Overdrive pedals are one of the most consistently useful pedals around. A huge part of their fame is with harder genres like metal, but they’ve seen just as much if not more application in the realms of blues, jazz and rock.
If I was in the market for an Overdrive pedal, and if budget was no factor, I'd go for the Wampler Hot Wired V2. It’s hard to beat the sophistication and exacting quality standards that come with boutique models like this. Not the option for the budget conscious, but you get what you pay for (or so they say).
If you want something that sounds great, isn’t particularly complicated and works well on a tight budget, look no further than the TC Electronic Mojomojo.
The quality is far better than the price would otherwise suggest.
If having something with more oomph is your style, it’s definitely worth comparing both the Ibanez Tube Screamer and the NKM Dynamic Overdrive pedals. They both have a very different sound from each other. Here too the Wampler Hot Wired V2 shines as well, although it is by far the most expensive of the bunch.
At a Glance: Our Choice Of The 5 Best Overdrive Pedals On The Market
Wampler Brent Mason Hot Wired V2 (Editor's Choice)
TC Electronic Mojomojo (Budget Choice)
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Ok let's look at each product in more detail. To make things easier for you, we've added pros and cons for each one, as well as a video demonstration so you can see them in action.
Ged is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 Campervan.