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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 248 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (188)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (12)
  • Excellent sound quality (12)
  • Responsive (12)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (11)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Home studio (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Novice (3), 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.

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

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.

      Comment on this review

      (3 of 3 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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      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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      4.0

      Good if you know to place it right

      By Valeriaceae

      from SURABAYA, JAWA TIMUR

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • It's Cheap
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Limited Selection Of Effects

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

      SD-1 IS a legendary OD pedal from boss. i have used it for 3 years. it's quite sound tube OD, tight bass and singing sustain like violin. One thing SD-1 USERS must know that this OD can't sound good if you don't understand to use it. the sound you can get is good when you right dial setting on clean sound amp, guitars and 3 knobs on it. I have used it with boss CS-3, the stacking with OD will get compressed high gain type OD. SD-1 can cut the through the others instruments. don't bother if you will pick this up, it's make legendary if you know to use it.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The best for the Price.

      By RockerDuck

      from Marietta, Ga.

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

        If you can't sound good with this SD-1, you can't play good.

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        4.0

        Good pedal

        By MTP04987

        from Undisclosed

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        Verified Buyer

        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 13 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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