Overdrive pedal

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Joszan7, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. Joszan7


    Dec 7, 2007
    Which overdrive pedal is the best for the money? I was thinking of either the Boss ODB-3, MXR Blowtorch, or the Ibanez PD7.

  2. Flintlock

    Flintlock Guest

    Jul 3, 2007
    Blowtorch is more of a fuzz then an overdrive, the boss is also more of a distortion then overdrive. I've heard the Marshall Guv'nor retains low end, even though its a guitar pedal. I'm looking at one myself now, since they are so cheap. However I'd wait for someone more experienced in effects to come along and re-write all of this...
  3. Tomass

    Tomass Guest

    Nov 1, 2005
    How much money are we talking, there are a lot of over drive pedals on the market these days. You've listed the mainstream ones there, which are not bad budget pedals. The Boss ODB-3 is either loved or hated, the MXR Blowtorch is a bit to buzzy for some. Some of the more favourite over drive pedals that work well for bass are Electro Harmonix Big Muffin, Fulltone Bass Driver, DHA VT1 std Bass.
  4. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    My favorite is the EBS Valve Drive. Very natural, but pricey.
  5. crapusername


    Sep 26, 2005
    North Kent.UK
    endorsing artist: Dean guitars, Marshall , Rotosound strings
    from the three you mention - The PD7 is probably the most versatile, then MXR, and then the boss.
    for me though it would be the MXR
    (even though i still own all three!)
  6. Joszan7


    Dec 7, 2007
    I was thinking of anything up to $140, but I would rather something cheaper. I'm thinking of the Guv'nor, ODB-3 or PD7. Which of those three is the best? By the way...thanks for your replies.
  7. Tomass

    Tomass Guest

    Nov 1, 2005
    The Govnor would most likely be the best out of that range of pedals, and like someone mentioned earlier, it has got good bottom end.
  8. Lebowsky

    Lebowsky Effects Forum Resident Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2007
  9. casio

    casio Guest

    Aug 1, 2007
    yeah....fulltone in that price range...
    anyway...not to knock on you, but doing a search would be the best, cause you can find clips of all those pedals in previous threads and that should help form an opinion!
    if youre lazy to do that, then suggesting going into a store and trying the pedals would be pushing it!:D
  10. Joszan7


    Dec 7, 2007
    Just wondering... are you referring to the original one or the 2nd version? Or do they sound the same?
  11. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    PD7 clean then MAX OD, then Max Dist, followed by Pandora fuzz. Raunchy pedal for a good price.


    You can back off these settin but not get more. The seperate bass and treble controls really help as well.
  12. Shredsled87

    Shredsled87 Guest

    Oct 18, 2007
    Mesa, Arizona
    I wouldn't get the boss. I did not like the sound of mine. I thought it sounded too digital. But that's just me.
  13. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters

    Apr 20, 2006
    Western NY
  14. At $50 new, it's hard to beat the PD7. I got one on ebay once before for $18.00!

    I think it sounds better than the ODB-3, that's for sure.

    I have a clip of it here...


    I have it on all of "78" and after the heavy intro of "Six Eight Groove".
  15. KsToaDangr


    Apr 17, 2007
    Columbia, SC
    Im probably going to get laughed at, but I picked up Dano Daddy-O a few years ago, and I haven't used another OD pedal since then. It does everything I need it to, and it sells for cheaper than a lot of the others out there.
  16. Christian Waiau

    Christian Waiau

    Jun 16, 2005
    las vegas/maui, nevada/hawaii
    Endorsing Artist: Spector, Aguilar, Darkglass
    hahhahaha... i only laugh because i liked the daddy-o for a while. it was my first OD pedal and it was the only thing left over from my short lived days as a guitar player:bag:

    i got the odb-3 after... and ditched it soon after. i just picked up a pd7 and IMO is much better then the odb3 as far as tone and being much more versatile.

    I have not tried the blowtorch but it seems more like a fuzz.
  17. Hookus

    Hookus Guest

    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    I owned an ODB-3 for a long time, and finally ended up just giving it away. I thought it was garbage.
  18. pulse


    Apr 10, 2007
    Berlin, Germany
    some people manage to use the odb3, some really famous people, but it did not work with me either

    fizzy and no cut on my sound.

    I listened thru all the overdrive samples on the bass player od pedal shoot out and actually had the Ibanez in my final list.

    With full tone, Gallien Krueger and EBS valve drive
  19. I personally think my PD7 kinda stinks, ok for the price i suppose. Sounds pretty cheap to me. I have tried the Boss in stores and think I would prefer that one. But..each to his own...listen to them all if you can and you pick. None of us know your taste. I haven't heard the Blowtorch yet..but would love to someday.
  20. Prahainspring

    Prahainspring Guest

    Oct 22, 2002
    New Jersey
    My 2cents; the original one has nowhere near the bottom end needed to be usable on bass.

    It has an excellent sound but you'd have to switch the caps on it for more bass to make it suitable for practical purposes.