Boss OD-20 Drive Zone

Boss OD-20 Drive Zone

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OD-20 Drive Zone, Overdrive pedal from Boss in the Twin Pedals series.

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Boss OD-20 Drive Zone tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Boss
  • Model: OD-20 Drive Zone
  • Series: Twin Pedals
  • Category: Overdrive pedals
  • Added in our database on: 04/18/2004

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Boss OD-20 Drive Zone user reviews

Average Score:3.7( 3.7/5 based on 15 reviews )
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Michael McFarland05/29/2020

Michael McFarland's review"gotta know how to use it"

Boss OD-20 Drive Zone
I tried. And I tried. Could never get a great sound. However, I A/B this unit with some of the originals and it sounded BETTER than BOSS originals.

Just now I was morbidly curious and I put it at the beginning of a pedal board with 15 pedals.

DS-1 is screaming in quality tone. I never liked the original. NEVER NEVER NEVER.

My suggestion is to place unit different parts of your board and see what happens.

MGR/Anonymous's review"Boss OD-20"

Boss OD-20 Drive Zone
I bought this unit at a local music stor for $400 (canadian), the price seems a bit high, but this little box lets you have 5 different types of distortion (4 memories and whatever you have the knobs set to), and to buy 5 different distortion stompboxes (even cheap ones) would cost more, plus i live in a fairly rural area, so if you live a city it would probably cost alot less.

I like just about everything about this effect. you can choose between 22 base types of distortion that you can make you 5 settings from, so no matter what style you play, this things got it covered. this box gives you alot more freedom to explore and find the sound you want than a single effect does. i would definatly recommend it to anyone who is looking to buy a distortion effect, especially if, like me you would prefere to have more than one type of distorion available.

the fact that you have to cycle through all five settings in a certain order can be anoying, but you can set it on a different memory mode that gets around this, or you can just be quick with your foot, but besides that its an amazing pedal

if you've been looking at any reviews of boss products they all say that their built like tanks. its true, boss made this unit to take what ever kind of abuse you give it, tho I dont see why anyone would want to try and break it, I'm betting nothing short of a large sledge hammer/axe and a body builder with anger problems could evn sratch this thing. if your looking for quality construction in guitar efects, ur honestly not gonna find any thing that beats boss, ask anyone.

bottom line: the tone quality of the efects is amazing, which is the most important part. the thing won't break under anything close to normal use. the price is kinda high, but its well worth it, and to buy 5 effects of this quality would put yoor wallet quite a bit farther into the gutter. also I would recommend buying the ac adaptor for it, since it takes 6 batteries at a time, and I've heard they dont last too long. all-in-all, this is an amazing product and if you can afford it I would highly recommend it.

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MGR/martin c 08/13/2003

MGR/martin c 's review"Boss OD-20"

Boss OD-20 Drive Zone
i bought this at my local store for £149.99 thinking i could get many great distortins

its built really sturdiy cause its boss all there stuff is built to last

this pedal sucks. none of the distortions sound like what there suposed to sound like for a sdtart the mt-2 is pathetic you would not guess that there supposed to be exact compies of the origanal as they are all very week sounding also quite tiney .

like i said great its boss no faults there

what u see before u buy is not what u get with as it sports 22 different popular brand distortion and overdrive pedals in one twin padeal unit. but in reality its just a freakin paper wait it has a control on it named heavy octave. u would expect this to give your sound more of a punch but it just turns your sound into a complete mess

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MGR/Jason's review"Boss OD-20 Drive Zoner Distortion"

Boss OD-20 Drive Zone
I bought this off of Musicians Friend for 149, after price matching with

Very's boss, so (had I been dumb enough to keep it) it would've lasted forever. Not made out of plastic crap, everything was very well put together.

All of the distortion sounds are crap...every single one of them is incredibly hollow, and tinny sounding, no matter how you mess with the eq. The "mt-2" sounds nothing like it. The "ds-1" sounds nothing like it. And the attempts to model the old fuzz pedals from back in the day, and various marshall pedal effects are embarrasing. I've played these individual pedals before...and the od-20 is a sad, sad excuse for any guitar player to poor to buy the individual pedals (like me)

Solid...wouldn't ever break, i dont believe.

I play with a b.c. rich platinum warlock, through a crate 212 amp (the new glx model)'s not me or my's this pedal that made me sound horrible. I promptly sent it back, and i wouldn't recommend it to anyone on this planet. The od-20 is horrible...dont let it deter you from buying boss, its the best pedal company around...but the od-20 is just not up to their standards...or anyone's, for that matter.

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