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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

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

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BossSUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 268 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (199)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (29)
  • Excellent sound quality (25)
  • Responsive (25)
  • Versatile (18)
  • Good selection of effects (8)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (5)
  • Poor sound quality (4)
  • Not durable (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (21)
  • Home studio (20)
  • Amateur recording (18)
  • Outdoor events / games (14)
  • Professional recording (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (26), Professional musician (7), Novice (6)

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

 

Fantastic, if you want this pedal's sound

So. I've been playing guitar live for a little over 20 years; my amateur and professional studio experience goes back about ten years. Oncoming midlife crisis aside, one thing I can't believe is...Read complete review

So. I've been playing guitar live for a little over 20 years; my amateur and professional studio experience goes back about ten years. Oncoming midlife crisis aside, one thing I can't believe is that -- although I've played several Boss pedals before -- this is the first Boss I've ever bought.

I recently had to replace some 15-20-year-old(!) equipment on short notice before some gigs, so I got online and quickly grabbed this one. I hadn't used this model with my current rig, but I trusted the Boss name and quality (and rightly so).

The sound itself is beautiful: the range of drive options is quite nice, from subtle to thick, and it's the perfect combination of crunchy and smooth & sweet, with lovely harmonic response.

I'd give it five stars if not for one major disappointment: it's really difficult to keep the pedal's character from overtaking the sonic spectrum of the amplifier itself. Even with the drive set quite low, the tonal characteristics that emerge seem to come more from the pedal itself, rather than from the pedal's overdriving the amplifier. In my opinion, it behaves more like a distortion pedal than an overdrive.

That being said, I *will* continue to use this pedal. A lot. But only when I want this *pedal's* sound. I'll be shopping around for something else for when I want to push an amp into overdrive and hold true to the amp's tone.

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5.0

Excellent!!

By Hitman

from Tucson, Az

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

    I have a new Randall Amp and this pedal works great with it ! It's easy to use, set tones etc...

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    5.0

    A fine piece of gear for multi-instruments

    By acbaman

    from Pensacola, FL

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

      I use this OD with my Kurzweil SP76. This OD does a great job of adding just the right amount of color/drive to my keyboards. The volume, OD and the tone dials allow me to give my keys just the right amount of break-up. If I dial in too much OD the sound is sloppy and over-done, but my adding a slight amount, it sends my keys off to a new dimension. It is well worth the money.

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      5.0

      Boss SD-1 Pedal

      By RonC

      from Orange County, NY

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Practice

        Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

        Great little pedal. Added the Boss Distortion DS-1 and I get the exact sound I was looking for.

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        5.0

        Awesome!

        By eric the viking

        from Camden,nc.

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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:

          What you would expect from Boss! Very nice pedal!

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          5.0

          Overlooked

          By Runner

          from USA

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          Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

          The Boss SD-1 is a pedal that is brushed aside because of it's price. I have used all kinds of boutique OD's and yes some are fantastic. Will this SD-1 compete with them,, YES.. Everyone should have one in there arsenal at this price. I run a Durango Guitar Works 4130 into a Marshall DSL50 head, 2x12 Vintage 30 cab using the clean channel I run the SD-1 1/3 gain and Tone with volume to taste, the pedal adds that sustain I was always looking for and here it is..

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          5.0

          Classic tones. You can't go wrong.

          By Gitfiddle76

          from Detroit MI

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Classic boss tones.
          • Indestructible
          • Warm and fat

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily
          • Limited Selection Of Effects

          Best Uses

          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

          Cork sniffers need not apply. I've owned so many OD boxes and this thing always seems to end up on my board. It just does the job well. Based on another classic green box we all love but with more gain on tap. The taper pot isn't all that smooth. It goes from 0 to gain pretty fast but who's cares. What it does it does very well. This yellow box has been of stages and in studios all over the world because it just sounds good! I use it to push an already hot amp over the edge to singing violin like distortion. I think it sounds better stacked with another overdrive box which will yield you your own individual sound. Indestructible Japanese workmanship. Can't say enough about the simple yet effective tone shaping machine. In a world full of overdrive boxes I can't live without it. So simple. So comfortable. Can't live without it.

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          4.0

          I would buy this product again

          By David by lake huron

          from Port Huron

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

            It is a good Over drive petal for the price.

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            1.0

            I wouldn't buy again, defective and poor sound qualit

            By pickinandatunin

            from colorado

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Compact Design

            Cons

            • Breaks Easily
            • Not Responsive
            • Poor Sound Quality

            Best Uses

              Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

              I got this locally for what I thought was a steal. Got it home put a brand new battery in hooked it up no sound, so i tried a boss ac adapter no sound. I had to flip it around to get a sound. Then it quit so I had to stand it up. I am guessing it had a short or grounding issue. Boss usually makes good pedals but this one is bad. Even if it had been working It wouldn't have been worth it cause the sound quality isn't there. I'd go with a ds1, ds2, speedbox, or digitech hotrod if your looking for a good budget pedal or TS although that is 2 as much. Also it smelled of burning electronics. I returned mine, wish I had kept my ds2 that was a awesome pedal

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              One ,One should have to add another tone OD

              By Roadjammer

              from Camb,MA

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Poor Sound Quality

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

              Not what I wanted but when stacked with other ODs it's great to dial in lead sounds

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              5.0

              This was better than expected.

              By Micola

              from Yuba City, Calif.

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

                I use this pedal for my home Recording sessions.

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