The Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive Pedal is tailored to meet the demands of today's bassist with a wide variation of sharply contoured sounds. You can go from a mild overdrive to a hard distortion. The Boss ODB-3 covers the entire spectrum, including 5...
That Flea sound
"The second pedal in the chain is the Bass Overdrive. This is my insurance policy. Most of the times when we play shows that require us to fly out and use rental gear, I get an Ampeg SVT amp. This amp is the greatest Rock n Roll bass amp because it breaks up just right when you push it. On some occasions the rental company doesn't give us the right bass amp, and that totally sucks. Certain amps (I'm not going to name names) Are completely sterile sounding and just wrong for rock music. When I get these amps I play way to hard because the amp isn't helping the sound at all. The result is a shitty sound and me getting blisters on my fingers from playing so hard. The Bass Overdrive pedal is my insurance policy here because when this happens, I put the pedal on it's lowest setting with just a slight amount of overdrive. This smoothes out the sound enough to make it playable for the Rock style. The other place I use this pedal is during the bass solo for the heavy stuff. It's on a more extreme setting for the solo."more
BassPlayer.com interviewed Bassist and founding member of Cannibal Corpse and Blotted Science, Alex Webster around May of 2012. Among the items Alex lists as his gear at the time was a BOSS ODB-3 Bass Overdrive Pedal. Source http://www.bassplayer.com/artists/1171/alex-webster-to-the-extreme/26685more
"Distortion pedals have traditionally been bottom killers, but you can retain the low end with some of the newer ones. I use the Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive, which has a BALANCE knob for blending, and a two-band EQ. I crank the low end all the way, set the HIGH knob around 3 o’clock, and the BALANCE anywhere from 11 o’clock to 1 o’clock. I’m still searching for another distortion pedal that sounds good layered in conjunction with it. I split my signal after the pedalboard."more
It's an interview of a bassist, and when the journalist asks him the last pedal he bought, he answers the ODB-3, and says thanks to Labadie for giving the reference of this effect in a magazine called "Bass Part". "La ODB-3 Bass Overdrive de chez Boss, c'est une bombe !!! (Merci à Jean-Michel Labadie de Gojira pour le tuyau à travers Bass Part magazine)"more
At 13:04 In this "RIGGED" episode from Gear Gods, Devin "Ghost" Sola guides us through his touring rig. He lists off the pedals he uses and in what order starting with his Ernie Ball VP JR Volume Pedal, to a TC Electronic PolyTune 2 Polyphonic LED Guitar Tuner, into a Boss ODB-3, into a Boss GEB-7 Bass Equalizer, and finally connecting to his Bass Innovations MXR Bass D.I.+. All of his pedals are patched together using the Livewire Advantage Series of patch cables.more
The Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive Pedal is tailored to meet the demands of today's bassist with a wide variation of sharply contoured sounds. You can go from a mild overdrive to a hard distortion. The Boss ODB-3 covers the entire spectrum, including 5-string basses, so there's no muddiness, even on the lowest notes. Boss provides a balance control so you can mix the effect with the bass signal to keep the power and presence of the original sound. The ODB-3 Bass OverDrive Pedal can also be used as a 2-band EQ.
I noticed this pedal watching a rig rundown of Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea. He uses it most noticeable on the bass intro to Around The World.
When I decided to switch from multi-effects to stomp-boxes I knew that I needed both an overdrive and a separate E.Q. pedal so I didn't lose bottom end when I turn the overdrive on but this has saved a space on my board because I features a very effective 2 band E.Q.
This pedal is hand for thickening out the overall sound when our guitarist goes into a solo and I have to take over to fill things out. It takes a bit of fiddling to get it just right though.
If there is one thing that cannot be reproach to Boss ODB-3 it is the range of possible settings with 4 knobs: level, 2 in 1 EQ (low/high with cut/boost), balance (dry sound/OD) and gain. There is the problem: there is so many possibilities that playing with the effect is a little bit like trying to find your keys in your bedroom with all the lights turn off... More, all the sounds I could get are synthetic, sounding cold. Too artificial for me. But it is really a question of taste. Coupled with the BF-2, it could give some interesting spatial, distorted, futurist touch. Also, I had some difficulties to adjust the volume. When the pedal is engaged, it is either it boosts A LOT your output level (and you give a heart attack to the other band members) or it is not enough. I couldn't find the proper setting. I probably didn't have the patience to seek for the proper volume.
The odb-3 is a pedal with a good range of work. You can have a sharp and shiny overdrive or have a very deep and doughy effect. That range can be used for large solo or to satisfy a cool dirty sound for bass. In my experience I never find a low overdrive to defeat that in a price quality comparison. It's great for jobs when you do not know what you're going to require, because of the great versatility you have
this is a classic pedal, a big part of Flea's sound. I acquired one when I was playing bass occasionally in a friend's industrial band. I put it out front of an old peavey bass amp but was never in love with it for bass. Later I witched over to an ampeg B25 and a fender bassman50 for amplification and just ran them so loud they were a little dirty and used a big muff for fuzz... in another friend's band I filled in on bass and was using the ampeg/fender setup a lot but wanted more hair at a lower level (this friend is a volume wimp who is always trying to get his stage volume down to a whisper) so I brought the boss back out and that was the sound of that band's low end, but I was never in love with it. It always sounds like a repurpoused or rather a re-tooled guitar pedal and doesn't touch a tube bass amp being hit hard. its particularly sterile through solid state bass rigs. There are a million sounds in this box from the 4 knobs, but none of them sound the way I want a bass to overdrive. That said, I've never found a pedal for low gain bass sounds I like better.... although since I am not primarily a bassist I stay in the cheap seats. One thing that's great about this pedal is the balance knob for clean blend, it helps with the preservation of low end for ass and also with disguising the for want of a better word, 'fake' OD sound. The stacked bass and treble controls, while clearly designed to be bass friendly, seem to work better for guitar with this circuit. When this came out treble and bass controls on any pedal not specifically aimed at metalheads were a novelty so I give it some points for that. I used this pedal a lot when recording guitars at home for synthetic sounding OD/Distortion that could reall be tuned in to hit the front end of my guitar amps a certain way. I got rid of this ages ago though, I just stopped having any use for it and couldn't justify keeping it...
Bought secondhand but it's still like the first day. I recommend to remove the batteries after using it for saving battery. Also you can plug in with a 9v charger. Sounds great for playing some Muse-style overdrive bass
Isn't the most versatile bass overdrive pedal, but when you learn how to use it properly, it's a very good weapon. I think that it's really more a fuzz/distortion pedal than an overdrive.