OD400 Overdrive review by Behringer

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.5 (11 votes)
Behringer: OD400 Overdrive

Price paid: A$ 60

Purchased from: Bava's Music City

Sound — 8
Being on an extremely tight budget, this pedal shines with the setup it's been put under. An Epiphone Limited Edition G310, Fender California cables, and an old Peavey Rage 108 from Peavey's golden era. It does have a very present hum to the pedal, but if your amp is plugged into a socket where there is little electrical interference, then a little hum will generate from the pedal. This pedal can really produce some interesting sounds out of it, from a low end rumbled blues to a Green Day style punk rhythm. I used this pedal on a very small and cheap amp, and it produced a wonderfully trebly distorted tone that was great for playing green day. Isn't exactly the clearest pedal around, higher notes on the upper end of the fretboard become quite muddy, and individual notes don't soar through. Great for riffs and fast rhythms, but not so much for soaring leads.

Overall Impression — 9
Fora person that likes to play hard Pop-Punk Rythms, it cuts through surprisingly well in my rig. I currently have a Vox VT40+ and this pedal literally collects dust, it's not match for the Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier sounds my Vox can now produce. But if your looking for a slightly un-clear, muddy sounding JCM800/900, then this pedal should do you fine. It does lack a true bypass, but I'm not overly fussed on my clean sounds. If your stuck with a terrible 10w amp, it's distortion sucks, and you need to put out a killer performance, the OD400 comes in handy Put it up against a Boss Overdrive pedal, and it can compete very well. But it lacks the finer detail and nuances in it's sound.

Reliability & Durability — 9
Unlike a traditional Boss pedal, it isn't covered in metal armor, but rather in plastic. Wouldn't stomp too hard on this thing, because it would definitely break, but if smooth changes from clean to distorted is more your type, then there are no problems what so ever. Batteries can deplete very quickly, so buying a power adapter would be more efficient.

Ease of Use — 9
Extremely easy to use pedal, just like all other similar brick style pedals, it features a single on/off switch. Easy rear end socket for a separate power adapter (sold separately). Input/Output jack, 1/4 inch. Fairly easy to get a great sound out of it. High gain assaults can be accomplished with a full gain setting on the pedal, and a low volume level on the pedal. The Gain and volume on the amp that you use also affects the clarity and amount of distortion you can gain from the pedal.

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    Behringer is arguably one of the crappiest makes on the market today. Poor components, cheap Chinese labour and a huge desire for profit altogether result in notoriously unreliable amateur equipment. Behringer pedals are all producing hum, regardless the plug, altering the clarity of the signal, and tending to work worse and worse as time goes by. I still haven't found a single one to work at the input impedances advertised or able to preserve the output advertised for more than a year. Even when you're tight on budget, don't forget your playing is constantly improving and, in a couple of months, you'll feel the urge of dropping this crap in the first garbage can. And your precious little money will be vanished for good. Be patient, save for a little more and get a decent pedal instead! Only 60 euros separate this piece of junk from a decent distortion from Electro Harmonix, for instance.