OS-2 Overdrive-Distortion review by Boss

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.7 (110 votes)
Boss: OS-2 Overdrive-Distortion

Price paid: $ 40

Purchased from: Music Go Round

Sound — 7
I use this pedal with a Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor, a few other pedals, a Laney GC 30 or various Peavey models, and a Fender Cyclone or MIM Stratocaster. It is noisy when you turn the Drive or the tone up very high, but this is a distortion/overdrive pedal and that is to be expected. The Overdrive setting is so-so, the distortion setting is good, and the Overdrive mixed with distortion is so-so mixed with good. This pedal doesn't get my any particular guitarist's sound but sounds decent.

Overall Impression — 8
I play everything from metal to Radiohead, and this pedal, especially the pure distortion setting, works nicely. For a different distortion effect, put this on almost pure distortion, drive 100%, tone to liking, and then put that through a fuzz pedal like the Big Muff or a Fender Blender. This really makes the harmonics ring and makes it really distorted without being too much.

Reliability & Durability — 10
It's a Boss pedal. Even though I bought it used with more scratches than everything else I own combined, it still works every time I turn it on. The AC adaptor slot was broken when I bought it, but I knew this and it works fine on batteries. The battery life never exceeds five hours though, so I would like to get the adaptor slot fixed.

Ease of Use — 10
The four knobs are very simple: level, tone, Drive, and colour. All the tones it offers are easily accessible. Even thought I do not have a manual, I did not even bother to download one because it is so easy to use. There is an input and an output jack. This is even more simple.

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    My first decent pedal. Just got this a few months ago and I love it. I'd have to agree with others and recommend an adapter...I've been through wayyy too many batteries.
    I am the Drake
    Got it last week. I'm still playing around with it though. It's a great pedal. I would def. recommend it to all guitar players.