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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....Read More

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Precise control; ultra-rich harmonics!

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
 
4.6

(based on 253 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (191)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (17)
  • Excellent sound quality (14)
  • Responsive (14)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Good selection of effects (4)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (4)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Performances (14)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Novice (4), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

SUPER Overdive!

SOUND: Man. Let me start off by saying that I'm a 'professiona'l guitar player who plays quite a bit. I'm 31 years old and have been playing for 26 years. I have...Read complete review

SOUND: Man. Let me start off by saying that I'm a 'professiona'l guitar player who plays quite a bit. I'm 31 years old and have been playing for 26 years. I have worked in Music Stores before and being a tone snob have played everything and anything that caught my attention over the years tailoring my sound/tone. I've had many overdrives in the past and always felt they were mediocre, and in the end thought that I'd truly never find any pedal I'm happy with.

I'm not one to waste time reviewing but the Boss SD-1 has me doing just that. This pedal is actually a 10/10 for me!
DRIVE: The gain control doesn't change much in terms of gain from 9 o'clock-full, it's only barely noticeable with a Strat (I use vintage Marshall cabs and tops too by the way) which is great! because it does the job so well. It 'colours' the tone more than anything and I use the gain at around noon so it doesn't get too grainy and play anything between light blues to all out Iron Maiden! I was unsure this thing would have enough gain for heavier styles but it does, and it just KILLS tone wise. I've never had so many people compliment me on tone before in my life.. It just sounds so right.

I would never mod it. Many say there is a bass cut, but there certainly is NOT. My OD-1 has a perceived 'cut', but thats because it didn't have a tyone knob. FWIW I currently have the OD-1 on Ebay because A/B ing the two yielded indestinguishable results, apart from the SD-1 having more tonal options. I will NEVER mod it because any more bass would sound boomy, and more gain would render the pedal faceless, just like every other overdrive out there. Pick attack is fantastic with this thing, too. And touch responsiveness? Man.. Second to none.

Tone knob is fantastic. I do notice a slight suffering/sparkle compromise in clean when the pedal is off, but it's so good that I won't even pick on it.

The volume pot would serve great as a booster as so many people use it like that.

In terms of the perfect overdrive being: Responsive, natural, toneful, tubey, this thinbg is IT.

I remember years ago searching for the right pickup, thinking that only boutique would suffice. It turned out that Fender standards were the tone I was chasing and the same goes here. Don't believe the hype. What makes a boutique pedal any better than the boss?

I was going to replace some of my pedals with a distortion but because this pedal works so well for everything I just can't turn it off when playing live. I'd never use anything else on my board! So I dumped that idea and will only ever use the SD-1. Search over, well done BOSS!
The old 3 knobs is all thats needed. Any more parameters and you've got yourself too much room for error and a pedal thats not at all tailored.
It's a Boss.. Haven't you heard?
It's a no brainer.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Boost pedal...

I noticed some things wrong with this pedal for the short time that I've had it:
I use a Line 6 DM4 before the SD-1, and if my DM-4 is...Read complete review

I noticed some things wrong with this pedal for the short time that I've had it:
I use a Line 6 DM4 before the SD-1, and if my DM-4 is louder than my sd-1 it won't boost it, but it will actually bring down the volume even if the sd-1 is turned all the way up. I also noticed a lot of noise coming from the pedal itself. But luckily there is a mod out there by JHS Pedals that turns it into a "boutique overdrive" if you guys are interested. I'm thinking about it myself!

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4.0

true to it's words

By gil

from virginia beach

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Good sound quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

    got this useful effect during stupid deal event and I'm glad I did it does what its meant to do, satisfied guy here

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    5.0

    Great pedal

    By cbad

    from Southern Indiana

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

      This is a great little effect pedal. Gives an array of classic guitar sounds.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I use as a boost for a tube amp.

      By mv

      from Moore, OK

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      Pros

      • Compact Design

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

        I have several overdrives, maxon 808, maxon 808x, and a ts9. Seemed best with standard or E flat tuning.
        My other od's sound better with lower tunings like drop B, C, or A#.

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        5.0

        Awesome

        By Sam

        from Florida

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Good tone
        • Simple

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

          I bought this fx pedal to get that kind of simple/raw punk rock sound. Something with some crunch, but not too heavy that you can't hear the tone. Think Social Distortion, maybe Offspring style. I've had it for a couple of weeks and couldn't be happier. This pedal just got placed in a priority position on my pedalboard right in the front center. Its a pedal, not magic, you still have to be able to play, but it has just the sound I wanted.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          When it's Good it's Great !!!

          By Mr. Guitar

          from Appomattox, Va

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Does One Thing Excellent
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

          • Adds Some Noise
          • Limited Selection Of Effects

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Enhancing Your Amps Sound
          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

          I bought this pedal and a Celestion G12H-75 speaker for my Marshall Haze 40 amplifier because the amp gets muddy in the drive channel when the gain is up high and the boost is engaged. However I returned the speaker because the Boss sd-1 increased the gain in the drive channel and enhanced the boost by switching the boost frequencies from the lower midrange to the upper midrange which pretty much eliminated the muddiness from the amp. This pedal, however, is not a cure all do all overdrive, if you need that than look at some of the other overdrive pedals available. This pedal works great with an amp that is pretty hot, let's say, "HAS GOOD CRUNCH" but just not enough drive to allow your notes to sing!!!

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          4.0

          SD 1

          By J

          from Texas

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

            I use this with a Fender Pro Jr, I prefer this pedal to a stock Tube Screamer (TS9). I seem to retain more pick attack with the SD1...plus it's less expensive! I don't use much gain from it though...just use it to "goose" my signal.

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            5.0

            as it says, it's the boss.

            By redspecial1963

            from that one place, with those buildings.

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Too Busy For Constant Use

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Playing at home

            Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

            I got it because ziggy stardust doesn't sound right clean, as soon as I plugged it in it sounded perfect first strum, I turned up the tone and drive and my danelectro hippie guitar sound like a monster, in short it's great for everything.

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            4.0

            Fine for the money

            By WC Balance

            from Sonoma, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

              I like it. Would like if the sales page mentioned power supply input, or if pics showed the input.

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              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              If You Don't Need True Bypass Switching

              By hippiekarl

              from Pahrump, NV

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Sounds Ok Despite Itself

              Cons

              • Alters Clean Sound
              • Limited Selection Of Effects

              Best Uses

              • Low-budget Pedalboard

              Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

              If your situation is that you could get 3 'entry-level' effects for the price of a really good, versatile, hardwire-bypass OD--and that's all you have to spend, then this isn't a bad choice for your OD. You'd have enough left over to get a reverb/delay or something. If you're going to leave your OD on all the time, you might not mind that it adulterates your straight tone while 'off'.
              I was given mine in trade for a couple of 6" cords, so I tried it out. I used a VHT Super6 Ultra w/ a 16ohm closed-back 10", and a 50w Carvin w/ EL84s and a open-backed 1x12" Celestion V30. With the gain down it's OK as a boost after your Distortion, or pushing your already-on-the-edge preamp tubes. The OD sound as you turn up the Gain is annoyingly ~smooth~ through most of it's range; with gain all the way up and your amp already a little dirty, it sounds just fine for 'solo-tone', or rhythm 'crunch'. If all you need is Rock rhythm-tone, and solo-push above that, you can do that with this (Gain dimed), and an OD/Boost after for the solo sound (I used a Lovepedal Amp50 Boost after this unit for that)...just don't switch it off; your tone will be gone.
              I play a lot more than 2 sounds myself, so this pedal will never go on my pedal board--but, like I said, it sounds rock-and-roll enough that I bet a lot of people will fondly remember these one day as their 'Favorite First Pedal'....
              Hope this helps; if you're looking for inexpensive-yet-decent gear, you could probably use one of these.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Solid pedal

              By MoodlePoodle

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Bypass Isn't Very Good
              • Noisy

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Boost
              • Booster
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Low-to-mid-gain Drive
              • Performances
              • Treble Booster

              Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

              I use a mix of boutique and cheap pedals on my board, including gear from Earthquaker Devices, Blackout Effectors, Boss, Electro-Harmonix, and Behringer, interestingly enough. I use an isolated power supply. My amp is a Vox AC4TV, and my guitar is a Fender American Standard Strat. All of my equipment is stock.

              To approach this review, I use the pedal in different genre contexts:

              Metal. Through a clean amp, this pedal will not work for metal (take note, beginners: overdrive pedals are not intended to make a clean tone sound heavy). If you already have a distorted signal, though, you can get an EXCELLENT signal boost from this pedal for soloing. You can dial the pedal to add some gain and compression without it getting too muddy, and increasing the treble using the tone knob gives you very clear pick attack. It will cut through the mix very well if dialed properly. The pedal adds a fair amount of noise--this likely isn't a problem for high-gain players, since most of you are using noise suppressors anyway. Take it into consideration though.

              Classic Rock: You can drive an amp that's just starting to break up with this pedal and get some great tones that cut through the mix. I used this through a cranked Super Reverb back when I owned one, and I got Clash tones (unexpected, but cool!). When I play through my cranked Vox, I get Stooges tones. Digging it.

              Jazz/Fusion: There are pros and cons to using this pedal in these genres. If you need pristine cleans, this pedal affects the tone noticeably when bypassed. Keep that in mind. The pedal is VERY responsive to picking attack and cleans up pretty well with the guitar volume rolled off. Less trebly tone settings can smooth out and warm up bright amps. Medium gain settings compress the signal nicely, but the highest gain settings will sound too compressed. Plus there's some background noise. Your mileage may vary.

              Blues: This pedal is very similar to a Tube Screamer, although I find it to be more raunchy sounding. Personally I love it for this context. One thing that hurts this pedal's stock for blues is that you can't dial in a big clean boost. You have to turn up the gain or the treble to really boost the signal, which could be a turn-off if you want a SUPER-transparent boost. But the overdrive sounds natural enough, and most importantly, it sounds good, so I don't care if it doesn't preserve my original guitar tone 100%.

              Country: I LOVE this pedal for chicken pickin' rockabilly riffs. It compresses just a smidge on lower gain settings, and when you turn up the treble just an eensy bit, you get a nice, quick attack and a satisfying pop. Put on a little analog slapback delay and you're rocking.

              Pros:
              -Easy to dial in good tones on most amps
              -Sounds natural and dynamic on lower gain settings
              -Usable EQ range
              -Cleans up well
              -Fabulous dirty boost
              -Usable for many genres

              Cons:
              -Not much clean headroom for boosting
              -High-gain settings sound compressed
              -Noisy
              -Messes with clean tone

              A good pedal regardless of the price. An AMAZING pedal considering how cheap it is. I play mine stock, but these pedals are so easily modded that even if you don't like the stock sound, you can upgrade its internal bits and pieces until you do.

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