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

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

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moosers's review

Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive
The Boss ODB-3 Bass Overdrive is a pedal designed for use with bass guitar. It's an analog pedal that has the standard make up for nearly all Boss pedals - 1/4" connections for input and output and both a battery compartment for a nine volt and a jack for a power supply of the same voltage. It's best to use the power supply if possible. It isn't rack mountable as it's a stomp box to be engaged with your feet.


The make up of the Boss ODB-3 Bass Overdrive is pretty easy to follow and at the same time there are a good amount of parameters to work with to control your sound. Included in this are knobs for level, balance (dry/wet mix), gain, both high and low EQ controls, and an overall gain parameter. That's all one will need to know, and it just takes so messing around with it to feel completely comfortable, so I don't think a manual is necessary.


The sound of the Boss ODB-3 Bass Overdrive is quite good overall and between the nice collection of controls it's possible to get a good amount of differing tones. It's a pretty fuzzy sounding overdrive that's not really any one of an overdrive, distortion, or fuzz, although I'd say it's more of a fuzz/overdrive than anything else. It's definitely possible to get a bunch of cool bass overdrive tones with the ODB-3 as it's versatile for a bass pedal. I've used the pedal with a Gallien-Kruger amplifier and a Fender Jazz bass with stellar results...


The Boss ODB-3 Bass Overdrive is definitely one that should be looked at for bass players looking for their first overdrive pedal. It's cheap enough where most will be able to afford it, but as is the case with most Boss pedals, they haven't sacrificed quality to bring this pedal to you at this price. I don't know if this is the best choice for those looking for something that will punch through more than anything, but it's a great overall overdrive for bass and at the very least a good starting point for those interested in fuzzing up their bass a bit.
Audiofanzine FR01/03/2011

Audiofanzine FR's review

Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive
Originally written by Chi Cheng on Audiofanzine FR.

Analog distortion bass pedal with five controls:
- LEVEL control (adjusts the effect's level). Use it to compensate
any volume differences between the original and processed signals.
- HIGH EQ control (amplifies/attenuates high frequencies)
- LOW EQ control (amplifies/attenuates low frequencies)
- BALANCE control (adjusts the mix between direct and distortion sound)
- GAIN control (adjusts the gain of the direct or distortion sound.
Provides a wide sound range from crunch to fuzz and distortion or a simple boost.
Very rugged yellow aluminum housing.
Battery or PSU operation (battery included).


Very simple overall configuration, effective controls and very intuitive use. The user's manual provides nice setting examples you can fine tune to match the sound of your amp and your bass.
Like with every Boss pedal, the learning curve is not very steep but you'll have to take enough time to find the tone you really want because the controls are precise! Precise equipment requires precise use!
The distortion sound is a variation of the clean sound, so you'd better find your own clean tone before setting the distortion sound.


Wonderful sound! It shakes the walls, but always with class.
It gives you everything you want from dirty fuzz to light crunch and heavy distortion.
I use it with a Cort B4 and a Trace Elliot stack (GP7SM-250 head) and it was a delight from the very beginning! Even with all controls in center position, the sound is good!


I've been using it for some days and I'm very happy. Great product for rehearsals and live gigs. Boss products have a very long life
Before buying it, I played with an Electro-Harmonix Big Muff. It' not comparable. The Big Muff had less lows, the sound was not deep enough and it was too dirty! I don't regret my choice.
The price is ok considering it's a Boss stomp box: good manufacturing quality and sturdiness. I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again!

mooseherman's review"Versatile Bass Overdive"

Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive
This is a bass overdrive overdrive pedal from Boss. It is similar in ways to a Boss DS-1 for guitar, but for bass. It does have a few subtle differences. It is a 100% analog pedal. It has no MIDI or USB connections and it is not rackable as it is a pedal. It does have a 1/4" input and output like most pedals do. It can run on a 9V battery or by power supply.


Editing the effects on this pedal is pretty easy. It has four knobs, one of which has two working parts. The level knob controls the overall volume of the signal. The tone knob has two parts, one for low end and one for high end. This helps maintain a lot of control over the tone of the bass, which is difficult to manage with some bass distortions/overdrives. There is a balance knob, which controls the balance between the dry signal and the wet signal, allowing for a significant amount of blend (and therefore not overdoing the distortion). The final knob controls the gain.


I am a huge fan of this pedal, because it has a lot of tonal variety to it. I think that the best sounds I got with this were with my P-bass, as it has the thick heavy low end necessary for such a pedal. The best thing about this pedal in my opinion are the EQs and the balance knobs. The eqs can control how much of the low and high end remain in the mix. The main complaint I often have of these pedals is that too much of the bass gets lost in trying to distort the signal. Another great way of avoiding this problem is the balance knob, which will provide the (already reasonably heavy) dry signal more room in the mix. I like this pedal because it doesn't annihilate the tone of the bass and amp you are using, just distorts it a little bit. It is rare that I find a distortion that can do this.


This pedal is really cool. I like the variety of tones you can get, and I really like how it doesn't color the sound too much. I prefer to use it on a lighter side, as a thick bass distortion is tough to hear in a mix and almost defeats the purpose of beefing up the bass tone. It's a good price and it competes really well with the pedals in it's price range. I highly recommend it to anybody who's been skeptical about bass overdrive in the past.
MGR/Chris Jeffs01/03/2007

MGR/Chris Jeffs's review"Boss ODB3 Bass Overdrive"

Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive
I play electric bass in a band from Coburg. We play mostly punk and rock, but sometimes Jack (the drummer) and I like to play a bit of reggae.

I do all my shopping at Allans Music Store. They always give me fantastic deals - and I don't even ask! I picked up this handy pedal for $175.00. That's about half the list price.

I got this pedal because I needed something to completely change my sound, and provide an occasional lift.

The pedal provides you with a wide range of tonal options, from complete distortion, to an aggressive tone with a rough edge. It is of course an 'overdrive' pedal, for those who are unaware of what that means, it simulates an overdriven tube amp. Usually this would tae a range of different effects, but Boss have crammed it into one compact pedal.

If you roll back on the gain and the balance knob, and up te volume, the pedal can act as a simple volume boost.
The addition of a simple two band equalizer means you can change the level of bottom end, without dulling down highs or the lethal gain. If you like, you can simply turn back the balance and the gain, keep the volume even with your amp and use the two band eq to boost your bottom end.

I personally use it occasionally for long distorted intros to our songs, or as a light fuzz for a chorus or an outro.

There's not much I don't like about the pedal.

The only thing that annoys me sometimes is the two band eq. It's fine with a bit of gain, as you can boost or cut your bottom end for a more dimensional sound, but if you roll back on the balance and the gain, it sounds kid of flat and two dimensional.

I did say you could use it to boost your bottom end without gain, but it dulls down your highs and leaves a kind of muddy sound.

The build quality is absolutely fantastic. It may be made in Asia, but it's built like a rock. The steel construction makes it a lot heavier and more solid than it appears. You can drop it onto a hard surface, or down some stairs (I have) and it'll come through with absolutely no damage at all - and it'll sound exactly the same as it did when you first tried it out at the store.

Overall, this pedal is definitely one to stick next to your amplifier.

Anyone looking for something to boost their sound, or add some gain for the occasional distored bass line, should save up and buy one.

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

Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive
I was having trouble getting hold of one of these. I told a friend about this and amazingly he had one that was in near perfect condition that he wanted to sell! I have been after a decent OD pedal for a while (Ibanez and Digitech don't cut it for me.) After I tried it out, I got it for £35. The normal first hand price is about £60.

I like it because it's... fuzzy. If I tweek the settings and ajust my amp/bass eq, I can get many different tones and sounds of it. I notted also that a did managed to get it onto a setting where it almost became a phaser pedal and sustain pedal! I like it because I've used it to do things like the star spangled banner and Cliff Burton solos! It's really useful for covering the role of a rhythm guitar as well. For example, the harmony part on "One" by Metallica. Two guitars playing harmony, clean bass doing rhythm isn't enough. Add a minute touch of growly OD for the bass during that part really makes a difference! Good for RATM + Audioslave songs aswell! The colour is cool... yellow and black. It's like a square banana brick shaped thingy-whacha-mu-call-it?

Funny colour of it can be harsh on the eyes, especially if your hungover! Ummm not much I can say really.

I can't really judge because it's not new, ummm, it solid and I've had no problems with it so far. Sound is awsome. The best OD pedal I've used.

A good pedal, and i'm glad that i got it cheaper second hand cause now ive got more money to spend on other stuff. If your looking for a good distortion, get this. After all, no-one i know dislikes BOSS pedals, and they are quite renound and sturdy (ROLAND company.) I also think that £60 is a fair bit of money so I recomend getting a used one if you arn't keen on forking out a wod of notes.

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MGR/Zac's review"Boss ODB-3"

Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive
I think I paid 75$ at a local music store.

I like the fact that you can get so many sounds out of this pedal. I can be a fuzz, distortion, or an overdrive. It is very versatile

The only thing that was bad about this pedal was that it ate batteries like crazy. In one week of using this I could go through 2 or 3 batteries. It is definately worthwhile to get the adapter. The thing about the adapter is that it is pretty big and it will cover a two socket plug if you put it on the top socket. If your sockets are close to the ground (like mine) then it won't fit in the bottom hole so you can't plug an amp and the adapter into one of those. Other than that its awesome.

This things a tank!

This pedal has so many sounds that one is able to get out of it. Buy this pedal. Get an adapter.

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

Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive
I paid $70 for this box at my local mars music superstore...

It is all metal and has a really durable look, feel and reputation. The knobs are sorta small, but they work great. The sound from this stompbox is more of a fuzz than a gain-boosted overdrive, but this thing can reach all levels. From a light growl on the low end or a shade of distort to screaming thrash metal, this thing can do them all.

The color. yellow is not my type!
And one more thing - this baby is noisy! You can always turn it off after you play, of course....

Superb. Roland does a very good job.

If you need a bass effect, and you like adding a fine touch to your tone, get it. If you're a bass purist (4 strings, a clean sound) don't.

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-Livingroom-'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" works well!"

Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive
Bass overdrive pedal format boss. analog saturation. Robust metal shell. Jack in, jack out and roll youth!


It's still a boss pedal, so it's simple, but I find it particularly well at the settings: one has a 2-band eq instead of the usual tone, volume, a drive, and a knob for the determination of dry / wet. In short, we quickly found what picks: the sound.


Saturation is very good, although a little right. If the dose with intelligence, we will crunch the big slobbery discrete saturation. the wet dry is very effective, and I do not understand why all the pedals are not equipped to bring out the attack is great.

Also be used with a guitar, it had its effect (no pun intended), the big beefy sound a bit cold, addition sustain an almost clean sound ... It's very flexible.


I was ready the last 4 months, I use it a lot (as guitarist and bassist). value for money is good, after that not suit everyone, but it is the purpose of a good effect!
Captain Danny04/24/2012

Captain Danny's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Overdrive's Synthetic"

Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive
Overdrive / Distortion analog, non-editable, connectors Standard Boss (jack in and out). Not true bypass.


Very simple configuration: 2-band EQ (very effective: Bass and Treble), a Drive to manage the distortion level, a Level for the output volume and mix to manage the mix between Dry and Twisting. The manual is clear and more than adequate, yet not need a novel ... We quickly found the sounds of interest (as long as we want to sound synthetic).


Indeed very effective, many bands of EQ and gain very active, but synthetic sounds, if you want sound organic typed stoner, tube-like overdrive or vintage, go your way. I use it with a Fender P-Bass Standard V and an OLP Stingray U.S., both are passive but I also used an Ibanez ICB 300 EX Icebass active, the pedal supports all without flinching but renders evil personality an instrument (even the CBI that a very, very large volume of output). The sounds are cool, but synthetic surgical and easily controllable. for many this coldness is a disadvantage, in fact, everything depends on what you want: I played in electro formations where it works wonders in order to reproduce well saturated fat synths, I send him the SYB-5 story to thicken and distort the synthesized sounds while keeping in mind cold and heavy electro sounds. I use it to grow then my other overdrive and give more definition to my fuzz (TS9B Ibanez and MXR El Grande Bass Fuzz) by placing it before (it sounds monstrous gain in the forward half an El Grande Bass Fuzz pushed background for example).


This was my first bass effect, I've had 3/4 years see, actually I do not even remember when I bought it. I love the sounds of surgical distortion and cold but not enough to play what I play for the heat (sounds hard rock, stoner rock, classic rock, etc. ..) I have to go through my TS9B or my MXR. Clearly it is not only versatile and am using that in the register electro / nu metal or disco by thickening TS9B or better defining the MXR. The value for money is good in my opinion. And I would do this choice because I'm a fan of Overdrives on low and can not be said to be worse than the TS9B example, it just sounds differently, in another spirit and another grain. If you are fans of Overdrives and want to have the maximum opportunity of grains and colors, you need it for your sounds cold and precise.
Chi Cheng06/04/2009

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

Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive
Analog distortion pedals for bass with 5 knobs of rglages:
- LEVEL Knob (adjusts the sound effect. RULES To ensure that there is no
Difference in volume between the effect sound and direct sound of the bass
- HIGH EQ button (amplifies high or attnue frquences)
- LOW EQ button (or attnue amplifies the low frequencies)
- BALANCE knob (adjusts the balance between the direct sound and sound saturated)
- GAIN knob (adjusts the gain of its direct or saturated. With the direct sound, it adjusts
amplification without distortion and with a saturated adjusts the amplitude of

Allows a multitude of sounds, be it a crunch or a fuzz, to a distortion or just an amplification.

Aluminum Casing trs bright yellow solid.
Battery and power adapter (battery included).


Configuring General for the pedals is very simple, the knobs are effective and the use is instinctive trs. In the manual are examples of fairly nice rglages, it must change according to the sr amp, bass and equalizeurs!
It is with Boss, so the handling is quick, however, we must tweak before finding his own sound as rglages are prcis! The hardware prcis ncessite use prcise!

Quickly found the so desired, juggling between frquences, the gain and the balance is easy and fun I'd say! But the sound is saturated image from clean! Be careful to have a well Dfine plain before starting rglages!


The sound sent by the pedals are just beautiful! It sends the robe, the beam hairy adcolle the walls, and all with class!
That is to be a dirty fuzz, crunch a lightweight, one disto heavy, smooth or od, After a few turns of the pedals rglages you book what you want!

I play a Cort B4 and a Trace Elliot 3 body (head GP7SM-250) and THE FIRST ds utilistation concquis I t! One branch, even all the knobs on the middle sounds a dj


I use the pedals for the past few days and I'm thrilled! In concert as RPET adpote, Boss is all fawn inpuisable and made to last!

Before that I played with pedals a Big Muff Electro-Harmonix .. See anything, she was eating the bass, I was lost in depth and gave her a dirty and greasy! I do not really regret not to have changed!

The price is reasonable for the pedals, so it is Boss of the quality and it's solid! I recently but would do without this choice hsiter!