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NAMM 2020: The Nobels ODR-1, one of the most revered overdrive pedals of all time, just got an upgrade for 2020

Nobels ODR-1BC
(Image credit: Nobels)

NAMM 2020: Speak to a lot of Nashville session greats about their favorite overdrive pedal, and plenty will point to one box, the ODR-1 from German brand Nobels - and now that highly lauded stompbox has received a tonal tweak or two.

The new ODR-1BC plays host to two major changes, the first of which is an internal Bass Cut switch to tame low-end, which will prove handy for humbucker players.

The other is the ability to run the pedal from an 18V power supply to yield additional headroom.

Otherwise, the pedal works as per the original, with buffered bypass and a Spectrum control that increases both treble and bass when turned clockwise while retaining the same midrange characteristics.

The ODR-1BC is available now for £99 (approx $129) - see Nobels for more info.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.