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Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal  

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The Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 gives you the warm, smooth distortion of an overdriven tube amp without blurring the nuances of your picking technique. The unique symmetric drive circuit delivers a more... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 gives you the warm, smooth distortion of an overdriven tube amp without blurring the nuances of your picking technique. The unique symmetric drive circuit delivers a more rich, authentic-sounding overdrive effect. Here's an overdrive pedal that has Level, Drive, and Tone controls that make it easy to go from mild to hard, or even use the SD-1 as a signal booster.

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  • Warm, smooth distortion
  • Unique symmetrical gain circuit
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BossSUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 324 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (241)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (59)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (30)
  • Responsive (28)
  • Excellent sound quality (26)
  • Versatile (21)
  • Good selection of effects (8)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (5)
  • Not durable (3)
  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (21)
  • Performances (20)
  • Amateur recording (18)
  • Outdoor events / games (13)
  • Professional recording (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), Novice (8), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This is NOT a "distortion" pedal!

Before there were distortion pedals, the only thing that guitarists could do to get that loud "distorted" sound that is heard in early hard rock albums(Black Sabbath, The Who,...Read complete review

Before there were distortion pedals, the only thing that guitarists could do to get that loud "distorted" sound that is heard in early hard rock albums(Black Sabbath, The Who, The Beatles, etc...) was to turn up their amplifiers as loud as they could stand. This was no real "distortion" like we are accustomed to today. It was referred to as high gain or simply "overdrive". The BOSS SD-1 Super Overdrive is the perfect way to get that classic overdrive sound. Yes, there is a big difference between overdrive and distortion. While distortion distorts the sound, blending notes together and "muddying" it, overdrive retains the original guitar signal while adding the high gain that gives solos extra sustain, and rythm parts more "edge" and higher volume. This pedal is the antithesis of the "heavy metal" sound. If you are in a metal-style band, do not buy this pedal! That type of music requires a louder, "muddier" distortion that regular overdrive does not offer. BOSS does offer at least 5 different distortion pedals as well as their multiple overdrives, and in my opinion, they are the best on the market. If you want to sound proffessional, BOSS is the way to go. All other compact pedals pale in comparison. *BOSS is a part of the ROLAND music company, who are most famous for their perfect sounding synthesisers, electric pianos, and digital recording equipment, which in my opinion is the best that money can buy. (for more info visit bossus.com or rolandus.com)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fantastic, if you want this pedal's sound

So. I've been playing guitar live for a little over 20 years; my amateur and professional studio experience goes back about ten years. Oncoming midlife crisis aside, one thing I can't believe is...Read complete review

So. I've been playing guitar live for a little over 20 years; my amateur and professional studio experience goes back about ten years. Oncoming midlife crisis aside, one thing I can't believe is that -- although I've played several Boss pedals before -- this is the first Boss I've ever bought.

I recently had to replace some 15-20-year-old(!) equipment on short notice before some gigs, so I got online and quickly grabbed this one. I hadn't used this model with my current rig, but I trusted the Boss name and quality (and rightly so).

The sound itself is beautiful: the range of drive options is quite nice, from subtle to thick, and it's the perfect combination of crunchy and smooth & sweet, with lovely harmonic response.

I'd give it five stars if not for one major disappointment: it's really difficult to keep the pedal's character from overtaking the sonic spectrum of the amplifier itself. Even with the drive set quite low, the tonal characteristics that emerge seem to come more from the pedal itself, rather than from the pedal's overdriving the amplifier. In my opinion, it behaves more like a distortion pedal than an overdrive.

That being said, I *will* continue to use this pedal. A lot. But only when I want this *pedal's* sound. I'll be shopping around for something else for when I want to push an amp into overdrive and hold true to the amp's tone.

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5.0

I would buy another pedal

By Clinton

from Fayetteville, NC

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

    Very good pedal with good sound once yo get it the way you want it...

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love it!! This little box screams creamy texas blues

    By Big Pat

    from shufflin throught the NJ sand....

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

        Tried this one side by side with the famous ts9, and the boss BD-2. Guess which one came home with me? For me this one just oozed creamy texas blues sounds (ala SRV ZZTop etc) better than either of the other ones. Half the price too!! Versatile too really does ACDC/ black sabbath tones on my Marshall Mg15ms really well. Asymmetrical clipping does a better job at reproducing what an overdriven tube amp gives you than the ts9's symetrical clipping. Single notes and chords sing out, and don't get muddy. I own a mix of Boss and MXR pedals, and I believe this one might be Boss's most under rated pedal

         
        4.0

        Not too shabby

        By Shine On You Cra Cra Bananas

        from Takoma Park, MD

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

            Surprisingly good sounding overdrive. It produces a smooth, warm clip which accents my single coils very well. I use it as boost for my Vox AC30cc1. It can become pretty noisy in a pedal chain, so I isolate mine by running it straight into the input of the amp and running the rest of my pedals through the effects loop.

             
            4.0

            Nice dirt box

            By stratmmn69

            from Las Vegas Nevada

            About Me Experienced

            Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

            I've had this thing sitting in my closet for years because sitting at home it didn't give me the sound I wanted. I like a real smooth brown sound distortion and I found this thing to be a weak over-drive at bedroom volume. But when I finally took it to a live band practice I found it to be very useful. Its got a nice dirty "Rolling stones" type of sound when the amp is turned up. It wont give you a heavy metal or even a hard rock distortion but its a nice little dirt box with an edge t it.

             
            5.0

            Give my Solid State a Warm Tube Sound.

            By Alex

            from Buffalo NY

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

              Works wonders on my tone with my solid state 100w Marshall MG100HCFX. Easily adjustable to achieve that warm tube amp Classic Rock sounds. Its Cheap and if you have a solid state trying to achieve tube amp sounds or a tube amp looking for some boost, I recommend getting one.

               
              5.0

              I DEFINATELY WOULD BY THIS PRODUCT AGAIN.

              By MISTER T

              from WISCONSIN

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

                JUST FOR DISTORTED JACKED UP SOUNDS ON GUITAR

                 
                5.0

                Perfect!

                By Bobo

                from Fort Worth,Tx

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

                  It was just that little extra I was looking for with my sound.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Unbeatable Overdrive for the Price

                  By Hambone

                  from Seabrook, TX

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

                    I got this pedal to boost lead tones and give some extra crunch to my dirty channel on my amp, and it preforms those tasks very well. I couldn't imagine using another pedal for driving now.

                     
                    5.0

                    Boss SD-1 Pedal

                    By RonC

                    from Orange County, NY

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Good Selection Of Effects
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Practice

                      Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

                      Great little pedal. Added the Boss Distortion DS-1 and I get the exact sound I was looking for.

                      (0 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      I AM GOING TO RETURN THIS ITEM . iT JUST DOESNT WORK

                      By SKELSINC

                      from wATERTOWN CT

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

                      MALFUNCTIONING

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