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Maxon OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal   

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The quintessential overdrive pedal!

The Maxon OD808 Overdrive is made by the same Japanese company which crafted the original overdrive circuit in a green stompbox that's been obsessed over by guitarists for the past 30 years. It uses the identical circuit found in the original employing the same JRC4558 IC chip for smooth, natural overdrive similar to a cranked-up tube amp. The OD808 pedal responds to the picking dynamics and nuances of your individual style while also letting the true tone of your instrument shine through.

Originally released in 1979, the Maxon OD808 pedal was one of the first tube-amp overdrive simulators to hit the market. Its smooth, creamy crunch tone caught on quickly, and helped to launch a long line of imitators. Today, the OD808 design is without a doubt the most used, most imitated and most lauded overdrive circuit of all time. The reason for this is simple--tone. Simply put, the OD808 provides the natural, mild overdrive of a tube amp without sacrificing your guitar's original tone. In addition, it can be used as a clean booster to provide increased gain without compromising the sound of your amplifier.

The secret behind the legendary "808 tone" lies in the amplifier section of its circuit. Rather than having an amplifier stage followed by a clipping stage, the OD808 uses a signal-distorting diode (Panasonic #MA150) that is located in the amplifier stage's negative feedback loop (which also contains the JRC4558 IC chip). Therefore, the OD808 distorts signal in the amplifier circuit itself which yields a smoother, milder, more natural sounding distortion than a separate clipping stage. This is also the reason that the IC type used in the circuit has such a large impact on the unit's tone. Maxon developed this unique design more than 20 years ago, and while it is commonplace nowadays, back then it was an industry first.

It should be noted that the Reissue Series OD808 uses different output resistors than the original version. After the unit's initial release it was discovered to have a high susceptibility to noise due to static electricity buildup. To improve performance, the positions of the output resistors on the reissue OD808 were reversed and their values increased in order to reduce noise levels. This circuit change has no audible affect on the sound of the unit, save for reducing the noise levels.

Whether it's used as an overdrive or a booster, the Maxon OD808 is the closest you can get to the classic sounds of rock guitar in a compact effect pedal.

"…it"s nearly impossible to dial in a bad sound. If you"re after classic blues/rock overdrive, it would be tough to pick a better pedal."
Guitar Player Magazine, May 2000

"This device is perfect if you dig the sound of your amp but wish it could go up to 11."
Guitar World Magazine, April 2000

"I"d definitely recommend the OD808 to all Tube Screamer fans."
Vintage Guitar Magazine, November 2000

"I always loved the sound of my TS808 …now I can have it all back without the paranoia and anxiety of a feared theft, all at a cheaper price than a vintage one. Bravo!"
20th Century Guitar, October 2000

Past - Present - Perfect: Reissue Series
Faithful reproductions of the legendary '70s product line, the Maxon Reissue Series Effects offer today's musician a classic sonic palette that has defined the tones of guitarists for the past three decades. Each model's circuit is 100% analog and packaged in a time-tested chassis for a lifetime of trouble-free performance. Component quality and PC board layout have been optimized to provide consistent, low noise performance without adding unnecessary coloration to your instrument's tone.

• Rugged, Lightweight Chassis: Made of cast aluminum, extremely lightweight (less than one pound) and strong. Rectangular chassis offers easy interface with other pedal types without taking up excess pedal board or rack space.
• Electronic Bypass Switching: Dual FET (electronic) silent switching with plunger-type activator switch for smooth, quiet bypass. Buffered low impedance outputs will drive long cable lengths with no signal degradation.
• AC/DC Power Operation: power using 9-volt battery (supplied) or AC adapter (Maxon AC210N optional).
• LED Power/Battery Life Indicator: Ultra bright LED indicates effect status (on/off). Dim or no LED indicates that the battery is low or not installed.
• 3-Year Warranty: Godlyke Inc. guarantees to replace or repair (at their option) this product should it suffer from defects in materials or workmanship. Coverage period is one year for moving parts (example: pots, switches, jacks) and three years for non-moving parts (example: IC's, transistors, etc.). Damages caused by accident, abuse, alteration, or misuse are not covered by this warranty. Product appearance and normal "wear and tear" (worn paint, scratches, etc.) are not covered by this warranty. No other warranty is expressed or implied.

FEATURES
  • Warm, natural overdrive similar to a tube amp
  • Overdrive, Balance, and Tone controls
  • Uses same JRC4558 IC-based circuit as original green '808 overdrive
  • Responds to picking dynamics and playing nuances
  • Great as overdrive or amp booster

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SPECIFICATIONS

OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal

  • Input Impedance: 500K Ohms
    Input Jack: 1/4" standard phone jack
    Output Impedance: 10K Ohms
    Output Jack: 1/4 inch standard phone jack
    Output: 1
    Controls: Drive, Tone, Balance
    Switch: Normal/Effect
    Noise (IHF-A): -110 dBu
    Max Amplitude; 35dB
    Power Supply: 9V Manganese dry cell battery (S-006P) or special AC adaptor
    Power Voltage: DC9 V (Battery) / DC10 V (AC-adaptor)
    Current Consumption: 5mA (9V)/6mA (10 V)
    AC Adaptor AC210N (option): AC120V Input; DC9V/200 mA Center - / Sleeve +) Output
    Dimensions (main body): 61 mm (W) x 112 mm (D) x 35 mm (H)
    Dimensions (whole): 70 mm (W) x 112 mm (D) x 55 mm (H)
    Weight: 260g
    Accessories: 9V Manganese dry cell battery (S-006P) x 1; Non-skid pad x 1; Warranty Card x 1; User's Manual x 1
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MaxonOD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 51 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (17)
  • Responsive (16)
  • Compact (12)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Good selection of effects (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (12)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Professional recording (10)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect addition to my Mesa Roadster

I have used a Digitech Bad Monkey for years in front of the Roadster to tighten it up and add saturation. It did a pretty good job but was I never quite satisfied with...Read complete review

I have used a Digitech Bad Monkey for years in front of the Roadster to tighten it up and add saturation. It did a pretty good job but was I never quite satisfied with my boosted tone. It was also a bit on the noisy side and a little muddy. I recently tried a Mooer Pure Boost which is a compact clone of an RC Booster but that was not a good complement to the Mesa at all. After a bit of research I settled on trying the Maxon OD808 and could not be more pleased. Most people crank the Balance, leave the Gain at zero and the Tone to taste. I found that it worked great on all 4 channels of the Roadster with the Balance set to just above unity gain and the Gain off and Tone at noon. Adds saturation and a nice mid bump to my crunch and lead channels and drives my clean channel into a fantastic light crunch. Unless I want a pristine clean sound I never turn the Maxon off. I highly recommend this pedal to anyone using a Mesa in the Rectifier line.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Major Disappointment!

I reviewed this product late last year and was completely impressed with its sound quality, but somewhat concerned with its build quality.Not even three months into ownership, and light use, the pedal's switch...Read complete review

I reviewed this product late last year and was completely impressed with its sound quality, but somewhat concerned with its build quality.Not even three months into ownership, and light use, the pedal's switch has failed. In addition, the tone knob came loose quickly and fell off.Worst yet, calls to 'Godlyke Inc.'(US Distributor) for warranty requests do not even get returned. I have 20 year old MXR pedals that are rock solid, and calls to Jim Dunlop inc. are answered and needs immediately tended too..I'm DONE with Maxon..Think hard before you spend the big bucks, it doesn't always mean better!

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1.0

poor build quality

By longjon

from Washington State

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily

    Best Uses

    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Maxon OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal:

    The pedal broke after a year of owning it. The input jack has a short, sounds like a pre amp tube going out.

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    4.0

    Great Pedal to Boost You Amp Input

    By fretz

    from Apple Valley, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Maxon OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal:

      I have two of these units. I use one in front of my Mesa Dual Rectifier and the other in front of my Mesa Lonestar Special. It punches up the input and adds tightness and clarity. You can back the gain off of the amp to tighten it up then add the Maxon to get the lost sustain back. It's not much when played by itself, but in front of a high gain amp, its great.

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      5.0

      Perfect addition to my Mesa Roadster

      By Rob

      from undisclosed

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Maxon OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal:

        I have used a Digitech Bad Monkey for years in front of the Roadster to tighten it up and add saturation. It did a pretty good job but was I never quite satisfied with my boosted tone. It was also a bit on the noisy side and a little muddy. I recently tried a Mooer Pure Boost which is a compact clone of an RC Booster but that was not a good complement to the Mesa at all. After a bit of research I settled on trying the Maxon OD808 and could not be more pleased. Most people crank the Balance, leave the Gain at zero and the Tone to taste. I found that it worked great on all 4 channels of the Roadster with the Balance set to just above unity gain and the Gain off and Tone at noon. Adds saturation and a nice mid bump to my crunch and lead channels and drives my clean channel into a fantastic light crunch. Unless I want a pristine clean sound I never turn the Maxon off. I highly recommend this pedal to anyone using a Mesa in the Rectifier line.

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        5.0

        Great Overdrive Pedal!

        By madmoe

        from Miami, FL

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Maxon OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal:

          It's the perfect compliment to my DSL40c. I love the way this pedal tightens up the bass and adds more gain. I've tried the Wylde overdrive, Badmonkey and Boss Super overdrive and the OD808 blows them all away. It's a little more expensive than most OD pedals, but worth the price. If you play heavy metal and are looking for a pedal to give you that extra push on your tube amp, go with the Maxon OD8080, it won't let you down.

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          5.0

          great pedal

          By mike

          from NJ

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Selection Of Effects

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Maxon OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal:

            great pedal to add a boost to your amp

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            5.0

            Maxon OD808 is perfect for my Mesa Boogie RA100

            By MikeG

            from Texas

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Maxon OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal:

              Perfect for signal boost especially fo high gain heavy metal rhythm playing.

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              5.0

              Excellent OD

              By Plexi-Paul

              from PA

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Maxon OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal:

                  Great OD pedal! It's a tube screamer, but way better than the others. This one doesn't sound boxy, yet still retains all the vital mids you need to cut through a mix. It has a nice low end, just a great sounding OD. I use it in front of a dirty amp and it works amazingly well. It plays nice with other pedals. Not too compressed. Not a ton of gain but I wasn't looking for that.

                  This Maxon 808 is definately my favorite low/mid gain tube screamer.

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                  5.0

                  Mean Green OD

                  By reza

                  from seattle

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Maxon OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal:

                    Im simply blown away by this pedal. First off it has a new look than the pic. Instead of a gloss finish it is a matte green, which looks much better and meaner than the shiny green. This is THE most aggresive overdrive I have ever used. I use this on my Marshal JVM410H from 70`s rock to the heaviest metal you can play and this pedal kills em all! It tightens up my tone and gives it a gnarly aggresive overdrive bite to it. The knobs are sturdy and snug so they wont move around on you by accident. It is fairly small too. All I can say is wow! First time I fired it up, I laughed at how mean my tone was. I cant recall any other time that my tone was so good I laughed!

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                    5.0

                    Just Get It

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                    By Andrew Taylor

                    from New York

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                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile
                    • Well Built

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everything

                      Comments about Maxon OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal:

                      It's the 808. Do I really need to write a review?

                      It will make your distortion cleaner and tighter.

                      It will provide a range of "chunk" or "fuzz".

                      It will make you famous. Well, if you're lucky.

                      Seriously, it DOES the job.

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                      2.0

                      Sounds Great ! But built like a toy !

                      By Bobbo

                      from NJ

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Great To Push A Tube Amp
                      • Pshes

                      Cons

                      • Poor Build Quality

                      Best Uses

                      • Maxon Pedal
                      • Overdrive

                      Comments about Maxon OD808 Guitar Overdrive Pedal:

                      I love a tubescreamer to push my tube amp into OD ! This unit is great for that but the build quality on the new units is horrible !!! Thin housing and poorly laid out backplate .

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