Boss OD-2 TURBO OverDrive

Boss OD-2 TURBO OverDrive

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OD-2 TURBO OverDrive, Overdrive pedal from Boss.

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Boss OD-2 TURBO OverDrive tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Boss
  • Model:OD-2 TURBO OverDrive
  • Category:Overdrive pedals
  • Added in our database on: 04/18/2004

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Boss OD-2 TURBO OverDrive user reviews

Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 11 reviews )
 9 reviews82 %
 1 user review9 %
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tjon901's review"Workhorse pedal"

Boss OD-2 TURBO OverDrive
The Boss OD-2 is a real workhorse pedal. It has been around for many years and has been used in many applications. They have been made all over from Japan to Korea and they were still pretty much the same. The pedal is your basic OD/Distortion pedal. It has the typical Level Tone and Drive knobs but it also has a Turbo knob that lets you switch between two selections. The pedal is powered by a normal 9v jack.


Boss pedals are known for their durability. These pedals are time tested and can handle the worst you can dish out on tour. The chassis is super strong and it is very easy to set up the pedal. The knobs are nice and tight and offer a good amount of resistance when you turn so you get a really solid feel. The pedal does not have true bypass so you may want to watch out. It may make your rig sound different even when it is not on. I think every pedal should have true bypass


This pedal can do all sorts of tones very well. It combines overdrive and distortion via the turbo knob. It is seperate from the gain control. With these options you can really dial in the exact overdrive or high gain sound you are looking for with this pedal The sound is great. You can use it as a clean boost or a high gain channel on top of your clean sound. Using as a dirty boost can give you great results. On top of an amp with a bit of gain on it you can really get a crisp sound with some more sizzle from the pedal.


The OD-2 already has many fans around the world. This pedal is a workhorse and has been found in many rigs and on many tours. The sound they provide is very good and can really open your tone up to new sounds and possibilities. These pedals can be found for pretty cheap too since they have made them for so long. There is no problem with getting one used since they are so simple and durable. If you are looking for a good overdrive and distortion pedal to expand your tone this is a good choice.

iamqman's review"My Favorite Boss OD pedal!!"

Boss OD-2 TURBO OverDrive
The first thing I would say is that I'm a natural amp overdrive kind of guy. I do not like using pedals to get my main sound. That being said I love this pedal. I picked this pedal up a few years back on ebay for around $50. It was Japan made as apposed to Korean which I have no idea what the difference may be. Others say the Japanese version sounds better and maybe they are right because this pedal is fantastic for the price.

Back a few years ago I was in a band that sounded similar to Jimmy Eat World or U2. I was a big Edge fan and I did a ton of research on his former and current rig set ups. I found out he had used this pedal back in the 80's for a while. Well I was on a quest to sound like him and $50 bucks is a good price to sound like the Edge....joking!

The layout is as follows...

Level, Tone Drive, Turbo switch

It takes normal boss style input jack at 9v.


Extremely easy to use and anyone can figure out within minutes. I didn't have a manual when I bought it since I got it used on ebay.

It took me about 30 seconds to find out that this pedal was very usable and user friendly. I always kept the turbo in the ON position. I think I read somewhere that Edge always had it on. So therefore I did as well. However, the On position for the turbo is where this pedal shines anyway. I would have my Gain up to around 12:00 ad the tone around 11:00 and the Level at unity level to my amp tone.


I was going for a classic rock tone so I had my Les Paul Goldtop and my '74 Marshall JMP. I would jump the plexi channel with a jumper cable and run this pedal and I had almost identical Jimmy Paige tones. It was madening how close I could come to that tone with just a simple setup. The coolest part of it was that it sounded like natural amp OD without the amp being cranked. I would run the Marshall below 1 for a clean enough plexi tone and this pedal in front with my LP. Classic rock all day long. This pedal really works well with a Marshall plexi or JMP. They just work and sound fantastic together.

I also ran this pedal in front of a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe with a Line 6 delay in between. Same result as the Marshall....just sounded great! It did feel more like a pedal in this application than the Marshall did but it was a great simple OD. And the pedal really made my delays brilliant and out in front of the band mix.


The thing I loved most about this pedal was that it did not sound like a pedal but rather natural amp least the way I had it set up. And really for only $50 it was a no brainer to pick this puppy up.

I love this pedal. I think I would like to pick up another Japan made version someday. I would recommend this pedal to anyone who uses cleaner amps or now overdriven amps who want a lower volume distortion or even slamming the front of your dirty amp. Great pedal!!!

Amok_'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A good overdrive"

Boss OD-2 TURBO OverDrive
Overdrive pedal, ie the effect of the drive can be heard on the clean channel pushed donf a tube amp. It is a softer distortion that
Button volume / tone / drive and turbo
The effect multiplies the effect turbo drive


This pedal is very easy to use and pay
No need for manual ;)


If the effect is not quite natural: it colors nicely and turbo mode is even more colorful
The effect is still very reasonable drive and can be used for pop / jazz / blues and rock not angry
When the drive is pushed (even in normal mode), we obtain a very interesting sustain


I have this pedal for over 14 years and if I used that from time to time, I will not abandon it for the world. It really is happening everywhere and I love the color
(For this synth pedal is too high because the saturation happens very quickly)

wasio44's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss OD-2 TURBO OverDrive
Overdrive pedal with a boost
3 knobs settings and one to say if you want to use the boost or not
What is normal, but it's solid! that of my friend at least 7 years!


Super simple, adjustable level too, the boost is really balèze after ca sound is dirty! but it is the goal! :


This is the boss is good, my jOperation ptite squier on it and then my buddy uses a big epiphone, and more when you plug the pedal to the guitar, it gives a little more acute c top!
unfortunately the footswitch to turn or remove the turbo is not provided!
must build a house llol


7 years the pedal anyway! (I think)
OF USE ease, quality, and as it is an old model bcp is found money!

Now it must be in 50euros jpense
is that good

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