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The quintessential overdrive pedal!

The Maxon OD808 Overdrive is made by the same Japanese company which crafted the original overdrive circuit in a green stompbox that's been obsessed over by guitarists for the past 30 years. It uses the identical circuit found in the original employing the same JRC4558 IC chip for smooth, natural overdrive similar to a cranked-up tube amp. The OD808 pedal responds to the picking dynamics and nuances of your individual style while also letting the true tone of your instrument shine through.

Originally released in 1979, the Maxon OD808 pedal was one of the first tube-amp overdrive simulators to hit the market. Its smooth, creamy crunch tone caught on quickly, and helped to launch a long line of predecessors as well as imitators. Today, the OD808 design is without a doubt the most used, most imitated and most lauded overdrive circuit of all time. The reason for this is simple--tone. Simply put, the OD808 provides the natural, mild overdrive of a tube amp without sacrificing your guitar's original tone. In addition, it can be used as a clean booster to provide increased gain without compromising the sound of your amplifier.

The secret behind the legendary "808 tone" lies in the amplifier section of its circuit. Rather than having an amplifier stage followed by a clipping stage, the OD808 uses a signal-distorting diode (Panasonic #MA150) that is located in the amplifier stage's negative feedback loop (which also contains the JRC4558 IC chip). Therefore, the OD808 distorts signal in the amplifier circuit itself which yields a smoother, milder, more natural sounding distortion than a separate clipping stage. This is also the reason that the IC type used in the circuit has such a large impact on the unit's tone. Maxon developed this unique design more than 20 years ago, and while it is commonplace nowadays, back then it was an industry first.

It should be noted that the Reissue Series OD808 uses different output resistors than the original version. After the unit's initial release it was discovered to have a high susceptibility to noise due to static electricity buildup. To improve performance, the positions of the output resistors on the reissue OD808 were reversed and their values increased in order to reduce noise levels. This circuit change has no audible affect on the sound of the unit, save for reducing the noise levels.

Whether it's used as an overdrive or a booster, the Maxon OD808 is the closest you can get to the classic sounds of rock guitar in a compact effect pedal.

"…it"s nearly impossible to dial in a bad sound. If you"re after classic blues/rock overdrive, it would be tough to pick a better pedal."
Guitar Player Magazine, May 2000

"This device is perfect if you dig the sound of your amp but wish it could go up to 11."
Guitar World Magazine, April 2000

"I"d definitely recommend the OD808 to all Tube Screamer fans."
Vintage Guitar Magazine, November 2000

"I always loved the sound of my TS808 …now I can have it all back without the paranoia and anxiety of a feared theft, all at a cheaper price than a vintage one. Bravo!"
20th Century Guitar, October 2000

Past - Present - Perfect: Reissue Series
Faithful reproductions of the legendary '70s product line, the Maxon Reissue Series Effects offer today's musician a classic sonic palette that has defined the tones of guitarists for the past three decades. Each model's circuit is 100% analog and packaged in a time-tested chassis for a lifetime of trouble-free performance. Component quality and PC board layout have been optimized to provide consistent, low noise performance without adding unnecessary coloration to your instrument's tone.

• Rugged, Lightweight Chassis: Made of cast aluminum, extremely lightweight (less than one pound) and strong. Rectangular chassis offers easy interface with other pedal types without taking up excess pedalboard or rack space.
• Electronic Bypass Switching: Dual FET (electronic) silent switching with plunger-type activator switch for smooth, quiet bypass. Buffered low impedance outputs will drive long cable lengths with no signal degradation.
• AC/DC Power Operation: power using 9-volt battery (supplied) or AC adapter (Maxon AC210N optional).
• LED Power/Battery Life Indicator: Ultra bright LED indicates effect status (on/off). Dim or no LED indicates that the battery is low or not installed.
• 3-Year Warranty: Godlyke Inc. guarantees to replace or repair (at their option) this product should it suffer from defects in materials or workmanship. Coverage period is one year for moving parts (example: pots, switches, jacks) and three years for non-moving parts (example: IC's, transistors, etc.). Damages caused by accident, abuse, alteration, or misuse are not covered by this warranty. Product appearance and normal "wear and tear" (worn paint, scratches, etc.) are not covered by this warranty. No other warranty is expressed or implied.

Maxon OD808 Overdrive Features:

  • Warm, natural overdrive similar to a tube amp
    Overdrive, Balance, and Tone controls
    Uses same JRC4558 IC-based circuit as original green '808 overdrive
    Responds to picking dynamics and playing nuances
    Great as overdrive or amp booster
    Silent dual-FET switching circuitry


Maxon OD808 Overdrive Specifications:

  • Input Impedance: 500K Ohms
    Input Jack: 1/4" standard phone jack
    Output Impedance: 10K Ohms
    Output Jack: 1/4 inch standard phone jack
    Output: 1
    Controls: Drive, Tone, Balance
    Switch: Normal/Effect
    Noise (IHF-A): -110 dBu
    Max Amplitude; 35dB
    Power Supply: 9V Manganese dry cell battery (S-006P) or special AC adaptor
    Power Voltage: DC9 V (Battery) / DC10 V (AC-adaptor)
    Current Consumption: 5mA (9V)/6mA (10 V)
    AC Adaptor AC210N (option): AC120V Input; DC9V/200 mA Center - / Sleeve +) Output
    Dimensions (main body): 61 mm (W) x 112 mm (D) x 35 mm (H)
    Dimensions (whole): 70 mm (W) x 112 mm (D) x 55 mm (H)
    Weight: 260g
    Accessories: 9V Manganese dry cell battery (S-006P) x 1; Non-skid pad x 1; Warranty Card x 1; User's Manual x 1


Maxon OD808 Overdrive

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  • This pedal plus a mesa recto = HEAVEN

    As reviewed by weqrwasrwer312323 on 7/12/2009

    I use this pedal with my mesa dual rectifier or with any amp with that matter. This pedal TIGHTENS UP THAT GAIN!!!! Im a drop tuner , i play in drop C to drop B and this pedal makes the harmonics come out like crazy. This also gives a nice mid boost that is sometimes needed to play at a low tuning( I love mids they are a part of my sound). This is also a great pedal for other things like blues, rock, and needles to say, i HIGHLY prefer this pedal to the Ibanez TS808. If you want a tubescreamer much like an original, get this, not the TS808, believe me this is a MUCH closer reissue and a MUCH better sounding pedal.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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  • The cure to a Mesa's loosy goosy distortion!!

    As reviewed by KEV(thats all you need to know) on 10/13/2008

    IF you own a dual or triple or single RECTO head and want an extremely TIGHTER sound on your lead side . GET THIS PEDAL!!!! Its unbelievable at tighten up your RECTOS loose distortion. Using the pedal as a boost is key for this, balance all the way up . tone in the middle and drive at ZERO. The articulation will be mind boggleing!! This is the key for any metal period, unless you go and get yourself an ENGL head , still pros use these TS (tube screamers) on boutique amps JUST BUY IT ALREADY!!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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  • Maxon OD808- Smooth,Creamy,Chunky Punch

    As reviewed by Rick on 8/13/2009

    I tested The Maxon OD808 against Digitech's Bad Monkey which was a nice pedal for the price, but the OD808 was tighter, had more punch, and a little more transparent to my ears. I also tested OD808 against the Ibanez TS-808 RI, which also was a good pedal but a bit more harsh and not as transparent as The Maxon OD808. The Ibanez TS-808 although having a nice crunch, did not seem quite as responsive to picking as the Maxon. The Maxon OD808 nailed that sweet spot I was looking for, and is a very rich, creamy, chunky sounding pedal for my new Fender American Deluxe Ash Strat. I now got a great vintage rock tone with the Maxon OD808 pedal through my Vox AD30VT-XL amp. Leads were also greatly enhanced w/ the Maxon OD808. Great pedal for vintage hard Rock, and awesome for driving clean tones for an absolutley bitchin' blues sound.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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