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Could Mr Black's OD-503 be your new go-to transparent overdrive?

(Image credit: courtesy of Mr Black)

Mr Black has unveiled another new addition to its ever-expanding line of mini pedals, the OD-503 overdrive.

The OD-503 is designed to enhance a guitar’s drive and natural harmonic content, responding naturally to changes in pick attack and volume control levels.

It features a simple three-knob layout with output, treble and drive controls, and there’s also true-bypass switching and 9V DC power.

It sounds pretty transparent to us, judging by Jay Leonard J's seriously smooth demo above.

The Mini OD-503 is available for preorder at Mr Black for $99.95, and begins shipping November 15. 

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.