To celebrate the 40th anniversary of its OD808 overdrive pedal, Maxon has released a limited run of 400 units based on current-production models.
The original pedal was conceived in 1979 by Susumu Tamura, during attempts to create a circuit to rival Boss’ OD-1. His efforts culminated in a stomper dubbed the Maxon OD808, which became known for its organic, tube-like qualities. This pedal would later be rebranded as the now-legendary Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer.
The new anniversary unit features the iconic three-knob configuration – drive, balance and tone – and comes with circuitry modifications made by Tamura. The latter caters for more transparent and articulate sounds along with an improved dynamic response.
Each pedal ships with a certificate of authenticity, and the first 40 pedals will also be hand-signed by Tamura himself.