Loosest/grittiest/least smooth Boss overdrive?

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  1. poolshark

    poolshark Supporting Member

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    Looking for a Boss something or other to use in a lower gain situation, but I don't want traditional smooth/transparent/amp-like/popular tones. The SD-1 and BD-2 are too smooth/natural, but the lower gain range of the DS-1 has my attention. What else is out there that sounds a little more gritty and interesting?
     
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    These are fuzzes... although I guess they can work in that context. I don't have extensive experience with Boss overdrives, but the one that instantly comes to mind regarding what you mention is the classic OD1. I remember it being quite rude, gritty and in-your-face, but definitely from an overdrive's low gain standpoint. If you can't find one or think they are too expensive, you can look for a modern clone (I don't know one).
     
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    Best bet if you've got your heart set on a Boss is the OS-2. Turn the mix knob more toward the OD side, rather than the Distortion side.
     
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    OS-2 is basically like an OD-1 on the overdrive side, still fairly smooth and not that gritty.
    Only Boss I can think of is the FBM-1 Fender Bassmam pedal.
    I'd be checking out Colorsound Overdrive and Boost clones, they are the king of open, uncompressed, gritty and raw over drives.
     
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    I used to have a Boss DN-2. It got fairly crunchy. Super responsive, too. I'd take one again if I had to only use Boss products.
     
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    Turbo mode in the Boss OD2 sounds...interesting.
     
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