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Boss OD-20 Drive Zone Twin Pedal w/COSM  

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    Get down and dirty with more control than you ever had before.

    With the Boss OD-20 Drive Zone Twin Pedal, COSM modeling gives you the sound of 16 classic overdrive and distortion pedals plus 6 all-new tones, while deep-level controls let you shape your own sounds. Attack Shape and Heavy Octave knobs let you profoundly impact the effect. The OD-20 stompbox has 4 user memories and line out with amp simulator that's also a headphone out. Amp control jack lets the OD-20 double as a footswitch for switching amp channels. BOSS 5-year warranty.

    Features

    • 16 classic overdrive models
    • 6 brand new models
    • 4 user memories
    • Attack shape and heavy octave knobs for deep-level control
    • Headphone out/line out with amp simulator
    • Works as a footswitch for changing amp channels

    Serious screaming needn't be monotonous. Pick up this unit today and discover a huge range of ways to express yourself.

     
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    4.7

    (based on 66 reviews)

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    Got My Mojo Workin'

    I have been searching for this tone I have in my head but not able to achieve until I got this great OD-20.I wanted a great Tweed type of break up at lower...Read complete review

    I have been searching for this tone I have in my head but not able to achieve until I got this great OD-20.I wanted a great Tweed type of break up at lower volumes without the pyroclastic,skin blistering metal distortion that most pedals (and modeling amps) have.I even considered getting the Vox AD-50 or Fender Cyber Twin to obtain these tones, but they don'y have it. I like the southern rock kind of crunch and this pedal has it.I realized that I needed an overdrive pedal instead of a distortion pedal.The OD-20 has many of these (OD-1&2,BD-2,Crunch,Tube Screamer,Full-D & more) All have outstanding tone for that just breaking up tube amp tone.Just try & get Allman or Caldwell tones with a Marshall or Mesa clone stomp box,no way!Don't get me wrong, the Boss has all that heavy distortion hard to metal tones and does them excellent.But they were not for me.I have a Tech 21 Tri/Ac pedal that models Marshall & Mesa well(the Fender Tweed is horrible) but the Boss pedal blows it out of the water.Is so easy to tweak to find the sweet spot and a cinch to save in memory.Overall it is one of the best overdrive/distortion boxes I have tried and I have been playing for over 30 years. It is silent and smooth when switching and built like a tank.The only features I wish it had was a seperate mid & treble control. It has a bottom & tone that work well.I run it through a Fender Deluxe Reverb R.I & a Blues Junior using a Gibson ES-335,59 Les Paul Reissue and fender Strat. All sound great especially the ES-335! Blues tones that are very realistic to cranked tube amps.I highly recommed this pedal for those who have been searching for a great crunchy rhytmn & lead tone without the real hairy,crackly kind of tone you get from most distortion pedals when you try to use less drive. It's been a great find for me.

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    Average at best

    The distaortion on this pedal is average at best. I plugged it in next to my metal zone in order to compare the two. I played throught the metal zone and it had its...Read complete review

    The distaortion on this pedal is average at best. I plugged it in next to my metal zone in order to compare the two. I played throught the metal zone and it had its awesome low end punch. Then I switched to the metal zone setting on the OD-20 and it was very weak. I beleive its weak because there is virtually no way to tweak the settings. The bottom knob just adds more muddiness, not low end. The tone knob does its job well. The drive knob doesnt really add any drive. The shape switch does very little to the sound, if anything. All of the settings and presets don't have very good quality. Overall, this pedal doesn't add much, if anything, to your sound. It also adds alot of noise. If you want a great pedal, get something else. I love BOSS products but this one just isn't good, and im a practical person.

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    5.0

    Whole bunch of drive/dist for the bucks

    By Boogieboom

    from South Carolina

    I have owned this for maybe 8 years? I loose count. Anyway, I have done country gigs with the BD setting, rock and worship gigs with the TS, etc. I really like being able to toggle between settings. I can go from, say, TS to Centaur and back as simply as changing channels on an amp. I run mine into a custom TS built be a buddy of mine. I use the custom TS just because it has an upper midrange hump that really pushes whatever I have dialed up on the OD-20 out front for soloing. Most of the time it's off. From there to a CLEAN tube 40W combo with master just over the edge of PT hair. All delay, mod stuff is in the loop. Just the other night, using the Klon setup, my DD-20 set at about 350ms and 75% level, rolled the volume back about half way on my G&L HSS Legacy with the H split to S, and was channeling Eric Johnson vibes. SWEET!

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    5.0

    Almost perfect

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I have owned the OD-20 for several years now. Yeah, I've bought a fair share of dirt boxes while still using this pedal and have decided to keep it. The sound is great, you can store 4 of your favorite sounds, you can record direct to mixer with this ( a Big plus for me), well built (a Boss). I usually toggle between T-screamer-rythm- and BD-2 for leads in mode 3. Read the manual and enjoy. Almost Perfect!

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    5.0

    BOSS OD-20

    By Rockster101

    from Caseville, MI

    I just got my OD-20 and so far I really like it!I am getting some really awesome sounds from the OD-20! I never got this kind of sound with my digitech, so I guess its time to sell the digitech, because I won't use anything but the OD-20 from now on. Sounds great, well worth the money!

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    5.0

    The Boss OD20

    Love it.Play this through a Fender Twin reverb, a Vox AC15/30...I've done the "A/B" thing comparing my all my individual pedals to the different od/distortions on the OD20 and those individual pedals have ended on Craigslist...Yes there might be a bit of work to dial in which tone/sound you want, because you can spend hours on just one distortion or overdrive, and I've even bought many other pedals while owning this pedal and ended up selling them because the OD20 really nails the OD/Distortion I need...If you are a boutique pedal collector or love individual pedals to dial in your tone, maybe not your cup of tea...I have one space on my board for a distortion/od that can do it all and this is it...I guess the only setback if I needed to try to say something bad about this pedal is it's not analog or "boutique-y" and the grass is always greener on the other side... but it's all you really need... seriously.

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    3.0

    HMMMM......

    Imagine having each of the pedals this thing emulates, all with the dials set at 12oclock with little room for improvement. It gets the idea across on most settings, but for me most are useless. I do have my favorite four settings saved, but that is the od/lead settings at different levels, and the boost which I use in front of my amp for solos. the distortions are too digital and "buzzy" sounding for me.

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    3.0

    alot of choice but not alot i liked

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    i found this pedal has alot of choices with alot of variables but i quicky releazed only 2-3 were very good for my choices in distortion(metalzone,distortion factory,death metal pedals)great for a studio to have on hand but not very usefull for the average guitarist

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    3.0

    tons of features but get in the way of themselves

    By perry1480

    from cleveland, OH

    I'll start by saying that I'm a tone geek. I take a really long time to dial in my settings. I originally thought that this would quench my tone obsession but it just made it more complex. The features on the od-20 aren't features on the distortion pedals it claims to emulate. The "bottom," "attack shape," and "heavy octave" features get in the way of achieving a sound that comes close to the desired tone emulation. This one is my loaner nowadays.

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    4.0

    Pretty Good Pedal

    By The Eagle

    from Undisclosed

    This is a Pretty good pedal for beginners and studio musicians, it has alot of sounds to experiment with and sounds great. Unfortunately it just doesn't hold up in my standard. I liked a few of the distortions but I only end up using one or two that I have to cycle back and forth with and I don't like that I can't go back but that's a minor problem. Overall it's a good, solid pedal, but if you know what you like then you can get the individual stomps for the cost of this thing, that or save up and get a multi effects pedal like a Pod.

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    5.0

    Everything you could ever need, and more!

    Seriously, this thing does it all for a great price. First of all, every setting sounds incredible. The sound clips on this page just don't do it justice. A few in particular really surprised me. The Muff Fuzz setting sounded better to me than the real thing! It had all the smoothness and tone of the original, minus the tracking problems I experienced with mine. Another great one was the Full-D setting. Again, very much like the real thing! Crisp and full of life! However, my absolute favorite model is the T-Scream, modeled after the Ibanez Tube Screamer. The original can very easily be pushed to a very harsh, gritty sound. While you can get that sound with this pedal, it is so easy to make it smooth and flavorful using the Attack Shape control!Which brings me to my next point. The features on this pedal are unmatched. You've got Attack Shape AND Heavy Octave! Heavy Octave is pretty useless, but Attack Shape (Smooth/Edge) is something I have yet to find on any of the emulated pedals, and it is such a useful tool! Also excellent is the build quality. Like a tank.If you're in the market for a great overdrive pedal, this thing does it ALL! Literally! Boost, blues, classic rock, even metal, this product delivers. All for an incredibly low price!

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    5.0

    Simply Amazing

    By Shecter_is_awesome

    from Undisclosed

    I first used one of these at a friends house. I am in a band and I can make my guitar sound like any band from Metallica to Lynyrd Skynyrd. I have played in concerts and talent shows, and people say it sounds just like the real thing. I love it.

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