OD-1 OverDrive

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OD-1 OverDrive
alt Boss OD-1 OverDrive
Manufactured November 1977 to July 1985
Country Taiwan

The OD-1 is by now legendary. Artist of the 70's was mostly using a fuzz distortion sound and the overdrive produced by the OD-1 was not typical. It was however soon accepted as the new standard of guitar sound. The OD-1 features an asymmetric circuit where the positive and negative halves of the waveform isn't distorted equally. The sound is therefore still close to the original even though distortion have been added.

Version differences

The OD-1 has gone through a number of changes since its conception. The different versions have been named OD-1A, OD-1B and so on. The version letter is printed on the PCB in the form of the number 052-281A to 052-281E. There are at least 4 different versions available. Each with minor differences like opamps from different manufacturers. The 4 digit serial number is ink stamped inside the battery compartment. These numbers are not real serial numbers but instead batch numbers. It is so far unknown how many pedals there were in a batch. The section below lists the major differences between different versions of the OD-1.

Serial: 6400 - 6500
Marking of PCB: 052-281a
Switch: Transparent
Silver screw

Serial 6600-8800
Marking of PCB: 052-281b
Switch: Up to 8400 transparency, from 8600 black
Silver screw
OP-AMP: Up to 8400 RC3403ADB, from 8600 uPC4741C (NEC)

Serial 8900- , 6 digit sticker
Marking of PCB: 052-281d
Switch: Black
Screw: 8900-0300, silver screw, 0500- black screw
OP-AMP: 9900 - NJM4558D (JRC)
9300,0300 - uPC4558C (NEC)
0000 TL4558P (Texas Instruments)

Serial: 6 digit sticker
Marking of PCB: 052-281e
Switch: Black
black screw
OP-AMPs: uPC4558C (NEC)
JRC4558D (JRC)
C4558C (NEC)


  • Controls: Level, Overdrive
  • Connectors: Input, Output, AC Adaptor
  • Current Draw: 3.5 mA (DC 9V)
  • Weight: 400g.
  • Input Impedance: 220kOhm
  • Output Impedance: Over 600Ohm
  • Signal/Noise Ratio: 80dB
  • Recommended AC Adaptor: ACA Series


  • Black - Made In Japan