I f there’s one overdrive pedal that’s been used by pros but has slipped under the popular radar, it’s the ODR-1. Finished in a similar green hue to the Tubescreamer, the ODR-1 came about because designer Kai Tachibana was not keen on the fact that the Ibanez and other overdrives featured a strong middle hump. Instead, he wanted a drive pedal that did what his bluesy sounding 40-watt black-panel Fender Bassman did, reacting to the volume pot on his guitar, where the overdrive increased slowly and evenly without changing the basic tonal character. And so the ODR-1 was born. Since it’s original launch in the 90s, the pedal has gone on to become a favourite with many respected players, particularly in the Nashville session scene where it’s currently the go-to pedal for the likes of Guthrie Trapp and Tim Pierce. This latest ODR-1 Natural Overdrive we have on review is not dissimilar to a Boss pedal in its form factor and features some new revisions. It also has a mini version, which we’ll look at here, too.