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...
[This photo-article from MusicRadar/*Guitarist* magazine](http://www.musicradar.com/guitarist/manic-street-preachers-james-dean-bradfields-gear-280353) details all of the gear Bradfield used during the making of the Manic Street Preacher's 2010 album *Postcards From a Young Man.* The SD-1 is depicted in James' pedal collection.more
I can tell you that he sounded great at the 9:30 Club last night with a pedalboard full of Boss pedals and an Ibanez delay. All powered by a (wait for the collective gasp from the Gear Page folks) a One Spot. Here's the list: Boss TU-2 Tuner Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive Boss RC-20XL Loop Station Boss FRV-1 Fender 63' Reverb Pedal Ibanez AD9 Delaymore
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
"It was when I was nine years old, which is when I first started playing guitar. One of the first things I did was get a stompbox, and it was a BOSS Super Overdrive. In fact, it’s the same one in the picture [above], which is why it’s missing a knob and all banged up. I’m 34 now, so I’ve had that pedal for 25 years. My second pedal was a BOSS CE-2 Chorus, and then I got a BOSS phaser and delay. I became a huge BOSS fan."more
This source comes from the French *Guitarist Magazine*, April 1992 - Robert says "Mes effects sont tous des Boss: Stereo Chorus, Digital Delay, Flanger, Phaser, Super overdrive, plus une Jen Crybaby, une pédale wah wah." Translated: "My effects are all Boss: Stereo chorus, Digital Delay, Flanger, Phaser, Super overdrive, plus a Jen Crybaby, a wah wah pedal."more
A thread on Gearslutz detailing the custom pedalboard built for Roland by Pete Cornish lists the following pedals as part of the board: PC Buffer/Line driver Boss CS-2 Boss SD-1 Spare send/return 1 Boss CE-2 Boss VB-2 Spare send/return 2 DDL send/return (type of delay not known) Master Effects Bypass EQ send/return (type of EQ not known) System Mute PC Line Driver/ground isolation/Booster feed to amp (possibly Roland JC120)more
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.
I've tried all the mainstream OD pedals in the market including legendary Ibanez TS-808. And you know what? After long time I came back to my SD-1. Somehow I like its tone both as a standalone unit and boost to already cranked up amp. It sounds so smooth and distinct whilst other pedals tend to muddy up your tone.
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.
If you ever find yourself feeling a bit snooty about mass-produced BOSS pedals, just look at the Equipboard list of respectable musicians who've either got an SD-1 on their board right now, or have used one at some point. Was their music any the worse for this? Did you ever find yourself thinking, 'If only they'd used a boutique overdrive, I could take it more seriously?'. No, did you hell.
It's a classic for a reason. At lower drives, it adds a nice boost and a bit of crunch. At higher drives, a clean smooth controllable bit of dirt. Into an overdriven amp, it'll give you that Steve Jones chug. It does what it says. It's dead easy to use. It sounds good. And it costs less than a heavy night out.
One of the classics, mind you. I think its the ideal pedal for beginners or for someones first pedalboard as a lower gain stage pedal. Also can be used as just a volume boost for solos.
I know guys like Zakk Wylde used one, but you don't see it brought up a lot. I find it's tighter, brighter, and more aggressive than the tubescreamer, and is awesome if you want a really heavy sounding rhythm tone.
I primarily set SD1 as a booster to tighten my amp distortion: Level at max, Drive at min, Tone as you like. It works very well for this, I prefer SD1 over Ibanez TS9, just for saying. A truely nice underrated overdrive, surely recommended if you need an affordable and reliable pre-booster.
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.
I've bought and used a lot of Overdrives pedals, but I always come back to my trusty Super Overdrive, its got the right amount of medium crunchiness to push all my distortion pedals and a nice dynamic for when I play it through my clean tone with my Strat through an Egnater Tweaker head. I recommend this pedal to all my music circles, although they all use Digitech bad Monkeys and Tube Screamers, I'll be the lone wolf that finds his sound with the cheap and inexpensive Super Overdrive! The only other Overdrive I still use is the Boss OD-3 which I also recommend, but the SD-1 has that addictive midrange that pushes sooo very nicely into a crunch/distorted Marshall voiced amplifer! The SD-1 will be on my board until the end of time :)
This isn't as good as a BD - 2, but it works well for my sound. When using it alone I get the sound of Green Day's Kerplunk, and when I need a less distorted sound, I put it next to a GE - 7 in the signal chain.
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.
i bought this to perform Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day and not stopped using it since, the only problem is it really squeals when you use it as added overdrive to an already overdriven amplifier.
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.