Maxon OD-808X Overdrive Extreme

E-Guitar Effect

  • Overdrive
  • Regulator: Drive, tone and level
  • Analogous
  • Wider than the original toner Ange OD - 808
  • Battery and mains operation possible
  • Matching power supply: Art. 409939 (not included)
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  • Blues
  • Hazey
  • Lead
  • Rock

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Overdrive Yes
Distortion No
Fuzz No
Metal No
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A Maxon OD 808 with more grunt

Angelito, 07.09.2017
Better than the standard Maxon OD 808 and better than any tube screamer in my opinion. What more can I say?

Well a lot actually, I bought this pedal after being disappointed at the low amount of overdrive from most tube screamer like pedals and decided to give this one a go as it had just recently been released when I bought it over a year ago and seemed to fit my needs.

I originally bought it to tighten up my high gain (metal) sound from my little Blackstar HT5R however it has now become an essential pedal even when using my Marshall JVM 410H. Anyway going back top the original purpose I had for this, it did indeed tighten up the rather woolly high gain you get from the HT5R, not that it's a bad amp but just doesn't have enough gain or tightness for a proper metal sound unless you're using EMGs or other extremely high output pickups. I mostly play with a Les Paul, which doesn't have such pickups.

This pedal totally transformed the high gain sound to something enjoyable, and even improved my JVM, which is known for it's great gigh gain channels.

The pedal has 3 knobs on it, drive, level and tone, the tone I mainly leave off as I like a raw sound, and the pedal has A LOT of level so if like me you really want to push a tube amp, using minimal drive and almost all the level will really push the amp without colouring the sound, exactly what I wanted.

If on the other hand you actually use the drive side of the pedal you do get a rather nice crunch sound, which sounds great into a pushed clean channel. This pedal is really responsive when used like this too. And listening to sound comparisons it simply sounded the best.

In terms of build quality it is a Maxon pedal, so pure quality and solid metal construction are pretty standard and I don't feel it will break ever. I've also used it for over a year quite regularly and it still works and looks like new.

So in conclusion I would highly recommend this pedal, it is simply the best overdrive in my opinion and there really is no reason to buy a regular 808 when this one is the same but with more gain which makes it so much more versatile when you really need that extra push like I did and it really does work with any genre you'd need an overdrive.
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Really good over drive!

BrenA, 10.01.2018
I bought this to boost the green channel on an EVH 5150iii LBX.
It does exactly what its meant to, it essentially gives an extra channel, breaking the green channel up enough to act as (almost) a half way house between the green and blue channels.
Really easy to set up, good build quality, I don't really have anything bad to say.
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