Boss OS-2 Overdrive / Distortion Pedal

Overdrive and Distortion Pedal Effects Pedal for Guitar and Bass with Level, Tone, Drive, and Color Controls
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Overdrive and Distortion - 2 Pedals in 1!

With BOSS's popular OS-2 OverDrive/Distortion pedal, it's like having two in-your-face effects pedals in one. That's because, with it, you can produce all kinds of overdrive sounds, tons of distortion flavors, or a massive combination of the two. The OS-2 has four onboard controls (Level, Tone, Drive, and Color) which let you summon your sound. But, whether you drive it hard or give your tone just that perfect subtle crunch is up to you. Either way, you'll love the BOSS OS-2 with both single-coil and humbucking pickups.

BOSS OS-2 OverDrive/Distortion Pedal at a Glance:

  • Have it your way with overdrive, distortion, or a blend of the two

  • Preserves the subtle nuances of single-coil pickups
  • BOSS guitar pedals: rugged, reliable, more than 10,000,000 sold

Have it your way with overdrive, distortion, or a blend of the two
Can't decide between overdrive and distortion or wish you could find the perfect place between the two? You've found your pedal. The BOSS OS-2 OverDrive/Distortion effects pedal lets you dial in a huge range of flavor. You can call up a fat distortion tone, then drive it hard. And you can dial in whatever range of color you like best. For tweaking, there are four controls in all: Level, Tone, Drive, and Color.

Preserves the subtle nuances of single-coil pickups
Some distortion pedals really hit you in the face (which is great) but many take away the subtle dynamics and nuances you love about your single-coil pickups. If you're feeling like your intricate playing is being lost to a huge wall of distortion, then you owe the OS-2 OverDrive/Distortion Pedal a shot. BOSS designed the OS-2 to give you that same huge distortion sound you love, while maintaining the detail in your single-coil sound. That said, it's going to give you a tremendous result when paired with your humbucking-equipped guitar, too.

BOSS guitar pedals: rugged, reliable, more than 10,000,000 sold
More than 10,000,000 BOSS guitar and bass effects pedals have been sold to players worldwide, including such top players as Yngie Malmsteen, Dave Navarro, John Petrucci, Marty Friedman, Steve Vai, and Joe Satriani. You've also no doubt heard BOSS pedals recorded and onstage beneath the feet of bands of all genres, including Muse, The Killers, and Silversun Pickups. The reason for the success is clear: not only do BOSS effects pedals sound great, but they're also built like tanks and designed with serious use in mind. Each BOSS pedal is housed in a stomp-ready metal box and features a rubberized stomp area and base, to help safeguard against slipping. So, whether you're a fresh-out-of-the-gate beginner, an axe-veteran designing your dream pedalboard, or anywhere in between, you can depend on BOSS's proven line of pedals to craft your tone.

BOSS OS-2 OverDrive/Distortion Effects Pedal Features:

  • Level, Tone, Drive, and Color controls

  • Input Impedance: 1 Mohms
  • Output Impedance: 10 Kohms or greater
  • Equivalent Input Noise Level: -100dBu or less (IHF-A, Typ.)
  • Connectors: Input Jack, Output Jack, AC Adapter Jack (DC 9V)
  • Power Supply: 9V DC, either a Dry Battery 9V type or an AC Adapter
  • Current Draw: 12 mA (DC 9V)
  • Accessories: Dry Battery 9V type
  • Optional AC Adapter: Roland PSA-120S
  • 2-7/8" W x 5-1/8" D x 2-3/8" H
  • Weight: 15 oz.
The BOSS OS-2 OverDrive/Distortion effects pedal lets you dial in the perfect combination of overdriven and distorted tones!

Additional Media

BOSS OS-2 Owners Manual
BOSS OS-2 Overdrive/Distortion Pedal Review by Sweetwater Sound

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Overdrive/Distortion
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 OS-2

Customer Reviews

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Nice Pedal

This pedal is versatile and does just what it says. With both overdrive and distortion you can dial in just the right amount of both for the perfect tone. Nice job Boss!

Great product

Works fine and is very user-friendly. Also has a very competitive price!
Music background: Hobby, amateur

Who's The Boss?

I bought this over 2 weeks ago from somebody who's obviously insane.The reason I say that is,why would somebody want to sell this pedal?I've been playing for over 30 years,and I've used Digitech,Pro-Co Rat,Morley,Alesis,etc. and all I can say is that this is the best overdrive/distortion pedal that I hve had the pleasure of owning.It's that good.You can go from a bluesy type tone to straight out metal,contrary to what other people say in their reviews of this product.The metal casing is quite sturdy and the controls are very easy to get used to.This is one versatile pedal,let me tell yu.This has a permanent place in my rig and is going nowhere.
Music background: Active musician

boss is da boss

gives every guitar a chunk of metal

I love this pedal!

I really love the tone that I get from the Boss OS-2 Overdrive / Distortion pedal. I still have my original one that I bought back in Spring of 1994 & "It still works!" Boss pedals are very road worthy. I bought this pedal as backup because as far as I know, Boss no longer makes this pedal anymore which really ticks me off big time. I mainly use the Overdrive on this pedal because it sounds so good using either single or double coil pickups. All I can say is "I really love this pedal!"
See also: Distortion Pedals, Boss, Boss Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz