Maxon OD-808

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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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Maxon OD808 Overdrive - THE OVERDRIVE
NiandraLaDes, 12.05.2014
Let's face it: there are like one million clones out there of the famous Ibanez Tube Screamer. Made by Maxon in the 80s and now really rare and expensive. But can the OD808 as good as his old companion from the 80s? Let's check this out!

First of all, this pedal is build like a tank. And it looks pretty cool. I needed something to kick my Marshalls butts and this little baby does it pretty sweet.

Three controls - Drive, Tone and Balance - control the amount of gain, the highs and the level of the effect. It doesn't feature a true bypass switching (check out the Maxon OD-9 if you need one) but I personally think this whole TB discussion is way overrated. A buffer at the beginning of your chain is a great way to keep your signal fresh and full of highs.

Like I said before, the OD808 was bought to bring these chunky metal tones out of my DSL Marshalls. I tested it in front of my home amp (Marshall DSL 401) and on stage (Marshall DSL 100) - damn the OD808 rocks! The knobs control do something on every millimeter of their range - didn't have a TS clone like that under my feet before! I turn the Drive down to minimum, Tone around 3 o'clock and Balance nearly at maximum: that's exactly what I searched!

A nice chunky boost who cuts the bad, bad bass frequencies and turns my Gibson SGs into real metal machines! Of course you can have some nice texas blues sounds with drive turned up in front of a clean amp but I prefer the nice mid-boost and cut through the mix. Also on stage - what a sound!

If you play metal (it doesn't matter what genre) - don't waste time to find the perfect Tube Screamer - here is it: the Maxon OD808 Overdrive.
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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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Alexdead23, 26.05.2019
I use it as a boost for my Dual Rectifier. Very good sturdy quality. I'm very satisfied with the result without blowing the bank. I totally recommend it for this type of use.
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My Favorite Clean Boost
Hamad XJM, 15.04.2019
I use the pedal for boosting my Kraken amplifier which I also got from Thomann, the pedal doesn't alter the sound and it gives a clean boost by pushing the volume knob all the way up and pushing the drive all the way down.
Pros: clean boost without altering the sound
Cons: the tone knob is perfect at 9 clock, still not bad.
Recommend for heavy distrotion rythem
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Excellent OD Pedal
THEJB, 29.11.2018
I use this in front of my EVH and Hughes and Kettner amps with drive on 0, tone in the middle and balance matching the amp's volume.
Great on heavy rhythm sounds for tightening up the low end and adding bite to palm muted notes. Not so much on a lead sound as I prefer the sound to be a bit more full and open, but for metal rhythms this is exactly what you need.

Since these guys made the original tube screamer for Ibanez it's a less expensive (and some might say more true to the original) alternative to the various reissues and modern soundalikes, and also seems solidly built. Absolutely nothing to dislike here!

Excellent pedal, highly recommended!!
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Classic sound
makkker, 12.11.2018
Having this Maxon OD-808 I aimed for a classic, compressed, distorted overdrive sound. I've tried using it many ways, but now with my Player Strat that uses relatively hot pickups, the best sound I've reached is a boosted, compressed solo sound using it for a louder, sharper tone. It does that, however I'm a bit surprised by the compression it does with the overall tone. I'm not sure its suitable for anything else than soloing (maybe its better suited for humbuckers, superstrats). But, It depends on your set and ear. Anyway I fancy the pick attack the middle, and the high-end definition of it. But not shure, that I'm going to use this for ever.
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Old one is best
Emrah Otlu, 27.10.2018
I bought this pedal second time. But I like old version. New version has different sound I guess. But it looks more beautiful than old one.
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Great boost / overdrive
Dad of Rock, 29.05.2019
Pretty good as boost for rock and metal music, not as "mid rangey" as tube screamers and has also bit less gain and volume.

So basically more subtle but bit more musical. This allows it better to be used also as "always on boost" than tube screamers.
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Awesome
Aleksandar J., 10.12.2015
I tried out the ibanez ts-9, but did't quite like it. This od-808 though is beast. I would recommend this Distortion pedal in front of the amp, after your volume and/or whammy, but before your delay/reverb/flanger etc. Turn the drive all the way down or at 8 o'clock max, the balance knob should be maxed out, while the middle, tone button can be set however you like it more. I use this pedal in this, mentioned settings, to boost my clean tone, it gives me more clarity, bite and a bit of great sounding compression. I would recommend it especially if you use peavey 6505 6505plus 5150 or 5150ii.
Adding to this the pedal is light weight, for what it sounds, and it seems pretty strudy, it's ridiculous!!!
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In love with this pedal
JK ismyname, 08.01.2018
I was in the market for an od pedal and literally considered every pedal up to 200e. I went for the one than reminds me the sound of the classic tube screamer the most.
A lot of feedback on this one, the reviews were convincing enough and gave it a try.
I was amazed!
-perfect build quality
-good sound quality
-ranges from boost to overdriven sound
-works well with both fender and marshall tube amps

For me this is a proper tubescreamer and will always be on my pedalboard.
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Standard pedal for Metal and not only!
David5140, 10.10.2014
If, like me, you play Metal and you especially play on down-tuned guitars or 7/8/9 string guitars and your tone is too muddy, this pedal is the solution.

This pedal is the classic pedal that has nowadays become a standard, just like the Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808. In fact, Maxon was the original manufacturer of the TS808 until Ibanez started to produce these pedals themselves.
So it is virtually identical to the TS808 but the price is lower!

There is practically no effect on the tone. It does not add more bass or more treble or mids. What it does is gently cut the ultra-lows and the ultra-highs to give a focused, tight sound. No mud or harshness.

The construction is super; It's made from metal, not plastic, and also comes with a free battery.

Also present is a tone knob to adjust for your own taste. I leave mine in the middle position.

The 'secret' to using this more as an eq pedal than an overdrive, thus using your tube amp for the gain, is to set the level knob to max and the drive knob to minimum. This gives you the eq part of the pedal and leaves the gain for your tube amp.

Very happy with this pedal although it doesn't overdrive my amp as much as other pedals, so I have to turn up the gain all the way on my amp. But it's no big problem. Overall, excellent pedal and very good price.
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A true classic
Heaventeo, 07.01.2019
It can give you this 80's tone in front of a Marshall JCM800.Easy to use,great for every style of music.
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Best overdrive pedal ever!
james_Pogi, 11.01.2018
The maker of the original tubescreamer does not disappoint, made my tone more tighter than ever, To be it sounds better than the new tubescreamer from Ibanez, the only advantage that the ibanez had is the build quality, however for the price you pay on the OD 808 you cant expect better.... for me it is the best bang for the Buck OD and probably the best sounding one.
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14.09.2015
I really like tubescreamers, it's a really good tool from blues to metal.

This one is a kinda classic these day's, and everyone should have one.

Great for lead playing, really fattens your tone, and gives you a great sustain.

Also nice to boot the input of your amp with, if playing metal.
It gives you a more tight tone, and makes you tone jump out of the speaker a bit more!
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The perfect boost
Edgy, 17.05.2017
One of the most popular and best features of this pedal is to use it as a boost in front of an already heavily overdriven tube amp. With gain control on minimum, level and tone adjusted to taste and necessity, it drives the preamp to the extreme metal territory and cuts off quite a lot of low end making the tone tighter and punchier, which is good thing for modern metal tones with low tunings or seven string guitars. Another excellent use of this pedal is to set an amp's clean channel to the verge of breakup and drive it to the crunch with Maxon OD-808. Wouldn't recommend it as a standalone overdrive though.
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Everything it should be
29.04.2016
This is the cheapest of the proper tubescreamer variants, but I also find it to be the best.

I mostly use it to boost the input on my hi-gain Koch Powertone II and add a bit of colour with the drive.
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808
kp1349kp, 25.09.2015
Really good for tightening up your metal rhythms or boosting those lead tones in any genre I use mine into a 6505 and it sounds awesome!!! I also use it wit a AC30 just to push it n break it up a bit more real nice. Its a very solid pedal and you will use it more than you think. Great price too!!!
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boost my tube amp
26.03.2016
Very nice smooth overdrive, that blends perfectly with my tube amps native drive. Those who want more bottom-end may like to check out Vop 9 vintage overdrive pro by Maxon. OD-808 seriously cuts downs the bass frequencies.
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Fantastic
Ibanez2012, 05.01.2018
This pedal does exactly you'd expect from tube screamer no need to waste money on other brand tube screamers just get this instead Maxon is definitely a brand to consider if you're thinking about getting a tube screamer all the reviews of the Maxon OD 808 are n't all hype
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Beste lead distortion pedal
Kaput, 03.01.2018
I have looked around and spent a lot of money on mid range pedals to get the tone in my head, but never had luck. Plugged this in and instantly fell in love.

All tube screamers are the same ( imho)
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Absolutely Great Booster !!!!!
09.10.2016
Bought this pedal to boost the overdrive channel of my Marshall DSL40c.
By having the drive at min and volume near max, its absolutely transparent, it only tightens things up, without coloring my tone. It gives a nice boost for the lead parts!
By adding drive you can get a nice creamy overdrive tone !
Love it !!!!
It got a permanent place in my pedalboard !
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Amazing pedal !
spj1, 20.11.2016
I bought this pedal to use it as a booster for the overdrive of my Randall rd5 Head. For many years i was hearing how great they are and i decided to give it a try .

After spending a few hours dialing , i finally got a pretty good sound !
It helps to get a thick and tight tone without coloring it . It also made my palm mutes sound thicker and more aggressive.

With this baby , my recordings sound now better as i have a fat and focused tone .

This pedal is built like a tank . A really good metal construction and i am sure it will last for years. It also came with a free battery .
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Good for vintage sound
29.01.2017
Its reputation says a lot on this pedal. However it is not advised for modern heavy metal guitarist. This pedal will only make your already overdriven tone fatter. Good for those seeking a little distortion for clean tones or as a boost.
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This is the orignal tubescreamer
Christian184, 14.02.2014
I was looking for a pedal to make my amp sound tighter and to get more sustain for my solo's.

In the 1970's Maxon build the first tubescreamer for Ibanez. There are many overdrive pedals on the market. This one is mid priced and of very good quality.

The case is very well build and made of metal. The knobs are easy going. In this pedal the orignal chip, called IC 4558, is build in.

I us this little frog in combination with my Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier. The OD-808 makes my amp tighter in the base. So the whole amps sound more agressiv and right in you face.

For me the best tubescreamer I ever played.
It is the pedal, I will always keep on my pedalboard.
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