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    Default NPD: Boss OD-3 Overdrive

    After unsuccessfully trying the TC MojoMojo in my guitar rig, I decided to let it go rather than keeping it, even though it did work nicely in the bass rig. Nice overdrive, not for me.

    Enter in the Boss OD-3. I've read a lot of nice reviews about it and watched a really good comparison video between it and its cousin, the OD-1. I've tried pretty much all the Boss overdrives over the years and I have to say, aside from the old OD-1, the OD-3 is the best, IMO. This is what I was looking for. It doesn't get muddy (unless you're pushing the drive max in to an overly saturated amp and at that point, anything will get muddy), the Tone control actually has a usable range, the Level, even at noon, provides a nice kick in volume.

    I'm running my amp with a nice crunchy breakup that cleans up well and use the OD-3 to put it in the higher gain territory. The only problem I have is whether I want my amp on the 70's JMP or the 80's JCM setting (see the Vox AV30 for details). Both sound good with it. It arrived yesterday afternoon and I literally got home, unboxed it and took it to rehearsal. The band setting was the first use after I dialed it in. Fiddled with it a little bit early on when we got going but I think I found the optimal setting.

    Boss does it again.

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    Default Re: NPD: Boss OD-3 Overdrive

    I've always liked the OD series of boss pedals. My tastes have leaned more towards the BD-2 because it's got a particular snarl to the sound that I like, but I'd be happy to use an OD as well.
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    Default Re: NPD: Boss OD-3 Overdrive

    The OD-3 (and BD-2) are cool pedals, and pretty similar. Both use a discrete FETs instead of opamps for the gain stages.

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    Default Re: NPD: Boss OD-3 Overdrive

    I need to try an OD-3 some day.
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    Default Re: NPD: Boss OD-3 Overdrive

    Quote Originally Posted by PFDarkside View Post
    I need to try an OD-3 some day.

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    Default Re: NPD: Boss OD-3 Overdrive

    OD3 is real sleeper/under-rated pedal
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    Default Re: NPD: Boss OD-3 Overdrive

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    Quote Originally Posted by devastone View Post
    The OD-3 (and BD-2) are cool pedals, and pretty similar. Both use a discrete FETs instead of opamps for the gain stages.
    So that means the OD-3 is very different from the SD-1, then? Do they mix the clean signal with the distorted signal as well?

    I really like my SD-1, but I always end up finding it doesn't have enough juice even with the level maxed to reach unity gain with hot pickups.

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    Default Re: NPD: Boss OD-3 Overdrive

    Yes, the OD-3 circuit is very different from the SD-1, at it's core the SD-1 is basically a tube screamer with asymmetrical clipping. The OD-3 doesn't mix the clean signal in, not a Klon-ish circuit, but it is more in the distortion pedal vein IMHO, it has a couple of symmetrical sets of diodes that hard clip instead of the diodes in the feedback loop like in the SD and TS and the hundreds of variants. Both are very cool pedals and the OD-3 is much smoother than a DS-1 type circuit. It's been a while since I've used one, but I think it should give you more output than the SD-1, worth a shot if you can find one used for a good deal.

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    Default Re: NPD: Boss OD-3 Overdrive

    There's a few different diode types in the OD-3 but from what I can tell on the schematic, the main ones are the 1N4001 diodes in D6/D7 after the drive pot and the 1N914 diodes in D10/11 before it. The 1N4001 are my favorite in the SD-1 and DS-1. More headroom, smoother and warmer drive.

    The OD-3 is highly underrated, IMO. I'm surprised it's not in the stores more. One shop local to me carries it and they were out. All the GC's didn't have it. I ended up ordering it from Chicago Music Exchange on Reverb w/ free 2-day shipping. Great place to do business with.
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    Default Re: NPD: Boss OD-3 Overdrive

    Pretty sure the diodes in the OD-3 are just generic 1N914 silicone. I could be wrong, but all the schematics I've seen are 1N914s, not sure I've seen any Boss pedals that use anything else.

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    Default Re: NPD: Boss OD-3 Overdrive

    The one I was looking at specified 1N4001 in D6/D7. Knowing me, I'll open it up later and look at the innards. I was that kid that took apart new toys to see how they worked.

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    Default Re: NPD: Boss OD-3 Overdrive

    Nice!
    The BD-2 and OD-3 is in the same family as the old Turbo Overdrive OD-2 and OD-2r.

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    Default Re: NPD: Boss OD-3 Overdrive

    Quote Originally Posted by ErikH View Post
    I was that kid that took apart new toys to see how they worked.
    Weren't we all??

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    Default Re: NPD: Boss OD-3 Overdrive

    Any pedal that gets a parallel with the Blues Driver, I know I'll like. Haven't tried an OD3 and now I know I have to.

    The BD2 is the ****ing greatest.
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    Default Re: NPD: Boss OD-3 Overdrive

    I used to own an OD 3 and sold it years ago. Maybe I should give it another go. By the way Erik what happened to your info page on the Jcm 900 Mik iii? It doesn’t seem to be available anymore.

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    I had to let the domain go but the page is still up. https://erikh1171.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by ErikH View Post
    I had to let the domain go but the page is still up. https://erikh1171.blogspot.com/
    Ok thanks for that. Ive been using the jcm 900 2500 as my backup amp to my 800. I always kept the sensitivity low and used an overdrive pedal but maybe I should try it higher and ditch the overdrive. I like your sound samples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxelcat View Post
    Ok thanks for that. I’ve been using the jcm 900 2500 as my backup amp to my 800. I always kept the sensitivity low and used an overdrive pedal but maybe I should try it higher and ditch the overdrive. I like your sound samples.
    Thanks. Those are old samples, 10 years ago or more. I don't have the amp anymore. Had to sell it and the cab to pay things off. I hardly used it the last several years anyway and it's more amp than I need (power wise).

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    Default Re: NPD: Boss OD-3 Overdrive

    Erik; Have you ever had a chance to compare the Keeley modded Blues Driver to the OD-3?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtieToo View Post
    Erik; Have you ever had a chance to compare the Keeley modded Blues Driver to the OD-3?
    I have not. Can honestly say I've never used any of this stuff in my rig. I have tried to SEM DS-1 at a guitar show years ago and a few of his own pedals, like the Java Boost and Compressor. That's all the experience I have with Keeley.

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