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...
Homme is known to use the SD-1 to boost his amps, having done so during the early to middle period of Queens of the Stone Age ([it was spotted on his 2001 pedalboard](http://www.pedalboardsofthestars.com/rigs-gear-by-artist/josh-homme-pedalboard-queens-of-the-stone-age/)). After a brief retirement, the SD-1 made a return to Homme's rig [for the 2016 Post Pop Depression tour with Iggy Pop](https://www.reddit.com/r/qotsa/comments/4xaidr/came_across_a_pic_of_joshs_pedalboard_used_on_the/).more
Known to have been used since U2's *The Unforgettable Fire*. After a brief replacement by the Ibanez Tube Screamer starting in 2001, the SD-1 has made a return to The Edge's more recent rigs alongside its green rival. In the Premier Guitar Rig Rundown for The Edge, it is shown that he uses three SD-1s live (visible in the bottom right corner of [this photo](https://www.premierguitar.com/ext/resources/images/content/2018_07/RRs/U2/Racks1.jpg)).more
"By the time I started making solo records, I had developed some pretty bad attitudes towards vintage gear and the vintage cognoscenti. I think it stemmed from the fact I was working at a vintage guitar store—Second Hand Guitars in Berkeley—and I was broke. But back then, I only thought about music. So, in a way, I became 'Mr. Contrarian' when it came to tone. With Surfing, I went in with a Roland JC-120 and a ’68 Marshall half-stack that was modded with a master volume. I also used original Chandler Tube Drivers, a Boss DS-1 and an SD-1, a Scholz Rockman, a Nomad amplifier, and a borrowed bass amp."more
[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
Aaron North on the Boss SD-1 Super OverDrive pedal, on a post made December 07, 2009... "The only Boss distortion pedal I've ever found a need or a place for. At subtle settings, it gave me that extra grit I needed on songs like "Eraser", "Hand That Feeds", and "Burn"... including many others."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
Without any shadow of doubt, the pedal boosting the HM-2 in the attached photo is a BOSS SD-1 Super-Overdrive (obviously Made in Japan) because the BOSS OD-1 had two knobs only, the OD-2 had four knobs and the weren't any other yellow BOSS pedals around at that time (except for a wah, but Euronymous seemingly never used one). In-fact if you follow the cables in the photograph - you can see the SD-1 is stacked into (placed before) the HM-2, this would create more compression/distortion in the signal instead of volume boost.more
4:56 - This is where you get a first-hand look of Syu's pedalboard that was used in 2015. Along with his Orange amplifier's in-built crunch channel, he uses the SD-1 as a light boost to push the amp's gain for a high-gain tone. Taken during a special clinic with Yukhi, he used this rig to play a selection of his solo compositions.more
Running down his pedal lineup, Rhodes kicks off with a string of Boss boxes. “I always use a CE-2 Chorus. I just like the way it wobbles the sound.” For that extra wobble, he usually couples it with a great deal of amp vibrato. For distortion, he relies on the DS-1 pedal or an SD-1 Overdrive – most notably on “Big Time,” and – live – on the choruses of “Shock the Monkey.”more
At 50:50 you can see Aaron's SD-1 pretty closely. Of course, because of the years this was filmed, it's a Made in Japan. You can see it through all of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4w8E0H_sQQ as well... here you even see him stomping on it from time to time (because it's off when he needs his guitar to be muted without having feedback).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.
I've gigged about 5 different SD1's over the years. They are a no brainier. Great overdriven tones into a Marshall type amp. My favourite modded version is the Monte Allums asymmetrical clip mod. However that particular pedal got stolen in 2016.
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.
A staple of many this does what it needs to do for me, adding a bit extra and smoothing out an octavia pedal or working on its own.
Hard to beat the price tag for something that works this well with so much. It can get fizzy, sure it can, but keeping the drive down it works well.
The SD-1 is my persona favorite Distortion/OD pedal. If I had to start building a board from scratch, this would be the #1 pick. The vast array of sound you can get out of it can cover all bases. Highly recommended.
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 :)
I started on tubescreamers eventually favoring the TS9 until someone gave me their SD1. I adh switched fromf ender to amrshall amps back then and the SD1 sounded better into a marshall. It sounds good into a vox. Low on bottom end though. MXR's custom abdass remedies that issue with an extra 100hz control. Mine is old, probably 80s issue? Just found it recently. It appears to power up. I'm stoked. I gave my original TS9 and some TS5s and I think a 10 away to my best buddy, but this I kept. I think it sounds better than a tubescreamer... that extra diode and handful of different cap and resistor values really make a difference to me. People say the enw oens don't sound as good but they're not far off the mark to my ear. I was in a store around DC I sued to frequent and this dude I knew who worked there was A/Bing the current Boss version and an old one they were selling for like 20 times its original retail value. Pretty close. Not the eb all end all or anything, but there's a strange wisdom to this OD. I think the edge uses one of these and a ts9 as his main dirt stomps and that guy can have anything (and does). People shouldn't be cork sniffers, this little guy sounds good and its a steal.