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I'm not one for doing reviews, I'm not very good at it. I recently got hold of a 1980? Boss OD-1 from @rossyamaha. It's got the NEC 4558 8 pin chip and not the sought after 14 pin chip. It cost me £100. I've got a thing for Boss pedals at the moment
My K-Line strat plugged into the OD-1 and my princeton reverb set clean, no other effects used. It was an instant fuck me! It's a highly addictive, beautiful, raunchy and nasty sounding pedal and yes! it sounds exactly like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6L0OOUcTm4. First impressions, I would definitely describe the OD-1 as slightly tweedy sounding. Chords and single note playing sound fantastic and really stand out. I was getting some fairly convincing Neil Young rhythm tones but also bits of R.E.M Monster, Pavement, Arctic Monkeys & Joy Division. Many other 80's/90's alternative rock bands also exist in this faded banana yellow box, the faded yellow colour reminds me of Big Bird from Sesame Street.
It's got that sound I have been craving for in an overdrive and it's definitely got an edginess over a regular Tube Screamer. I've owned an original 1979 TS-808 and frankly the OD-1 pisses all over it, in fact I think it pisses all over my current drives including the ZVEX Double Rock. It doesn't sound stuffy/boxy or thin sounding. it's got two knobs which I love, I'm not that fussed about tone knobs, I find they get in the way, I often find myself faffing around with the controls on the Double Rock when I should be playing. The Boss OD-1 is instant, quick to dial in and inspiring to play. I only got an hour or so with it last night but my favourite settings are level all the way up and drive at about 8/9 o'clock, this is great for single note playing, notes are fat and full sounding without being too distorted and again they really stand out. Level at 12 o'clock and drive up full is where I love this, just full on, raunchy nasty drive perfect for power chords, octave stuff and nasty sounding riffs. It also does the nice gentle creamy smooth stuff. Some may not like the OD-1 but I love it. Both level and drive at noon sound great too, nice and gritty a nice light overdrive.
I can't wait to boost it with the two SHO circuits in the DR or even pair it with my specially made RAT clone. I may just purge of all my other drives and buy another OD-1 as a back up. I'm also on the look out for a Boss CE-2/CE-2w.