1980 BOSS OD-1 Over Drive
1980 BOSS OD-1 Over Drive

Model Description:

At first sight, this seems a standard, unassuming guitar effect pedal; however, looks can be deceiving. This demure little Japanese stomp box, manufactured by Roland, is one of the original now-vintage versions of the ubiquitous and massively popular BOSS OD-1 Over Drive. There is so much hype surrounding the budget JRC4558D integrated chip used in the original classic Ibanez TS-808 Tube Screamer pedal that has led to an insane price frenzy, fuelled by Stevie Ray Vaughan’s association. The original BOSS OD-1 shares DNA with its much-lauded competitor, including the use of the same chip and, while still pricey, provides cost-effective access to the wonderful mid-range crunchy sound, that when pushed hard verges on distortion rather than overdrive. Simplicity is key to its operation, not even a tone control to contend with.

Pedal Description:

In addition to the JRC4558D chip, the distinctive identifiers of these much sought after early effects include the silver screw for access to the battery compartment, the ‘long dash’ in the printed OD-1 and the black ‘Made in Japan’ label on the base. Do these cosmetic features really matter, other than to picky collectors? Not really. The crucial point is the sublime noises generated from your guitar, fed through a cooking OD-1, and onward into a quality valve amp. On that sole criterion, this is one fabulous sounding pedal. From gentle compressed overdrive to gutsy distortion, it can add a natural, indefinable, elusive quality to your sound – a je ne sais quoi, if you will. The pedal itself is in great, all-original condition with only minor little scuffs in the paintwork.  That’s it, an honest, understated classic with a real kick. Undeniably cool.


  • Made in Japan by Roland Corporation in 1980
  • The ‘Level’ knob controls the output volume
  • The ‘Over Drive’ knob controls the amount of distortion
  • BOSS treadle footswitch turns the effect on and off
  • LED ‘Check’ light to indicate when the effect is in use
  • ¼” input and output mono jack sockets
  • A/C power supply input or 9V battery
  • Japan Radio Corporation JRC4558D op amp chip
  • Black ‘Made in Japan’ label on the base of the pedal
  • ‘Long dash’ model name
  • Silver battery compartment thumbscrew
  • No box or instructions

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