Maxon Reissue Series OD808 Overdrive
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- A favorite overdrive pedal among many popular artists, such as Adam D of Killswitch Engage, Nick Hipa from As I Lay Dying, Metal Mike from Halford and the list goes on
- Offers the smooth, natural overdrive of a full-up tube amplifier in a compact pedal
- Incredibly dynamic, the Maxon OD808 pedal responds precisely to playing nuances and allows your instrument's natural tone to shine through
- Identical to the original circuit and featuring the JRC4558 IC chip
- Most imitated and most lauded overdrive circuit of all time
- The OD808 provides the natural, mild overdrive of a tube amp without sacrificing your guitarâs original tone
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From the manufacturer
The Original Overdrive
- The world’s first tube-amp overdrive simulator - circa 1979
- Warm, creamy, organic overdrive with singing sustain
- Rebranded for Ibanez as the TS808 Tubescreamer
A legend, reissued
The quintessential Maxon overdrive pedal – often imitated but never matched. Identical to the original circuit and featuring the JRC4558 IC chip, the Maxon OD808 reissue offers the smooth, natural overdrive of a full-up tube amplifier in a compact pedal. Incredibly dynamic, the Maxon OD808 pedal responds precisely to playing nuances and allows your instrument’s natural tone to shine through.
Erik Rutan – Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel, Mana Recording Studios
"I use the Maxon OD808 all the time now on my rig - I love it so much man, I can’t tell you, my old tube screamers sit in a closet now! I love the Maxon on my Marshall JCM 800 - THAT IS THE TONE I LIVE BY!!!"
Why Choose Maxon?
Besides the fact that the Maxon OD808 Reissue sounds richer, warmer, and BETTER than the Ibanez TS808 Reissue, there are also these facts to consider:
-Lower noise floor than TS808
-Smaller, lighter enclosure
-More reliable plunger type switch with soft-click tactile feel
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Originally released in 1979, the Maxon 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 - 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 Maxon 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 Maxon 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. 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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On comparisons to its clones: I originally preferred the Ibanez 808 and 9, but as my gear improved, I found that I liked the Maxon OD808 version the best. I didn't care for the Bad Monkey or Joyo VOD.
This is one of the easiest to use and most flexible drive pedals out there with a tube amp. All the controls are responsive, there are not many "bad" settings on the dials, and there are a lot of good ones. It seems like it should work well with a wide range of guitars and amplifiers. It does not have tons of noise or hiss either.
On a clean/high headroom setup there are a bunch of good ways to set this pedal up with some gain coming from the pedal and/or some boost coming from the pedal. Step on it and you'll get pedal gain/dirt + a volume boost. You might find that this is not a good way to get a really high gain sound but that's not what this kind of setup is for.
On a dirty/low headroom setup the common way to set it up is low or zero gain and lots of volume. This will shape the boost which tends to tighten up the bass and drive the mids & highs, causing the amp to distort differently. If you have a high gain amp this works amazingly well.
This pedal has a medium level of compression. It does not get rid of all your dynamics but it does reduce them. Another really amazing thing about this pedal is on a multi-channel amp this is a very rare example of a drive pedal that can be setup in a compromise position and sound great with either channel. So if you have 2 channels with a footswitch you can have 4 sounds with the amp footswitch + this and all of them will sound good. It's about the only drive pedal I've seen do this so well.
While I am bummed to say farewell to the Ibanez, it may actually be the best thing that has ever happened to my guitar tone.
I recently bought a Joyo Vintage Overdrive to tie me over while I researched OD pedals. (The Joyo is a decent pedal in it's own right...hard to complain for $30) but this OD is in a completely different category, definitely a pro stomp-box. I looked at OCDs, Plimsouls, and a million TS clones, but kept coming back to the Maxon. If TS is an essential part of your sound, look no further. Top notch quality and everything I dream of in a TS.
Really shines with the drive maxed and the balance 75%-100%. Responds sweetly to drive midway and balance maxed. This pedal will drive your amp into creamy tone paradise. I notice a distinct, deeper variation on the drive/balance/tone dials than the TS9. This pedal is more akin to the TS10s I have heard (Think SRV) , but it still has that distinct 808 flavor through and through. It will literally sustain for as long as you squeeze the notes.
Tone left or right is absolutely gorgeous. I got this Friday and spent the entire weekend enjoying my new tone. I even chained it with the Joyo and Oh My God what a sound!
Tubes are getting creamed, but not just for blues. It's also a great compliment to high gain distortion and really smooths out some of the harshness Vintage 30s are known for.
Feels like I got my TS9 back, mashed together with the flavors of a TS10 and all the warmth of an 808. This pedal is going to be known as my "always on" pedal...
I'm sure this thing is awesome in certain applications (like as a boost for a high-gain amp) but since I play at lower volumes on a practice amp this just didn't work for me.