DOD Overdrive Preamp 250 review

A cult classic returns. But is this yellow-boxed drive still worthy of the hype?

DOD Overdrive Preamp 250
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

As much as interest in the DOD 250 has increased thanks to influencer videos and famous players, it may struggle to stand out against tough competition. Still, it sounds good and it’s affordable, and that’s enough to warrant some success.


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    A lot of volume gain.

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    A great companion for any tube amp.


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    Limited EQ.

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    Lots of alternatives.

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DOD started in 1973, producing pedals until they were bought out by DigiTech’s parent company in 1990. Occupying a similar place in the market to MXR, its stompboxes were most commonly found in the US, using the marketing tagline of ‘America’s Pedal’. In its range was a set of staples like drive, chorus and delay that, while hampered by a somewhat dodgy footswitch, remain popular today. 

While a number of the units were clones, copies or adaptations of other circuits, several highly original units were built in the 1990s, becoming cult favourites. Many of the ’90s units were designed by Jason Lamb, earning the unofficial name of Lamb-series.

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Alex Lynham

Alex Lynham is a gear obsessive who's been collecting and building modern and vintage equipment since he got his first Saturday job. Besides reviewing countless pedals for Total Guitar, he's written guides on how to build your first pedal, how to build a tube amp from a kit, and briefly went viral when he released a glitch delay pedal, the Atom Smasher.