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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 258 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (192)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (22)
  • Responsive (19)
  • Excellent sound quality (18)
  • Versatile (12)
  • Good selection of effects (4)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (16)
  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Home studio (14)
  • Outdoor events / games (11)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (6), 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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4.0

SD-1

By 

from Texas

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Verified Buyer

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"

    By 

    from Philadelphia

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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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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Overdrive For Any Budget

    By 

    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

      By 

      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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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Boss SD-1

        By 

        from Arizona

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Responsive
        • Sturdy
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Tone Shaping

        Best Uses

        • Live performance
        • Pre-gain Stage
        • Recording

        Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

        I recently purchased this pedal through a local merchant. I mainly use this pedal to drive my dirty channel for a smoother tone (as well as adding a bit more gain). I set the Level knob fully clockwise while setting the Gain knob fully counter-clockwise (adjusting to taste afterwards). Finally, I set the tone knob at 12 o'clock but adjust it clockwise depending on the tone I am getting from my dirty channel (turning clockwise if it's too muddy). I have tried a few similar-priced overdrives out there and so far, none sound as good as the SD-1. It isn't a Tubescreamer, but for the money it will improve your sound if you know how to set the knobs right and adjust for taste. The construction is classic Boss (built like a tank) and the 9 volt ac jack is standard (I use a One Spot to power the pedal along with others). Would I recommend it? It depends on what your needs are, if you feel that your dirty channel could use a little bit more push, then this pedal may be the answer for you. Like I mentioned, it is not a Tubescreamer, but it does improve your sound if you know how to adjust it right. The only slight issue I have with the pedal is the tone-shaping ability (one tone knob, no high/low adjustments). If you can get past this like I have, then the rest of the pedal is great to play with.

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        4.0

        true to it's words

        By 

        from virginia beach

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Good sound quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

          got this useful effect during stupid deal event and I'm glad I did it does what its meant to do, satisfied guy here

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          5.0

          Great pedal

          By 

          from Southern Indiana

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

            This is a great little effect pedal. Gives an array of classic guitar sounds.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            I use as a boost for a tube amp.

            By 

            from Moore, OK

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            Pros

            • Compact Design

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

              I have several overdrives, maxon 808, maxon 808x, and a ts9. Seemed best with standard or E flat tuning.
              My other od's sound better with lower tunings like drop B, C, or A#.

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              5.0

              Awesome

              By 

              from Florida

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Good tone
              • Simple

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

                I bought this fx pedal to get that kind of simple/raw punk rock sound. Something with some crunch, but not too heavy that you can't hear the tone. Think Social Distortion, maybe Offspring style. I've had it for a couple of weeks and couldn't be happier. This pedal just got placed in a priority position on my pedalboard right in the front center. Its a pedal, not magic, you still have to be able to play, but it has just the sound I wanted.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                When it's Good it's Great !!!

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                from Appomattox, Va.

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Does One Thing Excellent
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive

                Cons

                • Adds Some Noise
                • Limited Selection Of Effects

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Enhancing Your Amps Sound
                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal:

                I bought this pedal and a Celestion G12H-75 speaker for my Marshall Haze 40 amplifier because the amp gets muddy in the drive channel when the gain is up high and the boost is engaged. However I returned the speaker because the Boss sd-1 increased the gain in the drive channel and enhanced the boost by switching the boost frequencies from the lower midrange to the upper midrange which pretty much eliminated the muddiness from the amp. This pedal, however, is not a cure all do all overdrive, if you need that than look at some of the other overdrive pedals available. This pedal works great with an amp that is pretty hot, let's say, "HAS GOOD CRUNCH" but just not enough drive to allow your notes to sing!!!

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