Boss OD-3 Overdrive Pedal

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.

Additional Media

BOSS OD-3 Owners Manual

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Overdrive
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Batteries 1 x 9V
Height 2.4"
Width 2.9"
Depth 5.1"
Weight 1 lbs.
Power Supply Included No
Manufacturer Part Number OD-3

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I've had a lot of different overdrives, this is the one I kept. I'm running this through a handwired AC30, along with a big muff, a rat, a nuvibe, and a space echo delay. The day I got this is the day the my JHS Morning Glory came off the board, along with the noise it creates. Save yourself a lot of time and money, don't buy boutique, don't buy an sd-1, or a bluesdriver, spend $ on this overlooked pedal and you'll have the tone everybody is looking for.

The overdrive you want

i 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.
Music background: bar band

Everything you know about BOSS is wrong!

I'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 yellow. 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.
Music background: Hobbyist

just stop reading and buy it now!

I 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... 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.....
Music background: Live gigs/Recording so I do all and adapt to all

Brownsound lookin yellow!

This 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 )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.....
Music background: live playaa!
See also: Distortion Pedals, Boss, Boss Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz