DOD Looking Glass Overdrive Pedal

Overdrive Pedal with Gain Switch, Internal Buffer Switch, and Input Filter Control
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Low Gain, High Gain, This Pedal Can Do It All

The DOD Looking Glass overdrive effects pedal was designed in conjunction with Shoe Pedals with enough shaping power to be most players' go-to drive. A high/low gain switch works with a standard gain knob to precisely dial in anything from a low-gain boost to aggressive distortion. The input filter controls help shape your tone as it enters the pedal. And an internal buffer switch allows the pedal to be optimized for use anywhere on your pedalboard. The DOD Looking Glass overdrive pedal has enough power to replace multiple dirt boxes on your board.

DOD Looking Glass Overdrive Pedal Features:
  • Overdrive pedal with wide gain and tonal range
  • Input filter control
  • Bass and treble cut
  • High- and low-gain switch
  • Internal buffer selector
The DOD Looking Glass Overdrive can get any shade of grit you need.

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Overdrive
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
True Bypass Yes
Power Source 9V DC power supply required
Height 2.25"
Width 2.63"
Depth 4.68"
Weight 1 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number DOD-LOOKINGGLASS-U

Customer Reviews

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Fantastic OD

I've relied on my TS-9 (with 808 mod) for overdrive/ gain for 30+ years. I saw a demo of this unit and decided to give it a try. I have to say that it was love right out of the box. The TS-9 has been removed from my board. My playing style relies less on high gain these days, and this pedal shimmers. There is no mid-range muddiness and you can tweak it to your liking. Beautiful gain without losing the character of your guitar's pickups. My only complaints are that the price point was a tad steep, the foot switch is clunky and noisy, and there is no operating manual (easy enough to figure out without one, though...) This pedal with my MXR Carbon Copy, my '59 Bassman, and a Gretsch semi-hollow body sounds heavenly.

Love this one!

This is currently replacing my Timmy pedal. I love the Timmy as a clean-ish booster to tighten the low end, taming the treble, increasing volume and/or hitting the front end of the amp a little harder. It's been my standard by which I've judged all other "transparent" overdrives. That said, I never liked how the Timmy sounds when the gain knob goes above halfway. I also always felt some missing presence and pickup articulation when stacking pedals before it. I don't get a great deal of applicable information from "overdrive" pedal video demos. What helped me make the decision to get this pedal is hearing it in action live. Recently, I saw the band Deerhoof and discovered one of their guitarists (John Dietrich) was using a Looking Glass as well as another SHOE overdrive--the Savior Machine. On top of having a great dynamic and amazing interplay he and Ed Rodriguez have tone I like. Specifically, to me, they have great definition, tremendous treble detail, don't get in each other's way sonically, and the ability to adjust this to different stages/venues. After hearing them and seeing the sort of tone shaping available on the Looking Glass, I wanted to try one out. The Looking Glass has significantly more high end than the Timmy. Technically it's not as "transparent" and flat as a Timmy. Though, I wanted more treble, and I definitely got it! It's easy to get some high end squeal when stacking with a my fuzz face (Solid Gold FX, If 6 was 9), but the EQ and switching adjustments can contain that. The tone shaping also allows for pushing the midrange if needed. I don't go for Tube Screamer sounds, but if more mid frequency cutting is needed it's certainly available. The gain/drive sounds good throughout the range on both High and Low. For my needs I keep it on the "Low" setting. It also seems to idle quietly. If I was incredibly picky, my Timmy always had a tiny bit of hum and hiss I had attributed to the nature of increased gain/volume. There's actually less of that with the Looking Glass even with more treble in the circuit. My main complaint is that the DIP/buffer switches are only accessible by removing the bottom plate. Why do companies put features that might be helpful in an inconvenient place? Since I use this with a loop switcher that can, and frequently does, change the order of the effects, more immediate access to this feature would have been appreciated. Instead it's 30 minutes and a screwdriver to evaluate how the various combinations work with my rig and hoping I don't want to play with it in a live setting in the future. I have a home and food, but still... Getting the hang of the EQ knobs takes a moment. They don't work the way they do on the Timmy. I understood that the Bass control on both pedals is "pre-gain," but there's still a great deal of remaining bass when the Looking Glass is at full "cut" compared to the Timmy. Trimming that even more might have been nice for some rigs, but I don't currently need less bass than what the Looking Glass allows. Also, being able to cut the treble might be appreciated by some, but I go for bright and that's where this pedal "shines." Overall, having more high end presence, being able to increase the treble and emphasize the mids, and also more usable gain is making this a new favorite. It might not be the ideal choice for a tonally murky or dark rig or for paring with a Rangemaster/Treble Booster into a Fender Twin, but that might be what you're looking for!
Music background: Professional Amature

Stand alone or works well with others.

Its a pretty good overdrive that really is transparent. Roll off your guitar volume and it cleans up, or dig in your stings and it responds with nice saturation. I stacked it with my Marshall Jackhammer for boosted lead volume and it worked well. It also stacked well with a Tube Screamer. The bass cut and treble knobs make it easy to dial in a good tone. Switching the gain from low to high while playing gives a volume boost which might work for lead, but it also produces a pop sound coming out of your amp speakers which is not so good. The foot switch is loud and clunky but works. Overall I am happy with it.
Music background: Guitar player for 30 years.

Sweetwater Advice

DOD Looking Glass Overdrive

[Looking Glass is] a great match for players that prize low-key-yet-potent drive tones, but don't want to obscure what's good about their guitars and amps....When I used it to goose a stock Fender Pro Junior, paired with a P-90-loaded Telecaster, Looking Glass added a three-dimensional, shimmering quality to the tone. With the Pro Junior set for mild breakup, the Looking Glass coaxed it into thick, crunchy overdrive - adding a cool layer of harmonic activity with touch-sensitivity and dynamics....
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See also: Distortion Pedals, DOD, DOD Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz