A legendary Vintage Overdrive
The OD-1 is one of the most famous Boss pedals. This Overdrive was a sort of standard in the '70s and '80s. So, if you play classic Rock or also Blues the OD-1 can be a perfect solution to recreate those sounds and atmospheres. The OD-1 has been produced in many versions, always identified with an additional letter to the serial number of the pedal: A, B and so on. Differences in the sound between these versions can be very important, depending on the used chips.
The OD-1 is a very simple pedal. Only two controls. Let's see them.
This knob compensates the volume difference between the direct sound and the effect sound. By increasing this control you will add more volume to the effect sound.
Obviously, this knob adjusts the Overdrive level. By increasing this control you will add more distortion to your sound.
Sound and general opinion
Like i said at the beginning of this review the OD-1 has been produced in many versions that can be very different in the sound according to the used chip. Generally, the OD-1 produces a rather clear sound and it tends to slightly cut lows. For someone this can be annoying, but you can use the tone control on the guitar or, better, on the amp to darken a bit the sound. However, the sound of the OD-1 is the typical sound of the '70s and it works well. Forget the digital sound of the modern pedals. This Vintage Overdrive can be a bit noisy, but satisfactions are guaranteed. With regard to the price it can vary very much. It depends on the general conditions of the pedal.