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Maxon OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal  

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The quintessential overdrive pedal!

The Maxon OD808 Overdrive is made by the same Japanese company which crafted the original overdrive circuit in a green stompbox that's been obsessed over by guitarists for the past 30 years. It uses the identical circuit found in the original employing the same JRC4558 IC chip for smooth, natural overdrive similar to a cranked-up tube amp. The OD808 pedal responds to the picking dynamics and nuances of your individual style while also letting the true tone of your instrument shine through.

Originally released in 1979, the Maxon OD808 pedal was one of the first tube-amp overdrive simulators to hit the market. Its smooth, creamy crunch tone caught on quickly, and helped to launch a long line of predecessors as well as imitators. Today, the OD808 design is without a doubt the most used, most imitated and most lauded overdrive circuit of all time. The reason for this is simple--tone. Simply put, the OD808 provides the natural, mild overdrive of a tube amp without sacrificing your guitar's original tone. In addition, it can be used as a clean booster to provide increased gain without compromising the sound of your amplifier.

The secret behind the legendary "808 tone" lies in the amplifier section of its circuit. Rather than having an amplifier stage followed by a clipping stage, the OD808 uses a signal-distorting diode (Panasonic #MA150) that is located in the amplifier stage's negative feedback loop (which also contains the JRC4558 IC chip). Therefore, the OD808 distorts signal in the amplifier circuit itself which yields a smoother, milder, more natural sounding distortion than a separate clipping stage. This is also the reason that the IC type used in the circuit has such a large impact on the unit's tone. Maxon developed this unique design more than 20 years ago, and while it is commonplace nowadays, back then it was an industry first.

It should be noted that the Reissue Series OD808 uses different output resistors than the original version. After the unit's initial release it was discovered to have a high susceptibility to noise due to static electricity buildup. To improve performance, the positions of the output resistors on the reissue OD808 were reversed and their values increased in order to reduce noise levels. This circuit change has no audible affect on the sound of the unit, save for reducing the noise levels.

Whether it's used as an overdrive or a booster, the Maxon OD808 is the closest you can get to the classic sounds of rock guitar in a compact effect pedal.

"…it"s nearly impossible to dial in a bad sound. If you"re after classic blues/rock overdrive, it would be tough to pick a better pedal."
Guitar Player Magazine, May 2000

"This device is perfect if you dig the sound of your amp but wish it could go up to 11."
Guitar World Magazine, April 2000

"I"d definitely recommend the OD808 to all Tube Screamer fans."
Vintage Guitar Magazine, November 2000

"I always loved the sound of my TS808 …now I can have it all back without the paranoia and anxiety of a feared theft, all at a cheaper price than a vintage one. Bravo!"
20th Century Guitar, October 2000

Past - Present - Perfect: Reissue Series
Faithful reproductions of the legendary '70s product line, the Maxon Reissue Series Effects offer today's musician a classic sonic palette that has defined the tones of guitarists for the past three decades. Each model's circuit is 100% analog and packaged in a time-tested chassis for a lifetime of trouble-free performance. Component quality and PC board layout have been optimized to provide consistent, low noise performance without adding unnecessary coloration to your instrument's tone.

• Rugged, Lightweight Chassis: Made of cast aluminum, extremely lightweight (less than one pound) and strong. Rectangular chassis offers easy interface with other pedal types without taking up excess pedalboard or rack space.
• Electronic Bypass Switching: Dual FET (electronic) silent switching with plunger-type activator switch for smooth, quiet bypass. Buffered low impedance outputs will drive long cable lengths with no signal degradation.
• AC/DC Power Operation: power using 9-volt battery (supplied) or AC adapter (Maxon AC210N optional).
• LED Power/Battery Life Indicator: Ultra bright LED indicates effect status (on/off). Dim or no LED indicates that the battery is low or not installed.
• 3-Year Warranty: Godlyke Inc. guarantees to replace or repair (at their option) this product should it suffer from defects in materials or workmanship. Coverage period is one year for moving parts (example: pots, switches, jacks) and three years for non-moving parts (example: IC's, transistors, etc.). Damages caused by accident, abuse, alteration, or misuse are not covered by this warranty. Product appearance and normal "wear and tear" (worn paint, scratches, etc.) are not covered by this warranty. No other warranty is expressed or implied.

FEATURES
  • Warm, natural overdrive similar to a tube amp
  • Overdrive, Balance, and Tone controls
  • Uses same JRC4558 IC-based circuit as original green '808 overdrive
  • Responds to picking dynamics and playing nuances
  • Great as overdrive or amp booster

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SPECIFICATIONS

OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal

  • Input Impedance: 500K Ohms
  • Input Jack: 1/4" standard phone jack
  • Output Impedance: 10K Ohms
  • Output Jack: 1/4 inch standard phone jack
  • Output: 1
  • Controls: Drive, Tone, Balance
  • Switch: Normal/Effect
  • Noise (IHF-A): -110 dBu
  • Max Amplitude; 35dB
  • Power Supply: 9V Manganese dry cell battery (S-006P) or special AC adaptor
  • Power Voltage: DC9 V (Battery) / DC10 V (AC-adaptor)
  • Current Consumption: 5mA (9V)/6mA (10 V)
  • AC Adaptor AC210N (option): AC120V Input; DC9V/200 mA Center - / Sleeve +) Output
  • Dimensions (main body): 61 mm (W) x 112 mm (D) x 35 mm (H)
  • Dimensions (whole): 70 mm (W) x 112 mm (D) x 55 mm (H)
  • Weight: 260g
  • Accessories: 9V Manganese dry cell battery (S-006P) x 1; Non-skid pad x 1; Warranty Card x 1; User's Manual x 1

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MaxonOD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 44 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (12)
  • Responsive (11)
  • Compact (9)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (8)
    • Home studio (7)
    • Professional recording (7)
    • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Amateur recording (5)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Mean Green OD

    Im simply blown away by this pedal. First off it has a new look than the pic. Instead of a gloss finish it is a matte green, which looks much better and meaner...Read complete review

    Im simply blown away by this pedal. First off it has a new look than the pic. Instead of a gloss finish it is a matte green, which looks much better and meaner than the shiny green. This is THE most aggresive overdrive I have ever used. I use this on my Marshal JVM410H from 70`s rock to the heaviest metal you can play and this pedal kills em all! It tightens up my tone and gives it a gnarly aggresive overdrive bite to it. The knobs are sturdy and snug so they wont move around on you by accident. It is fairly small too. All I can say is wow! First time I fired it up, I laughed at how mean my tone was. I cant recall any other time that my tone was so good I laughed!

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    Major Disappointment!

    I reviewed this product late last year and was completely impressed with its sound quality, but somewhat concerned with its build quality.Not even three months into ownership, and light use, the pedal's switch...Read complete review

    I reviewed this product late last year and was completely impressed with its sound quality, but somewhat concerned with its build quality.Not even three months into ownership, and light use, the pedal's switch has failed. In addition, the tone knob came loose quickly and fell off.Worst yet, calls to 'Godlyke Inc.'(US Distributor) for warranty requests do not even get returned. I have 20 year old MXR pedals that are rock solid, and calls to Jim Dunlop inc. are answered and needs immediately tended too..I'm DONE with Maxon..Think hard before you spend the big bucks, it doesn't always mean better!

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    5.0

    Mean Green OD

    By reza

    from seattle

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Maxon OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal:

      Im simply blown away by this pedal. First off it has a new look than the pic. Instead of a gloss finish it is a matte green, which looks much better and meaner than the shiny green. This is THE most aggresive overdrive I have ever used. I use this on my Marshal JVM410H from 70`s rock to the heaviest metal you can play and this pedal kills em all! It tightens up my tone and gives it a gnarly aggresive overdrive bite to it. The knobs are sturdy and snug so they wont move around on you by accident. It is fairly small too. All I can say is wow! First time I fired it up, I laughed at how mean my tone was. I cant recall any other time that my tone was so good I laughed!

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      5.0

      Just Get It

      By Andrew Taylor

      from New York

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile
      • Well Built

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everything

        Comments about Maxon OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal:

        It's the 808. Do I really need to write a review?

        It will make your distortion cleaner and tighter.

        It will provide a range of "chunk" or "fuzz".

        It will make you famous. Well, if you're lucky.

        Seriously, it DOES the job.

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        2.0

        Sounds Great ! But built like a toy !

        By Bobbo

        from NJ

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Great To Push A Tube Amp
        • Pshes

        Cons

        • Poor Build Quality

        Best Uses

        • Maxon Pedal
        • Overdrive

        Comments about Maxon OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal:

        I love a tubescreamer to push my tube amp into OD ! This unit is great for that but the build quality on the new units is horrible !!! Thin housing and poorly laid out backplate .

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        5.0

        A Must Have Drive

        By nottosay02

        from Sanford, North Carolina

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

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            Comments about Maxon OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal:

            I bought this because I wanted more out of my Peavey. This pedal is awesome for tightening the bottom end on a high-gain amp. Boosts the mids and increases the highs for maximum clarity. Very responsive to pick attack. It's a keeper for me.

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            5.0

            Excellent Overdrive

            By Jim

            from Ohio

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Maxon OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal:

              I bought this pedal because of the endorsement by Adam and Joel of Killswitch Engage. I also wanted a little more out of my Mesa Roadster and I got alot more. It definately does what it says. Worth every penny. Makes your amp go to 11. More tone and more gain when I need it. Great pedal.

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              5.0

              Salem Witch Tone Secret Weapon

              By Bhargis

              from Texas

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Any And Everything

                Comments about Maxon OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal:

                Are you a tone fiend? This pedal is "the secret weapon" when it comes to metal tone. Based on the use by Adam D. and Joel from Killswitch Engage it can tighten your tone adding attack, depth and shapes up the flubbiness making your tone to die for. The secret behind the Killswitch Engage "Salem Witch Tone" - Get a good guitar that intonates properly, tune it right, plug it into a good quality high gain head push the tubes. Then plug this thing between your guitar and front of your amp. On the OD808 turn the drive all the way down, unless you like a little grit in your clean, leave it at about 7 or 8 o'clock. Tone knob at around noon depending on your tuning. And then balance all the way up. Do this and you'll never play your guitar without this pedal again. You're welcome!

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                5.0

                Smooth creamy overdrive pedal

                By cvmaparadog

                from Southern California

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Maxon OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal:

                  I've had this pedal for about a month. I couldn't decide between the Maxon and the Ibanez. I went with the Maxon and don't regret it for a minute. So easy to use, the sound is absolutely awesome...provides the perfect amount of overdrive to push my Marshall Joe Satriani head into a wonderful smooth, creamy sound.

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                  4.0

                  Newer version but same great tone

                  By Jfk

                  from Indiana

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Maxon OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal:

                    I am completely impressed with the tightness and saturation the maxon can provide to your already existing amp tone. However I wish the pictures would be updated to the newer version of the pedal. When I was ordering this pedal I was hoping to get the older ones version (gloss finish) but the pages didn't mention that they were on back order until a day later after I have already placed my order. The new version isn't bad (matte finish) but I know over time the thing will get in bad shape.

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                    5.0

                    Great Sound

                    By vraver04

                    from Berkeley, CA

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Maxon OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal:

                      Just wanted to add my own two cents to the chorus of glowing reviews. Yes, this is a great sounding pedal and sounds great with any kind of guitar and in a wide variety of situations and applications. Unlike a lot of other overdrives this one won't bury the sound of your guitar, all the tonal characteristcs will remain intact. Need overdrive? You won't go wrong with this one.

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                      5.0

                      Great Choice for a Transparent Overdrive

                      By Telegeezer

                      from Contoocook, NH

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Responsive
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Maxon OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal:

                        Versatile,and always lets the real guitar/amp character come through. Easy to use.

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