Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive
Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive

ODB-3 Bass OverDrive, Bass Distortion/Overdrive from Boss.

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JeffTadashi's review"A great introduction to bass distortion"

Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive
The Boss ODB-3 Bass Overdrive stompbox is a simple, standard, yellow Boss pedal, probably one of the most common (and cheapest) bass overdrive/distortion pedals out there. It takes standard pedal power or a 9 volt battery (just like most Boss single pedals), and it has a 1/4 guitar line input and guitar line output.


The stomp pedal on the ODB-3, like most Boss pedals, is wide, large, and extremely durable. These pedals are built like tanks, and they are virtually indestructible. That's one good reason they are the industry standard for guitar pedals. The control knobs are all solid, and the pots behind them never get scratchy.


There are four main controls on the Boss ODB-3: Level, EQ, Balance, and Gain. Level controls the overall volume output of the pedal, and has no effect on the actual distortion levels of the effect. This is great for balancing your pedal-off sound with the pedal-on sound, so that the volume boost is minimal, or in some cases, there is a moderate volume boost, if the bass player wants to be louder during certain riffs. The EQ control has two knobs (one inside of the other). These control the bass and treble of the sound. If they are set straight up, they are flat, and this allows for both boost and cut of the highs and lows. This allows you to turn up the treble for thicker, more guitar-like distortion sounds, or turn up the bass if the lows are getting lost behind the fuzz. Next, there is a balance control, and this allows the mixing of the dry bass guitar sound with the affected, distorted sound. This is one of the best controls on here, and it allows you to crank up the distortion, if desired, but still retain the clarity of the original sound. This is the control that is missing from most standard guitar overdrive pedals. and what makes most of them unusable for bass. The last knob is the gain control, which controls how much distortion to add to the signal.


Overall, a great little pedal, that is cheap, but simply does it's job, if you ever want to experiment with bass overdrives, fuzzes, and distortions. Check it out!

yoTrakkz's review

Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive
The Boss ODB 3 Overdrive is a top quality pedal that you can use with your bass guitar. If you are familiar with pedals and especially with the pedals that Boss makes then this is no different. Meaning there is nothing outstanding about this pedal, its very basic but its great. Use the ¼ connection for input and output and it takes a 9 volt battery for the power supply. This is the old fashion box that goes on the floor that we grew up to understand, no mounting this. You will have to use your feet.


All of the Boss pedals are pretty much they same as far as their make up but im very excited with the sound of this pedal. You can control the sound of it extremely easy and change the parameters and see what you come up with. Everything is at hand with this pedal you will have full complete control with the Boss ODB 3 Bass Overdrive.


Sound is great on the Boss ODB 3 Overdrive pedal, it has a bunch of different bass tones as well as the distortion and or fuzz and overdrive, but most all pedals can do what the Boss ODB 3 Bass Overdrive can do. I have used this pedal with several different amps and bass guitars and it sounds great no matter what combination of different pieces of equipment it used with it will sound great.


Overall the Boss ODB 3 Bass Overdrive is one of the best on the market because of the price and quality of the pedal. But keep in mind there is nothing spectacular with this pedal and a downside is it can be a little strong on the gain. But besides that it worth the buy, but look in to some other pedals before making your purchase to make sure you are getting the most out of your money.

MGR/ctargia's review"Boss ODB-3 Bass Overdrive"

Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive
Yellow, small single pedal with hard metal casing.

I bought this in late 2002 at a local music store for about $80. I was looking for some good distortion. It was recommended to me over whatever comparable pedal was in the shop at the time, because you can mix the tone two have both distortion and clean sound coming out.

This very affordable pedal is great for simple rock distortion, and gain increase/reduction. The controls are real easy to configure

It only has a low/high frequency EQ adjustments, it would be nice to have a mid also to finer tune your Distortion. Also the batteries will drain as long as it is plugged into a 1/4' jack, even if the distortion is not on. When the batteries start to go the sound quality will suffer significantly, it is good to have an extra on hand, or even better have the adapter(extra charge).

High quality construction, this thing is made of metal and will survive a fall off a truck.

It's a great pedal, pretty versatile distortion, good value for the money; if you want a lot of crazy effects, then you need a different pedal.

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MGR/Mark Steenhuis12/05/2003

MGR/Mark Steenhuis's review"Boss ODB3"

Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive
I got it at Da Capo Nietap. Payed €75 for it so that was quite cheap.

I used maybe three or four times. Used it once while playing with my former metal band too bad we've split up. Or not but anyway I thought it sounded quite shitty compared to the Ibanez PD7 that had been smashed earlier. Some will disagree! When I hooked up the BOSS I noticed that the PD7 malfunction was just a cable problem and it was now broken because of my bad temper! That really sucked.

It sounds good but if you want a heavier bass distortion go for the Ibanez PD7!

It seems ok but it didn't go through the abuse that the PD7 did.

It's fine but not compared to the PD7!

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boucaflou's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I have fun"

Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive
see description on the site, or better yet, chopez youtube videos


I often use natural overdrive to try to have more grain, and it is pretty good,
on the other hand, if you push it, it sent the steak!


on active and passive basses,
I think it is easier to find what you want with an active


I took time to find my settings
I still enjoy making mods,
for use with a transformer, unless you have an unlimited stock of 9v batteries

chab5's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive
It's an overdrive
effects are not ditables
of a jack, an output jack
um for me rack or rack is put in a 19 "so I would say that it's not because it is a rack-mount pedals, but nothing prevents you to fix on a pedalboard.
Four rglages: volume, bass eq / treble, balance and gain
A solid aluminum casing
intrupteur under a pile of pedals
A good look


Gnrale the config is pretty simple, examples are in the booklet
The knobs are effective
The manual is simple, clear, and the examples are nice if it is THE FIRST exprience with overdrive, they clairent a little about the standards of use of the overdrive.
APRS you to make your sound
Rglages the bass / treble are friendly and efficient, has permits to do its overdrive pedals not only on the bass fiddle or pramp.
It can be used as a boost for the slap by putting the drive to zero, or even small eq to play two sounds alternately DIFFERENT, but not really doing it for, say a service can make a case o.


The effect is trs effective, however, even when it has a small cot just synthetic, we feel that this is not the lamp, the small default is more or less strong according SETTING THE effect and bass.
I use this bass with Ibanez, the GIO base (my first love for beginners) and a SR505 BM.
My amp is a combo fender rumble 100 watt.
I put a good little while to find the sounds I really wanted, I pass the power crunch, has the overdrive "sweet". Must also say that I did evolve my bass sound for a year and a half, so my tastes have voludonc it's normal that took me a while to find my rglage.
T The last I had put up for sale because the overdrive do with my amp suited me better without his cot a little more "roots", but in the end I went back to buy it back (the one the m I am sold lol) because I realized that even when there silent no more Polyval the amp for overdrive.
This despite the pedals default, has to be MRIT gnraliste and adapts to all situations (my taste).
Of course we should not compare it with a valve drive, it's not the same range dutout.


It's been a year and a half that I use.
What I love is the versatility and 4 rglages, what I like least is the little breath a high volume (but hey I think it's normal, when all fawn we play we do not hear it), and the grain may be too synthetic / nasal.
Acqurir before I had my korg disto AX10B, thus forcing the ODB is a standard cot.
It cost me 94 euros in stores, it's expensive, especially since the store does not have concurrency in my city, so prices yay!
However the report quality price trs respectable boss is solid as well as the electronic box.
Exprience I would do with this choice, except for the lamp.
I put that 8 because the sound synthetic / nasal rglages complicated a bit, and the breath also, against a big applause for Polyval!
I will change the bass and amp in this t if all goes well, so j'diterai few months after the notice history to have a step back.

Last updated:
I have since sold this purpose, to invest in an EBS Valvèdre soundly beating all aspects of the diverse and Varis ODB3. I blamed the synthetic sound too ODB3 mainly.

deadbird666's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive
Newly acquired, there are qq hours)
Trs a good distortion, solid (Alu).
4 pots:
-Level for the output level
A double-knob of legalization (high and low)
A balance-Dry / Overdrive
It is very easy RULES, there's no simpler. The little barely audible distortion
the large distortion that hard walls, it is sending the pure. Frankly, for the price
(100) I find trs correct.
Only BMOL: qd it boosts bass and treble tends a break!


N / A


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guigaume's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive
The ODB is a 3 overdrive pedal so it gives overdrive effects in intensity No matter what c is and how low it gives extra shine to the sound
I believe that c is an analogue in n but I'm not sure
I do not know if they are editable
He adjusts a jack for connection but it is to be simple to use


The general setup is simple as long that we read the manual
The edition of his taking time at the beginning but you understand quickly
The manual is quite clear but it is necessary to know the English


The effects are very effective, the overdrive just take lots of colors, but on the low passive it will sound quite natural for me c is a jazz bass and a very active against artificial but not bad
I use the highway with a jazz bass and an ibanez rd 500, which is active
J l I love them all but I prefer the Donnan overdrive sound and noise at the same time ASEZ near the sound of the bass of origin


I have been using the April 2, 2006
The particular feature that I like most is that c c is a low overdrive, the lowest n is no exeption issole arruve it that I hear a breath in the amp when I put
c is not the first that I bought
It is a bit expensive but it has many capacitbr /> I can make the same choice j but now think I'm going to lean on multi effects

linkcommander's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive
It is a distortion pedals transistors specially dedicates bass,
The connection could not be simpler: a jack from another output to the amp, and voila.
The pedals seem really solid, nothing moves Fawn inquitante.
Also, she is not greedy in energy trs, I put a battery that takes several months now.
In short, it's solid, and it's clear.


The knobs are quite clear: one volume, 2 qualiseurs (treble and bass), the balance between the boost and a fuzz lgrement genuine, and a saturation knob. It is trs RULES quickly, despite a lack of choice in the style of distortion.
The manual is well done, it explains the basics of the SETTING THE pedals and gives some useful presets, including the fuzz.
APRS, I still hear: "Yes, but not enough rglages everything, the drive pedals offer no boost, and even when it's limit!"
Calm down, we talk about pedals and not specially Chres transistors.


The distortion is effective, clear, but the sound is pretty consistent throughout, a lack of nuances in the styles of distortion, a do not provide distortion-mga-trash-metal-fusion which shakes walls, at best a good crunch.
But it's the fuzz pedals that excels: rglage with the manual, it has a style fuzz Chris Wolstenholme of Muse, a little less gain and it was the sound of Flea (which uses the p dale elsewhere, and Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters, and others, I refer you to names and more). I use a Cort Action Bass 4 and a Roland Cube 100 bass amp, it's quite enjoyable.
Behringer BX600 on my, silent sound nice, the distortion that I needed, but the sound was quite cold. And with Roland and amp simulations, miracle: the pedals gave much thanks to sound DIFFERENT modlisations amp. It goes from a distortion of the vintage Fender Bassman simulation a modern distortion or fuzz on the simulation Ampeg. What happiness with this amp. Objectively, the pedals MRIT a 7, but with an amp just right (or Roland) is that of happiness.


For the sound Chris Wolstenholme must plutt lot tamper the knobs. I finally found a sound that works well, mea culpa.


I use the pedals for the past 8 months.
The pedals have a lot of advantages:
- A good sound trs general;
- The rglages and use simple
- A relatively low price;
- A sound gnial as long as you have a good amp.
- It's a fairly ordinary on a range of amp;
- The rglages do not have much choice in the distortion;
- Ncessite lot of tampering for a distortion that does not bleed.

In short, this is definitely not the distortion pedals of uber-lamps-dmentielle distortion, but still a good trs pedals for the price, and that's good for beginners get a hit single with distortion and giving good sound quite useful.

benhiamoul's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive
Nothing to add except: simple and effective.

Ah! Yes! BMOL bring a little because of the ngligence boss: the adapter is not supplied with, and change the batteries every 2 rpt ', it's going a while but ca drunk fast!


Despite the small size of this effect (standard Boss) and the fact that there are only four buttons, it does not mean extremely simple to use. Well, do not take the longer-head for hours to get it to find the sound you're looking, but even when it is not simplistic.

It happens, however, quickly find the sound you want ...


The term overdrive is me talking innapropri plutt of fuzz. The sounds that can be drawn are, even when quite modern. As an example, we can approach the bass sound of the intro to Muse's Hysteria as an effect that would reproduce the saturation of an amplifier lamps.

So in this register, it is efficient trs ...


I use it for about 6 months and I find it efficient trs. But be careful, I RPET: It's a fuzz that it (the modern), not an overdrive (in the strict sense: the more vintage).

I have not tried other models because it is by trying it took me the urge to buy one and will integrate it or lines in our compositions. In gnral, I'm not a big user of effect, but this is the trs apprciable!

For about 600 bullets on the market (and yes, I am still in francs) and 400 balls occas', I would say that if we want to fuzz will integrate a simple and effective in his gear, and much has is well worth to SAVE ... a report qualitprix trs honorable given the efficiency of the machine.

Exprience with (if you can use that word ...) I would do without this choice problem: it is always enjoyable to have that little fact under the foot. In fact, I was given IDE m'interresser a little more order to the effect will integrate from time to time, but modration ... too much effect kills the effect! ;)