Stompbox Blog: Boss OD-1 Overdrive

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Welcome to the guitar effects virtual museum. I have been collecting stompboxes for the past few years and wanted to share some thoughts. I will continually add more pics and opinions. Any comments or suggestions are appreciated. Thanks for looking.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Boss OD-1 Overdrive

This is where the legend starts. Hot off the heels of the success of the Roland CE-1 chorus pedal, a unit that is still the benchmark by which all others are judged, Boss started the new compact pedal series. They come in all colors but the metal box has stayed the same since inception. The first 3 pedals were called the stoplight series(red, yellow, and green). The yield color was the most popular for the series sporting the overdrive effect. It was unique in the fact that it used the popular Ibanez JRC-4558 chip found in Tubescreamers but had more treble bleed and a fat bottom end. It's overdrive was also unique in the fact that the sound wave was asymmetrical and rounded. This created a smooth mild distortion on a cranked amp that became the staple sound of many 80s hair bands. It was not unusual to find this relatively cheap effect on many professional musicians pedal boards in favor of many boutique offerings. It was only 1977 when this device hit music stores but it was a sign of more good things to come. For more info on Boss effects visit or this cool website....

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