The Best Overdrive Pedals on Reverb

The most popular overdrive pedals on Reverb, updated daily.

If there's a single effect that most players would pick as their desert island pedal, it would be an overdrive. The numbers back up that assertion: it's the most popular effect category on Reverb and one of the most versatile effects on the market. All the grit, character, and color of your rig can completely change with the twist of a tone knob, volume bump, and even placement in the effects chain.

From the organic tube grit of the Fulltone OCD Transparent Overdrive to the gain-fueled power of the iconic Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer, the most in-demand and best overdrive pedals on Reverb are all right here, ready to be added to your board.

The list below updates daily and reflects the most popular overdrive pedals on Reverb according to buyers on the platform. Click on each entry for more info and check out the bottom of the page for details to consider when buying the right overdrive for your rig.

What to Consider When Buying an Overdrive Pedal

Boost vs. Overdrive vs. Distortion

If you're new to the world of overdrive, differentiating between boost, overdrive, and distortion can be a bit tricky. But there a few key, easy-to-remember points to keep them sorted:

  • A boost pedal, as the name implies, is intended to simply give a boost to your volume level without coloring your tone.
  • An overdrive pedal, meanwhile, encompasses a world of pedals but at their core, they're meant to add to your signal and imitate a tube amp at the point of breakup.
  • A distortion pedal drenches your sound in gain for a high-decibel shriek.

EQ or No EQ?

You'll notice that some overdrives come with added knobs for high, mid, and low (or just high and low), allowing you to sculpt frequencies on the overdrive. If you have a few overdrives/boosts in your chain and are looking for a few fine-tuned flavors on tap, this can be clutch. If you just want to turn on a pedal and get a crunchier sound, they're not necessary.

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