Maxon OD9 Overdrive Pedal Customer Review
Very weak gain stage, even for a pedal advertised as a bluesy tube sound. Ran it through a 30-watt orange rocker, even as a booster it was kindof abrasive.
tonestack pretty stock. came with a battery.
Ease of Use:
really straightforward to use. alot of back and forth between pedal and amp tone stacks and gain stages though.
it's a maxon, they've always made quality products. With everything I've read about the pedals and the JC4558 chip and it's comparability to a vintage TS-9, I had high hopes for the gain and rolloff of the pedal and it's studio application. I was really disappointed in that area and it's possible I got a faulty pedal. Maxon isn't known for faulty equipment so I'm not sure what to make of the whole experience with the OD-9. The whole "Adam D., Metal, metalcore" studio application may be marketing hype. I still recommend trying it because Same Day Music are great people, great customer service and returns are hassle free.
Never spoke to maxon but SDM's return service was exceptional
it's durable, it may have what you want in a pedal for warming up solid state amplification, it's all matter of opinion.
The Wow Factor:
Green is a good color for the OD-9, very iconic and a nice ibanez/maxon vintage knock-off look.
Eh, I'll check on some other overdrive pedals. I've used a TS-9 and the maxon was nothing like the TS 9. T-rex makes and Alberta overdrive based on the same chipset, mid-hump, and rolloff. It's still a very warm pedal, just bereft of any break-up whatsoever.