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You found a great guitar amp, but the first thing you notice is that it lacks the rough tone you hear in your favorite rock or metal songs. If you have a tube amp, the answer to this might be an overdrive pedal.

When shopping for an overdrive pedal, the best thing to do is ask someone who's been there, done that. So that's exactly what we did.

For this post on the 10 best overdrive pedals, we asked 10 different guitarists what their favorite overdrive pedal is, and why.

With their responses, we've embedded a demo videos of their suggested pedal for you to check out.

Here are the 10 overdrive pedals as recommended by 10 different guitar players.


Ryan Baustert from Throw the Fight

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What's the best overdrive pedal?

Maxon OD808 Overdrive Pedal

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What makes it awesome?

This pedal is so awesome and is my secret weapon. I use a Mesa Dual Rectifier so it really helps push the tubes and tighten up the sound. The Maxon is great for high gain amps.


Jacob Hoffman from Drop the Act

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What's the best overdrive pedal?

Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer

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What makes it awesome?

This pedal is a MUST for ANY guitar player. This pedal can bring your sound to new heights and honestly could be the missing piece for your set up. This pedal is awesome to use if you do a lot of solo guitar. This pedal will bring your leads straight to the front and deliver a punch that every guitarist needs. Do not be that person that refuses to use it because everyone uses it. Everyone uses it for a reason.


Stephen Perry from City Sounds Rhythm

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What's the best overdrive pedal?

Fulltone OCD

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What makes it awesome?

  • Reasonably Priced.
  • Very simple is key.
  • Good for clean rhythym, as well has heavy crunch. Perfect for tube amps.
  • Good tone through my Fender Blues Deluxe Tubes

Patrick Wilkins

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What's the best overdrive pedal?

JHS SuperBolt Overdrive Pedal

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What makes it awesome?

I know everyone says this about overdrive pedals but in this case it’s more true than usual (to my ears anyway). It’s extremely versatile. It pushes any amp I’ve put it in front of well, and there’s so many different tones you can craft/create with that small box, it’s rad.


Miguel Sequeira

YouTube


What's the best overdrive pedal?

Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive

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What makes it awesome?

Everything depends on the sound that each one wants or seeks. I've tried many and what is most identifiable with my sound is the Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive.

  • A warm sounding drive pedal for adding grit and overdrive to your clean tone, or boosting your distortion tone for lead playing.
  • Maintain the subtle nuances of a player's picking technique. - It's amazing when used as a booster pedal for valve amplifiers! (love it)
  • You can control the Level, Tone, and Drive.

Seth Michael Keil from Powder River

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What's the best overdrive pedal?

Death By Audio Interstellar Overdriver

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What makes it awesome?

It's just so simple and perfect. Two knobs are all you need to flavor to your taste. Hand made. Attitude to spare.


David Mathew from City of Takers

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What's the best overdrive pedal?

Boss OD-1x

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What makes it awesome?

I love anything that makes life easy. This pedal is easy to use. There's a great balance with this pedal when paired with distortion. The quality is great and I trust boss.


Chan Maurice Evans from YOUPEOPL

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What's the best overdrive pedal?

SMS Earth Drive

What makes it awesome?

The SMS Earth drive is the modern answer and update to the Ibanez Tube Screamer. Brad at SMS has somehow made that classic sound BETTER! Use it to boost your signal with smooth overtones for solos or run it to the max for an edgy bite. On top of that, Brad Sarno is one of the best people on the planet, as well as an excellent guitar player.


Chris Saalfeld from Orchid in the Ivy

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What's the best overdrive pedal?

Horizon Devices Precision Drive

What makes it awesome?

It’s got a built in noise gate for more modern high gain sounds. It’s super tight as far as latency. True Bypass. Easy to dial in. Can be made to sound like a more classic OD like a tube screamer. A newer company, but I’ve been won over.


Jeremy Aitken

Bandcamp


What's the best overdrive pedal?

Way Huge WHE205 Saucy Box Overdrive

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What makes it awesome?

The saucy is my newest addition and it kicks ass. Fully cranked it's in classic ACDC territory. I run it about mid-gain and stacked with my Timmy it sounds like a cranked Marshall!



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