Maxon OD-808

Effects pedal

The Japanese company Maxon has been going a long time, despite it never really being known to us. Meanwhile, word got out that the legendary Tubescreamer TS808 has long been manufactured by Maxon, and Maxon is now bringing virtually all of its old treasures back onto the market. Naturally that includes the "mother of all overdrives", the Maxon OD-808.

Similar in design to the earlier, manufactured overseas TS808, it also retains the legendary JRC 4558 D chip. Compared to the later TS-9, it sounds a bit softer and clearer - the "mid-knock" of the later Tubescreamer is less pronounced. For many, it is simply "the" Overdrive.

  • Reissue Series
  • Often copied, never equaled
  • Identical with the original circuit and incl. the JRC4558D chip
  • Characteristics: Natural sounding overdrive, similar to a tube amp
  • Unbelievably clear
  • Dynamic to play
  • Suitable power supply: Article Nr 409939 (not included)
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Indespensible!
24.04.2016
I got one of these after hearing for years how great they are. I didn't realise just how useful they are until I spent a few hours with this one!

This is a great sounding low- to medium- gain overdrive with a usable range of sounds accessible via the tone knob. This is obvious, I think, from the myriad reviews available on this site and online. The pedal is useful in a variety of situations, from jazz and blues to extreme metal.

The build quality is impeccable. The pedal has a nice weight to it, and I predict it will still be working perfectly long after I'm gone!

However, as much as I enjoy the drive the Maxon OD-808 delivers, my favourite feature of this pedal is the way in which it compresses the low end of guitar signals. This makes this overdrive my first go-to for anything heavy rock or metal. When I'm recording bands in these genres, I ALWAYS throw this pedal in the mix to tighten up the guitar tones, as well as to drive amps as well as the best ODs I've tried in the past.

To point out a niggle I had when I first received this pedal: initially, the bypass switch caused a brief but noticeable silence before the effect kicked on. I thought I had received a dud at first, but after a week of use this sorted itself out and the pedal worked a charm!

This has become an important element in my work since I got it. I heartily recommend this pedal to everyone with a jack lead.
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Best Metal overdrive in my opinion
Lorkhan666, 24.05.2020
This was one of my first purchases with Thomann. Ever since I started playing guitar I've had GAS(gear acquisition syndrome), and I've owned A LOT of amps, guitars, modelers and pedals. This is the only pedal I NEVER sold. It's extremely solid for every type of metal. Dial this baby in just right and it will make your amp SCREAM. I run it in front of my Kemper now and it's a BEAST. To me, this is the best overdrive I've ever tried. So many bands use this / have used it in the past. Amon Amarth, Cannibal Corpse, you name it. If you're looking for a good metal overdrive, go with this one. You won't regret it, and hey if you do, you can just send it back to thomann, no problem! (ps, you'll love it, so you won't have to send it back ;) )
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One of the best Overdrives ever
ultimagroove, 16.05.2020
I bought this a few year back, and then sold it to try lots of other more expensive boutique overdrives. Theres tonnes on the market, but its like the old guys say, you always come back to the originals eventually. After trying tonnes of different OD pedals that I love, the Maxon still sits up there as one of the best, most effective clean boosts for modern metal. Will be buying again soon after borrowing back my old one.

Gave 4 stars for features because its very standard, but you dont need anything else here tbh. Drive at 0, Volume at 10, Tone set to taste, off you go!
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Tone machine
ChrisR, 14.03.2017
To begin with, I play Orange amps (chiefly a Dual Terror) so that is the basis for my review. I have tried a lot of overdrives and the ones I have kept and still use in the studio apart from the OD808 are an OD820, a Boss SD-1 Waza Craft and an Ibanez TS Mini.

The main thing I use it for is to have the amp on a heavy crunch (gain around two thirds to three quarters) and add the pedal into the front to push and tighten the sound - gain at 9-10 o'clock, level right up and tone between 1 and 2 o'clock. It works with more gain on the pedal and less gain on the amp too, but isn't as "biting" or "snarly" as say the Ibanez TS Mini, despite which it still sounds awesome, warm, clear, sweet and natural.

It also combines very well with other pedals, particularly delivering a very sweet and dynamic tone with a wah (in my case a Crybaby) and build-wise I have no complaints - sturdy, not hideously heavy but still feels solid, switch, pots and housing all great and obviously easy to integrate into your board.

In practical terms, an important fact is that this little green box of WIN not only sounds great in the studio, but you can hear yourself really well on stage and in a band context with it as well.

It's all subjective anyway, but to my ears, none of the other overdrives (green or otherwise) have that specific compression or the sweetness and smoothness of the OD808. It won't be giving up its place on my pedalboard any time soon.
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