DOD250 OD still worth it?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by OblivionBass, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. OblivionBass


    Jul 3, 2005
    I've been told that DOD pedals now being made overseas in japan than in the US, and that the quality has dropped

    is it still worth it to get one, or to just wait and save up for a more expsive pedal?
  2. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Not Japanese, Taiwanese I think, but the quality is still top notch.
  3. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    For the new price, $40, it's hard to go wrong IMO
  4. OblivionBass


    Jul 3, 2005
    hows the bypass when its not in use, cause i know some pedals that totally change the tone

    by the way, what is IMO? :bag:
  5. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
  6. TaySte_2000


    Jun 23, 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Endorsing Artist: Mojohand, Subdecay, Overwater, Matamp
    bypass is good, my signal use to pass through mine when I had no power to it, which leads me to believe it is true bypass or passive bypass like mxr use, but as always I could be wrong.

    (Mine might have been special) :p
  7. OblivionBass


    Jul 3, 2005
    "passive bypass"
    it wont affect the sound of my bass then right (its active)
  8. OblivionBass


    Jul 3, 2005
    Is the vintage 80s pedal a different color than the new 2005 reissue? I'm looking to buy the old vintage version, and when I was looking I saw an orange one with a brown box instead of the new one thats yellow with a box that has its picture on it

    Help please? PLEASEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. winston

    winston Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    Berkeley, CA
    I'd never use the words "DOD" and "high quality" in the same sentence. :meh: Never had an old-style DOD like the 250 but the FX25, FX25B, Supra Distortion, two Juice Boxes, and compressor I've had were poorly designed/made, IMO. At least they started attaching the battery covers a few years ago, but I don't consider their construction, components, or build quality to be near the same league as Boss, Ibanez, MXR or the DOD company's own DigiTech products.

    One thing that's happened on each and every DOD pedal I've had: the jacks will come loose...even if the pedal has been sitting unused on a shelf for six months. This wouldn't be so bad (aside from the fact that this has never been a problem on any other brand of pedal I've owned)--except that if you have to take it apart to fix it, you will void the warranty of a new pedal (very clearly stated by DOD). Knobs/switches feel cheap, and the rubber bottom on the old ones peels off really easy.

    That said, some of them sound great--the FX25 is legendary for its heavy dub tone, and the Juice Box was one of the first overdrive pedals designed to explore the area in between clean and slightly dirty. Some of DOD's modulation pedals sound good. Most of the rest of their pedals seem to be starters..."my first fuzzbox"...which you'll get rid of as soon as you can afford something better. Just my .02.
  10. I agree with you on most of their pedals..but the DOD 250 looks to be pretty well built...the originals seem to fetch the same prices as some old boss pedals on Ebay...
    ......from reading reviews on the Preamp 250, it seems like what I might be looking for ... gritty dirt, not fuzz, as my Boss ODB has way too much fuzz, even at minimal gain settings....not useable for a full time, subtle effect...

    I'm not looking to replace my Mesa Bass 400....but I just want a little dirt for my Hartke Kickback 15 that I keep in our practice space, as it needs an attitude adjustment....
  11. phxlbrmpf


    Dec 27, 2002
    I don't use mine any more, it does sound good but the low end fatness really takes a nosedive at high settings and I wouldn't exactly call it "versatile". If I were you, I'd get a pedal with a blend knob such as the Digitech Bass Driver so you can adjust the amount of clean and processed signal.