OD100 Overdrive Distortion review by Behringer

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 7 (44 votes)
Behringer: OD100 Overdrive Distortion
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Purchased from: FeedMe Music, Corrimal

Sound — 9
I am playing an ESP guitar with EMG active pickups into this pedal then to my Ashton all-tube amp. It is pretty quiet, though there is a little buzz when you put it on Overdrive. It is obviously modelled on the Boss Overdrive/Distortion, and in my opinion is almost identical to it in sound, which is very good for the price. I prefered the distortion to the Overdrive, the Overdrive is still very good though. You can get a very good range of sounds with this pedal, from light blues Overdrive to heavy metal distortion. It also can give a pretty good searing lead sound. It can get fairly heavy, maybe not enough for a Death Metal sort of thing though. An odd thing I noticed is that when it is in bypass it added alot of clarity and generally improved my clean tone, which was very nice.

Overall Impression — 9
I play rock, metal and blues and this pedal gives me a good sound for all of them. I have been playing for a bit over a year and I also own a Zoom 707 II multi-effects pedal, but I prefer the sounds I get from the Behringer to the Zoom. If it was stolen, I wouldnt hesitate to buy another as they are so cheap. I love that I can get such a variety of good sounds from this cheap box. The only thing I don't like is that you have to undo screws in the base to get to the battery compartment, but since I have a power supply it doesn't really matter. Overall, this a very good pedal, and not just good for the money either. The price is handy though.

Reliability & Durability — 8
The casing is plastic, but it seems pretty solid. It is heavier than it looks, it has a solid non-slip base. I would use it without a backup, as it seems pretty reliable.

Ease of Use — 10
Getting a good sound is fairly simple with this pedal. The manual is very straightforward, but it is a very simple pedal so there isn't much to explain.

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