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The Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal gives you one of the most versatile overdrives on the planet. Features classic 3-knob configuration with level, drive, ...Read More

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The Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal gives you one of the most versatile overdrives on the planet. Features classic 3-knob configuration with level, drive, and tone controls that let you dial in everything from sweet bluesy sounds to screaming monkeys, and more. The OD-3 Overdrive is backed by a 5-year warranty from Boss.


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BossOD-3 OverDrive Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 55 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (10)
  • Responsive (8)
  • Compact (7)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (9)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The best Overdrive Pedal so far.

I've been playing guitar professionally for over 25 years and I've always been on a quest to find the right overdrive pedal. I've tried every version of the green thing and always came out...Read complete review

I've been playing guitar professionally for over 25 years and I've always been on a quest to find the right overdrive pedal. I've tried every version of the green thing and always came out unimpressed. Even the other Boss Overdrives didn't fill me. I was almost giving up. I'm not really a distortion guy but I like an overdrive to have lots of gain to where it's almost distortion but stays within the boundaries of overdrive. I play Fender Strats through Fender Tube amps running them loud but clean and I like to get my overdrive sounds from pedals as opposed to pushing preamp or power amp tubes. This pedal has great body and thickness to fatten up a single coil and enough drive to saturate my tone. I fell in love with it. And, best of all, it has a tone of its own. Unlike many other companies who simply imitate and build upon the circuit of the green thing. I swear to you, I tried over 35 different overdrive pedal of various prices and I found that most of them were just imitations of the green thing. This one surprised me. It is different in every way. It's worth it. Cool!
Simple and easy to use. Almost any setting is usable. Extremely durable and tough just like any other Boss pedal. Great sound, well built and simple.
Boss makes some of the best quality pedals out there. Period!
Well, don't we all want everything cheaper anyways?

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Value for an OD Stomp

For the price and sound, this Boss pedal ranks in the top 2 or 3 of all OD/distortion pedals. Of utmost importance for the player, it doesn't steal your guitar's natural sound,...Read complete review

For the price and sound, this Boss pedal ranks in the top 2 or 3 of all OD/distortion pedals. Of utmost importance for the player, it doesn't steal your guitar's natural sound, only enhances it with smooth, natural gain. When you compare this feature to all of the overpriced crap on the market - some selling for upwards of $300+ (!?!?!?!), with all sorts of silly dials and switches - this particular Boss pedal is in a class by itself. It's even better than the BD-2 (Blues Driver-2), which is a decent pedal in its own right. Every serious electric guitarist knows that your $'s should go into your guitar(s), then your amp(s), and lastly, your "effects". Do yourself a favor - save your HARD-EARNED $'s and steer clear of "boutique" this and "boutique" that, and invest in what matters; then, if you NEED quality overdrive, buy the OD-3, and move on with great music!

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5.0

Not a big buck purchase, but received on time as advertised!

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from Orchard Park NY

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Pros

  • Good Selection Of Effects

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal:

    Used for live performances, so far, sounds good!

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    5.0

    Great overdrive pedal!

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    from Cleveland, Ohio

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal:

      This pedal is just what I needed. I had the tube screamer for a while but it was too harsh for my taste and didn't complement my distortion and fuzz pedals well at all. Never really found a good use for it. This is way better. It even sounds great on its own. By itself it sounds like a mix between a crunch channel on a Marshall and a dirty Fender amp. I play through a Mesa tube amp and it goes great with it. It sounds fat and is not tinny or thin. I use it on its own for just some mild or medium crunch or use it with my distortion to boost the gain. It is very transparent and it does not produce hardly any hum. I seriously don't get spending a ton of money on another overdrive pedal when you can get this...

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      5.0

      Works for me!

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      from Florida

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal:

        Great value! solidly built and easy to use. Sound is great and exactly what I was looking for.

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        5.0

        just get it already man!

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        from SD,California U.S.A

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal:

            let me put it this way,I've had this for over 8 yrs now and I've gone through tons of overdrive/distortion causing 2x or 3x the price before I found this by accident. Or it was meant to be! this is by far the most versatile OD/DS that I've ever use and its very sensitive to different pick ups and has that EL84 spongy feel.

            This pedal can do metal,hard rock,blues rock depending on how hot the bridge pick ups are going to be and how its set-up of course. Anyways just get it and don't mod it! leave it stock. I have two of these and one of them was modded with monteallums mod, well it turn out that it sounds better stock! How do I know that,because in a Live situation with a loud keyboard player and a 5 string bass player with two 410 cabs bumping out,the stock Boss OD-3 remains transparent as well as warm and chunky when needs to be.

            Eventually I'm gonna sell the modded one and buy another one that's stock just cause I love this pedal......

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            5.0

            Using it as a booster

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            from NY

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal:

              This pedal works really well with boosting a tube amp. It really keeps your tone as is. I generally keep it around 12-1 o'clock on the level, and the drive at zero (tone 12 o'clock). This setting is just enought to give you that added sensitivity you might be missing. With a clean sound this setting will give you a slight break up when strumming hard. With an overdriven amp picking attacks become clearer and more sensitive. The pedal adds sustain and gives the amp more forward punch in the mix. Pushing the level to around 3pm will get your overdriven amp into shred territory.

              If you like the sound of your amp already but need a little extra gain, this pedal will work great as a booster.

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              5.0

              I should have bought this sooner

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              from VA

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              Pros

              • Affordable
              • Amazing Crunch
              • Easy to dial in
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive
              • Single Coil Or Humbucker
              • Versatile
              • Volume Responsive

              Cons

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                  Comments about Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal:

                  I wish I would have bought this sooner. Blows away MXR Dist. Very responsive with guitar volume. Big sound. I use EMG's and Seymour Duncan Hot Stacks through a Marshall Bluesbreaker.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent OD pedal

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                  from PA

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                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal:

                    I mostly use it as a boost to get more and tighter distortion out of my amps. It can add a lot of gain, and seems to bring out your pick attack. I'd say it thickens up the sound as well.

                    It also sounds really good used as a regular OD on the clean channel.

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                    5.0

                    "Beautiful Tone!!"

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                    from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Natural Sounding
                    • Perfect For Classic Rock
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Drive Channel
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal:

                    The Boss OD-3 Overdrive sounds great through my '65 Fender Blackface Deluxe Reverb Re-Issue Ltd. Edition Wine Red with Wheat Grill Cloth. My amplifier has the Jensen P-12Q speaker as opposed to the Jensen C-12K speaker that comes in the stock '65 Fender Deluxe Reverb Re-Issues. My amplifier sounds awesome but does not have a gain or drive channel, so the Boss OD-3 Overdrive gives me a gain/drive channel. It sounds perfect with the reverb turned on to 4. I think this is the sound the Mad Professor #1 Guitar Pedal tries to emulate. Anyway, I experimented with an Ibanez Jet Driver, Pro Co RAT 2, Xotic BB Pre-Amp, Boss DS-1 Distortion, and Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive finally achieving a great tone with the Boss OD-3 Overdrive. I play Gibson Guitars with humbucking pickups (3 Les Pauls & 3 SG's)and can honestly say this pedal is the sound of "classic rock" to my ears. I have been playing guitar for over 34 years. I own a 1979 Marshall JMP 100 watt 2203 single channel head, a Marshall 4x12 slant cabinet, and a Marshall 4x12 straight cabinet which I don't really use that much anymore. The Boss OD-3 Overdrive through my '65 Fender Deluxe Reverb Re-Issue reminds me of the tone of my Marshall stack cranked up. Not the same, but similar enough that I am very happy with my tone.

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                    5.0

                    "Excellent Overdrive"

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                    from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal:

                      I have been playing guitar for 35 years and I have tried almost every overdrive pedal on the market. I read in Guitar Player Magazine that Billy Duffy from "The Cult" used his boutique pedals at home, in the studio, and while touring around England but used Boss pedals when traveling to other countries because customs would often take apart his pedalboards and sometimes his pedals too. So I thought I would try using the Boss SD-1, which also sounds good, but the Boss OD-3 has bottom end that was missing from the Boss SD-1. I place it in front of my Blackface Fender Deluxe Reverb which is clean by nature and the Boss OD-3 gives me great sounding overdrive with the bottom end I was missing with the Boss SD-1. Both pedals sound great but the Boss OD-3 has way more bottom end. Both pedals are very silent too plus they come with a 5 year warranty. They are well built and tried and true.

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                      3.0

                      "It is what it is"

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                      from Pittsburgh, PA

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design

                      Cons

                      • Limited Selection Of Effects
                      • Poor Sound Quality
                      • Squashed For Humbuckers

                      Best Uses

                      • None

                      Comments about Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal:

                      I"ve been a performing guitarist for over 40 years and have a solid background in guitar repair and tube amp restoration and have owned just about every Boss overdrive / distortion. The top end of the OD3 makes my strings sound as if they were buzzing on the frets when playing higher notes. When digging into rhythm everything sounds squashed with humbuckers. My favorite and only drive pedal that I own is the Boss BD2 Blues Driver. I purchased it when it first came out and in my oppinion, it sounds better than the new BD2's. Of course tone is subjective and is influnced by many factors in your rig or rigs. I use a few different rigs depending on the venue and have experienced the same problem in each with the OD3. The OD3 is also too compressed for my taste. Perhaps it is because of the dual gain stage.

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