OD-1 (1984)


Long long ago in a galaxy called the 1970’s BOSS & Ibanez coined the term Overdrive. This was before the TubeScreamer and Ibanez’s attempts at overdrives we’re closer to what we know today as distortions as they were reportedly thin and fizzy sounding.

The overall tones are similar to the SD-1 which took over from the OD-1 in the 80’s featuring asymmetrical clipping (whereas the Tubescreamer has symmetrical clipping) causing the OD-1 and SD-1 to sound smoother. The pedal was highly desirable in the 80’s as it allowed players to push their amps into saturated beasts and many players still use this and variants of the OD-1 today!

OD-1 (1984) technical specifications

Manufacturer BOSS
Series Compact
Made In Japan
Year 1984
FX Overdrive
Type Pedal
Jacks mounted on Sides
Bypass Buffered Bypass
Battery? Yes
Voltage 9
Polarity Center Negative
Circuit Analog
Tube equipped? No
Weight (in kg) 0.4
Famous Users Tony Iommi, Joe Satriani, Pete Townshend, Ed O'Brien, Rory Gallagher, Jerry Garcia, Richie Sambora, Lindsey Buckingham
Width (in cm) 7.9
Height (in cm) 5.9
Depth (in cm) 12.9

OD-1 (1984) reviews & comparison videos

OD-1 (1984) reviews & comparison

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