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Blues Overdrive Pedal
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Blues Overdrive Pedal

Add a blues distortion effect to your pedal board with this Blues Overdrive Pedal from Monoprice!

This pedal uses a FET transistor to simulate the sound of tube amplifier distortion, resulting in that dirty, overdriven tone that is perfect for the blues and hard rock. You can control both the Gain and Tone of the overdrive effect, as well as the output volume. The pedal features true bypass, so it won't alter your tone when not actively in use.

The casing is metal for long term durability. It is powered using either a 9VDC power adapter with a negative tip/center, such as our 9V Power Supply for Guitar Pedals (PID 611690) or a 9V alkaline battery (not included).

Signal to Noise Ratio -90dB
Input 1/4" monaural TS jack (impedance: 500k ohms)
Output 1/4" monaural TS jack (impedance: 150 ohms)
Recommended Load Impedance 10k ohms
Power Requirement AC adapter or 9V alkaline battery. 9VDC (tip/center negative plug)
Current Draw 5.5mA
Dimensions (WDH) 2.9" x 4.5" x 1.9" (73 x 115 x 48 mm)
Weight (including battery) 9.5 oz. (270g)

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4 Reviews

82.5% of the reviewers recommend this product


Works, but quality control seems to be lacking

  • Aaron R.,
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  • 10/15/2015 9:14:20 AM

Pros: Relatively high build quality for the price (knobs are plastic and pull off easily, however)
Pedal sounds pretty good

Cons: The paint on the aluminum scratches easily
Quality Control seems to be an issues

Out of the box, I was impressed with the Blues Overdrive pedal. It seemed to be much higher quality than I would have initially thought for being a cheap pedal. It even came with a battery!

That being said, my expectations were quickly cut off. I hooked up the pedal, and immediately noticed that the LED light wasn't coming on. The pedal still passed a signal though, so I decided to play with it a bit. Turns out the pedal works just fine, but the LED light that indicates the pedal is functioning does not. This became particularly annoying as I was trying to dial it in, because it was difficult to tell if the pedal was even on for some of the settings.

Being the man that I am, I decided to open it up and take a look to see if I could find anything wrong. The pedal is easy to open up, but the paint is even easier to scratch. Once I had the cover off, the LED light started working without issue. So I put the cover back on, and the LED light went out again. So I loosened the screw in the upper left corner of the pedal a bit, and the LED turned on. Then I tightened it down again, and the LED turned off. So I loosened it again. A fairly easy modification (and the screw isn't loose enough to cause a whole lot of concern), but between this and a less-than-stellar experience with the Monoprice Chromatic Tuner Pedal... I'm thinking it might be better to spend a little extra and get something tried-and-true.

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Quality build, decent sound

  • Frank,
  •  Lincoln, NE 
  • 7/29/2015 2:09:45 PM

Pros: Pedal is very well built. Brushed aluminum enclosure with pretty blue finish, a convenient battery door on the back, and rubberized, grippy surface on the back. True bypass.

Cons: SMT construction does not allow repair or modification.

This pedal is a pretty great bang-for-the-buck pedal, especially if you can get it on sale. It appears to be mostly modeled after a Boss BD-2, and is very similar in toneoverdrivey at lower gain, and fairly fuzzy when cranked. It doesn't seem to be quite as touch-sensitive as a bona find Boss, and it seems just a touch harsherI keep the tone lower than I did on my old BD2.

Overall, I'm very happy with it. Packaging was very spiffy, as mentioned above the build quality is quite superb. I have no qualms taking it out to gigs, it's better built than most other budget pedals I've owned. I wish it were through-hole components like the BD-2, because the SMT components of this pedal make it neigh impossible to modifyI was somewhat hoping for this to be a cheap platform for modifying, but alas it is not. That said, I'm more than pleased with the construction and the tone for the price I paid, and if you're looking for a blues overdrive sound without paying name brand prices this is the best I've tried yet.

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Great sound

  • Nicolas Guarin Zapata,
  •  West Lafayette, IN 
  • 6/5/2015 8:59:49 AM

Pros: - Great sound.
- Cool casing.
- Small.
- Cheap.

Cons: - Monoprice does not have demo videos for the pedals.
- The instructions are not really useful.

Overall, really good. I tried last night with a friend and we manage to play from blues to Rolling Stones (also some Led Zeppelin).

Expanding a little bit:
- Great sound, and you can adjust the tone for your taste.
- Cool casing. It is metallic blue and the texture is really neat.
- Small, it is like a boss pedal but the height is a little less.
- Cheap (I bought this one for half the price).

- Monoprice does not have demo videos for the pedals, so you don't know how they sound until you get them.
- The instructions are not really useful, they just state the obvious. I think that there is space for more in the instructions provided.

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Hits the Sweet Spot

  • Anonymous,
  •  Preston, ID 
  • 2/28/2015 9:10:07 AM

Pros: sounds great, metal casing, just the right size, option to use battery, true bypass, price point

Cons: control knobs are plastic and seem vulnerable to damage

As far as Monoprice pedals go, I own this one and the Tube Overdrive. I bought the Tube Overdrive first and was impressed enough to go after another. At this price point you're really getting a great deal, the other metal casing blues driver is nearly $100.00! The pedal adjusts from a just dirty boast to gritty gain overdrive. I seem to lose a little low end when adding gain but my start to pop out. Highs can be adjusted for taste with the tone knob. One advantage this pedal has over the Tube Overdrive is it has the option to use a 9v battery. When I hook the pedal up to a filtered power supply (Joyo Powersupply 2) or the battery I don't get any humming. I love the tone, pedal is at price we can all be happy with, great job Monoprice!

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