Nobels ODR-1 BC & ODR-mini review

The other little green overdrive gets a revamp

Nobels ODR-1 BC & ODR-mini review
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

With smoothly transparent overdrive, the ODR-1 BC offers boutique performance at a bargain-basement price, while its mini sibling is the perfect alternative for those who need to save space (and money) and don’t need that bass cut facility.


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    Full-bodied, warm overdrive.

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    Incredible value.

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    Dynamic response.

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    Can be used as a boost for solos.

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    The mini is a great space-saver.


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If there’s one overdrive pedal that’s been used by pros but has slipped under the popular radar, it’s the ODR-1. 

Finished in a similar green hue to the Tube Screamer, the ODR-1 came about because designer Kai Tachibana was not keen on the fact that the Ibanez and other overdrives featured a strong middle hump. 

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.