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The Best Overdrive Pedals to Push Your Gain Into Warm Tube Paradise

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Pros
Cons
Best of the Best
Fulltone
OCD v2
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The undisputed king of overdrive comes at an affordable price with a buffered output, a higher impedance input, as well as two modes.
Pros
This highly desirable tone offers plenty of versatility, especially with the HP / LP switch in combination with the tone & drive knobs.
Cons
Not that it matters, but the chassis could use some updating to move away from the Comic Sans font. Otherwise, no complaints.
Best Bang for the Buck
Ibanez
TS9 Tube Screamer
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This iconic pedal delivers the classic 70's & 80's overdrive that has it deemed the best pedal of all time (not just overdrive) by many guitar magazines.
Pros
This vintage reissue is very responsive to your own playing dynamics or can be driven very hard. Comes in a nano size, too.
Cons
Some say there aren't enough extra features, but the TS9B & TS9DX models more than add their fair share, including EQ & modes.
Best Budget Pick
Boss
SD-1 Super Overdrive
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A very affordable industry standard that can be pushed slightly beyond the typical overdrive for extra character or act as a clean boost.
Pros
The asymmetrical clipping emulates the sound of an overdriven tube amp very naturally. Indestructible construction.
Cons
The effect is more aggressive and colored than the more transparent choices. This can be seen as a pro if that's what you prefer.

The best overdrive pedal can turn your dry, boring tone into a warm, distorted timbre full of the subtle harmonics you get from pushing the gain on a tube. It's the difference between a clean, handsome tone that nobody cares about and a relatable one with enough bite and character to keep the crowd's ears listening and excitable...

TL;DR - Budget Pick: Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive - Best Overall: Fulltone OCD v2