Electro-Harmonix Germanium OD Vintage Overdrive Pedal

Classic Overdrive Pedal with Germanium Transistor, Bias, Volts, and Gain Knobs, and Heavy-duty Metal Housing
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Electro-Harmonix Germanium OD Vintage Overdrive Pedal
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E-H puts True Germanium Overdrive Tone at Your Feet!

The Electro-Harmonix Germanium OD overdrive pedal gives you some of that classic '60s tone. Thanks to a handpicked germanium transistor and some incredibly intuitive and responsive controls, the Germanium OD lets you dial in great vintage-style sound with ease. Packed into a rugged metal chassis, this pedal is perfect for tonemeisters who need a dependable onstage overdrive with that classic vibe, and it's sized to fit comfortably in your pedalboard rig. If you're looking for "the real thing" in '60s tone, look no further than the Germanium OD!

Electro-Harmonix Germanium OD Overdrive Pedal at a Glance:
  • Gain control
  • Bias control
  • Volts control
  • Status LED

Gain control
The gain control adjusts the amount of input signal that is fed to the GERMANIUM OD. The more the knob is rotated the harder the Germanium transistor and drive components are hit.

Bias control
Bias control adjusts the current gain that is sent to the Germanium transistor. It works together with the voltage control to attain the over all tone. The bias control works specifically with the Germanium transistor.

Volts control
Volts control allows the user to control the amount of voltage that is applied to the Germanium OD. When the knob is set at full, 9volts is applied. When set at minimum 3 volts of current is applied By limiting the volts applied to the pedal a number of interesting saturations can be set up for variations in tone.

Status LED
When the LED is lit; the Germanium OD effect is active. When the LED is off, the Germanium OD is in True Bypass Mode. The footswitch engages/disengages the effect.

Electro-Harmonix Germanium OD Overdrive Pedal Features:
  • Handpicked germanium transistor
  • Easy-to-use, interactive controls
  • Bias, Volts, and Gain knobs
  • Rugged metal housing
The Electro-Harmonix Germanium OD puts classic '60s tone at your command!

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Tech Specs

Pedal Type Overdrive
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Batteries 1 x 9V
Height 3.2"
Width 5.6"
Depth 6.2"
Weight 1 lbs.
Power Supply Included No
Manufacturer Part Number GERMANIUM OD

Customer Reviews

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use it like a fuzz!!

With some of the bias and voltage settings used as the "drained battery" sound, and another overdrive or distortion pedal (or your amps drive channel) running simultaneously you get an awesome fuzz effect, which is the most creative way I've found to use this pedal. As an overdrive it is a unique old school sound for sure.
Music background: Indie rock/session musician

When a TS clone won't do.

This pedal is kind of cool and definitely different from your typical Tube Screamer overdrive clone. There are some interesting and pretty good sounds you can get from it. It takes a little time twisting the knobs to see how each one interacts with the other to get the best sound. If you're looking for something different from an OD, this one has lots of tonal options you won't find anywhere else. Now, stacking this OD with another pedal is definitely the best way to get a really nice overdrive. I run it with an Alembic Stratoblaster clone pedal and it sounds very nice.
Music background: Bedroom musician.

Not much you can do with it

You can only have about 3 settings possibly 4 maxium setting you can get out of this pedal that our doable for me. You can get that 60s tone from but not much blues or sustain. I've heard the Germanium 4 Big Muff and if that had been around when i purchased this, i would have traded it in for that! The Germanium 4 Big Muff has so much more flexibility. You can get a nice blues tone and use the distortion channel for lead. EH outdid themselves with the Germanium 4. If you're looking to buy this one, DO NOT! Get the GERMANIUM 4 instead!
Music background: Recording, Musician, Student
See also: Distortion Pedals, Electro-Harmonix, Electro-Harmonix Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz