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Overview

  • Warm, smooth distortion
  • Unique symmetrical gain circuit
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    $78.50
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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.

Features

  • Warm, smooth distortion
  • Unique symmetrical gain circuit

Dial in a 'drive sound all your own. Order now.

 
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BossSUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 241 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (186)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (7)
  • Responsive (7)
  • Compact (6)
  • Versatile (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (6)
    • Performances (6)
    • Home studio (5)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Professional recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8), Novice (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.

    VS

    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

    Good pedal

    By MTP04987

    from Undisclosed

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    Pros

    • Compact Design

    Cons

    • Limited Selection Of Effects

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

    great crunch for songs that need al little overdrive. I would like more tone options.

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    (0 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Didnt work

    By Whatever

    from USA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

    I took it outof the box, it came already with a 9 volt battery and I connected the cables and no sound coming out of the guitar amp. I bypassed the pedal (plugged directly from guitar to amp) and no problems, sound is coming out fine. The red light illuminates when I press the pedal, indicating that its on, but still no sound, I tried quite a few times, had to return it for another one, (which really I had to purchase a new one and when the defective one returns I get credit).

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Won't Be Making the Board

    By srinivassa

    from Huntsville, AL

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Colors Tone

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

    I bought the SD-1 for my main board when my Bad Monkey wonked out on me. I thought it would be a transparent boost with gain on tap. It pretty much does that, but it colors your tone in a certain way that I didn't care for. I still put this through its paces before I bought a new BM. It has some killer shred to it. Something about the way it sounds just screams 'Boss Overdrive.' I can't say I hate it, but I like the tones I get between a BD-2 and a Bad Monkey much better. The BM is almost a flawless clean boost with a little bit of dirt if you want it. In the end, I can't give up that pure clean boost. The little bit of color and overdriven sound of this pedal even with the gain all the way off make it not my bag to replace a BM. If I could extend my board space by one pedal, maybe the SD-1 would say on, but I get all the 'Boss Overdrive' I need from the BD-2. I feel similarly about the DS-1. Some of Boss' pedals just scream in such a way that I personally don't want more than one on my board, and BD-2 is still the best.

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    (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great if you have a volume pedal

    By Ay Jay

    from Oakdale, CA

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Effect
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Huge Volume Boost

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Small venues

    Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

    Out of the box, I thought it was a fairly cheap sounding effect, but after working with the eq on my amp, I found a good sounding setting. I love this pedal. However, my only qualm with it is that it gives a HUGE volume boost. For someone who does a lot of switching between lead lines a rhythm, it becomes annoying to constantly adjust my guitar volume. My next purchase will have to be a volume pedal.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Boost pedal...

    By Rivera3011

    from Ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Events

    Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 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 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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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    So much love for this little box.

    By Fawwx

    from superior, wi

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

      I've been through so much gear!! I'm always trading stuff in because I'm picky. But this one is a keeper. Unless you're only into boutique gear or something, do yourself a favor - buy one and just glue it down to your pedalboard.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very Nice overdrive

      By Miguel

      from Lima, Perú

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

        Well, it may sound funny but when I had to decide whether to choose between this or the Ibanez TS, the SD-1 immediately caught my attention. I wouldn't have had any problem about paying more for the TS9 but this pedal, the SD-1, sounded better to me.
        I use it with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson SG, as you may know, both single and humbucking pickups, through a very good quality solid state amp. Its function is basically a booster to add more gain to a Seymour Duncan Twin Tube Mayhem stomp box. Well, it does not alter the overall tone at all, it only gives more gain and a little bit of volume, ideal for your solos, specially if you are a legato-runs boy.
        Of course, you can use it alone and it behaves differently with singles and humbuckers. It's very subtle with single coils but gives you that spark we love from tube saturation. On the other hand, with humbuckers it becomes more aggressive so you can get a very smooth distortion but keeping the sound of your guitar and amplifier.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        nice job boss

        By gecko

        from jaffrey n.h.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Affordabledependable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • As A Lead Booster

          Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

          I was needing an overdrive to get some more bite out of my clean channel and more push in my crunch/heavy channel money was a factor as is the case most of the time. I did some reserch and got this pedal as i noticed looking around the studio that i own 3 boss pedals and all of them do what they say. All still work and one is a rv-2 gotta be 20 yrs old works every time so this was my deciding factor i got the sd-1 and could not be happier

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          5.0

          Solid Pedal

          By Bean

          from Fort Walton Beach, Florida

          About Me Novice

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

            Sturdy build, easy to adjust settings, does have have some feedback noise, re-adjusted pedal line-up, no problems. Nice addition to add some juice to your tone.

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            4.0

            Solid Pedal

            By jdw1066

            from Maryland

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Good Sustain
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Not Overly Transparent

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Performances

            Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

            This pedal is a solid overdrive pedal. It has plenty of distortion on tap, yet can be drawn back to a clean boost. It responds well your picking and cleans up nicely with the volume of your guitar. The main flaw is that it is not very transparent; it colors your tone more than I would like. However, it provides a wonderful increase in sustain and "air" that makes it ideal for leads. I would thus use it only as a boost for leads and pick up another pedal for rhythm or general tone modification.

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