Maxon unveils limited-edition OD-9 Blackdrive pedal

Maxon's new OD-9 Blackdrive pedal
(Image credit: Maxon)

Japanese effects pedal giant Maxon has unveiled the OD-9 Blackdrive pedal, a limited-edition version of its legendary OD-9 pedal.

The company's first offering since it split from longtime partners Godlyke Distributing Inc. earlier this year, the OD-9 Blackdrive overdrive pedal boasts the same high-gain punch of a typical OD-9, but with a semi-gloss black enclosure.

The same lineup of Drive, Tone and Level controls comes aboard, as does True Bypass switching and the JRC4558 IC chip that gives the pedal its trademark, blues- and modern-rock friendly bite.

According to (opens in new tab) Maxon, the OD-9's tonal palette is more "open," and boasts more output than its close relative, the OD808. 

The Japanese-made Maxon OD-9 Blackdrive pedal is available now – exclusively for European customers – for £129 (~€153, $178). It runs on 9 -18 V power or a 9V battery.

For more info on the pedal, head on over to Maxon (opens in new tab).

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.