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BOSS OD-3 OverDrive Best Guitar Effects Pedal Sustain and Compression Dual-Stage Overdrive for Blues and Rock


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Built in the tradition of the legendary BOSS overdrives, the OD-3 OverDrive pedal gives guitarists a greatly expanded range of smooth overdrive tones and improved response while staying true to the original.

- Dual-Stage Overdrive Circuit offers a level of sustain and compression unmatched by any overdrive pedal
- Increased dynamics yield a "bigger" sound than any previous BOSS overdrive pedal
- Dynamic, non-muffled tones reminiscent of classic overdriven "stack" amps
- Straightforward Drive, Tone and Level controls




1. What is the difference between the BOSS OD-3 and the SD-1?

  • The BOSS OD-3 gives you a heavier overdrive

2. Can I play rock songs with the BOSS OD-3? (Ex. Guns n Roses, Aerosmith, AC/DC)

  • Yes! The BOSS OD-3 is a great overdrive pedal that can make you sound like your favorite rock band.

3. Can I use the BOSS OD-3 with a fuzz pedal?

  • The BOSS OD-3 sounds good when placed before a fuzz pedal. The overdrive adds an extra crunch to the fuzz.

4. Can the BOSS OD-3 produce a Synester Gates Lead sound?

  • Yes, depending on the guitar, pedal settings, and other pedals stacked on the chain.

5. Is the BOSS OD-3 an analog pedal?

  • Yes

6. Does the BOSS OD-3 need power?

  • The BOSS OD-3 uses a 9v battery or a BOSS PSA adapter.

7. Does the BOSS OD-3 have a control knob?

  • The BOSS OD-3 has an EQ knob that can change the tone.

8. What is the difference between the BOSS OD-3 and the Blues Driver?

  • The BOSS OD-3 has an excellent base level gain and blends well.

9. Can I connect the BOSS OD-3 to a clean amp?

  • Yes.

10. Can I use the BOSS OD-3 with a humbucker?

  • Yes.

11. Does the BOSS OD-3 have a turbo mode like the OD-2?

  • No, the BOSS OD-3 doesn't. It is an analog pedal, unlike the OD-2.

12. Is the BOSS OD-3 a transparent overdrive pedal? Or a tube screamer?

  • The BOSS OD-3 is transparent.


  • Nominal Input Level: -20 dBu
  • Input Impedance: 1 M ohm
  • Nominal Output Level: -20 dBu
  • Output Impedance: 1 k ohm
  • Recommended Load Impedance: 10 k ohms or greater
  • Bypass: Buffered bypass
  • Controls: DRIVE knob, TONE knob, LEVEL knob, Pedal switch
  • Indicator: CHECK indicator (Used for indication of check battery)
  • Connectors: INPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type, OUTPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type, DC IN jack
  • Power Supply: Carbon-zinc battery (9 V, 6F22) or Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61), AC adaptor (PSA series: sold separately)
  • Current Draw: 15 mA
  • Expected battery life under continuous use: Carbon: Approx. 34.5 hours, Alkaline: Approx. 56 hours *These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.
  • Accessories: Leaflet ("USING THE UNIT SAFELY," "IMPORTANT NOTES," and "Information"), Carbon-zinc battery (9 V, 6F22)
  • Options (sold separately): AC adaptor: PSA series

Size & Weight

  • Width: 73 mm (2-7/8 inches)
  • Depth: 129 mm (5-1/8 inches)
  • Height: 59 mm (2-3/8 inches)
  • Weight (including battery): 370 g (14 oz)

* 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms
*The specifications are subject to change without notice.

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