Overdrive Pedals

Originally designed to push tube amps of the day into full-blown saturation that just cranking to full volume couldn't compete with, overdrive pedals now come in a huge array of styles. 

Overdrive pedals typically clip the signal more softly than a distortion pedal. The more subtle designs add a touch of hair or grit, ideal for bluesy breakup, while others have more punch for a heavier or more harmonically rich sound. Some, such as the famed Klon Centaur, are renowned for their transparency - and there are some very good Klon clones these days...