Submitted May 8, 2011 by a customer from gmail.com
"If you want destructive punchyness and dynamic harmonics added to your already solid tube tone? The Maxon OD808 Is my go to peda"
zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
Well, I would certainly keep it long term. I do change and try other pedals, but that's consciously discovering new gear new sounds, but for my metal sound, this is certainly a sure bet solid sound.
The maxon is the go to pedal for tube powered amp players in metal, but it is absolutely versatile for hard rock or an overdriven tone. In my personal experience I use it to tighten and accentuate my head's preamp in-line to the head and it just sounds amazing with a Peavey tube head or a Mesa. Adds attack and punchy harmonics to your tube tone.
The pedal is a vintage-looking pedal with very basic options but that are incredibly flexible when used in combination. Particularly the tone knob does a world of difference for the punchy-sharpness of your tone. It's all that you want in a straight forward over-drive.
Ease of Use
For me this pedal is relatively easy to use, but it takes some getting used to, you have to really try it for a long period of time to find out how it truly affects your tone, it takes a while to find that middle ground where it doesn't cover up your heads tone, but acts as an accentuation and adds to the sound rather than replaces it. But after a few hours you can get there.
Absolutely solid construction as can be expected from Maxon and their durable construction. I don't go by endorsements from artists but this pedal is a staple of Adam D (Killswitch Engage/Times of Grace) and always makes his rig sound amazing and has used it without a hitch for years. Extremely durable. I've owned 2 of them already and hold great resale value.
It's still pricey for a working/casual musician, at around 150$, not really a price jump from many other similar pedals in it's class, but would love to see it at around $100. Still, incredibly great value considering it's durability, resale value and awesome tone.
Never had to deal with them, they've never broken down on me.
The Wow Factor
Simply a staple in my rigs for years now.
Active Musician, Recordist
11 of 13 people (85%) people found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!