Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrive - Tubescreamer on steroids mod
Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrive - Tubescreamer on steroids mod

SD-1 SUPER OverDrive - Tubescreamer on steroids mod, Overdrive pedal from Boss.

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 43 reviews )
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Audience: Beginners Value For Money : Excellent

PurposeToMelody's review"Good Overdrive ....if you buy used."

Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrive - Tubescreamer on steroids mod
Simple Overdrive to boost an amp or add distortion


Super easy to use, very simple lay out of volume tone and drive, input and output jacks and a 9v plug for powering by an adapter.


For the price of less than 50 dollars its hard to beat if you want an overdrive, for tightening up your sound or just to add a little more dirt to your sound.

Les Paul Laney GH50L: I use this setup with it almost exclusivley. I don't use it for much other than boosting solos. I have it set with the volume very high (5 o clock) and the gain low ( 9 o clock). It sounds pretty good this way for just boosting it for a solo, I personally would never use this to tighten my amp though, it is MUCH to "brittle" sounding and can't really handle the low frequencies as well as TS9 can. the Tone control while very responsive does not impress me. it goes from dark and muddy to brittle and bright, and everywhere in between, it really needs mods to make it shine ( which I did do to mine). I really enjoy it on top of a dirty amp now after I modded it to tighten some stuff up in the low end and really makes tight heavy rhythms POP.

MIA strat Laney GH50L: I don't use this as often, but when I do I set the amp with a little bit of break up and use the SD1 for solos and for parts I really want stuff to come out. It sounds great this way, think SRV or Hendrix, very bluesy and soulful, I highly recommend this to people looking for this type of sound, even un-modded it does a pretty good job, modded its pretty amazing, albeit still a bit muddy.


Overall, it really is just OK. I like it, but not enough to buy new, or not mod. it's ok at a few things and thats it, if you want something for CRUSHING rhyhtms look elsewhere if you want it for boosts for solos and thats it, take a look, maybe you'll like it, maybe you won't.

rockerdad's review"Super Overdrive? Maybe Semi Overdrive"

Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrive - Tubescreamer on steroids mod
The Boss SD-1 is a stompbox style pedal that is used to tighten up and "hot rod" a mid gain amp.

-Yellow chasis
- level, tone, drive knobs
- check led (more of an on/off light)
- in and out jacks
- powered by a boss power supply or 9 volt battery


I use the SD-1 to drive my marshall 100 watter a little more. Just plug into the amp's input from the output of the pedal. I power mine with a Godlyke powerall and it works more changing batteries. The pedal itself is as simple as it gets. Set your level for how much of the effect you want to affect your tone, adust the tone knob for a higher ended sound or lower ended and use the drive knob to dial in the amount! It's NOT a distortion pedal. It won't give you more gain but think of it as kinda squeezing the gain you have really tight to push it to it's limits!


I'd compare this to a tubescreamer but I think the tubescreamer might have just a little bit more oomph too it.
The SD-1 does a good job with my DSL 100 to give me the amount of saturation I need though. It can be a noisy pedal and you will most likely need some kind of noise gate or suppressor if you keep the drive above half on an amp that's already got a good amount of gain going.
I would not recommend using it on a high gain amp as there is bound to be a ton of feedback. It has a fairly transparent sound when engaged and also when not turned on.


Overall, the Boss SD-1 is perfect for players of rock, pop, country rock, and even some metal music. I think it's best utilized with a marshall style amp, whether it be a plexi or JCM800. Slapping this pedal in front of amps like that will push your sound over the edge in a very good way. I do wish it tightened up the sound just a tad more though with my setup. I may explore some other options in the future but it's been a workhorse for me for the last 6-8 months.

Hatsubai's review"Great boost at a great price"

Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrive - Tubescreamer on steroids mod
The Boss SD-1 is one of the two most popular overdrive pedals out there. The SD-1 is really an evolution of the original OD-1 but with a tone knob added. This pedal was featured by many guitar players in the 80s in conjunction with Marshall amplifiers. Zakk Wylde was probably the most well known user of this pedal.


Boss pedals will take any abuse you throw at them. Their rugged housings could withstand a nuclear bomb. Everything is clearly labeled and easy to use on this pedal. On top of that, it's very easy to get a good sound with very little time. A lot of people use this as mostly a level booster, but I recommend at least running a touch of gain to help get some of that asymmetrical clipping flavor going on.


The sound of this pedal is pretty good, even to this day. Some argue about the tonal differences between the MIJ and MIT versions, and there is some truth to that, but it's nothing to really get worked up over. One real cool thing about this pedal is that it's crazy easy to modify. Anybody looking to customize his or her own boost pedal could easily do it with the SD-1. The most common mods are taking out the mid hump and adding some bass. If you're going to mod it, I recommend fixing the bypass. The biggest issue with these pedals is that they leak signal, even when turned off. If you search Google, you can find various ways to fix this.


If you're looking for a boost pedal to try out, I recommend trying this, especially if you have a Marshall amplifier. These pedals work awesome with Marshall based amps for whatever reason. They're also very easy to mod if you aren't 100% satisfied with the tone. Don't forget that a lot of the TS808 mods also translate to this pedal, so don't be afraid to experiment.

moosers's review

Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrive - Tubescreamer on steroids mod
The Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive is an analog guitar pedal. It has a 1/4 inch input for your instrument and a 1/4 inch output for your amplifier. It is powered by either a nine volt battery or a nine volt power supply. It is not a rackable effect as it is a foot pedal.


The configuration of the SD-1 couldn't be easier. It simply has three knobs that control three basic parameters - level, tone, and drive. It is easy to get a pretty good sound from this within a matter of minutes and is capable of getting a few different nice overdrive tones. While I don't have a manual for the SD-1, one shouldn't need it as the pedal is really easy to use.


The sound quality of the overdrive on the SD-1 is pretty good overall. While it isn't the most versatile pedal in the world, it is good at what it does. I use this pedal with electric guitar - a Fender Stratocaster and a '76 Fender Twin Reverb most of the time, and get some pretty good results. The SD-1 would probably also sound good on electric keyboards as well. The overall tone is full sounding, and is probably best suited for rhythm guitar when playing modern and classic rock.


I've been using the Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive pedal for about two years and have found it to be useful overall. This being said, I wouldn't recommend it for the guitar player looking to get a single overdrive pedal for all of their distortion or overdrive sounds, as it simply isn't versatile enough. However, for the price one would be able to collect a few different pedals at this rate to get a few different tones. Boss makes sturdy pedals that are hard to break and overall they have a great reputation. I would encourage those interested in overdrive pedals to check out a variety of different options to see what will work best for them.

thegoofisonfire's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" just enough! ""

Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrive - Tubescreamer on steroids mod
Indeed format type overdrive pedal, typed enough rock'n'roll.
connector jack mono 1 / 4 "
-1 In
-1 Out
9V battery or power supply sub sector with appropriate adapter.

a knob for level (volume)
a knob tone
a knob of drive


the config is super simple, with 3 mm long knobs not see how I get lost !!!!!
The manual is super simple égalemnt, and frankly there is no need.
I like the grain 70 'of this pedal.


this is where my opinion will not serve much use, because this pedal is connected between my guitar and my Trace Elliot Warwick, stock without modification.
ferving fan of distortion on the bass I have always struggled to find distortion pedal, and I was franchemnt agréablemnt surprised by the record.
remain lucid, it is an extra pedal for distortion with a big bass this well it would be better to go through a guitar amp connected in parallel with the bass amp, or have a dedicated head down to the distal .
certainemnt but not for nothing that the crazy-mad bassist of Lightning Bolt has also crank his ds (discovered after the fact)
a small remark qd mm, the pedal has a better sound QD is connected to a stabilized power supply sector, because the sound changes as and when the battery is empty and a further blow to the distortion appears.


Buy € 70, I've had 3-4 years no problem, boss pedals are trimmed to the scene, it's robust.

did not find anything that suits me better than this pedal distortion pr my bass, I would do certainly mm choice.

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

Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrive - Tubescreamer on steroids mod
Mono analog overdrive pedals for guitar.


Three pots. Very simple and effective.
The pedals are made to run between a guitar and an amp ltrique (preferably light). It adds bite to saturate Necessary for the amp. The saturation rsulte particulirement I like.


While using this pedals sound superbly.
The sound palette is not wide trs.


I have over 15 years.

The sound with the right instrument and good amp.

the least
Its use is somewhat limited configurations prcises trs. Ellle not adjust any case, nor can access much of its DIFFERENT.

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

Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrive - Tubescreamer on steroids mod
Overdrive pedal analog format everything from classic ... So obviously, no editing of sound, no USB, MIDI, Ethernet. on the other hand, there's an IN and an OUT ... Well, OK, I go out.


General configuration simple? Uh, yes, okay, three knobs ...




So at the risk of making room, it, in 15 years of musical practice, my first overdrive pedal. Previously, I was operating with multi-effects, and recently I went to the pedals (well I can!).
I use it with a Chapman Stick, therefore, in terms of selling from home boss, like how the SD-1 responds to calls pick, well, could use some work:-D

Anyway, it's a great pedal. I wanted a lightly loaded her into overdrive to get closer sounds slightly saturated with John Abercrombie on some of his records (a jazz guitarist for those who do not know). In my case, it is perfect. I put almost the minimum overdrive and I set the level. Depending on whether more or less strong I attack my strings, the effect is more or less noticeable. Boss will have to say in his argument that it meets the finger and the eye to tapping also ...
The pedal adds a little midrange but less than a TS-9. The equalization is better balanced. A third knob adjusts the tone and lets you go from mellow to screaming frankly.
And good news, the knob to drive a lot of discretion and we can send serious. As always with Boss, the bypass is transparent, but hey, I have ears that are worth what they are worth.
In short, a great pedal really not expensive at all (argument for me, since I did not spend much for a fact that I play very little ... I decided to snap Thune for most other pedals essential in my opinion). That have not really compared to other brands, I stick a good 8!

Don_Viviano's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" "Good overdrive, its dry, her respected even if food a little low"

Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrive - Tubescreamer on steroids mod
A tone
A drive
Volume One
A switch
An 'alim 9 volt
A guitar input
Output to the amp

The overdrive from a clean to a big warm OD.


Very easy. 2 minutes and it's good.
The tone range is very effective, not obliged to acute thoroughly for the presence for once.


2 possible uses for this pedal in my opinion:
- On his clear:
We start with a very very close bypass the sound with the drive to 0, the pedal really respect the original sound, amount to 1/4, it has a slight overdrive, still in the mind of the amp (Here Laney LC30), but less fat, drier. Plenty of attack and presence.
A 1/2, it is already in the big crunch with dual coil pickups, the sound does not change color, still very dry and set, full of attack.
Spent half the gain does not change too much, a bit more sustain, that feedback more easily and lose a little definition in my opinion. I prefer to leave it in half. The tone remains half for me, there are plenty of acute reserve the shot.

- On Crunch
The amp is already crunch (Laney LC 30 4/10 gain with a LP Burstbucker # 2) pedal set the volume to half or quarter gain a little more, and adds tone in the middle of the attack and little gain, presence in the treble. Very cool, it gives the impression of being the attack and the presence of the amp when playing at higher volume efficient flat, it adds a "plus" very flattering.
As against this better hear the bread ...
[Edit] Actually gain presence is probably due to a slight hollow in the bass. The pedal a little food, in fact, I feel that the pedal compresses the spectrum.
This is very good on the clear sound of the amp, it eats a little low on the crunch but it's still a good boost for solos, if the bass are not the priority.


I used a lot of model distortion pedals and OD, the one I used in boost until now was the Marshall BB-2, very good too, but I think it is more appropriate to me eventually!
The only downside is that it eats a little low, not a big problem for me, but it must be reported.
I used a boost in crunch mainly rather at home to add to the attack and the presence at the moment, I will test it at higher volume to see if it is really useful to me later.
Very good pedal, it not cost much used, why pay more?

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

Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrive - Tubescreamer on steroids mod
Boss SD-1
3 potentiometer (volume, tone, gain)


Super simple, one branch, setting quickly, play


This is my first distortion pedal, a time when I bought it, I just guitar and I plugged into a stereo. I found the gain too pushed at the time, I tried to play Nirvana, acdc, metallica ...

This pedal sounds and made for very light, if we look a little like a blue room, it is perfect.


If we look for a slight distortion Blue see rock, this pedal is very good.

jez920's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrive - Tubescreamer on steroids mod
Simple overdrive!


Config simple! very versatile! robust case! sensitivity adjustable pedals




Very good pedal! I use it for 6 months .. quatlité report / fair price!