alter a persons sound and success with any given pedal.... read more [+] If it helps, I used this initially for a month, gave up and bought three rather expensive pedals trying to find that "sound". After keeping it in a box for all this time I dug it out the other day and was blown away. What changed? Amp tubes. Using the same Fender 65 Twin Reissue, but with new tubes (Tung-sol and Svetlanas) I finally got a great OD sound that doesn't sound thin or squashed, and retains my guitar's sound. Lots of volume, harmonically natural and great sustain. It sounds great with unpotted Gibson BBs and if I use a distortion pedal after it in the chain-at very low gain settings the two together are amazing. I can't believe it sat in a box for nearly 8 years, or that I spent so much money on other pedals that can't do what this does. I've never liked Tube Screamers and the Blues Driver by Boss is nice, but they just don't clean up like this can. I would recommend this above most OD pedals, especially if you are using something that is already hot like a Marshall, pushed Vox or the DeVille type amps. A twin at low volumes is hard to breakup by comparison. close [-]
May 12, 2013
Music Background: Player
The overdrive you want
by neil kraft from nw ohioi cant believe this pedal is not more popular. i own every Boss distortion, overdrive, and boutique pedal out there, but the od-3 is the top of the heap, especially for live performance.
April 24, 2013
Music Background: bar band
Everything you know about BOSS is wrong!
by Jeff H from Twin Cities, MNI've tried dozens of other pedals while the OD-3 was just floating out there. I assumed there was nothing special about it, and figured it was just an SD-1 with a new model number and darker color ye... read more [+]llow.
April 16, 2013
Music Background: Hobbyist
Instead, what I found with the OD-3 is an absolute keeper, and arguably the one must-have OD on my board, if I could only keep one. The key buzz words for the OD-3 are "transparency" and "versatility". Much like the SD-1, the OD-3 will let your guitar's original tone shine through. But unlike the SD-1, and many other "Tubescreamer" pedals, the OD-3 retains the low end presence and has some serious output on tap. I've used this thing as almost a "clean boost" with the gain down and volume up, or I've used it as a stand-alone overdrive pedal that can hit rock chords. Trust me, there are very few overdrives that can do both of those things well.
If it were made by a boutique company and cost $200, it'd already be legendary. Lucky for us, though, the OD-3 has been hiding in plain sight since it came about 15 years ago. Even if you don't like other Boss dirt pedals, give this one a test run. close [-]
just stop reading and buy it now!
by waykool from United StatesI have been a faithful user of the Boss OD3 for a long time now, I've use overdrive/distortion pedals that were above $200 under $500 and I either ended up selling them or returning them for refund...... read more [+]
April 10, 2013
Music Background: Live gigs/Recording so I do all and adapt to all
I gig constantly on a weekly basis and this Boss OD3 has proven itself to be the most versatile,transparent,tonefull,spongy feel,everything for a solid state pedal! Weather its use for metal,hard rock, ,twang rock,,blues,etc... and of course that is with consideration of how hot your Bridge pick ups are! anyways its definitely a must have for under $80 you will not be sorry.
This is the MOST UNDERRATED BOSS PEDAL! And this is coming from a tube amp snob! I have two of these cause I have two pedalboards all loaded with Boss pedals. The OD-3 is my main overdrive/distortion sound both for rhythm and leads sometimes I push the input stage with Boss SD-1 for serious solos.
My live amp is of course Roland JC-120 loaded with two Jensen MOD 12-70 or Fender FM212 loaded with two Jensen MOD 12-70 depending on the situation and needs of the gig..... close [-]
Brownsound lookin yellow!
by yerkool45 from San diego,CA U.S.AThis pedal painted yellow should be Brown cause it definitely has that brownsound to it! The secret to this pedal is where to set the level and the tone knob, Level at unity gain(around 9.5 O' clock ... read more [+])with my clean channel of my JC-120 loaded with two Texas Heat, Tone knob around 10 O'clock ,drive is max,the EQ on my amp are all 12 O'clock except Bass is max .. During live or rehearsal with this set up and my DD-20 it sounds huge with some warmth and clarity it likes vintage wound bridge humbuckers alot..... close [-]
December 29, 2011
Music Background: live playaa!