Boss OD-3 ?

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  1. ChrisGS

    ChrisGS Member

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    I've been reading here and there about this recent overdrive pedal . Anyone here try one ? How dose it compare to a TS-9 reissue ?

    Thanks ,
    Chris.
     
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    The OD-3 has been my main overdrive for about three years.
    It seems to boot off everything else that comes along.
    I know its Boss and will always have that Boss sound, some folks dont like it some do.
    It has rich harmonics, good, tight low end.
    Smooth drive and its simple to use, I like that in a pedal.
    If you take a look at the tone chart Boss has put together you will see how the specs add up.
    Its true when they say the pedal surpasses any other overdrive on the market,
    Well.. at least Boss overdrives.
    Try it, I really love mine.
    Dont expect no TS-9 stuff out of it though.
    To my ears they are totally different monsters.
     
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    I spent a year playing an Od-3 as my main OD. It's pretty scooped sounding. On the other side of the street from a ts-9. Plenty of bass, pretty grainy. More of a distortion pedal than od I think.
     
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    My favorite BOSS overdrive! As usual, there's plenty of mods available for the OD-3, but it sounds pretty good stock - It was released around the same time as the Blues Driver, so it's been 'under the radar', but I think it's a better sounding pedal
     
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    The OD-3 actually has a big midrange,
    Just check the specs.
    The fattest midrange of all Boss Overdrives.
     
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    ptdesign Handmade sonic art

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    Do you really judge tone by a "tone chart" that boss printed for you?
    The specs have little to do with what comes out of my amp. No offense.
     
  7. Rid

    Rid Senior Member

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    It has alot of mids, that much is certain, and it sounds better in the mix than its standalone sound might reveal, I use it mainly for lowergain almost clean sounding stuff, on its own it is abit ugly and flat, but it works when played.
    It is just one of those things.
    I have been in two minds over it, but I am keeping it now.
     
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    I've sworn by the OD3 for over 3 years now. I like it better than the TS9 (and clones). It doesn't lose low end, and gives a slight mid boost also, great for solo's and pinch harmonics. It also keeps definition, all notes in a chord come through clearly. I keep mine set with level and gain at around 5, and tone at 3-4, depending on which amp I'm using. Lately I've been playing more "old school", having the amp slightly distorted, volume on guitar down for cleans, then hitting the OD3 for solos. It's a keeper for sure.
     
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    My OD3 has been relegated to backup status by the surprising Bad Monkey. When I do use the OD3, I tend to use a high level mid tone and zero gain setting. I like it as a clean boost type of settup but never really liked the one knob tone, hence the Monkey.For the $50.00 that I paid the 0D3 is a solid backup.
     
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    IMHO, it's a totally different vibe than a TS-9. Outstanding rhythm pedal for blues and classic rock. Lot's of bottom for use with combo's. Also works really well when paired with another pedal for lead boosts.

    Stormin!
     
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    Where is this Boss tone chart you speak of?
     
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    I dont know if it can be found over the net but Its printed in the Boss Book and inside their yearly catalogue.
     
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    It's my favourite Boss O/D. I currently have it, an SD-1, a BD-2, a Route 66, two Rats, a TS-9, and a BB preamp. In my opinion it beats them all except the BB.

    I have the Supro mod on order from Monte Allums. Can't wait to hear it after the mod.
     
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    To my ears the OD-3 is like a better version of the BD-2. More bass, more useful gain range and no horrible unnatural fizzy decay. I hear fairly flat mids, not scooped mids, although compared to a TS I could see where you might get that impression.

    I don't hear a mid range emphasis. I have no idea what chart you guys are referencing but the SD-1 is Boss's TS clone and IMO it has WAY more mid range than the OD-3 as does the original TS.

    Anyway there is a very easy mod that the guys on the Tele board are raving about where you simply remove 2 of the clipping diodes (d6 and d7) which supposedly opens up the pedal and gives it a 100% useful gain range at the expense of less total gain.

    This is the best OD boss makes IMO and its great for low gain rhythm stuff (tom petty, modern country) up to Classic Rock riffing and even AC/DC. I don't like it for solos though...not enough midrange and the bass is a little loose.
     
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    I also use the OD-3 primarily as a rhythm pedal. I prefer the SD-1 for lead.
     
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    How does the OD-3 compare to the OD-1? Is this one of the few times that Boss actually improved upon a previous version of one of their pedals?
     
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    I think it would be safe to say that yes, they have "improved"
    upon previous models, but remembering how subjective tone really is its hard to use the word improved.
    The OD-3 is based upon a dual stage overdrive design, it came out at a time when Boss were experimenting with COSM technology.
    It definitely sounds "fuller" than previous models.
    Its almost a distortion pedal at full gain settings.
    I still like the OD-1 but prefer the 3 because it has more of everything and is nice and smooth, cleans up well too.
     
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