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The Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive Pedal is tailored to meet the demands of today's bassist with a wide variation of sharply contoured sounds. You can go ...Read More

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Cover the entire spectrum of distortions.

The Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive Pedal is tailored to meet the demands of today's bassist with a wide variation of sharply contoured sounds. You can go from a mild overdrive to a hard distortion. The Boss ODB-3 covers the entire spectrum, including 5-string basses, so there's no muddiness, even on the lowest notes. Boss provides a balance control so you can mix the effect with the bass signal to keep the power and presence of the original sound. The ODB-3 Bass OverDrive Pedal can also be used as a 2-band EQ.

FEATURES
  • Get mild overdrive to hard distortion
  • Works for four- and five-string basses
  • Balance control lets you mix signals
  • Can be used as a two-band EQ
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BossODB-3 Bass OverDrive Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 135 reviews)

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    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (4)
  • Excellent sound quality (3)

Cons

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  • Performances (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

underappreciated

This pedal gets some serious hate. I've come to the conclusion that this stems from one of two things:
1) In many cases, it seems to boil down to personal taste. Fair...Read complete review

This pedal gets some serious hate. I've come to the conclusion that this stems from one of two things:
1) In many cases, it seems to boil down to personal taste. Fair enough - distortion / overdrive pedals are very different from one another, and different people are looking for different things. This pedal may not be for you.
2) In many other cases, though, I think it's a lack of ability to use the pedal properly. A lot of distortion pedals are more or less "pre-voiced" to sound a certain way, making them "plug-and-play." This isn't one of those pedals. It simply adds distortion, which by itself, isn't necessarily going to sound good to everyone. But you can get a very wide variety of sounds out of it with careful use of the tone and blend controls, as well as - and I can't stress this enough - working with the tone and volume controls on your bass. For example, I've found plenty of those classic, warm, overdrive tones that some people say you can't get from this pedal simply by rolling off the tone and volume on my bass. So I highly recommend that you spend some serious time experimenting with this pedal before you write it off. It still might not be for you, but at least you'll have a more informed opinion about it.

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Not the best. Decent, but...

I have owned this product for almost 5 years and have had a love/hate relationship with this pedal. I remember first getting it to recreate dirty punk/metal sounds like so many other...Read complete review

I have owned this product for almost 5 years and have had a love/hate relationship with this pedal. I remember first getting it to recreate dirty punk/metal sounds like so many other people that have written customer reviews. At the time I purchased this I was very enthralled with it and couldn't get enough of using it in it's appropriate setting.But I suppose you can say, people outgrow certain sounds, yeah?The description on this pedal claims that it doesn't take away from the presence of your sound, but as time passed, I realized how empty the distortion sound. Instead of providing a thick foundation at the bottom, I found myself fulfilling more of a second guitar role. Eventually, I felt like my bass didn't sound like a bass at all.Gradually, I wanted to stop doing extremely dirty sounds and go to just a little bit of drive and a boost in tone. All I wanted was thick, full tone that was just a little on the rough side. I found that very hard to do even with the balance and gain controls. MF and Boss also advertise this pedal to be used as a 2 band EQ, but it didn't really help or boost my sound.I do love the features of this pedal though, for such a cheap price I love all the control I get. But what are all the options if you can't really get a good sound out of it either way?I think you would have to have decent equipment to make this pedal sound great but usually if you can afford that, you would be buying a more expensive overdrive unit. If you already have good equipment, this pedal, like many inexpensive pedals, will have a negative effect on your sound. For people with budget equipment, there are better products out there for just a little bit more that are a much better investment seeing as they enhance your sound a lot more. In fact, I don't know why everybody just doesn't save up for the Tech 21 Sansamp Bass Driver DI. I have more recently moved onto the Tech 21 Sansamp PSA 1.1 which (for $600) gives me not only all the overdrive/distortion sounds I want at programmable presets, but big FAT tone enhancement that the Boss didn't have.And for those who really want to stay on a budget, the ODB3 is good I guess, but remember that you also have to buy the Adapter for this. It not only has a very short battery life, but also is EXTREMELY NOISY without the adapter.

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4.0

More of a fuzztone than a traditional overdrive pedal @ fun!

By BCRich

from Western Maryland

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Durable design
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Limited Selection Of Effects
  • Pretty noisy but not out of line for this price.

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Performances

Comments about Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive Pedal:

More of a fuzztone than a true overdrive pedal. It's still a lot of fun and surprisingly controllable. A little noisy but not overly so for a pedal at this price point. It's really not subtle, so it's probably not good to try to use to just color your tone slightly, although if you're looking for an on-off fuzz, it would be a good choice. Very well built as well, not really suitable for recording, unless you're running a rough demo tape. Consider it a really fun toy with some utility but not a featured pedal, if that makes sense. Could be lots of fun to bash around on.

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5.0

Workhorse

By BZ

from NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive Pedal:

    This pedal offers much range. From warm and fuzzy to all out thunder. Great for metal and hard rock. Test it out and watch some demos. A fun and useful pedal, I use it often with varying degrees of OD. Cuts through well, better than some other OD pedals I've heard that come across as flabby.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Boss works well

    By Ron

    from Maryland

    About Me Experienced

    Comments about Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive Pedal:

    To say the least Boss is awesome. It has withstood the test of time and musicians all over appreciate them. This boss overdrive pedal is great. It has a subtle mix of high range distortion to mild overdrive textures, that is nice and easy on the ears.

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    (15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    underappreciated

    By kreider204

    from Appleton, WI

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Not For Everyone

    Best Uses

    • Depends On Your Needs

    Comments about Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive Pedal:

    This pedal gets some serious hate. I've come to the conclusion that this stems from one of two things:
    1) In many cases, it seems to boil down to personal taste. Fair enough - distortion / overdrive pedals are very different from one another, and different people are looking for different things. This pedal may not be for you.
    2) In many other cases, though, I think it's a lack of ability to use the pedal properly. A lot of distortion pedals are more or less "pre-voiced" to sound a certain way, making them "plug-and-play." This isn't one of those pedals. It simply adds distortion, which by itself, isn't necessarily going to sound good to everyone. But you can get a very wide variety of sounds out of it with careful use of the tone and blend controls, as well as - and I can't stress this enough - working with the tone and volume controls on your bass. For example, I've found plenty of those classic, warm, overdrive tones that some people say you can't get from this pedal simply by rolling off the tone and volume on my bass. So I highly recommend that you spend some serious time experimenting with this pedal before you write it off. It still might not be for you, but at least you'll have a more informed opinion about it.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great pedal, awesome product

    By Jet Mac

    from Georgia

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Built like a tank
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive Pedal:

      I purchased this effects pedal over ten years ago back in 2001, it still works and performs as good as it did when i first got it. Boss pedals are built like tanks and can handle all sorts of abuse. Mine still looks like its brand new even after 10 years of abuse. I would recommend Boss effects pedals to anyone.

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      (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Will never let it go!!

      Comments about Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive Pedal:

      This thing really Jumps out there Gotta have It

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      (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The best so far!

      By Mike

      from PA

      Comments about Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive Pedal:

      I have tried a Bass Big Muff,Boss Bassman,Sans amp bass driver,Rat Pro co, Ibanez Tube screamer, and a Zoom B2, through out the years and have found out, the only pedal,that I use in a band situation, that sounds great is the ODB-3! I have mine since 1999 and it still rocks! I Never had any problems with it.I can get Mild tube overdrive to warm distortion.From Billy Sheehan to Noel Redding,its in this pedal.

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      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good for bass...AND guitar.

      By Klak Merrill

      from Jamestown, NY

      Comments about Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive Pedal:

      This pedal sounds great on bass. Warm and fuzzy? Sharp and crunchy? Whatever ya want. Tough construction. Good, simple features. Good range. Very practical. And what's nice is that if you are a touring kinda guy and your pedal breaks or someone steals it, most Boss pedals aren't too hard to find, so if you're on the road you can find 'em anywhere.
      This may just be my own preference, but this thing also positively destroys as a regular guitar distortion/overdrive/whatever the heck. As stated before, very warm and muffy or very crunchy. Obviously, it's made for a bass, so on a regular guitar, the result is that it can sound very thick and that is OK with me because i really like those big Wino-ish, Melvinsy Doomy kinds of guitar tones that are usually associated with the so-called "stoner rock" big tube sound. But that's just what i use it for because i'm more of a guitar player anyway. You can actually use it for a lot more than just that. If ya want good dirt, you should at least give it a try. This is a pedal for those who yearn.

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      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Way more than just an overdrive

      By Skeet

      from Skeet

      Comments about Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive Pedal:

      Really love it. Would buy again if stolen.
      Good EQ section. If you turn up the low all the way, you will shake your house. Its really more of a Big Muff based heavy fuzz/distortion than an overdrive. Like I said its more than an overdrive. If you set the balance control all the way to the left, you could use it as a EQ or a boost pedal. (Which is what I use it for on guitar.) Its really thick sounding and muddy if you use your fingers, instead of a pick like I would use. Sounds alot like dUg Pinnicks bass tone
      I have NEVER had problems with BOSS pedals. They have long standing reputation for making dependable products.
      If you got the $$, get it and you will not regret it.

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      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great if you're open to bass distortion/overdrive

      By ZNH

      from Montana

      Comments about Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive Pedal:

      I asked for this pedal for my birthday and just got it a little while ago. When I first turned it on, with all the knobs at 5, I was a little disappointed, but I was able to find a setting that fit my needs pretty well: Level pointing a little bit higher than straight to the left, Bass EQ pointed straight to the right, Trebel EQ at a 45-degree angle to (i.e. at a lower setting than) the Bass EQ, Balance perfectly in the middle, and Gain straight to the right. Being a huge Cliff Burton fan, this setting gives me a sound I like (while soloing). It is true you might have trouble using this with other instruments-especially drums-but the level knob goes so high you'll almost surely be able to get your signal over them (it helps to turn the gain down a little). While the distorted sound is great on its own, you can run into problems if you use a lot of other effects, including wah, at the same time as this box; in the low end, it barely changes the sound. Along with this issue, if you play any chords in the low end with this on, it'll sound like it's behind a wall or underwater compared to the single notes. A good way to overcome these two problems is to use a really light distortion or overdrive between this and your bass (this might cause excessive hissing, though). Keep in mind, I use pretty thick overdrive. If you just like a little grit in your tone, you'll probably have an easier time finding a sound you like. Overall, I'd say this is a great effect, which I'd give a 5/5 if not for the chords and wah issues. The thing to remember is that a lot of people who dislike this pedal are those that don't like distortion or overdrive on bass period. So I'll just say to try this out before you make the call and see if it'll fit your personal style.

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