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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... Read More

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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
 
4.7

(based on 59 reviews)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (5)
  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
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    • Experienced (5)

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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It's Okay

Though I give it a low ranking, it's not actually bad. Just some minor problems that stacked up. I was originally going to get a Cool Cat Transparent Overdrive, but the GC I...Read complete review

Though I give it a low ranking, it's not actually bad. Just some minor problems that stacked up. I was originally going to get a Cool Cat Transparent Overdrive, but the GC I went to didn't have it, and I needed a pedal for a show. It worked well, but the overdrive has a bit to much treble for my taste. It colors the tone more then I want it to, it has an overall too much "crunch" (that sharp almost piercing distortion) and there is a volume drop if you don't use enough level. Before you say obviously, that shouldn't and doesn't happen with some other overdrives. Now I admit, the set-up I use may be the problem ( Peavey Studio Pro 60, with a Bellari tube preamp, ) but I doubt it, because the DS-1 I have didn't have the volume drop. Either way, if you need a pedal with more expression and less buzz then a distortion, this is not a bad choice.

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(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.

           
          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

            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.

                (0 of 13 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

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome Lil Guy!

                By Austin

                from Chicago, IL

                Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

                Amazing sound and amazing performance! Totally worth the money! I'd recommend picking this lil guy up if you need a pedal.

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                great signal booster

                By JUSTIN ENLOW

                from spokane, wa

                Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

                i only use this pedal as a signal booster. drives the input of my preamp like crazy!!! took my lee jackson gp-1000 from 80s rock to modern metal no problem. only issue i have is that the owners manual doesnt say what frequencies are altered by the tone control.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Crystal clear

                By David Jenks

                from Medford, OR

                Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

                The sound from my new SD-1 is perfect. The "bite" is sharp and clean from the lowest detectable drive level to the top. The controls have a nice range, so it's easy to find the sweet spot I'm looking for every time I change it. I chose this pedal because I wanted a bluesy sound with more versatility than the BD-2 Blues Driver. If you're only interested in playing blues, the BD-2 might be a better choice. It's always best to pop down to GC and try them out side-by-side. For me, the SD-1 is perfect. ...and it was only fifty bucks!

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Killer gain out of a little stomp box. Once again, BOSS delivers.

                By Aaron Adkins

                from Syracuse, NY

                Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

                I recently picked this box up because I really dig the amp distortion I get from my Rivera Hundred Duo Twelve but I didn't want to have to use the FX Loop for my Delay pedal in order to preserve that killer hi gain tone. I've got this plugged in followed by my Delay going direct signal and I'm running through the clean channel of my amp now. The sound I get from this pedal is awesome and although not exactly as killer as my amp when it's overdriven, it gets pretty darned close. To the guy who said you can't get a Hi Gain sound from this pedal, I couldn't disagree with you more.

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