The BOSS SD-1 produces the warm, smooth distortion of an overdriven tube amplifier while maintaining the subtle nuances of your picking technique. Unique asymmetric overdrive circuitry delivers a genuine overdrive effect for a classic guitar sound...
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In a 2003 interview with Vintage Guitar magazine Lloyd commented that his currently "I’ve been playing through a Vox AC-30 live and a blackface Fender Deluxe. The AC-30 is from about 1980, and the Deluxe is a ’65. I use the same thing with Television. I’ve been using a TS-808 Tube Screamer and a Boss SD-1 for years."more
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The BOSS SD-1 produces the warm, smooth distortion of an overdriven tube amplifier while maintaining the subtle nuances of your picking technique. Unique asymmetric overdrive circuitry delivers a genuine overdrive effect for a classic guitar sound. A tone control is also provided for precise tonal adjustment.
Classic tone, classic looks, built like a tank, but made with cheap components (nowadays). Works very well stacked up with distortions and is very clear and articulate when dialed in just right. There are tones of DIY mods online that can help improve this pedal to perfection and more than necessary professionals that will do this for you on a price. Out of the box is 4/5 stars, with a mod it's definately 5/5.
My main drive pedal. Chimey tone, great for strat. It's more compressed and harder than TubeScreamer, but that's what I look for. The "Tone" knob offers a wide and comprehensive range of tones.
When I purchased this pedal at the age of 16, I thought it would sound like real tube breakup. From what I heard on the internet, this seemed true. However, if you are looking to run this into a clean amp and expect a sound like a turned up amp, be prepared to be surprised. This pedal has been around forever, and it basically is the Boss version of a tube screamer. Both of which sound like clean signal blended with a dark, smooth, and very distant compressed dirt. Some really enjoy this tone, but to my ears it sounds very fake and weird. Now, an amp can be dialed in a way to make it sound good on its own, but most other overdrives (besides tube screamers) won't sound ideal with the same settings. However, once the amp is opened up, or it is stacked with another pedal after it, it comes into its own as a tightener and booster. The mid hump of the SD-1 cuts out the mud, keeping things from becoming flabby. The mids pop, and the top end is boosted as well, just not in a harsh way. If you run it into a dirty amp, adding the Super OverDrive pushes it into that perfect solo tone. Every. Time. The tone control has a good range, but it would be nice to have a separate bass control.There really should be more output volume for a pedal of this purpose, but tube screamers also are weak in this department. Overall, the SD-1 can be used as a main/stage 1 overdrive in a pinch, but for $50, almost nothing beats the immortal SD-1 as a booster. It has a great buffer, will outlive your fingers, and is virtually indestructible.
A staple in the guitar community, but not in the worship world. I use it exclusively for a boost. I'm not a big fan of changing your tone with overdrives, so i turn the gain way down and the volume way up. I also crank the lows on it to balance out my sound when I'm playing up the neck.