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 g... read 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.
- Warm, smooth distortion
- Unique symmetrical gain circuit
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Classic for a reason
At first I was gonna buy a Blues Driver - partly because I loved Isaac Brock's crunchy but still dynamic-sensitive tone on the early Modest Mouse records - but I continuously got recommended a Tube Screamer and SD-1 when I began looking at overdrives. Decided this over the TS probaby because it's half the price, but it sounds fucking incredible. Just so wonderfully raw while also capable of incredible subltety.
edited about 2 years ago
I prefer this to a TS9
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.
edited over 1 year ago
Best bet out there
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.
It does what it days on the tin
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.
This is the boost you're looking for.
When I went from playing punk with WAY too much distortion and into more indie and alt-rock tones, I wasn't sure where to start... someone pointed me in the direction of the Ibanez Tube Screamer but that still didn't feel right to me. I then started looking into alternatives, and this thing showed up. I never looked back. I love that it provides a subtle boost to whatever you're throwing at it. My personal preferences say it sounds "off" with the tone cranked... but keeping it at around 12 o' clock makes this a must have for any rock genre, in my opinion.
Great TS-type boosting
Love this pedal. It's not perfect; I use mine with the gain cranked. I don't typically use that on its own, but when you do, you get a nice touch sensitive light od. Pair that with a bit of compression and you're well on your way to some really smooth leads well suited to slow, bluesy jams. But I like to pair it with a very tame Red Witch Famulus, set with just a hint of distortion blended into a clean signal. These two together create an incredible soaring lead tone, articulate and powerful. I've had that experience with most pedals I pair this with actually. I've yet to find a combination in which the SD-1 doesn't improve pretty much everything
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.
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