What are the Best Guitar Overdrive Pedals?

best guitar overdriveIf you are in the market for a guitar overdrive pedal, this list will point you in the right direction

For many of us, the overdrive that is built into our amplifier, even if it is a good one, can become stale and restrictive over time, thus leaving you looking for something more. An overdrive pedal can be the perfect solution. Pedals are usually much cheaper than a new amplifier, and much less bulky. There are so many overdrive pedals available that it won’t be too hard to find one or more that you like, thereby leaving you free to create for yourself a truly custom sound that is unique to you. Right now we’re going to look at some of the best guitar overdrive pedals available out there, and we’ll talk about why they are so great, and also what makes them that way.

We’re going to take a look at vintage designs as well as modern overdrive pedals, to see how things have changed, and how they have remained the same. These are all going to be Overdrive pedals, so we will probably see a few tube emulators, and pedals designed to sound like an amp naturally breaking up. You’ll get some good crunch and even distortion out of many of these pedals, but these are not Fuzz pedals or Metal distortion pedals; those are for another time.

Fulltone OCD Obsessive Compulsive Drive OverdriveFulltone OCD Obsessive Compulsive Drive Overdrive

The Fulltone OCD Obsessive Compulsive Drive Overdrive is a new version of a classic pedal. It’s designed to have all of the great tones of the first version, but with a few modern updates. The OCD has been created to give guitar players a tube-like sound in a pedal format. more…


Wampler Tumnus Deluxe OverdriveWampler Tumnus Deluxe Overdrive

The Wampler Tumnus Deluxe Overdrive pedal, created Brian Wampler, was designed to not only give a player a wide range of overdrive tones, but to also serve as a signal booster. It features a Level control to adjust the volume and a Gain control to adjust the level of overdrive added to your signal.


Fulltone Fulldrive2Fulltone Fulldrive2

The Fulltone Full-Drive2 MOSFET is a two-channel overdrive pedal housed in a very sturdy, powder-coated Blue 16-gauge steel enclosure. The first channel is Overdrive, giving the player a clean boost, or light to medium overdrives while retaining your guitar’s tone. more…


Pigtronix Fat DrivePigtronix Fat Drive

The Pigtronix Fat Drive pedal is designed to have a tube-like overdrive. It creates a modern, 100% analogue style overdrive by using multiple gain stages that round and compress a signal in each stage as it begins to clip. This more closely resembles the way that tubes operate, giving this pedal a more tube-like sound. more…


Electro-Harmonix Hot Wax Multi-OverdriveElectro-Harmonix Hot Wax Multi-Overdrive

The Electro-Harmonix Hot Wax Multi-Overdrive is a combination of two other pedals created by Electro-Harmonix and it is also one of the few that is designed to sound good on bass guitar as well as electric guitar. The right side of the pedal is the Crayon, which is a full range overdrive, different than most overdrives that emphasize the mids. more…

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