Maxon ROD-881 Real Overdrive / Distortion
Maxon ROD-881 Real Overdrive / Distortion

ROD-881 Real Overdrive / Distortion, Overdrive pedal from Maxon in the Real Tube series.

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Neo151188's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good pedal but there's more!"

Maxon ROD-881 Real Overdrive / Distortion
I will not repeat the above characteristics.

-A On / Off switch
A boost-
A switch-Od / Disto
One-knob adjustment Gate


So this is where I find the pedal just a little. I said that I do not use that function Disto.

The sound of the pedal is very distinctive!
I use it on different amps (Fender Bassman, Carvin X60, Marshall JCM 800) and each time a new adjustment is necessary for sound "correct".

The Treble knob adds a lot of cutting.
Increases the Bass knob bass without adding body and fullness to the sound (this is most lacking in my opinion).
The Middle knob is when its his job very well.

The integrated Noise Gate pedal is significant, however, it is not enough! I have to pair it with the Boss NS2 to really hear no more breath.

Brief can do better.


So this is where I was extremely disappointed at the same time extremely satisfied.

Note that I used with several guitars in style Blues Rock / Hard Rock:

- Gibson Explorer
- Hamer Centaura
- Fender Telecaster Japan (3 pickups, the original lipstick neck, a gibson paf in the middle, and a Seymour Duncan in the bridge. I never knew the exact model pickups, it sounds this is the main one)
- Gibson Les Paul Standard

It all depends on the amp which uses the pedal.
On the Fender Bassman sound is cold, without roundness and no big dynamic that is expected of a pedal Disto!

A Marshall JCM800 single channel, the dream, a warm and powerful to ZZ TOP / TDCA.

Channel for solos BOOST increases slightly the overall level and adds a dose of significant gain for the high-flying plans!

However, do not plan to couple od pedal or distortion channel of your amp might hear something completely inaudible!


I have 5 years.
It is a good pedal but I think it is relatively expensive for its quality.
I couple with other pedals to get my sound: Jekyll & Hyde, Ibanez Jemini.

I do not think I let retry if the choice had to be redone.

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

Maxon ROD-881 Real Overdrive / Distortion
Pedals for overdrive and distortion.
Power: 9vDC/180mA, foun transformer.
Dimensions: 110 (width) x 160 (length) x 72 (height)
Attachments: <ul> 5 rglages: GAIN, LOW (100Hz/0-> 28dB), MEDIUM (1kHz/0-> 25dB), ACUTE (3kHz/0-> 22dB), MASTER
Slectionneur a lever between OVERDRIVE DISTORTION and.
1 lamp 6072/12AY7 Elecro-Harmonix (dual triode ... just be replaced by 5751, 12AX7, ECC83, ...)
A foot switch on / off boost (+10 dB)
A foot switch ON / OFF effect (sudden boost too).
Rducteur noise 1:2 or more.
Mono jack inputs and outputs. </ul>
What more?


Connection: an input, output, power ...
EQ adjustments are formidable (22-28dB!).
The bass are reaching the amp to its limits!
The mdium not trs INTERESTED my taste, once half of the race Exceeds knob.


Chanage: guitar (Yamaha AES-FG) -> ROD881 -> prampli (CAE 3 + SE) -> power amp (VHT2/90/2) -> speakers (NOS).
The gain is sufficient, even if a few grams more could be INTERESTED ...
The styles range from the pedals in blue rock / hard-rock...pas forcment best adapts to the mtal ... There's other products (ENGL570 for example).
Viewpoint grain ... FINALLY pedals worthy of a branch on a 3 +! which is still above (more authentic, more gain and sings even better when ...), but still a good plan to add a 2nd channel crunch.


Much better than the GTO SOLDANO SuperChargeur.
One of the best distortion pedals I've had with the Blackstar HT-DRIVE
qualitprix correct report (249).

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

Maxon ROD-881 Real Overdrive / Distortion
Overdrive and distortion in the pedal.
Tube technology (1 lamp)
A cable on an effects loop but can preferably output guitar.
Nothing revolutionary, but a bit noisy.


Config super simple, there are different sounds easy enough but the sound is not that I like to go.
not man, but is it really necessary for a pedal effect?


This is the crucial point: the sound. Ben there, it's super disappointing for a ^ bought new pedals and vaunted far.
Used with Les Paul std mesa and lamp, used to have two different saturations but what a disappointment! The sound is cold and sharp, not possible to make a difference with a multi-purpose tube for example (eg Digitech)


Used for a month, I can not get used to it. This is only my opinion but understand that this is not a product that will satisfy for sure the musicians. Many acute od, no heat.
I think part with it soon. I am a bit disgusted (close to 250 euros anyway ...)
Me if I do, I'll let you know.

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

Maxon ROD-881 Real Overdrive / Distortion
The Maxon is a processor ROD881 tube distortion with two types of distortion (distortion and overdrive, controlled by a mini switch), a 3-band EQ, gain control, master, a boost (foot switchable) and a adjustable noise gate. The 9v adapter is provided ... Possd with the famous Ibanez TK999 Tube King (which is the ROD880 copy and ROD881, copying amliore), I note that the input and output jacks, as well as accounts for Does the adapter have strengthened (c trs is a good place since the ROD for the adapter entrefbrile m literally had to cut the cost of the circuit tube king .... snif) So no more problems of solid! All these are CHARACTERISTICS, sleep, and the dj who pedals a ROD881 Submitted all synptmes machine lends a blind dlivrer you sound as perfect as you looking, and this in a lot of area ...


The use of ROD881 is simple to be .... I will be brief on this point:
-A switch (at the bottom right) for the action of the effect
-A switch (left foot) to boost the action
One-knob for rglage treble (treble)
One-knob for rglage of mediums (medium)
One-knob for rglage low (bass)
-A knob for volume rglage (master)
One-knob for rglage gain (gain)
A mini-switch to the mode of distortion (as this one site between the knob and master gain)
A mini-knob for adjusting the noise gate (this one as al rear of the site between the pedals input jack ... a note, the mini that enables or disables the noise gate)
As easy as I thought


Then the .... c is the war ..... the ROD881 is one of those instuments that, then that they are just branches and not at rgls, dj dlivrent a grain absolutely daunting .... In fact the sound is big and even bigger and the trs, even on a piti Park 10 watts ... In OD mode, the distortion is trs trs hot or scorching hot ... It al impression that a cut is activated has about 10,000 hertz, and this makes it sound smooth and rev it, even with a rate of distortion lev (!)... the equalization is prcise and the smallest movement of potentiometer us to explore a new color ... so we can make the metal even in the OD mode digging the medium, or obtain, with a nice reverb, the sound of the first Frank Gambale. Test with a half case (a Gibson ES347), we find ourselves in the clubs of Chicago, by taking BB King ... was drooling a bit, c is smooth .. writ runs great! The ROD is a bluesy wish! The mode starts the disto pedals out the hooks, the band of 10,000 Hz appears, the distortion becomes very aggressive, trs sharp and slightly colder, scabby grain is really .... s no good alternative, I have a metal band, so the distortion mode, c is metal! The boost ... bah c s is the Apocalypse ... enabled the boost for solos is absolutely effective ... it does not cover other instruments to excess, it takes off just what it takes to be heard and the chorus can do without straining the ear to the back ... but the n is not my tural use the boost ... Indeed, what was my surprise when activated with the boost, I note that the grain is dirty and a little more for me c is the mud! j therefore used the boost at all times to get the grain that I need ... I lose the use of boost as such you tell me .... yes but I caught up with other effects of ... Feel free to DCID what to do .... Prcisons that the output level of the pedals is quite leve, more than the former king Tube ... the noise gate is quite effective but high volume and you switched nost n Avoid no feedback ... For my part j uses the gate of my effects loop (a TC eletronic G major)


J I have a BOSS and I metalzone possde currently the king Tube (rpar lol), an MXR distortion DoubleShot, Hughes and Kettner pramp a tubeman, a Mesa Boogie pramp v-twin, a vh100 Laney head, I have to test beucoup amp with distortion of Engl (Savage 120, Powerball), Peavey (5150, XXX), Marshall (JCM900, JCM2000, lead plexi, anniversary) Mesa Boogie (Mark IV, correct ), Hughes and Kettner (triamp, warp7), Brunetti (XLR-EVO) ... Maxon is the ROD881 (with distortion of the head of XLR-amp Brunetti EVO) m the only distortion that has really blown .... Note that due to the lamp ROD881 dlivre does not secrets at once ... it was not until the lamp is done ... but then a little scabby and c is hot or cold soup is desired, the effective use ... the pedals is not part of the friendly toys that can be found in music stores, c is a real authentic distortion you can lay the sound you heard on a particular disk ... Inge of his came to see me after a concert and asked me to when I left the grain full and equal trs powerful but easy to work ... it cost me 250euro and she is widely trs .... is what I do it again this choice? Frankly I d in that one and I think I m well take a deuxime because jm exploded with so much at home on a park than 10 watts on a big scene Laney vh100 transplanted loool ... voilou! j hopes to have enough t prcis lol