How similar is a Boss OD-3 to the "old " OD-1?

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  1. ungarn

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    Just curious...How similar is a Boss OD-3 tonewise to the "old " Boss OD-1 pedal?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. jaywalker

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    The OD3 has a lot more dynamic drive and better bass response, the OD1 sounds more tube screamery to me.
    I'd say the OD3 is by far the best mass produced OD out there at the moment.
     
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    The 'only' thing I'd change on the OD3, I'd say after owning one for nearly 10 years, is it would be good to have a little bass-reduction switch. And this has only occurred to me in the last couple of weeks.

    As John says, it has a fantastic dynamic range.

    I did own an SD1 20-odd years ago, and it wasn't anywhere near as natural sounding. I picked up an old OD1 for cheap but traded it towards an acoustic shortly thereafter, so couldn't really tell you much beyond that it was a good drive in its own right.

    Y'know, if someone was going to do a boutique version of the OD3, some sort of dip-switch enabled parametric tuning of the low-mids might be the way to boutique-ify it.
     
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    I hated the OD-3 and still have my trusty OD-1, OD-3 was harsh sounding to me and lacked musicality.

    OD-1 stacks better than any other tubescreamer, it's on par with all Eternity's I've tried funnily enough (stacking wise)
     
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    Ah yes, keep the tone knob around 1 o'clock on your OD3!
     
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    I have the OD1, SD1, and OD3.
    The OD1's closer to the SD1, IMO.
     
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    i had an od-3 for a short time and being someone who uses od's for boosting & tightening already distorting amps this didn't work for me and the bass response was so big. i imagine it's good as a stand-alone od.
     
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    I responded in that thread... changing c5 will change your bypassed tone as well. Changing c14 to a smaller cap would be a better workaround IME than changing that particular output cap. Another option would be lowering c13.
    bw
     
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    I find these threads quite funny sometimes... every OD pedal will sound different depending on the amp used... I love the OD3 in front of a Marshall JMP on the low input channel, but it dosen't sound good at all in my other amps... with pedals there are NO absolutes... the only way to find out what sounds good for you is to try everything until one particular OD speaks to you....
     
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    thanks for pointing that out. i fogot that you had visited that thread. fr8_trane mentioned that you had some excellent input on that. c14 it is! . . . one of these days. . .
     
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    The OD-3 is somewhere between an OD-1 and a BD-2, less midhump than an OD-1 not as transparent as a BD-2.
    The SD-1 is basically an OD-1 but with a tone knob.
    The OD-3's one of my faves.
     

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