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9 best overdrive pedals under $100 in 2017

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Our 9 favourite overdrive pedals under $100 When you’re in the need for a little inspiration, or you just feel like treating yourself to something new on your pedalboard, a good bet is always an(other) overdrive pedal.

As one of the first pedals in your chain, wether you prefer adding just a hint of dirt to your tone, or staggering multiple overdrives to drive your amp into full-on distortion, adding or changing your overdrive pedal can make a big difference in your tone.

Lucky for us, there are many affordable overdrives on the market currently, and here are our current favourites, in no particular order.

Our 9 favourite overdrive pedals under $100

Name
Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini Check Price
Boss Blues Driver BD-2 Check Price
TC Electronic MojoMojo Check Price
Jet City Afterburner Check Price
Mooer Green Mile Check Price
MXR Micro Amp Check Price
Electro Harmonix Crayon Check Price
Boss Super Overdrive SD-1 Check Price
DOD Preamp 250 Overdrive Check Price

Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini

Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini

The Tube Screamer Mini is a compact reissue of the original Ibanez Tube Screamer. We love the compact size, and were impressed by the build quality: it was much heavier than we’d expected, and makes an overall solid impression that feels like it should last forever.

The tone is classic Tube Screamer, as is the green color. The controls and layout are simple: a true bypass on/off switch, a big overdrive know and two small knobs for tone and level.

The Tube Screamer Mini is a great option for those that want a Tube Screamer, but that don’t want to sacrifice too much space on their pedalboards.

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Boss Blues Driver BD-2

Boss Blues Driver BD-2

The Boss BD-2 is a legendary overdrive at a killer price. It’s a classic Boss stomp box, meaning it is tough and should take any road abuse without issues.

The BD-2 is a versatile pedal. Using it at low gain makes for a great clean boost, and at medium gain it has warm, creamy crunchy overdrive. Turn the gain up higher and you’ll get awesome blues/rock solo sounds, all for under $100!

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TC Electronic MojoMojo

TC Electronic MojoMojo

The MojoMojo is a surprisingly affordable overdrive pedal by TC Electronic. It’s a very easy recommendation to anyone looking for a versatile overdrive pedal, despite the low price.

Using the pedal as a clean boost gives a beautiful almost-clean sound. Turning up the gain will give you a lovely amp-like overdrive, while still staying transparent. The pedal has great clarity when playing chords, and it responds well to playing dynamics.

Overall, the MojoMojo is a well-built pedal with great tones at a bargain price!

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Jet City Afterburner

Jet City Afterburner

The Afterburner provides great low to mid-gain tones in a solid, affordable package.

The pedal features two switches: on/off for bypassing the pedal, and boost for adding that touch more gain. The controls are pretty much the standard for overdrives: volume, tone, overdrive and the extra boost.

While the high-gain sounds didn’t leave us satisfied, the bluesy sounds really made up for it. The Afterburner is a flexible alternative to the usual crop of overdrive pedals, and it’s definitely worth a look.

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Mooer Green Mile

Mooer Green Mile

You’d be forgiven for assuming the Green Mile is just another Tube Screamer clone, because it pretty much is exactly that. It comes with an extra “warm/hot” toggle switch, that adjusts the output accordingly.

We managed to coax some lovely bluesy tones from this little pedal in the “warm” setting, and surprising good classic rock tones in the “hot” setting.

Overall we were impressed by this sturdy little overdrive, and can honestly recommend it if you’re looking for something extra to add to your board.

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MXR Micro Amp

MXR Micro Amp

With one control and one button, the MXR Micro Amp is one of the simplest designs in this shootout. It’s also one of the most popular.

While the Micro Amp is just a clean boost pedal, it somehow manages to add just the right level of character, dynamics and sustain to your signal. It’s difficult to explain, and even YouTube reviews don’t really do it justice. It’s simply a pedal that needs to be experienced to be appreciated.

Once you’ve tried it, you’ll probably always have one on your board.

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Electro Harmonix Crayon

Electro Harmonix Crayon

Electro Harmonix is known for producing quality guitar effects, and the Crayon is no different. It’s marketed as a “Full Range Overdrive”, and has independent treble and bass controls.

The Crayon handles nearly-clean tones and high-gain overdrive with ease, while retaining great playing dynamics.

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Boss Super Overdrive SD-1

Boss Super Overdrive SD-1

The SD-1 is another classic Boss pedal that has seemingly been around forever. It’s a versatile pedal that delivery great low to high-gain overdrive tones. It responds well to playing dynamics and sounds amazing all round.

Pushing an already overdriven Marshall with this pedal, you’ll easily get rock sounds of the 80’s and 90’s.

The SD-1 has been used by many of the great guitarists of the last 30-40 years, and at a price point of between $50 and $60, it’s an affordable addition to your board.

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DOD Preamp 250 Overdrive

DOD Preamp 250 Overdrive

The DOD Preamp 250 Overdrive is a simple pedal with huge sounds. It features two knobs for gain and level, and an on/off switch.

This pedal is a higher-gain overdrive than most in this review. Using it as a “clean” boost gives a lovely, crunchy clean sound. Turning the gain up releases aggressive, borderline fuzz-like sounds.

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