Amped Bitesize Review: Boss OS-2 Overdrive/Distortion Pedal

The DS-1 and the OD-3 rolled into one   06-Mar-13

    MP4 6:34 mins    



We are reviewing a Boss pedal every day for a month in March, and today, on day six, it's the turn of the combination beween Boss's DS-1 Distortion pedal, and their OD-3 Overdrive pedal, it's the Boss OS-2.

We're looking at 30 pedals this month, and then on the final day of March, we'll be doing a round up of our favourites. The idea being that you can quickly watch our bitesize reviews and make a quick decision on whether you like what you hear for each of Boss's compact pedals.

The Boss OS-2 is a combination of the DS-1 and the OD-3 circuits, with a knob for blending the two different sounds.

If you like the sound of both the DS-1 and the OD-3, but you don't know which one to go for, then this could be a good choice for you.

Rich's verdict - "I've already reviewed the DS-1 and the OD-3, they are simple, they sound great, and they are easy to use. The OS-2 adds a touch of versatility, and offers a huge range gain tones. A reason not to go for this pedal is if you want to run distortion and overdrive as effects in series, on separate pedals. I'm also not going to pretend that you can't get more versatile distortion/overdrive pedals than this on the market, and I'm not going to pretend that you can't get pedals which more closely replicate the sound of tube distortion. But you've got to weigh up pricing options, footprint size, and all the other factors that come into pedal choice. You could do a hell of a lot worse than this little fella!"

RRP - £75

More info - Boss OS-2 info page


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