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OD808

Sale Price: $169.00 CDN
Original Price: $199.00 CDN

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Originally released in 1979, the OD808 was one of the first tube-amp overdrive simulators to hit the market. Its smooth, creamy crunch tone caught on quickly, and helped to launch a long line of predecessors as well as imitators. Today, the OD808 design is without a doubt the most used, most imitated and most lauded overdrive circuit of all time. The reason for this is simple tone. Simply put, the OD808 provides the natural, mild overdrive of a tube amp without sacrificing your guitar's original tone. In addition, it can be used as a clean booster to provide increased gain without compromising the sound of your amplifier.

The secret behind the legendary "808 tone" lies in the amplifier section of its circuit. Rather than having an amplifier stage followed by a clipping stage, the OD808 uses a signal-distorting diode (Panasonic #MA150) that is located in the amplifier stage's negative feedback loop (which also contains the JRC4558 IC chip). Therefore, the OD808 distorts signal in the amplifier circuit itself which yields a smoother, milder, more natural sounding distortion than a separate clipping stage. This is also the reason that the IC type used in the circuit has such a large impact on the unit's tone. Maxon developed this unique design more than 20 years ago, and while it is commonplace nowadays, back then it was an industry first.

It should be noted that the Reissue Series OD808 uses different output resistors than the original version. After the unit's initial release it was discovered to have a high susceptibility to noise due to static electricity buildup. To improve performance, the positions of the output resistors on the reissue OD808 were reversed and their values increased in order to reduce noise levels. This circuit change has no audible affect on the sound of the unit, save for reducing the noise levels.

Whether it's used as an overdrive or a booster, the Maxon OD808 is the closest you can get to the classic sounds of 1970's rock guitar in a compact effect pedal.

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Closest StoreBurlington, Ontario
Just picked this guy up used for $100!! what a deal. I use it on its own in a clean channel for some classic rock and blues tones or in front of my crunch channel to let the notes sing during solos. great boost for either channel .
Posted by changbrose on Mar 30, 2015
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Closest StoreMarkham, Ontario
This pedal is great for the reason that is does not alter your amps tone (unless you want it to). Its nice to kick in an overdrive pedal for a solo and NOT lose the bottom end of your sound. Its even great as a clean boost. Very versatile. I use it with a Marshall 50 watt head. Highly recommended.
Posted by MLP on Dec 9, 2013
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Closest StoreMoncton, New Brunswick
I use it in front of my mesa boogie roadster and it just sound amazing for metal. Use it on your clean channel and you have an natural sounding overdrive! Highly recommended!
Posted by Pascal on Sep 6, 2013
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Closest StoreWaterloo, Ontario
If you play metal, don't let the dealer discourage you from buying this because they tell you it gives you a 70's classic rock sound, which it does, but if you've done your homework, you will come to realize some of the best in the metal industry use this for crazy dark tones! Gives tube amps that extra boost in gain that you desperately need to sound like the pros.
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Closest StoreMontréal, Quebec
At first I wanted the renown Ibanez TS-808 re but found it too pricey. So after reading critics that said it was the same thing I took a chance with one. No regret! It's great to boost a tube amp or gives a nice smooth '70 classic rock style tone. Very dynamic and organic.
Posted by Frank on Jun 25, 2013
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Closest StoreNorth Vancouver, British Columbia
This is really the OD pedal that should be setting the standard in my opinion. Very well built, and great at what it does. I've owned various other overdrives in this pricerange and they paled in comparison to the 808, both in tonal capacity, and especially in build quality.
Posted by MGC on Jan 6, 2013
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