Maxon Announces 40th Anniversary OD808 Overdrive

Maxon has unveiled a 40th anniversary limited-edition OD808 overdrive. The pedal, which was created in 1979 by Japanese electronics engineer Susumu Tamura in an effort to create a circuit to compete with the Boss OD-1, was later rebranded for Ibanez as the TS808 Tube Screamer.

The new offering features Tamura-specified modifications to the pedals’ circuitry that promise to “provide a more open, articulate sound with improved dynamic response.”

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.