Maxon OD-808 Overdrive Reissue
Maxon OD-808 Overdrive Reissue

OD-808 Overdrive Reissue, Overdrive pedal from Maxon in the Reissue series.

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Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 38 reviews )
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Value For Money : Excellent

moosers's review

Maxon OD-808 Overdrive Reissue
The Maxon OD-808 Overdrive is a reissue of the vintage pedal of the same name. This is a tube overdrive emulation pedal, although no tube exists inside the pedal. It is an analog device consisting of 1/4" connections for input and output and the ability to be powered by either a nine volt battery or AC adapter. It isn't rack mountable since it's a stomp box.


If you have experience using other overdrive and distortion pedals, you'll feel at ease with the Maxon OD-808 Overdrive since it's got basically the same configuartion as most of the others out there. It's so simple to understand that even if you're not familiar with other pedals, you should be able to see what's going on here. The three parameters that the OD-808 has include knobs for overdrive, tone, and balance, the latter of which is just another word for overall level. No manual should be necessary as this should be super simple to understand.


The tone of the Maxon OD-808 Overdrive is pretty awesome to say the least. It's got that classic tube overdrive sound before, much in the same vein as the Ibanez TS-808 or other Tube Screamer pedals. This one does seem a bit more transparent to me, so it's cool to have another option for this type of pedal. I don't know how it would be compare to the original vintage version of the OD-808 as I've only used the reissue, but this pedal sure sounds great. I don't know that I prefer it to the TS-808 but it's pretty close and still has a fantastic tone that adds a nice overdrive without getting muddy.


The Maxon OD-808 Overdrive is a great pedal and a good deal if you're looking for a transparent overdrive pedal that can still give you a good amount of crunch and drive. It's actually quite reasonably priced considering that it's a Maxon, although it is of course a reissue. I'd definitely be curious to hear it compared to the original as I've yet to have that ability. I'd recommend checking out the OD-808 if you're in the market for any sort of tube overdrive pedal.
ibanez4life SZ!04/09/2011

ibanez4life SZ!'s review"A little green monster! "

Maxon OD-808 Overdrive Reissue
The Maxon OD808 features the few characteristics standard to a typical ‘tubescreamer’ overdrive, including

-1 overdrive knob (gain)
-1 balance knob (level)
-1 tone knob
-guitar in and out to amplifiers
-powered by either 9V battery or AC adapter
-JRC4558 IC-based circuit as found in the original Ibanez TS808 tube screamers


Using the Maxon OD808 is quite simple. Depending on your settings, I can be used as a stand alone overdrive over a clean sound, or a boost over an already dirty sound of an amplifier. Hook it up, turn it on, and go!


The Maxon OD808 is easily my favorite of the tubescreamer clones. On its own, it produces a nice and warm overdrive, and can produce a decent amount of crunch even on its own. My favorite application for it is using it as a boost over an already overdrive channel. Setting wise, this is gain off, level up (anywhere between noon and full on depending on the amp), and tone to taste. It pairs amazingly with the gain structure of my Mesa Boogie amplifiers. When running it with a Rectifier, for example, I boost for a much tighter and more response rhythm sound. The tone becomes much crisper and clearer, as the pedal brings out a little more of the midrange, and cuts some lows, which is EQ curve that definitely helps a rectifier. With my Mark IV, I love boosting the lead channel for an amazing smooth and saturated solo tone that just screams. A third application altogether is to boost a medium gain sound for an alternate high gain sound. Whatever the use, the Maxon OD808 delivers beautifully. A final plus for the pedal, the Maxon adds very little noise to my signal path when boosting, which was a problem with some other pedals I had tried before this one.


This pedal is one that every guitarist should own for an additional texture of gain when needed. It is a great tool for adding that little extra ‘something’ to your base sound.

Hatsubai's review"Revised TS808 by Maxon"

Maxon OD-808 Overdrive Reissue
Maxon has always been working on conjunction with Ibanez when it came to producing overdrives. Whether it's a partnership or rivalry, I'm not exactly sure; I'm not quite up to par on the history between the two companies. However, they both build very similar overdrive pedals, even down to using the same components. The OD808 is a TS808 variant, but it's not exactly the same as the OD808. For one, it's actually a TS10 clone, but I'll get to that a bit later in the review.


Maxon housing are pretty much bullet proof. In fact, I like these housings more than the Boss housings. One thing worth noting is that, despite the mechanical switch, this is not true bypass. This pedal does suck a little bit of tone when bypassed. Unfortunately, due to the way everything is wired, making this true bypass isn't a task for the novice. If you're not completely comfortable with a soldering iron, I recommend leaving that to a professional. Another thing I'm not a huge fan of is that there is no LED indicator. Aside from that, it's pretty much the same as any other pedal.


Like I said above, this is actually a TS10 circuit. That doesn't mean it sounds bad; it just sounds a touch different. I find them to be a little more compressed than the TS808. That actually leads to a better metal sound, IMO, As a result, this pedal is used quite a bit by heavy metal bands such as The Absence, Killswitch Engage, Unearth and so on. Aside from it sucking a little tone when bypassed, the pedal is nearly perfect. A few people offer mods for this pedal, but I'm sure you'll be happy with it in stock form.


If you're looking for a good overdrive pedal, I recommend checking this out. These things are very reliable, sound great and are fairly easy to come by. About the only downside is the price. They're a little more expensive than something like a Boss SD-1 or an Ibanez TS-7, but if you're not looking to modify a pedal, I recommend buying this. This was my main overdrive before I started getting into pedal modding.

Matosman59's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Geniale! Worship"

Maxon OD-808 Overdrive Reissue
Overdrive, boost, channel 2 ....


Simple, yes, but it sounds.
Perfect for blues or rock and is even used by any and all bad mettalleux hairy!
Overdrive typed the beautiful grain.


Yes, the sound quality is present and the inimitable grain.
J have read here and there that it adds treble ..... Uh .... It is not a saturation but an overdrive! :)
And there's too much treble .... You must use the "tone".

Used alone, there are already enough of course fun. In boost, to clip the signal to have a nice sharp overdrive .... Anything is possible with this pedal!
For sound SRV (for those who find that it does not ring, listen two or three titles that he could do it!) I have bought a 2nd ... And then in j c pleire still so beautiful.
On the all-tube, high-end, mid, low-end, on the hybrid on the transistor, with humbucher, p90, simple microphones, c is happiness in a box.

I also have used the upstream of other much cheaper (joyo, bad monkey ... etc) and the transcandent overdrive. Ditto for saturations ... Etc

Some criticized him for too color the sound when it is put out ... And although they light up the! Lol
To become serious, it does not stain near the amp.
For the purist purist in an a / box and the problem is solved, but I do have never used because I don t find real value (even with both od 808 series. Or at worst, it is possible be modified to pass in true bypass ...


We may not like grain, but then to say that it does not ring, it's really abuse it!
This pedal is worship! To possess any good pedal board or as the only pedal in its armada!

nakadai's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" ??????????????"

Maxon OD-808 Overdrive Reissue


Finger in the nose




Let me be clear with you, this story chip, circuit, identical to the original scheme, blah blah blah ... I do not care!

What I ask is that this pedal sounds.
And here I must say that advertising and rank pedal worship is unjustified:


A beautiful grain, a finesse, very subtle.


The sound seems slightly off, too content.

Its lack of truebypass affect your signal, even if the pedal is not engaged. Specifically your sound clear is found in slightly swollen, more bassy.

If you place before an overdrive to increase the gain of it, you will absolutely lower the tone of the maxon minimum to meet your overdrive tone, because if the tone of the maxon is at noon, it will add treble to your sound.

The switch seems a little fragile.

And then you say: "But what he tells everyone that she is great this pedal, it's an absolute classic!"

And as everyone says, I bought eyes closed following the various enthusiastic reviews that I could read here and there.

But no, this pedal is not great, it does not justify its price and even if it was worship there 30 years it is now swept by Xotic RC Booster, the Barber LTD, the Mad Professor Little Green and others.

In summary, I would say: "Vive les Tubescreamer But not this one!"

Lvz77's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A classic"

Maxon OD-808 Overdrive Reissue
Re-release of the legendary pedal Maxon

- 1 gain knob

- 1 which is used to scale the portion of volume

- 1 tone that will bring out all the treble or not the pedal

provided with a comprehensive manual Maxon Reissue Series, a battery and a non-slip pad.


You choose the color through the tone and gain and finally the volume is regulated with balance.
Simple as could be.

You can also use it as a boost pedal upstream of saturation.


The pedal alone is interesting.

Very creamy we immediately recognize the sound of the neck pickup especially if you play a blues. Maybe you her lack some gain? But this is not an overdrive distortion.

Used on at least one clean it definitely colors the sound and lose a lot of bass that can be annoying to clean proves a major asset in saturation.

This pedal is a revelation if you play in low tunings. It will add the fire and makes you bite pierced the mix. I play with my 7 string and it's just magical.
Try it, really.


I left Ibanez after seeing Bill Keliher and Brett Hinds before use to see that it was all Maxon.

Although I took it's cheaper and it's better.

For the price it is unbeatable, only the Xotic can compete (if you are sure to use their strengths, more gain and low settings) but it is more expensive and not necessarily more useful.

If you use only low loss is disqualifying, but further distortion I have not found better.

zicopilote's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" So it goes green?"

Maxon OD-808 Overdrive Reissue
All is said, it's simple, and quality.


Nothing wrong with either, the knobs are "fine" in the settings is intuitive on.


I only use it as a boost for gorging little input from my AMT-P1, we must admit that this is the top for this function: OD-808 boost with gain almost mini, tone at 12 o'clock, level to the max, suddenly gain of P1 at 10, it sends serious and clean! Palm mute tearing, taking off harmonics, sustain and crazy sound without retouching in Eq table!

As pure than OD, this is probably what is best for blues and rock slightly heavy, but it is not a distortion of metalheads especially with tuning Drop A. .. In this case it is a great boost which also allows to refine the sound.


To his cause after hesitating between a "clean boost" as the Electro Harmonix LPB-1 and between OD Boss SD-1 or other MXR Zakk Wylde.
Finest in its settings as the LPB-1, more defined in the mids that the MXR, and "everything" that the SD-1.
More if I play one day in a calmer note, I already have that in this area seems to be the top.

It's decided, I go to green ...

CautionHot's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" overdrive I needed!"

Maxon OD-808 Overdrive Reissue
Maxon offers this green overdrive, MXR style in a box .. 3 potentiometers (overdrive tone-balance), a rather soft under foot switch, classic overdrive.


The handling is quick and easy, one branch, we put everything at noon and it already sounds bien.Le manual is in English or Japanese and serves notice to the OD808, D & S, D & SII, PT999 .. In short, they have a valid instruction for many of their products in order to avoid the costs.


The sound quality is there. It goes overdrive with a nice crunch to a pedal that inflates his amps. The supercharged sound is there, no matter the amp. In Mesa Boogie Rectifier sound is clearer as a whole, more accurate. In E1 AMT with power amp EHX Caliber same effect, it tightens the bass and adds a bump in the mid which is just great to listen.

I use a Esp Ltd EC1000, a RR24 Jackson and Ibanez GRG170DX.

I use the finally gain overdrive at 9 am grand max, I play with the tone between noon and max and the same for the balance.


I learned a long time for an overdrive worthy of the name .. I have at home the Behringer TO 100 and the MXR Zakk Wylde first release .. The first is very fragile but cheap and the second too much gain .. What I like most is that it goes really well with everything, in all registers and what I like the least .. No, nothing to complain about. I bought € 94 in my music store and I do not regret at all, the quality is there, so for me it's perfect. This is the viagra big sound!


Thierry255's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A "TS like" convincing!"

Maxon OD-808 Overdrive Reissue
See other opinions.
Analog technology.
No true bypass, which does not necessarily suit me too, I like it when a pedal switch to slap strong engagement :) However, the bypass is good, it does not alter the sound


3 knobs, effect level, gain and tone. Note that this knob "tone" is effective! (Which is not necessarily the case in od).


A beautiful OD is supposed to be the most faithful replica of the time TS.
The overdrive in any case is progressive in winning with a specific tone setting.
Here you have to like the well-known of these pedals "TS" with a medium tone pronounced texture. Here it is served!


Used a fortnight.
Purchased used after all the great reviews I read everywhere on this pedal. I had already tested the reissues Ibanez TS, I did not like it at all!
I can not say that this pedal is not good, however I had this as confirmation that I do not like the sound with this bump in the midrange!
I do not refereai this choice, however, for those looking for a typical "TS" sound it can be a great pick! Especially at these prices!
The price - quality ratio is excellent!

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

Maxon OD-808 Overdrive Reissue
Overdrive effective.
Not editable.
Analog and destructive J'ADORE!


3 knob (no need for more).
- Balance (volume)
- Overdrive (gain)
- Tone


Excellent, really.
No breath, no crack.


Used for a year, I like.
I will change any time soon.