For as long as they’ve been around, pedals have been expensive. Whether you’re looking for a basic reverb or a high-end distortion, quality always costs.
At least that’s how it used to be, but as consumer electronics have become more commonplace, so the price of production has come down. While many brands still charge a ‘premium’ for their reputable name, Behringer have spent the last two decades breaking that expectation by producing great-sounding pedals at a price you can afford.
The OD300 Overdrive Distortion is yet another entry in this long line of outstanding hardware. It’s an affordable overdrive with an incredibly versatile sound. Retailing at around $20 this Behringer overdrive pedal will get you a long way for a very low price.
Now if there’s one place most guitarists won’t want to skimp out on when it comes to their effects board, it’s the overdrive pedal. Across basically all sub-genres of rock and metal, one of the most defining characteristics of the guitar’s sound will be the overdrive effect.
That being said, it’s only natural to wonder if a $20 pedal can really give you the sound you need.
While the OD300 certainly isn’t perfect – no overdrive pedal is – there’s still a lot of sound packed into this little purple box.
This pedal has two basic modes: Overdrive and Distortion.
Now, these two modes are similar but different effects, and usually, guitarists would have to purchase separate pedals to get them. The beauty of the OD300 is that it allows you to blend between these two effects to get a nice mix of both.
In terms of genre, the OD300 works really well for a classic fuzzy rock sound. Moving into heavier territory, it can hold its own pretty well, but if you’re looking to play on the heavier end of metal then you will probably need something with a little more punch.
If there’s one major criticism most people have of Behringer’s pedals it’s the materials. Their cases are built from plastic, as opposed to metal, which many people equate with an inferior build quality, but while it is true that Behringer’s pedals might be a little more fragile than more expensive brands, that has absolutely no influence on the sound.
At the end of the day, while the OD300 Overdrive Distortion might not be the very best sound on the market, you’d have to spend a lot more money for a relatively small improvement.
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