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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. 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.

Precise control; ultra-rich harmonics!

FEATURES
  • Warm, smooth distortion
  • Unique symmetrical gain circuit

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BossSUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 264 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (195)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (25)
  • Responsive (22)
  • Excellent sound quality (21)
  • Versatile (15)
  • Good selection of effects (4)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Performances (19)
  • Home studio (16)
  • Amateur recording (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (23), Professional musician (7), Novice (5)

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

Overlooked

By 

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.

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from Detroit

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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

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from Port Huron, MI.

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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

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    from colorado

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    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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      3.0

      One ,One should have to add another tone OD

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      from Camb,MA

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      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.

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      from Yuba City, Calif.

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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:

        I use this pedal for my home Recording sessions.

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        4.0

        SD-1

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        from Texas

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

          Just bought another to keep in my guitar case...I have one on my pedal board and just wanted to have another so I can grab my guitar (with the spare SD-1 in the case) and my little Fender Pro Jr. and be ready to jam, rehearse or gig. I know the tube screamer is the od of choice but I just like this one better for some reason (for one thing...it's cheaper)...I run my Pro Jr. at around three on the volume and tone knobs and have the SD-1 set with the volume and tone knobs about 1 o'clock and the gain between 10 and 11 o'clock...love it!

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          5.0

          "Still The One"

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          from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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          Pros

          • "Built Like A Tank"
          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

          • "NONE"

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Rehearsals

          Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

          I started playing guitar around 1979 and can't seem to remember a time when this pedal didn't exist. The SD-1 always had/has a sweet spot that can give your guitar tone a warm tube like quality. That's why myself and all my guitar playing buddies all owned one. In my experience they never break or fail. Back then there were not all the choices that exist today so Boss really made it count in every regard.

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          4.0

          Great Overdrive For Any Budget

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          from Russellville, Ar

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Somewhat Noisy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

            I got this pedal with intent to resell it, but after playing it I had to keep it! The Boss SD-1 is a great pedal regardless of the price point. It has a very tubescreamer-esque sound to it but differs from most others I've played in that it has more gain, a fuller bass response, and, most importantly, more compression and attack! After owning a Fulldrive 2 and a Green Rhino, both popular tubescreamer variants, I felt that both of their mild compression and smooth attack made them more interchangeable than complimentary, whereas the SD-1 has a hard edged overdrive sound that cuts through the mix more and enhances lead lines and palm muting by giving more attack to the notes. My only complaint would be that it's a bit noisier with single coils than my more expensive overdrives, it's a subtle difference which tends to virtually disappear with humbuckers, but intensifies even more when stacking with other pedals. I would definitely recommend it as a useful and affordable tool in a market that is highly saturated with pedals that do more-or-less the same thing.

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            3.0

            Fantastic, if you want this pedal's sound

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            from Washington, DC

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Overtakes Amp Character

            Best Uses

              Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

              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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