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Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive Pedal

Get all the distortion of an overdriven tube amp with the Boss SD-1 pedal. Tweak the tone control knob to dial in some grit, or go for a smooth, round tone. (140) Read 15 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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The SD1 produces the warm, smooth distortion of an overdriven tube amplifier while maintaining the subtle nuances of your picking technique. Boss's unique asymmetric overdrive circuitry delivers a genuine overdrive effect for a classic guitar sound. A tone control is also provided for precise tonal adjustment.

Smooth, round, fat distortion--the sound of tubes being pushed past their limits. The overdriven sound that the electric blues and rock were built on. That's the sound you'll get with the Boss SD1 Super Overdrive Pedal. Its unique asymmetric overdrive circuitry delivers a genuine overdrive effect for a classic guitar sound that still maintains the subtle nuances of your picking technique. And so you can get your tone just right, there's a Tone control knob between the Level and Drive knobs. No, there's nothing complicated about this pedal--just some great engineering and a sound that stands the test of time. A lot of digital distortions out there could take a lesson from the SD1.

About Boss Pedals
The history of Boss reads like the history of guitar effects. From their legendary CE-1 chorus pedal (the big gray box that started it all) to the world's favorite line of compact pedals, they've been responsible for more guitar innovations than just about anyone else.

Boss's compact pedal line-up began in 1977 with the classic OD-1 Overdrive. Its warm, smooth overdrive sounds and breakthrough Boss pedal features (heavy-duty construction, rubber pads on top and bottom, recessed control knobs, silent switching, a built-in LED and easy battery replacement) immediately set it apart from other stomp boxes on the market. It established the masterful design for all other Boss effects pedals since.

Throughout the years, Boss has continued to define the cutting edge of guitar effects. Double-layer circuit boards allowed pedals like the DD-5 Digital Delay to deliver studio-quality effects comparable to rackmount units. They recently brought bassists and guitarists the first bass synthesizer in a compact pedal, the SYB-3. On their 20th anniversary they proudly introduced the OD-3 Overdrive, a pedal that takes the smooth, dynamic overdriven tones of the legendary OD-1 to a different level. Like all Boss products, it is a level of sound quality and durability that is unrivaled.

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Knobs: Level, Tone, Drive

Uses 9-volt battery or PSA-120 adapter (not included).
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 3 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700
zZounds Expert Review
The Boss Super Overdrive pedal is a classic, powerful, yet affordable pedal. It's Boss' take on the classic Tube Screamer circuit with more transparency and extra gain. Players like Eddie Van Halen and Jonny Greenwood have famously utilized this secret-weapon pedal for decades. It can cover numerous overdrive tones ranging from barely-there gain, to full-out distortion by just adjusting the Gain knob. No matter what style of music I'm playing, I always have the SD-1 in my chain -- whether I'm using it as a stackable overdrive pedal, or lowering the gain to near-zero and boosting the Level knob to essentially turn the pedal into a great clean booster. It really does emulate the cranked tube amp sound pretty faithfully, and responds well to your dynamics and touch.

- Justin, zZounds Guitar Expert

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4.5 out of 5 (140 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "It is what is...perfectly"
Sound: I equate overdrives like wasabi or cayenne pepper...its got no real flavor of its own until added on top of something. Although, id say the sd 1 adds a nice high mid to your tone. Lots of extra grit on tap too..im sure out there would be curious to know that. Just remember..its overdrive, not distotion. Overdrives are transparent and sit on top of a sound, thus if you play clean channels with an od on, youll still hear the clean signal clucking under it. a distortion is for masking or creating a channel. If you play a clean channel then kick on a distortion, you basically just created a dirty channel. Feature: Just perfect actually Ease of Use: a caveman can do it Quality: Its a boss...their stuff has always seen the worst and managed to keep working. Value: Considering how many idiots will spend 200 and up for something as simple and plain as an od, this is an absolute steal. It does exactly what an overdrive is meant to do. Od pedals have no business in the boutique world.its like people trying to make a gourmet french fry and charging a premium for it. at the end of the day, its still a classless french fry. An od is still an od. Manufacturer Support: Never needed it The Wow Factor: Lets say this again...its just an overdrive. It has no character on its own. Its sole purpose is simply pushing an amp Overall: all guitarists need an od at some point. So its nothing special, and these types of pedals arent supposed to be. Its job is usually done well no matter how much you spend.
Style of Music: all types of rock
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"Great sounding overdrive"
Sound: Very pleased with the sound. I lean more towards rock sounds - so my tone and drive are always at 3 o'clock - works well with my strat and hollowbody - especially with the humbuckers on a hollow and single-coils. Great sound. Feature: The most useful feature - ONE single tone knob! No fiddling with any High/Low knobs - one tone knob is already plenty Ease of Use: Very user-friendly Quality: Solid. Although the paint kinda chips off easily in some places. Value: Affordable. Nicely priced. Manufacturer Support: No problems so far - don't expect any anytime soon. The Wow Factor: Based on the sound, I'd say this is one great overdrive pedal - would like a Blues Driver to pair with this, though. Overall: Great for what I need and what I do
Style of Music: Worship, rock
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