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Overdrive Pedal Not Working

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by BPN2112, Jun 3, 2018.

  1. BPN2112

    BPN2112 Guest

    Jun 3, 2018
    I recently got a Boss ODB-3 pedal. When I switched it on, I got a volume boost, but no overdrive. I played with the knobs, but I couldn't get anything out of it. I took it back to Guitar Center, and it worked just fine. I took it back home - nothing. I used different cables and power adapters. All of my other pedals work just fine. I tried it in my chain and by itself.
    I took it back to Guitar Center and returned it. I decided to go with a TC Electronics Cinders Overdrive. I have the same problem with this one. I can adjust the tone and volume, but I'm not getting any overdrive no matter what I do with the drive knob.
    This makes me think it's not the pedals. I'm not sure what to do. I run a Fender clone through a Fender Rumble 100 combo amp. Any advice is appreciated.
  2. Bassist30


    Mar 19, 2004
    What type of cables are you using?
  3. BPN2112

    BPN2112 Guest

    Jun 3, 2018
    I'm using Livewire cables. They're new and working fine. All of my other pedals are doing what they're supposed to.
  4. BunchyMutt

    BunchyMutt Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2014
    Couple more questions:

    1) Are the livelier cables mono or TRS (do they have one or two bands on the connector part)?

    2) what type of power supply are you using and is that power supply powering other pedals in your chain?
  5. T.Rex


    Sep 19, 2015
    is the volume turned all the way up on ur bass to get the most sound signal to ur pedals? if you have a ton of gain but the insturment is turned down very quiet then youll literally have a clean tone probably sounding a little muffled or something of the sort
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  6. rratajski

    rratajski Commercial User

    Jul 1, 2008
    Mount Laurel, NJ
    Have you tried just bass->pedal->amp?
    What power supply are you using?
    Are you running it before the amp or in the effects loop?
    Are you plugged in with input on the right, output on the left?
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  7. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    overdrive isn't for everyone. you may have missed the memo.

    good luck resolving your issue(s)! :thumbsup:
  8. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    Bring your bass to GC and try it through their od pedals. You may (probably) have a weak pickup or a bad solder joint in there.
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  9. BPN2112

    BPN2112 Guest

    Jun 3, 2018

    Wow. I'm a ******* idiot. That was everything. Thanks.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 1, 2018
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  10. BPN2112

    BPN2112 Guest

    Jun 3, 2018
    I'm the dumbest bassist ever, folks. Sorry for wasting your time. Again thank you T.Rex .
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  11. BunchyMutt

    BunchyMutt Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2014
    We've all been there one way or another
  12. Crystalman85


    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    I've use those cables once. crapped out on me within a few months. I have since then sticked with plant waves cables and mogami cables. they worked so much better for my set-up.
  13. tfer


    Jan 1, 2014
    It happens to all of us.
  14. Phe


    May 30, 2005
    Oulu, Finland
    How about those moments when you're on stage, ready to rock and no sound comes out? You go through your pedals and end up going straight to amp, just to notice either your amp wasn't on or you had your volume off on your bass.
    Or you are furiously tuning your E string, just to notice it was in fact the tuning peg of A string you were tugging. Yeah, I'm an idiot as well!
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  15. tfer


    Jan 1, 2014
    The only thing I had close to that, was a patch cord that got SLIGHTLY pulled out, but I managed to find it before the chorus.
  16. T.Rex


    Sep 19, 2015

    anytime, main leading reason i know this is from this same thing happening to me when setting up my pedal bored settings. i thought my overdrive wasnt working all the sudden
  17. joel the bass player

    joel the bass player Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2000
    Omaha, NE
    A cable being slightly unplugged.
    Amp off.
    DI set to pre eq so your knob turning does nothing.
    Going to the same place but all of a sudden having some crazy intermittent squeal you've never heard before that you blame on everything else till you hit that ground lift button and all is well.
    Having your IEMs unplugged or pack off.

    All these have raised the blood pressure. Have only had a bad cord or two that actually had to be replaced instead of just double checked. But I almost always carry around a second bass, and a bag full of tools, cords, batteries, and other essentials.