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mooseherman 03/23/2010

Belcat OVD-302 Overdrive : mooseherman's user review

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This is an overdrive pedal that uses analog technology (cheap technology at that). This thing is not capable of being edited with MIDI or Computer controllers, and is not rackable. It can be powered with a 9V adapter.

UTILIZATION

It is a pretty simple pedal to figure out. It only has three knobs, input, tone, and output. Input can be described in more general terms as drive, while output is basically level. There is a single bypass switch. The manual is almost unnecessary, but it's well-written and easy to follow. This thing is pretty cheaply made, so be careful with it, I've read some horror stories online. Mine hasn't broken yet, but I'm nervous that it will if I mistreat it at all.

SOUND QUALITY

This pedal sounds great on its own, if you just need a really slight boost in the graininess of your clean tone. Otherwise, it's better used in conjunction with other overdrives and distortions, as a boost for those pedals. It's pretty weak so don't expect to rock out on this guy alone. However, it is a nice, smooth overdrive, and would work well if you are playing leads that are basically clean and just need a bit of a volume and clarity boost to ring out above the rhythm section. I find that using it with a Fuzz Factory or a Big Muff is a great way to basically allow for it to kick those pedals up a notch or two, which is impressive, since those things really kick up quite a storm on their own.

OVERALL OPINION

This pedal is useful, and can definitely benefit a good amount of players if used properly. I would never suggest that it be used as a single overdrive pedal. I would also advise that while it is cheap, it's likely to break easily, so it's probably not the greatest pedal to use if you're looking for a permanent addition. For short-term use, it's pretty much perfect.