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DOD Analog Overdrive Preamp 250 Guitar Effects Pedal with True-Bypass & LED   

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Legendary analog overdrive preamp effect pedal with true-bypass and LED indicator.

The legendary analog DOD Overdrive Preamp 250 is back, with over 40 years of history and experience behind it. The 2013 version of the legendary DOD 250 captures of the classic tone and wild heart of the original but in no way tames its performance.

The 250 is better than ever before with true-bypass, a crisp, blue LED indicator, gobs of output, and modern 9V DC power supply input. Redesigned with a lighter aluminum chassis, sleek yellow metallic flake and flat black matte bottom paint job, the 2013 DOD Overdrive Preamp 250 pedal is the perfect sonic foundation to carry on the legacy of DOD.

The DOD Overdrive Preamp 250 (2013) has Gain and Level controls, like its predecessors. Gain controls the amount of distortion, from just a touch of grit to all-out grind. Level dials in some subtle body for "always on" performance or huge amounts of boost for boosting solos above a dense stage mix. With the Gain all the way down, crank up the Level to boost your sound and cut through during your solos.

True-bypass allows your guitar tone to remain pristine even when the DOD 250 is off. This is a big difference from the original which would color your bypassed tone. The modern 9V DC power supply input make the pedal more pedalboard friendly.

FEATURES
  • True-bypass
  • Crisp, blue LED indicator
  • Modern 9V DC power supply input
  • Lighter, aluminum chassis
  • Sleek yellow metallic flake and flat black matter bottom paint job
  • Gain and Level controls

Add this resurrected classic to your signal chain. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS

Analog Overdrive Preamp 250 Guitar Effects Pedal with True-Bypass & LED

  • Dimensions: 4.613" x 2.5" x 2.25"
  • Weight: .56lb.
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DODAnalog Overdrive Preamp 250 Guitar Effects Pedal with True-Bypass & LED
 
4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (11)
  • Responsive (11)
  • Compact (10)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Good selection of effects (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (11)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

From Warm and Clean to Surprisingly Massive

I bought this as a Stupid Deal not knowing much about it. I had been wanting to expand my overdrive options, so I read the reviews and some history and decided I couldn't pass...Read complete review

I bought this as a Stupid Deal not knowing much about it. I had been wanting to expand my overdrive options, so I read the reviews and some history and decided I couldn't pass up on the price.

But I've been having more fun with this pedal than any OD in a long time. It probably won't be my everyday go-to, because to my ears, the tone is geared toward some very specific flavors of classic rock (and lately I've been playing a lot of folk/roots/blues).

*But*, if you want a great, pretty unique classic tone, this pedal is fantastic. It's clean when you need it to be, but it also gets fabulously dirty.

I do think I would have liked it if this version had been upgraded with at least a passive tone control, because sometimes it pushes highs or lows a little much (depending on the amp). But that's nothing a cheap EQ can't fix (and kids, you should be EQing anyway!) -- and I have to say that the vintage, two-knob aesthetics at least *feel* really good. :-)

But what really blows me away about the 250 reissue is how ripping the lows can get. I was playing around with it through a small, old Line 6 combo, and through that one 12" speaker (and weak EQ performance on the amp itself), I was getting absolutely massive, almost wall-of-sound tones on rhythm riffs and bar chords (old Starflyer 59, anyone?). And leads are thick and warm -- and most importantly, harmonics and string/pickup characteristics stay beautifully well defined no matter how high you turn up the gain.

Like I said, this one may not be for everyone in every situation, but definitely try it out if you want to go for unique vintage vibes. Think: the best of proto-metal classic rock -- which brings me to the paint job. The photos here on MF don't do it justice (at least not on my monitors). On my screen, the pedal looks like it's a bright, bumblebee yellow, but in real life, it's a gorgeous, metallic-flake gold. Makes me want to let my hair down and get out the tight jeans.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A great overdrive for darker guitars and amps

I bought it as it was half off as the Stupid Deal Of The Day and while I don't regret it, I haven't quite bonded with it. It can be very bright and lacks...Read complete review

I bought it as it was half off as the Stupid Deal Of The Day and while I don't regret it, I haven't quite bonded with it. It can be very bright and lacks 'natural', tube-like breakup/distortion. It's definitely a proudly transistory sound. For some this works, and for some it may not. I can imagine it working very well with a Les Paul through a darker, more midrange oriented amp. With a Strat through a blackface Fender-ish amp, it's a bit trickier to dial in. It works quite nicely as a clean boost though, and I like it with lower gain settings.

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5.0

Subtle and transparent

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from Phoenix

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      Comments about DOD Analog Overdrive Preamp 250 Guitar Effects Pedal with True-Bypass & LED:

      Really liking this pedal. I use it after an Xotic BB, RC and AC, it's nice even boost without the tube screamer mid Q bump. With both controls at 11 o'clock, adds just enough extra grit and drive to cut through a mix when I need a part to stand out from the mix.

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      3.0

      A great overdrive for darker guitars and amps

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      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Responsive
      • Versatile
      • Wide range of usability

      Cons

      • Bright
      • Very solid state sounding

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about DOD Analog Overdrive Preamp 250 Guitar Effects Pedal with True-Bypass & LED:

      I bought it as it was half off as the Stupid Deal Of The Day and while I don't regret it, I haven't quite bonded with it. It can be very bright and lacks 'natural', tube-like breakup/distortion. It's definitely a proudly transistory sound. For some this works, and for some it may not. I can imagine it working very well with a Les Paul through a darker, more midrange oriented amp. With a Strat through a blackface Fender-ish amp, it's a bit trickier to dial in. It works quite nicely as a clean boost though, and I like it with lower gain settings.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good, but about what I expected

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      from Kentucky

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            Comments about DOD Analog Overdrive Preamp 250 Guitar Effects Pedal with True-Bypass & LED:

            The DOD 250 Reissue is a great pedal, and to it's own right, I cannot fault it at all. It, even in clean boost mode (with gain all the way down, and volume up), fattens the sound and slightly EQ's it. I feel that it boosts the bass a bit, but the sound is still even across the spectrum. Therefore, I feel I have to say it simply seems to "fatten" the sound a bit. The gain from there sounds like a creamier version of cranking my amp. It is a little fuzz like, but I certainly can't call it a fuzz. It is more fuzzy than overdrives, and less than fuzzes, I suppose. I use it mostly for leads or for heavier gain (albeit, not that heavy think something like Cream and The White Stripes) sections of a song. It gives the most beautiful creamy sound in the upper register of the guitar for leads or whatever your heart desires. :)

            The single best thing is that if you roll back the volume knob on your guitar, this pedal gives a brighter, clearer sound that is perfect for open chords and mellow rhythm. All in all, this is a wonderful pedal.

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            4.0

            A nice effect!

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            from NY, NY

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Nice range of overdive
            • Responsive

            Cons

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              Comments about DOD Analog Overdrive Preamp 250 Guitar Effects Pedal with True-Bypass & LED:

              I have been dissatisfied with my Keeley Modded BD-2 Boss Blues Driver, which I have had for years. Just did not do the trick. I sent back to Keeley but they said it was working fine...but to my ear the sound was scratchy and the pots were noisey. Bought this DOD unit on a SDOTD event, based on a few YouTube reviews. In short, I think it is quite nice. The range of overdrive, from essentially none (acts as a boost) to a nice overdriven gain is very useful. So, I swapped out the Boss BD-2 two hrs before a gig, put the DOD-250 in the "slot" and just hoped for the best! Well it was great! Was able to get exactly the drive (or not) I wanted and the tone was nicely preserved whether engaged or not (true-bypass). I think this is a nice effect and I believe I will keep it on the board. BTW I am a FX junky, and I love to re-arrange the board. But I have never done this just before a show- and a big one at that: an outdoor festival with one 90+ min set and approx. 300 fans. Whew...all worked out OK!!

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              5.0

              Killer

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              from Oregon USA

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                    Comments about DOD Analog Overdrive Preamp 250 Guitar Effects Pedal with True-Bypass & LED:

                    Using it as OD and as boost to pump up Marshall

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                    5.0

                    Good, full sounding overdrive

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                    from Saint Paul, MN

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about DOD Analog Overdrive Preamp 250 Guitar Effects Pedal with True-Bypass & LED:

                      I had been using the Ibanez TS808 Tubescreamer for years. It's a solid pedal, but when you engage it, it cuts out all your low end resulting in a "squashed" sound. I bought the Preamp 250 on a whim for Stupid Deal of The Day and, when engaged, it sounds pretty darn good. True bypass is nice too. Rich full sound from piercing highs to thick lows. It is replacing the the TS808 in my signal chain.

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                      5.0

                      Great for boost or gain!

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                      from Minneapolis, MN

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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 DOD Analog Overdrive Preamp 250 Guitar Effects Pedal with True-Bypass & LED:

                        This pedal can be used as a boost or overdrive. The design is very simple only one blue led light for indication it's on as well as level and gain knobs to dial in your sound. The pedal takes up very little room on the pedal board but adds some great options for boost or gain. Lastly the pedal stacks wells with every pedal I have used.

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                        5.0

                        Great classic pedal

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                        from Lafayette, LA

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                        Pros

                        • Does what it says
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Responsive

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Live settings

                          Comments about DOD Analog Overdrive Preamp 250 Guitar Effects Pedal with True-Bypass & LED:

                          Great, classic overdrive tone. No tone knob, but you don't need one. Using mostly as a clean boost on the top boost channel of my Vox AC30, but it's also useful to dial in a range of gain good for blues to AC/DC type classic rock to more modern stuff like Weezer. Note: this pedal added/maintained a healthy dose of bottom end without sacrificing mids/highs.

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                          5.0

                          From Warm and Clean to Surprisingly Massive

                          By 

                          from Washington, DC

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Excellent Sound Quality
                          • Gorgeous Paint Job
                          • Responsive
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about DOD Analog Overdrive Preamp 250 Guitar Effects Pedal with True-Bypass & LED:

                            I bought this as a Stupid Deal not knowing much about it. I had been wanting to expand my overdrive options, so I read the reviews and some history and decided I couldn't pass up on the price.

                            But I've been having more fun with this pedal than any OD in a long time. It probably won't be my everyday go-to, because to my ears, the tone is geared toward some very specific flavors of classic rock (and lately I've been playing a lot of folk/roots/blues).

                            *But*, if you want a great, pretty unique classic tone, this pedal is fantastic. It's clean when you need it to be, but it also gets fabulously dirty.

                            I do think I would have liked it if this version had been upgraded with at least a passive tone control, because sometimes it pushes highs or lows a little much (depending on the amp). But that's nothing a cheap EQ can't fix (and kids, you should be EQing anyway!) -- and I have to say that the vintage, two-knob aesthetics at least *feel* really good. :-)

                            But what really blows me away about the 250 reissue is how ripping the lows can get. I was playing around with it through a small, old Line 6 combo, and through that one 12" speaker (and weak EQ performance on the amp itself), I was getting absolutely massive, almost wall-of-sound tones on rhythm riffs and bar chords (old Starflyer 59, anyone?). And leads are thick and warm -- and most importantly, harmonics and string/pickup characteristics stay beautifully well defined no matter how high you turn up the gain.

                            Like I said, this one may not be for everyone in every situation, but definitely try it out if you want to go for unique vintage vibes. Think: the best of proto-metal classic rock -- which brings me to the paint job. The photos here on MF don't do it justice (at least not on my monitors). On my screen, the pedal looks like it's a bright, bumblebee yellow, but in real life, it's a gorgeous, metallic-flake gold. Makes me want to let my hair down and get out the tight jeans.

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                            5.0

                            One of my best impulse buys!

                            By 

                            from Indiana

                            About Me Experienced

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Performances

                              Comments about DOD Analog Overdrive Preamp 250 Guitar Effects Pedal with True-Bypass & LED:

                              I bought this on impulse, mostly because I love the phaser 201. I thought I'd use it for guitar, naturally, but decided to throw it on my bass rig just for fun. I have been experimenting with different amps, preamps, od's and distortion units for a long time to find smooth overdriven bass tones (think Geddy Lee on hemispheres, permanent waves and moving pictures). Years of searching is finally over. Please note that to achieve the sound, I bi amp 2 sansamp rpm's, clean to one cab and overdrive to another. At real low drive settings, it warms up a p bass for classic Motown, or a jazz bass for 70's rock. Set at noon- red barchetta!

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