BOSS SD1 Super Overdrive. Good or Not?

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markjmarkj Frets: 549
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Just read Adam Goldsmiths column in the latest issue of Guitarist magazine and he highly praises the SD1, he says that it easily holds its own against high end boutique pedals. They’re relatively cheap new and there’s a lot of bargain ones on EBay. What’s the verdict of Forum members?
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  • SupportactSupportact Frets: 58
    I used one for ages and they're great. It does have a specific eq it adds which really cuts through in a mix. You might like that effect, or not. As you say, cheap enough so no problem to buy a used one and give it a go.
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  • CirrusCirrus Frets: 6400
    Good
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  • I’ve used one as a boost into Marshall (and Marshall style) amps and it does its thing - which you might or might not like.

    I liked it for what I was trying to achieve but, as mentioned, cheap enough to try and see I guess.
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  • markjmarkj Frets: 549
    I used one for ages and they're great. It does have a specific eq it adds which really cuts through in a mix. You might like that effect, or not. As you say, cheap enough so no problem to buy a used one and give it a go.

    I’ve used one as a boost into Marshall (and Marshall style) amps and it does its thing - which you might or might not like.

    I liked it for what I was trying to achieve but, as mentioned, cheap enough to try and see I guess.
    Would it suit Fender amps?
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  • markjmarkj Frets: 549
    I used one for ages and they're great. It does have a specific eq it adds which really cuts through in a mix. You might like that effect, or not. As you say, cheap enough so no problem to buy a used one and give it a go.
    Are they warm sounding or shrill?
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  • SupportactSupportact Frets: 58
    They cut a bit of bass, which is great for tightening up an overdriven tone. There is a tone control, so if you use that you can match it to the amp. I find there's a spot where it cuts through but is not shrill. Quite a lot of reviews on YouTube you could check, if I had to describe it I'd say it was just a nice crunchy typical rock sound. Also classic way of using it to turn the gain down and use it to boost a valve amp.
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  • SassafrasSassafras Frets: 23884
    Get one.
    It's a classic and shits on a lot of booteeky pedals.
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  • monquixotemonquixote Frets: 13607
    An SD-1 into a JCM800 accounts for the guitar sound on about 50% of classic metal records. 

    It's very close to a TS so if you like one you will probably like the other. For whatever reason you seem to get more Fender + TS and Marshall + SD1, but either way should work.
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  • RickLucasRickLucas Frets: 118
    Buy one. Try it. If you like it, keep it.
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  • webrthomsonwebrthomson Frets: 748
    Sassafras said:
    Get one.
    It's a classic and shits on a lot of booteeky pedals.
    ^ This is the truth, get one you wont regret it :)
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  • StratavariousStratavarious Frets: 1426
    Prefer the OD3... but it is a classic
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 56968
    Great. One of the classic overdrive pedals, broadly in the 'Tube Screamer family', but slightly differently voiced and which seems to work extra well with Marshall-type amps. (Although fine with Fender and other types too.)

    It has one slight fault - when the drive control is set fairly high (usually above about 1 o'clock), distortion leaks into the bypass signal. How much varies from one example to another, but it's always present to some degree unless you run the SD-1 after another buffered pedal, which suppresses it. It's only noticeable if you use a perfectly clean amp sound though.

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

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  • markjmarkj Frets: 549
    Anyone had experience with the Waza version?
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  • monquixotemonquixote Frets: 13607
    I'm planning to get one to complete my set :)
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  • guitartangoguitartango Frets: 646
    markj said:
    Just read Adam Goldsmiths column in the latest issue of Guitarist magazine and he highly praises the SD1, he says that it easily holds its own against high end boutique pedals. They’re relatively cheap new and there’s a lot of bargain ones on EBay. What’s the verdict of Forum members?

    If it's good enough for Mr Gilmour, then it's good enough for you :)
    “Ken sent me.”
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  • polotskapolotska Frets: 85
    markj said:
    Anyone had experience with the Waza version?
    Yes. I haven’t tried them side-by-side, but I thought the SD-1W’s Custom mode was a bit better than the Standard mode—mostly I think it has more bass. The SD-1W does also fix the distortion-leaking-into-bypass issue that ICBM mentioned above.
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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 4117
    polotska said:
    markj said:
    Anyone had experience with the Waza version?
    Yes. I haven’t tried them side-by-side, but I thought the SD-1W’s Custom mode was a bit better than the Standard mode—mostly I think it has more bass. The SD-1W does also fix the distortion-leaking-into-bypass issue that ICBM mentioned above.
    ^^ this - the Waza version would be my preferred buy 100% of the time unless you are on some super tight unexpandable budget. 

    That said, agree with others that it's still a classic pedal with "a sound". I think it's one of the like three pedals total Lindsey Buckingham has on his board, right? If that's not a pretty good argument for it I dunno what is.
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  • TINMAN82TINMAN82 Frets: 1493
    markj said:
    Just read Adam Goldsmiths column in the latest issue of Guitarist magazine and he highly praises the SD1, he says that it easily holds its own against high end boutique pedals. They’re relatively cheap new and there’s a lot of bargain ones on EBay. What’s the verdict of Forum members?

    If it's good enough for Mr Gilmour, then it's good enough for you :)
    Indeed. Crazy he pretty much just used off the shelf boss and EHX pedals as his core tone for most of the 80s/ 90s. It’s probably a good message for the rest of us!
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  • RedlesterRedlester Frets: 636
    Yes, the SD-1 is an absolute classic. 

    I haven't tried the Waza, but TBH I think the fact that the standard model cuts out some of the bass is a large part of the magic you get with the LP>SD-1>Marshall set up. 

    I love this pedal. 
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  • JezWyndJezWynd Frets: 4972
    Brilliant pedal and now available in fetching black colour scheme...


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