For over 30 years Maxon’s legendary "808" overdrive circuit has been an essential ingredient to achieving great guitar tone. Whether it’s used as a booster to drive an amp, as a Dirt box for crunch and extra sustain or as an EQ to shape the tone of a high-gain amp, the 808 in its many incarnations has shown up in more rigs and on more recordings than anyone would care to count.
Yet for all its legendary status, there are some who wish the 808 offered just a little bit more – and for those players obsessed with excess, Maxon has created the OD808X Overdrive Extreme.
The Extreme shares the same basic circuit architecture as the OD808. However, several key component values have been altered to achieve what may be the ultimate overdrive tone.
The OD808X offers a wider frequency response than a stock OD808, with an extended hi-frequency tonal range that offers additional clarity without becoming harsh.
It also features a harder clipping pattern than the standard model, creating a searing, full-bodied drive tone that helps chords ring and notes sing.
An additional +5 dB of output level assures that the OD808X will punch through the densest of mixes with an authority that most OD’s just can’t match. Its additional level and top-end also allows the X to be stacked in a chain of pedals without getting buried under other Dirt boxes.
The OD808X offers the same “feel” and amazing transparency that the 808 is famous for – digging in you’ll get more break-up; rolling back your volume will clean things up and you’re guitar will sound like your guitar.
Beyond that, all similarities end and all bets are off. Comparing the X to a stock OD808 is kind of like bringing a gun a knife fight – it’s excessive, but you know it will get the job done!
When even legendary overdrives just aren’t enough, it’s time to go to the extreme – the OD808X Overdrive Extreme.
- Modified version of classic OD808 Overdrive
- Extended frequency response improves note definition and clarity
- Increased Output (+5 dB over OD808) for extra Volume Boost
- Harder clipping yields more aggressive, amp-like Distortion
- Buffered Bypass Switching
- (2014-03-14) Brand New Maxon OD808X Prototype vs. Maxon OD808 by Godlyke
- (2014-06-05) TONE TALK 11 - The New Maxon OD808X - Extreme by Godlyke
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- (2014-07-22) Tone Talk Episode 11 - Maxon OD808X vs. Maxon OD808 by Godlyke
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- (2014-07-30) MIKE HERMANS - MAXON OD808X OVERDRIVE EXTREME DEMO by Godlyke
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- (2014-08-04) MAXON OD808x vs MAXON OD808 - SHOOT-OUT! by The Tone King
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- (2014-08-06) Maxon OD808X Overdrive Demo with Kingbee Tele & Dr Z Antidote by Gearmanndude
- (2014-08-06) Maxon OD808 vs OD808x comparison shootout with Kingbee Tele & Dr Z amp by Gearmanndude
- (2014-08-15) Maxon OD808X Overdrive Extreme Pedal - Humbucker Demo by intheblues
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- (2014-11-14) UNBOXING! MAXON OD808X : 3P3D'14 by The Tone King
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- (2014-12-22) Maxon FX: OD808X Overdrive Extreme by Burgerman666
- (2015-02-23) Maxon OD808X Overdrive Extreme Pedal by guitarworld
- (2015-03-06) #FutureFridays Here's a sneak peek at a new #Maxon #OD808 overdrive pedal that we designed with Adam and Joel from Killswitch Engage. \m/ What features would YOU add to an OD808? by Godlyke
- (2015-05-02) Maxon OD808 vs. OD808X - Metal | GEAR GODS by geargods
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- (2015-07-08) Maxon OD808X Overdrive Guitar Pedal Review | Michael Casswell by iguitarmag
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- (2016-12-11) Maxon OD808x Demo by Adolfo Contreras (Muluc Pax) by Godlyke
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