Boss OD-3 OverDrive

Single-Effect Pedal

Made by Boss

Description The OD-3 OverDrive gives guitarists a greatly expanded range of smooth overdrive tones and improved response while staying true to the original OD-1.
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Directory Equipment: Effects
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Overall Rating: 5.0 (of 5)
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On 2/13/2005, Adrian Levi (2907) posted:
Overall Rating:
I looked at an Ibanez tube screamer, a few other Boss overdrive pedals, and a jimi hendrix octave fuzz, and i chose this one because, well...it sounds the best! i wish it had true bypass but its not the end of the world that it doesnt. if it was stolen i would more than likely get another one. so, if you want a great sounding overdrive pedal for blues and rock, get the boss OD-3
Model Year: 2004
Price: $90.00 Canadian
Features:
This is your basic overdrive pedal. It has volume, gain, and tone knobs. It's AC or battery powered
Sound Quality:
This is a great sounding overdrive pedal!! i played it next to an ibanez tube screamer that costed twice as much and liked this more. it has a very smooth sound, like a cranked tube amp. it keeps your guitars clean character and adds some extra sustain and a bit of gain. it works very well for blues or rock. wouldnt recommend it for metal though...
Ease of Use:
All you do is choose how much gain you want (i normally just keep it at full), set how much bite you want with the tone knob, and choose your volume. nothing to it!!
Durability:
Has a metal casing, seems sturdy enough, i havent had it that long though, but i dont really see how you could break it.
On 8/2/2002, Peter Pearson (251) posted:
Overall Rating:
Excellent unit. If I lost it i'd buy it again.

If you're looking for harsh distortion, this isn't the unit you want, but for overdrive this is fantastic.
Price: $59.00 (new)
Features:
Level dial, Tone dial and Drive dial, stomp toggle switch (on / off (bypass)). 9v battery powered, but can be AC powered as well.
Sound Quality:
Fender strat, Peavey classic 30. I play mostly rock / pop, and I don't really use heavy distortion much, so this unit is ideal for me - it allows you to get really nice smooth overdrive. Sounds really natural. I use it with a Peavey classic 30 and it sounds great - I can have it turned off and get a clean sound with the amp on normal, turn the OD-3 on set to slight drive to get a slight overdrive with the amp still on normal, turn the amp to lead for its overdrive or have them both on for heavy distortion. Also acts as a bit of a compressor/limiter and can boost the signal.
Ease of Use:
Only 3 dials, and one foot switch, easy to use.
Durability:
BOSS. 'nuff said ;p
On 10/20/2001, Huw Murdoch (996) posted:
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It's a great pedal, for what it cost, and what I want from it. definately try one out to see if it suits you.
Price: $180.00 Aus (new)
Where Obtained: Allan's Music (Australia)
Features:
Simple three knob layout: Level, tone and Drive. Level controls the overallvolume, tone controls tone (obviously), and Drive is the amount of distorion given. Is battery powered, with the option of an AC adaptor (I use one with a daisy chain to my other effects). Very simple to figure out, very easy to use.
Sound Quality:
I looked at this pedal and a couple of others, such as the Boss OS-2 Overdrive/distortion, but I realised that it was the overdrive sound I really came back to. With the drive right down and the level up, this really kicks in some sweet warm tones, with a smooth, slightly overdriven sound that is great for a thick blues sound. With the drive cranked you get full on distortion, with loads of tone and depth still. This is a great sounding little unit, which really suits my playing style. Though I haven't found anything wrong with this, I am giving it four stars as an idication that I'm sure I could find a better sound if I was willing to pay a whole lot more for real tube distortion.
Ease of Use:
It's a stomp box, it's very easy to use. Within seconds I was coaxing great tones out of it for all sorts of overdriven sounds.
Durability:
It's a boss pedal; which means that it certainly isn't likely to break any time soon.
On 7/30/2000, Carl Anderson (2230) posted:
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This is a great pedal. However, if you play that heavy metal, hardrock CRAP, this pedal will do you little good. It is a warm, smooth overdrive, not screaming monkey distortion.

Great for blues, rock, classic rock.

If this pedal were stolen I would hire the CIA, FBI, NSA and everybody else with a gun to track down the thief, then I would hand him by his ears to a large tree and beat him to a pulp. I love this pedal!
Price: $50.00
Where Obtained: eBay Auction
Features:
BOSS OD-3 Three knobs. Volume, tone, and drive. Thats all the control you need for this baby. Powered by 9V battery or AC adapter.
Sound Quality:
This pedal works well with any music that needs a nice overdrive. I use it for blues and classic rock/modern rock and it performs beautifully. You can back off the Drive all the way and crank the volume knob, and it gives a big volume boost and just a tad bit of dirt. The sound is very smooth, warm, rich, and creamy. Just like a tube amp! I bought this pedal to add a nicer overdrive to my amp and it is great. Plug it straight in to a PA system and the sound will be amazing!!! This is a very versatile pedal, and between your amp settings, guitar controls, and the OD-3 controls, you can get many different and unique tones. You might even be able to find "your" sound. This pedal has gotten me closer to my sound and tone, but I am still searching.
Ease of Use:
You got three knobs. My little brother could figure this sucker out in a minute. When I first got this pedal, I took it right out of the box, tweaked the knobs, and got a great sound. Very easy to use!!
Durability:
This peadal is a BOSS. All BOSS pedals are "built like a tank." Completly encased in metal, it would take a herd of elephants to hurt this baby.