Boss SD-1 Super OverDrive
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... read more
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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