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    Last night at rehearsal I decided to use the OD-3 with the JMP setting on my amp instead of the JCM 800. The JMP model is a little cleaner, clearer and more crunch comparatively. The gain is set around 10 o' clock so it's a nice mid-gain sound that cleans up real nice. The OD-3 shines here. The level and tone are at noon and the drive at 1 o'clock. I'm getting plenty of push, great sustain, and even a little volume boost from it.

    This is the kind of overdrive where you want to have a couple of them and keep one in the box locked up somewhere. And I might do that because if this one ever got lost, I would want another immediately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ErikH View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by SirJackdeFuzz View Post
    I bloody love that Java Boost . . . it works for me !
    From what I remember it was very cool. Essentially a Rangemaster clone. Come to think of it, one of the pedals I built some years back is a Java Boost, complete with the 3-way voicing toggle. I haven't used it in so long I almost forgot I had it.

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    This morning I ended up following up on my post about having one in the box locked up in case the one I use gets lost. Sure enough, a steal came across my Reverb feed. It's used in very good condition at a local shop. I've paid for it and my wife is going to pick it up for me. I might take the newer one I have (came in a black box instead of yellow) and put that one away and use this one with my rig. I'm glad I've starting using this OD. Don't know why I didn't try it years ago. It's great overdrive.

    Edit: I should add that the one I just got was made December 2007, and through-hole components, while the one I first bought was made January 2019, also through-hole components. I guess they changed the boxes sometime between the two "eras".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aceman View Post
    OD3 is real sleeper/under-rated pedal
    I'll second that. Is very under the radar when it comes to Overdrive pedals.

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    VERY underrated. Crazy.

    This thing is really good with the drive all the way down and the level all the way up. I set the tone on my rig to about 10 o'clock. A kick-ass boost. There is no problem on many settings cutting through the mix with this thing. I love the diversity.

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    I think part of the problem with this pedal is that it's more than 2X the cost of a SD-1 new and they both say overdrive, so most people think "I can have the super version for less than 1/2 the cost of the regular". But, they are 2 very different pedals, so maybe the OD-3 should be the "Ultra Deluxe Overdrive" or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devastone View Post
    I think part of the problem with this pedal is that it's more than 2X the cost of a SD-1 new and they both say overdrive, so most people think "I can have the super version for less than 1/2 the cost of the regular". But, they are 2 very different pedals, so maybe the OD-3 should be the "Ultra Deluxe Overdrive" or something.
    Yes, they are. The circuit of the SD-1 and the original OD-1 are quite similar. The addition of the tone control changed which out of the opamp is used for the signal and a few parts differences but overall, pretty simple circuit. I've modded the SD-1 to OD-1 specs before (at least the 8-pin chip version, not the original 14-pin chip version). The OD-3 is a completely different beast. I opened mine up and it is through-hole components and I did see a couple 1N4001's in there as clippers. Good stuff. Those are great clipping diodes. More headroom and a warmer clip, more natural sounding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ErikH View Post
    Yes, they are. The circuit of the SD-1 and the original OD-1 are quite similar. The addition of the tone control changed which out of the opamp is used for the signal and a few parts differences but overall, pretty simple circuit. I've modded the SD-1 to OD-1 specs before (at least the 8-pin chip version, not the original 14-pin chip version). The OD-3 is a completely different beast. I opened mine up and it is through-hole components and I did see a couple 1N4001's in there as clippers. Good stuff. Those are great clipping diodes. More headroom and a warmer clip, more natural sounding.

    "Stunning Overdrive"
    The OD-3 is like neither of them, it's closer to the BD-2 than the SD or OD-1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devastone View Post
    The OD-3 is like neither of them, it's closer to the BD-2 than the SD or OD-1.
    Well, yeah. I meant the SD-1 and OD-1 are quite similar to one another. I've seen the schematics of the OD-3 and it is vastly different.

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    I tried an OD3 next to a BD2 and at times it was hard to tell one from another.

    The OD3 has a bit more low-end and has thicker mids, the BD2 is a bit more raspy and has a bit more high-end. I preferred the BD2 for low gain since it's a bit more open sounding.
    The OD3 for thicker high-gain sounds. Both sound great. I'd have a happy life boosting things with any of them.
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    The BD-2 has more range of gain (dimed, it almost sounds like a fuzz), and you're right - there's a raspy thing going on all the time . . . which you either like or hate.
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    I love that character it has. It gives a smooth, creamy amp a whole different flavor you probably wouldn't quite get from a TS9 or something.

    It has its own thing going on and I love it.
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    I have always been happy with a simple TS9 - not that I use one often. It's just been the box I've had/used all my life. I have been messing with a modded SD-1 lately. Still, OD-3 would be my goto if I was into OD's
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