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Maxon OD-808 Overdrive Electric Guitar Effect Pedal, TS-808 Tube Screamer, Japan


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Up for sale, a Maxon OD-808 Overdrive pedal in excellent condition and perfect working order, complete with the original box and paperwork. Originally released in 1979 alongside its twin, the Ibanez TS-808, the Maxon OD808 pedal was one of the first tube-amp overdrive simulators to hit the market. Its smooth, creamy crunch tone caught on quickly, and helped launch a long line of imitators. Today, the OD-808 design is without a doubt the most used, most imitated, and most lauded overdrive circuit of all time.

The Maxon OD-808 Overdrive is made by the same Japanese company which crafted the original Ibanez TS-808, using the identical circuit found in the original, employing the same JRC4558 IC chip for smooth, natural overdrive similar to a cranked-up tube amp. The OD-808 pedal responds to the picking dynamics and nuances of your individual style while also letting the true tone of your instrument shine through.

The secret behind the legendary "808 tone" lies in the amplifier section of its circuit. Rather than having an amplifier stage followed by a clipping stage, the OD-808 uses a signal-distorting diode (Panasonic #MA150) that is located in the amplifier stage's negative feedback loop (which also contains the JRC4558 IC chip). Therefore, the OD-808 distorts signal in the amplifier circuit itself which yields a smoother, milder, more natural sounding distortion than a separate clipping stage. This is also the reason that the IC type used in the circuit has such a large impact on the unit's tone.

It should be noted that the Reissue Series OD-808 uses different output resistors than the original version. After the unit's initial release it was discovered to have a high susceptibility to noise due to static electricity buildup. To improve performance, the positions of the output resistors on the reissue OD-808 were reversed and their values increased in order to reduce noise levels. This circuit change has no audible effect on the sound of the unit, save for reducing the noise levels.

The graphics are clean, the original knobs are intact, and the pedal is complete with its original box and paperwork.