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The Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal gives you one of the most versatile overdrives on the planet. Features classic 3-knob configuration with level, drive, and tone controls that let you dial in everything from sweet bluesy sounds to screaming monkeys, and more. The OD-3 Overdrive is backed by a 5-year warranty from Boss.


 
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BossOD-3 OverDrive Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 51 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (7)
  • Responsive (5)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (6)
    • Professional recording (5)
    • Amateur recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The best Overdrive Pedal so far.

    I've been playing guitar professionally for over 25 years and I've always been on a quest to find the right overdrive pedal. I've tried every version of the green thing and always came out...Read complete review

    I've been playing guitar professionally for over 25 years and I've always been on a quest to find the right overdrive pedal. I've tried every version of the green thing and always came out unimpressed. Even the other Boss Overdrives didn't fill me. I was almost giving up. I'm not really a distortion guy but I like an overdrive to have lots of gain to where it's almost distortion but stays within the boundaries of overdrive. I play Fender Strats through Fender Tube amps running them loud but clean and I like to get my overdrive sounds from pedals as opposed to pushing preamp or power amp tubes. This pedal has great body and thickness to fatten up a single coil and enough drive to saturate my tone. I fell in love with it. And, best of all, it has a tone of its own. Unlike many other companies who simply imitate and build upon the circuit of the green thing. I swear to you, I tried over 35 different overdrive pedal of various prices and I found that most of them were just imitations of the green thing. This one surprised me. It is different in every way. It's worth it. Cool!
    Simple and easy to use. Almost any setting is usable. Extremely durable and tough just like any other Boss pedal. Great sound, well built and simple.
    Boss makes some of the best quality pedals out there. Period!
    Well, don't we all want everything cheaper anyways?

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Over-priced for average quality

    I would not recommend this pedal unless you like a muddy overdrive sound. It's a one-trick pony, lacking versitility, and sounds way too dirty when I send it through a mixing board. As...Read complete review

    I would not recommend this pedal unless you like a muddy overdrive sound. It's a one-trick pony, lacking versitility, and sounds way too dirty when I send it through a mixing board. As a result, I use it only for home practice. There are cheaper priced overdrive pedals that give you more options. It seems durable enough, but is way too pricey.

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    5.0

    Using it as a booster

    By Rock Guitarist

    from NY

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal:

      This pedal works really well with boosting a tube amp. It really keeps your tone as is. I generally keep it around 12-1 o'clock on the level, and the drive at zero (tone 12 o'clock). This setting is just enought to give you that added sensitivity you might be missing. With a clean sound this setting will give you a slight break up when strumming hard. With an overdriven amp picking attacks become clearer and more sensitive. The pedal adds sustain and gives the amp more forward punch in the mix. Pushing the level to around 3pm will get your overdriven amp into shred territory.

      If you like the sound of your amp already but need a little extra gain, this pedal will work great as a booster.

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      5.0

      I should have bought this sooner

      By rmurphey

      from VA

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      Pros

      • Affordable
      • Amazing Crunch
      • Easy to dial in
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Single Coil Or Humbucker
      • Versatile
      • Volume Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal:

          I wish I would have bought this sooner. Blows away MXR Dist. Very responsive with guitar volume. Big sound. I use EMG's and Seymour Duncan Hot Stacks through a Marshall Bluesbreaker.

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          5.0

          Excellent OD pedal

          By Kaptain K.

          from PA

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal:

            I mostly use it as a boost to get more and tighter distortion out of my amps. It can add a lot of gain, and seems to bring out your pick attack. I'd say it thickens up the sound as well.

            It also sounds really good used as a regular OD on the clean channel.

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            5.0

            "Beautiful Tone!!"

            By David P. Makowski

            from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Natural Sounding
            • Perfect For Classic Rock
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Drive Channel
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal:

            The Boss OD-3 Overdrive sounds great through my '65 Fender Blackface Deluxe Reverb Re-Issue Ltd. Edition Wine Red with Wheat Grill Cloth. My amplifier has the Jensen P-12Q speaker as opposed to the Jensen C-12K speaker that comes in the stock '65 Fender Deluxe Reverb Re-Issues. My amplifier sounds awesome but does not have a gain or drive channel, so the Boss OD-3 Overdrive gives me a gain/drive channel. It sounds perfect with the reverb turned on to 4. I think this is the sound the Mad Professor #1 Guitar Pedal tries to emulate. Anyway, I experimented with an Ibanez Jet Driver, Pro Co RAT 2, Xotic BB Pre-Amp, Boss DS-1 Distortion, and Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive finally achieving a great tone with the Boss OD-3 Overdrive. I play Gibson Guitars with humbucking pickups (3 Les Pauls & 3 SG's)and can honestly say this pedal is the sound of "classic rock" to my ears. I have been playing guitar for over 34 years. I own a 1979 Marshall JMP 100 watt 2203 single channel head, a Marshall 4x12 slant cabinet, and a Marshall 4x12 straight cabinet which I don't really use that much anymore. The Boss OD-3 Overdrive through my '65 Fender Deluxe Reverb Re-Issue reminds me of the tone of my Marshall stack cranked up. Not the same, but similar enough that I am very happy with my tone.

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            5.0

            "Excellent Overdrive"

            By David P. Makowski

            from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal:

              I have been playing guitar for 35 years and I have tried almost every overdrive pedal on the market. I read in Guitar Player Magazine that Billy Duffy from "The Cult" used his boutique pedals at home, in the studio, and while touring around England but used Boss pedals when traveling to other countries because customs would often take apart his pedalboards and sometimes his pedals too. So I thought I would try using the Boss SD-1, which also sounds good, but the Boss OD-3 has bottom end that was missing from the Boss SD-1. I place it in front of my Blackface Fender Deluxe Reverb which is clean by nature and the Boss OD-3 gives me great sounding overdrive with the bottom end I was missing with the Boss SD-1. Both pedals sound great but the Boss OD-3 has way more bottom end. Both pedals are very silent too plus they come with a 5 year warranty. They are well built and tried and true.

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              (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              "It is what it is"

              By Tone Quest

              from Pittsburgh, PA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design

              Cons

              • Limited Selection Of Effects
              • Poor Sound Quality
              • Squashed For Humbuckers

              Best Uses

              • None

              Comments about Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal:

              I"ve been a performing guitarist for over 40 years and have a solid background in guitar repair and tube amp restoration and have owned just about every Boss overdrive / distortion. The top end of the OD3 makes my strings sound as if they were buzzing on the frets when playing higher notes. When digging into rhythm everything sounds squashed with humbuckers. My favorite and only drive pedal that I own is the Boss BD2 Blues Driver. I purchased it when it first came out and in my oppinion, it sounds better than the new BD2's. Of course tone is subjective and is influnced by many factors in your rig or rigs. I use a few different rigs depending on the venue and have experienced the same problem in each with the OD3. The OD3 is also too compressed for my taste. Perhaps it is because of the dual gain stage.

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              (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Simply Great

              By Me

              from The Old World

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal:

                This is simply a great overdrive pedal. Northing more to say.

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                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great for the Price

                By silentandcliche

                from Seattle, WA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Extremely Sturdy

                Cons

                • Not A Lot Of Versatility
                • Not A Unique Sound

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal:

                I have trouble deciding if this pedal deserves 3 or 4 starts. I gave it 4 because for the price and what it is, it is great.

                First, it's a boss pedal so this thing's going to last longer than your house. I've owned one for 4 years doing heavy gigging, essentially putting it through everything a pedal would reasonably go through and it's still chugging along.

                As for the sound: as I mentioned before, it is really great for what it is. The price couldn't be better. If you're looking purely off of value, this pedal is definitely worth the asking price. It does a good job of making the low and high notes stand out and be distinct from each other, almost to a fault. Sadly ther's just not much variety. It has one good sounding sweet spot but there is no wiggle room to get some extra crunch and toning it down pretty much neuters it. It is really good at complimenting other OD or distortion pedals and with a good fuzz it can make your solos really sing. But as a stand alone OD it really leaves you wanting for some more variety. I also mean "variety" in the sense that it isn't a unique OD sound. It is literaly that classic OD sound that you've heard all your life which again is great, but doesn't do anything to really set it apart.

                With all that said, I still don't give 4 stars lightly. I marked great "great sound quality" becuase in that sweet spot, it really is great. If you don't have the funds to go for the likes of a Maxon OD-9 or Fulltone OCD this is a great placeholder and it will really compliment any of the more boutique pedals very well. I'm sure it will always be a part of my pedal board.

                Pedal played through Fender Twin Reverb '65 Reissue with a Schecter C-1 Classic

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                5.0

                Excellent OD!

                By Plexi-Paul

                from PA

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                      Comments about Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal:

                      This is a very good sounding OD. Not a ton of gain...but it is an OD, not Distortion. I run LP's through plexi amps. This is my "retro" and "Low/medium" gain pedal.

                      It has a thick, warm, bottom end...with a nice top end. During chord work, the lower notes are very full sounding, adding in the top end notes brings a nice fuzz tone. I use the term fuzz "loosely". Grab a true fuzz pedal if that's what you're after :)

                      It plays well with other pedals. Hope that description helps. I recommend it.

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                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      70's Throwback

                      Comments about Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal:

                      Mine is the one my dad used in the 70's-80's, and it's still kicking out sound that's to die for. I am blown away with this pedal, and if the one I have ever quits, I'll pick up my loose change and buy a new one. I wish it had a little more gain, at it's most it only has about half of my required gain when I play SOAD, but when I use it as a signal booster with my ModTone High Gainer ,it's perfect. I think everyone that needs and Overdrive pedal should have one.
                      It's a great pedal. the gain is okay, wish it had more, but for what it's made for, it's perfect.
                      Boss makes the best, and for a good price.
                      For what you pay for, you get twice the value

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