Korg Nu:Tekt OD-S Overdrive review

The Nu:Tekt kit offers a DIY overdrive pedal project for tonehounds - but is it worth your time and money?

Korg Nu:Tekt OD-S Overdrive Kit review
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Guitar World Verdict

It's expensive, but this Nutube-equipped overdrive sounds uncannily like a good, gained-up amp channel. It's fun to put together, too!


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    Easy to assemble (no soldering!), and satisfying too.

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    Tube-like overdrive is very persuasive.

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    Overdrive tones that will cover a wide range of styles.


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    A little bit noisy.

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    Kinda pricey considering you're doing all the work here.

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If you’re looking at the price tag, you may be wondering why an overdrive pedal you have to assemble yourself costs over 200 bucks. 

A fair question – though the assembly part is a lot of fun if you like the idea of Lego for effects fans. Soldering isn’t required but a screwdriver and socket set is. It’ll take you 45 minutes at most. 

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Rob Laing

Rob is the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar, he worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including as Editor of Total Guitar. He's currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with his own songs and is enjoying playing covers in function bands.