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  • JeraldJerald

    Great overdive!

    Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrivePublished on 06/24/18 at 23:52
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    Same JRC4558 chip as Tube Screamers but sound very different. Has tons of overdrive. Almost a distortion sound. Bitey OD for people that need more dixt/Hi Gain tone. As opposed to Ibanez Tube Screamers you loose some bass/low end but nothing that can't be dialed in on the amp. Great price at $50 new now!
  • KintKint

    Super Overdrive!

    Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrivePublished on 01/19/13 at 03:37
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    As its name suggests, it is an overdrive (and maybe more).
    The case is solid like all Boss pedals. The yellow color gives life to Pedalboards sometimes a little dull.
    It is therefore an analog effect can not be easier with three knobs
    Level
    Drive
    Tone

    Pedal so simple!

    UTILIZATION

    As mentioned above, the configuration could not be easier. There is no indication in the manual but the need does not feel. Turning the knobs 30 seconds to see what happens, you soon realize that we should not push too high volume, drive adjusts depending on what you are looking for:
    the slight crunch limits the distortion (without ever reaching so far.

    SOUND QUALITY

    The overdri…
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    As its name suggests, it is an overdrive (and maybe more).
    The case is solid like all Boss pedals. The yellow color gives life to Pedalboards sometimes a little dull.
    It is therefore an analog effect can not be easier with three knobs
    Level
    Drive
    Tone

    Pedal so simple!

    UTILIZATION

    As mentioned above, the configuration could not be easier. There is no indication in the manual but the need does not feel. Turning the knobs 30 seconds to see what happens, you soon realize that we should not push too high volume, drive adjusts depending on what you are looking for:
    the slight crunch limits the distortion (without ever reaching so far.

    SOUND QUALITY

    The overdrive is great because it offers a wide range of sounds, from mild overdrive to limit the distortion. The sound is warm and rather round, something I really appreciate. I think the cons by volume may be a little too sensitive ...
    Unlike some pedals in its category for the same budget, there is very little wind and noise. Despite the years (6 years now and I have that I used).

    OVERALL OPINION

    For 6 years now, this pedal complete my game whatever amp I'm using (the small 5W to 100W ... big stacks).
    I appreciate having a pedal simple, inexpensive, and that is not a gas plant!
    The settings are simple while sounds very good, the rigidity of the case Boss is no longer re ...

    With experience, I would do without hesitation that choice. But I buy OCCAZ! 2x cheaper! Given the strength of the effect, it's worth it!
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  • BluesebBlueseb

    Solid and effective and very easy to use.

    Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrivePublished on 11/22/12 at 07:48
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    Overdrive / Boost in a small metal box very strong yellow signed BOSS.
    Analog, three knob: Level / Drive / Tone.
    A guitar input, one output.
    9V battery or transformer (not supplied).

    UTILIZATION

    Configuration issue, it is very simple. The manual does not give any examples of setting, it must rely on its small cages honey. The possibilities are varied.

    SOUND QUALITY

    For my part I use more overdrive with à8/10 Drive (about ...) and Tone 6/10. The level 4 and max and roll my chicken. Solo I can achieve a sustain on my guitar almost infinite times without any added effect and rhythmic Rock is aggressive, but it is not a distortion.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I hang m…
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    Overdrive / Boost in a small metal box very strong yellow signed BOSS.
    Analog, three knob: Level / Drive / Tone.
    A guitar input, one output.
    9V battery or transformer (not supplied).

    UTILIZATION

    Configuration issue, it is very simple. The manual does not give any examples of setting, it must rely on its small cages honey. The possibilities are varied.

    SOUND QUALITY

    For my part I use more overdrive with à8/10 Drive (about ...) and Tone 6/10. The level 4 and max and roll my chicken. Solo I can achieve a sustain on my guitar almost infinite times without any added effect and rhythmic Rock is aggressive, but it is not a distortion.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I hang mine for over twenty years and it is still there. When you say it is solid, it's not a joke. I did see him in all colors and despite that it is still part of my pedalboard.
    This is not my main purpose, but I have no desire to part with because it is very useful to complement my big distos very heavy.
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  • MGR/BillyMGR/Billy

    Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive

    Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrivePublished on 11/02/10 at 16:00
    This is the 3 knob, yellow Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive pedal. My goal was to turn it into a more bass friendly overdrive pedal.

    I bought this pedal through AMS American Musical Supply for $40. I ordered it and it shipped the next day. Great service as always from AMS! I bought it as an introduction to pedal modding.

    I like the pedal because it is built so darn tough. It was easy to take apart and work on. I removed the C6 capacitor, upgraded the C3 capacitor to a .01uf metal cap and jumped the R10 slot with a bare wire.

    What that did was make the tone knob sweepable and allowed more bass through the circuit.

    Not much I didn't like about the pedal. I mean stock it isn't too…
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    This is the 3 knob, yellow Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive pedal. My goal was to turn it into a more bass friendly overdrive pedal.

    I bought this pedal through AMS American Musical Supply for $40. I ordered it and it shipped the next day. Great service as always from AMS! I bought it as an introduction to pedal modding.

    I like the pedal because it is built so darn tough. It was easy to take apart and work on. I removed the C6 capacitor, upgraded the C3 capacitor to a .01uf metal cap and jumped the R10 slot with a bare wire.

    What that did was make the tone knob sweepable and allowed more bass through the circuit.

    Not much I didn't like about the pedal. I mean stock it isn't too great. It's very treblely, but hey for 20 minutes of work and $2 in parts you can have the pedal sounding as good as one two to three times in price.

    Beyond tough. If you broke a Boss pedal, you're doing something terribly wrong!

    With a little bit of work this can be a great overdrive pedal. If you're looking for a first pedal to mod, this is the pedal. You can turn it into a Tubescreamer easily. $40 brand new, you aren't going to find a better deal.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/Erik L.MGR/Erik L.

    Boss SD-1 SuperOverDrive

    Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrivePublished on 11/14/04 at 15:00
    I bought it second hand for about 25 euros from a friend.

    This pedal is very versatile. It gives a nice subtile overdrive sound on the clean channel of my marshall valvestate and a fat sustaining boost on the lead channel.
    I use it most of the time for solos, to boost up my sound. It gives a very warm overdrive, much better then the OD-3, which I used for a while untill I heard the SD-1.

    Nothing I think. Oh yes, it sounds better with single coil pickups than with humbuckers, but that's no problem cause I don't play humbuckers.

    BOSS, so uhm, built like a tank, you can stamp on it, throw with it, smash some bottles of beer on it and it will still work fine

    Nice pedal, warm sound, very st…
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    I bought it second hand for about 25 euros from a friend.

    This pedal is very versatile. It gives a nice subtile overdrive sound on the clean channel of my marshall valvestate and a fat sustaining boost on the lead channel.
    I use it most of the time for solos, to boost up my sound. It gives a very warm overdrive, much better then the OD-3, which I used for a while untill I heard the SD-1.

    Nothing I think. Oh yes, it sounds better with single coil pickups than with humbuckers, but that's no problem cause I don't play humbuckers.

    BOSS, so uhm, built like a tank, you can stamp on it, throw with it, smash some bottles of beer on it and it will still work fine

    Nice pedal, warm sound, very sturdy, ...
    I love it, it's the best overdrive pedal I ever used.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/Andrew EdwardsMGR/Andrew Edwards

    Boss SD-1 (Super Overdrive)

    Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrivePublished on 01/17/04 at 15:00
    I bought this pedal off a friend used for 40$ Canadian.

    The smooth thick tone you will experience is unreal with this little unit. It is also very easy to adjust and understand the controls on the pedal. After only a few minutes of tweaking with this pedal you will have found your perfect sound. The pedal is also built like a rock since it is a Boss pedal.

    The color isn't the most attractive thing in the world but who cares anyways.

    One word "Boss" so it's very tough.

    This pedal is designed to have a thick blues/rock overdrive not thrashy distortion. I play in a punk band and I love the tone I've been using even thoug this pedal isn't meant for punk. If you like smooth thick tones then…
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    I bought this pedal off a friend used for 40$ Canadian.

    The smooth thick tone you will experience is unreal with this little unit. It is also very easy to adjust and understand the controls on the pedal. After only a few minutes of tweaking with this pedal you will have found your perfect sound. The pedal is also built like a rock since it is a Boss pedal.

    The color isn't the most attractive thing in the world but who cares anyways.

    One word "Boss" so it's very tough.

    This pedal is designed to have a thick blues/rock overdrive not thrashy distortion. I play in a punk band and I love the tone I've been using even thoug this pedal isn't meant for punk. If you like smooth thick tones then this pedal is definitly for you.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/SamMGR/Sam

    Boss SD-1

    Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrivePublished on 12/30/03 at 15:00
    I paid $45 at a used gear place as it sounded OK in the store (like most gear)

    Nice yellow box...hard to misplace

    It sucks ALL the bottom out of your guitar sound, leaving only a raspy, thin 80's vacuum cleaner tone

    Built like a tank...sadly

    Waste of $45. For overdrive, the Maxon OD 808 is far superior and worth the extra cash.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
  • MGR/AnonymousMGR/Anonymous

    Boss SD-1

    Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrivePublished on 12/19/03 at 15:00
    I bought this today for 35 pound from a local guitar shop after looking for something to boost the gain on my marshall.

    i recentlly boug a marshall dfx100 solid state amp but i found the o/d not good enough for rhythm. i use ALOT of gain too play my style of playing (alot of shredding) and at first when trying this pedal i thought it was pretty crap on its own because it wasnt heavy enough. it sounded good for blues and light rock though. then i put on the marshall o/d with the pedal and i thought it was amazing. i bought it straight away after that. The pedal consists of a gain knob, tone knob and level knob. The colour of the pedal is nice and subtle as well.

    nothing at all.

    absolutely…
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    I bought this today for 35 pound from a local guitar shop after looking for something to boost the gain on my marshall.

    i recentlly boug a marshall dfx100 solid state amp but i found the o/d not good enough for rhythm. i use ALOT of gain too play my style of playing (alot of shredding) and at first when trying this pedal i thought it was pretty crap on its own because it wasnt heavy enough. it sounded good for blues and light rock though. then i put on the marshall o/d with the pedal and i thought it was amazing. i bought it straight away after that. The pedal consists of a gain knob, tone knob and level knob. The colour of the pedal is nice and subtle as well.

    nothing at all.

    absolutely outstanding. ive never used a BOSS pedal that doesnt feel like its indestructable (apart from the v wah that thing is really shit!)

    best o/d pedal ive ever played, bluesy sounds on its own then chuck on ur marshall o/d and you get the zakk wylde spectacular gain and tone sound. brilliant pedal and used by john 5 and zakk wylde.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/Conor RafteryMGR/Conor Raftery

    Boss SD-1

    Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrivePublished on 12/18/03 at 15:00
    I found the SD-1 on the Flying Pig website. A stonkingly good price at £33.01. I wanted an overdrive pedal to add to my marshall MGDFX 50.

    It has some nice sounds on the clean channel, more of a light distortion, its certainly not for the Nu-Metallers. It gives the overdrive a kick up the ass. The controls are simple for a beginner, but for those who want some different overdrive sounds, you can twiddle the tone knob. Finally, a stompbox which doesnt make a clicking noise when witching on and off.

    For me, it doesnt give as strong a drive sound on the clean channel as i would have hoped. Apart from that its a really nice stompbox.

    BOSS quality design, nice metal casing. Ive dropped …
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    I found the SD-1 on the Flying Pig website. A stonkingly good price at £33.01. I wanted an overdrive pedal to add to my marshall MGDFX 50.

    It has some nice sounds on the clean channel, more of a light distortion, its certainly not for the Nu-Metallers. It gives the overdrive a kick up the ass. The controls are simple for a beginner, but for those who want some different overdrive sounds, you can twiddle the tone knob. Finally, a stompbox which doesnt make a clicking noise when witching on and off.

    For me, it doesnt give as strong a drive sound on the clean channel as i would have hoped. Apart from that its a really nice stompbox.

    BOSS quality design, nice metal casing. Ive dropped quite a few times and its not even made a dent. This will certainly last for an eternity.

    If your a classic rocker, use light amp overdrive, and then for the solo stomp and feel the power. Jazz players will get a nice light fuzz on the clean channel. This is not a pedal to be used on its own. It complements any effect it is paired to. The only way to see if you like it is to try it out in a shop.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/Danny BoyMGR/Danny Boy

    Boss SD1 Super Overdrive

    Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrivePublished on 10/27/03 at 15:00
    I purchased this particular Unit from a guitar magazine simply called 'Guitarist' page after page of sales and stoers with lits of things on offer . for a GREAT price of £39.99 i couldnt resist . especially after i had used one earlier the same week at my friends house . i saw how wonderfully the unit did its job and knew i wanted one .

    The great thing about this small pedal is that if your amp is old or if it is a solid state amp and doesnt have a very strong overdrive , this little pedal will rectify that problem as soon as you press down on that black pad , you hear such a difference , as notes come screaming out clearer and crisper than before , i use a Marshall MG50DFX , one of the ne…
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    I purchased this particular Unit from a guitar magazine simply called 'Guitarist' page after page of sales and stoers with lits of things on offer . for a GREAT price of £39.99 i couldnt resist . especially after i had used one earlier the same week at my friends house . i saw how wonderfully the unit did its job and knew i wanted one .

    The great thing about this small pedal is that if your amp is old or if it is a solid state amp and doesnt have a very strong overdrive , this little pedal will rectify that problem as soon as you press down on that black pad , you hear such a difference , as notes come screaming out clearer and crisper than before , i use a Marshall MG50DFX , one of the new Marshall ranges , however it is a solid state amp and so the overdrive isnt as great as i would like . this pedal helped me immensly , it offers alot of sustain helping you hold those high notes and low notes , as well as allowing incredible pinch harmonics that until now are unheard of from a solid state amp . combine this pedal with the FDD (frequency dependant damping) switch on the amp itself and you have the sound of an all tube amp .

    To be totally honest with you i can think of only one thing i dont like about it . you need to buy a BOSS adaptor to power it . because the batteries do not last long , try to power it with an ordinary adaptor and you get a horrible whurring sound from your amp . However , this sound is bearable and if you have patience to change batterries every 3 days then this thing has no fault.

    Construction and quality is well worthy of recognition from everyone who knows anything about guitars and guitar accessories . small and compact . easy to use . no hassle . 2 small knobs to raise or lower the level and drive of the unit . as well as a smaller tone knob inbetween these two that offers a warm or crisp tone or anything inbetween . comes in yellow . a yellow which manages to not be ugly .Very simple to both understand and use . and it wont get in the way and make your set up look messy .

    Very high quality unit . for such a small price this pedal does everything it says it will , if you cant afford to buy an all tube amp and can only afford a solid state . then pick this up and your solid state will sound like a tube , no joke ... this thing really works a treat . :)

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/Zachary D.MGR/Zachary D.

    Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive

    Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrivePublished on 03/05/03 at 15:00
    Needed a new pedal went looking one day and picked this on it was $49.99

    Why do you think so mant professionals use this pedal? Casue Its great! Best pedal I've played on and I'm playd with 95% of the Boss Line, don't listen to these kids who tink it sounds like crap cause it doesn' these kids pick it up expecting a Distortion pedal but thats not waht this is, its an Overdrive Pedal! And the best one out there, great for any kind of music, very usefull as a booster with a Distortion pedal(I use the Boss Heavy Metal) Awsome for Stevie Ray Vaughn and Hendrix Licks.

    To many kids don't appreciate this thing.

    Exxelent if my house colapsed this thing would be unscratched like any Boss pedal.

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    Needed a new pedal went looking one day and picked this on it was $49.99

    Why do you think so mant professionals use this pedal? Casue Its great! Best pedal I've played on and I'm playd with 95% of the Boss Line, don't listen to these kids who tink it sounds like crap cause it doesn' these kids pick it up expecting a Distortion pedal but thats not waht this is, its an Overdrive Pedal! And the best one out there, great for any kind of music, very usefull as a booster with a Distortion pedal(I use the Boss Heavy Metal) Awsome for Stevie Ray Vaughn and Hendrix Licks.

    To many kids don't appreciate this thing.

    Exxelent if my house colapsed this thing would be unscratched like any Boss pedal.

    If I was stranded on an Island with my Guitar, my AMP and 1 Pedal of my choice this would be the pedal, it is unmatched.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/EvanMGR/Evan

    Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive

    Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrivePublished on 03/03/03 at 15:00
    I bought this distortion pedal brand new at Mars Music for 50 dollars.

    its looks cool...thats the only thing that i liked (its also very well made)

    IT SOUND HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!! i tried all kinds of defferent settings and it still sounded like garbage. My friend haas the boss metal zone pedal and i think that u should shell out the extra 40 dollars and get that cuz this pedal was a waste of my money...i eventually returned it for a D.O.D. death metal distortion pedal. The D.O.D. sounded 100 times better and was the same price (a little cheasy though).

    Very well made...could survive a hurricane

    Dont waste your money on this crappy pedal...if u want to sound like Grandpa, this is the p…
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    I bought this distortion pedal brand new at Mars Music for 50 dollars.

    its looks cool...thats the only thing that i liked (its also very well made)

    IT SOUND HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!! i tried all kinds of defferent settings and it still sounded like garbage. My friend haas the boss metal zone pedal and i think that u should shell out the extra 40 dollars and get that cuz this pedal was a waste of my money...i eventually returned it for a D.O.D. death metal distortion pedal. The D.O.D. sounded 100 times better and was the same price (a little cheasy though).

    Very well made...could survive a hurricane

    Dont waste your money on this crappy pedal...if u want to sound like Grandpa, this is the pedal for you, but if you want to sound like kirk hammet of mark tremonti, the metal zone is the pedal for you!! (if you dont want to spend the extra 40 dollars and get the metal zone, then the D.O.D. sounds really good for being only 50 dollars, but there is lots of feedback, and its kinda cheasy...but it gets the job done)

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/CaseyMGR/Casey

    Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive

    Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrivePublished on 01/08/03 at 15:00
    I bought this pedal from Guitar Center
    for $40. I bought it after playing on one previously that belonged to a friend.
    I couldn't get over the sound of it. It has such a nice gritty sound. This is a very versatile pedal that I use quite a bit for recording and for use on the road.

    I love the grit. It has Assymetrical clipping so it resembles what a tube will due when it's overdriven. I play through it with a new Tele and a Strat. It has plenty of gain and the tone knob really defines the sound of this unit.
    Besides the Fulltone Fulldrive 2, this one is my favorite. It's very responsive to your picking and dynamics.

    There is nothing about this unit that I dont like.

    Built tough -…
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    I bought this pedal from Guitar Center
    for $40. I bought it after playing on one previously that belonged to a friend.
    I couldn't get over the sound of it. It has such a nice gritty sound. This is a very versatile pedal that I use quite a bit for recording and for use on the road.

    I love the grit. It has Assymetrical clipping so it resembles what a tube will due when it's overdriven. I play through it with a new Tele and a Strat. It has plenty of gain and the tone knob really defines the sound of this unit.
    Besides the Fulltone Fulldrive 2, this one is my favorite. It's very responsive to your picking and dynamics.

    There is nothing about this unit that I dont like.

    Built tough - I have had no problems with it.

    This is a great overdrive - both for solo work and rhythm.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/AnonymousMGR/Anonymous

    Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive

    Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrivePublished on 11/27/02 at 15:00
    Bought it from a friend for 20 bucks, saw it for sale at my local music store for $39.99.

    Loud as all hell! It's also very versatile and can go from light Hendrix-y overdrive to screaming, blistering, Black Flag style ball-to-the-wall distortion.

    The piss/puke/wallpaper paste color. Egad!

    It's Boss! What more would you expect? This little box would survive a shotgun blast. But it's always a good idea to invest in an adapter, as they will save your ass.

    Well worth a look for gain-freaks who don't want to sound sledgehammer heavy.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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    Bought it from a friend for 20 bucks, saw it for sale at my local music store for $39.99.

    Loud as all hell! It's also very versatile and can go from light Hendrix-y overdrive to screaming, blistering, Black Flag style ball-to-the-wall distortion.

    The piss/puke/wallpaper paste color. Egad!

    It's Boss! What more would you expect? This little box would survive a shotgun blast. But it's always a good idea to invest in an adapter, as they will save your ass.

    Well worth a look for gain-freaks who don't want to sound sledgehammer heavy.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/qoitspMGR/qoitsp

    Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive

    Boss SD-1 SUPER OverDrivePublished on 07/22/02 at 15:00
    I bought the sd-1 for 49.99 at musicians friend. 49.99 is a pretty good deal for a pedal this versitile.

    The sd-1 is a great overdrive pedal for any musician who wants great sounding overdrive. It has controls for level, tone and drive. Using these three controls in combination can create a variety of different overdrive sounds, from mildly driven to a heavily overdriven sound. It makes this pedal very practical.

    The overdrive effect is a fairly accurate sound but to a professional, I would reccomend a higher quality pedal, because the drive knob will not shift the tone to clean or to a wildly overdriven sound, but if you need anything in between it should be fine.

    It is very high qualit…
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    I bought the sd-1 for 49.99 at musicians friend. 49.99 is a pretty good deal for a pedal this versitile.

    The sd-1 is a great overdrive pedal for any musician who wants great sounding overdrive. It has controls for level, tone and drive. Using these three controls in combination can create a variety of different overdrive sounds, from mildly driven to a heavily overdriven sound. It makes this pedal very practical.

    The overdrive effect is a fairly accurate sound but to a professional, I would reccomend a higher quality pedal, because the drive knob will not shift the tone to clean or to a wildly overdriven sound, but if you need anything in between it should be fine.

    It is very high quality and could survive just about anything. But I would advise against plugging the wrong adapter into the back. I did that and now there is an awful buzz that i can't get rid of unless i run it on batteries.

    I kind of think that the unit is a bit overpriced for its performance. If you don't play perfessionally this is the pedal for you.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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