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.”

The OD808-40 will be available in a very limited production run of 400 units, and each will come with a signed certificate of authenticity. In addition, the first 40 units of the pedal will be hand-signed by  Tamura himself.

The Maxon OD808-40 is available for pre-order for $199 (serial # 41-400, unsigned) and $400 (serial number 1-40, signed), and will ship on or around March 29.

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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.