Pre-Owned BOSS SD-1 Super Overdrive


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SD-1 Super Overdrive

Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive: The Iconic Sound of Generations

For over four decades, the Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive has been a cornerstone of the music world, delivering legendary overdrive tones that have shaped the sounds of countless guitarists across various genres. This pedal is built on the foundation of the groundbreaking asymmetrical clipping circuit from the original OD-1 Overdrive, one of the pioneering compact pedals introduced by BOSS in 1977. With its unique circuitry, the SD-1 produces rich, smooth, and incredibly musical overdrive tones that continue to inspire and captivate guitarists worldwide.

A Classic Overdrive Sound Reimagined

The SD-1 Super Overdrive is the embodiment of classic BOSS overdrive, offering a unique asymmetrical clipping circuit that reproduces the warm, tube-like characteristics of a driven amplifier. This design provides mild-to-moderate drive tones characterized by a focused midrange and tight low end. It excels when paired with clean or slightly driven amplifiers, bringing a touch of warmth, clarity, and rich presence to your sound. Whether you're crafting rhythm parts or soaring leads, the SD-1's natural behavior and subtle mid boost ensure that your guitar sits perfectly in the mix.

The Iconic Clipping Circuit

In 1977, BOSS revolutionized the pedal industry with the OD-1 and its unprecedented natural overdrive capabilities. The pedal's innovative asymmetrical clipping circuit produced even-order harmonics, closely replicating the sound and feel of a cranked tube amplifier. Building upon this groundbreaking design, the SD-1 emerged in 1981, introducing an active tone control for shaping treble response and subtle enhancements to the low-end characteristics.

Versatility for Every Player

The SD-1 Super Overdrive accommodates musicians of all levels and styles. Its drive and tone controls are highly responsive, allowing you to dial in your desired overdrive shades with ease. From classic rock and blues to pop, country, jazz, and more, the SD-1 delivers an organic, rich tone that suits a wide range of musical genres. Additionally, it excels as a booster for high-gain amplifiers and other drive pedals, delivering mid focus, tight bass, and smooth high-end response, perfect for heavier styles and expressive solos.


  • Nominal Input Level: -20 dBu
  • Input Impedance: 1 M ohm
  • Nominal Output Level: -20 dBu
  • Output Impedance: 1 k ohm
  • Recommended Load Impedance: 10 k ohms or greater
  • Bypass: Buffered bypass
  • Controls: DRIVE knob, TONE knob, LEVEL knob, Pedal switch
  • Indicator: CHECK indicator (Used for indication of check battery)
  • Connectors: INPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type, OUTPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type, DC IN jack
  • Power Supply: Carbon-zinc battery (9 V, 6F22) or Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61), AC adaptor (PSA series: sold separately)
  • Current Draw: 10 mA
  • Expected battery life under continuous use: Carbon: Approx. 60 hours, Alkaline: Approx. 90 hours (These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.)

Compact and Portable:

  • Width: 73 mm (2-7/8 inches)
  • Depth: 129 mm (5-1/8 inches)
  • Height: 59 mm (2-3/8 inches)
  • Weight (including battery): 360 g (13 oz)

Experience the iconic overdrive sound that has shaped generations of music with the Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive. From classic rock to contemporary genres, this pedal offers the warmth and clarity you need to create inspiring and timeless guitar tones. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, the SD-1 will become an essential part of your musical journey.


This pedal works nicely as intended and is in good condition, exhibiting a moderate amount of external wear as can be seen in photos. 

Type: Effects