The overdrive pedal is a classic effect for electric guitars. It can be a lifetime quest to find the right overdrive. Finite boutique overdrive treadle has become a cult item and many manufacturers have taken advantage of the opportunity to increase the number of available models. It's difficult to navigate the maze of products on the market due to the overwhelming nature of it.
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Although it is less well-known than the Ibanez models, the OCD still has a great reputation and is a top-seller in Fulltone's catalog. Michael Fuller's determination to create an overdrive pedal that does not compromise dynamics despite having a clipping diode, is probably what has earned it that reputation.
The opamp has a JFET and two MOSFET transistors further up the chain. Its design gives it great versatility and a large gain reserve.
Xotic BB Preamp
Xotic is a kind of Tom Thumb amongst the major names on the list. The guitar pedal market has been a growing niche for the California-based company since its inception in 1998. The BB Preamp is capable of providing a clean boost (30dB+) but also has a preamp stage that can produce a softer and more compressed sound. It also features a 2-band EQ, which is a great addition to the traditional tone knob. This is why it was so popular among our readers.