Fulltone OCD Obsessive Compulsive Drive Pedal Review
When you’re aiming for brightest and best overtones, you will need the right overdrive pedal. If you’re looking for one, you’re in the right place. Read on for our review of Fulltone’s take on the overdrive, called the Obsessive Compulsive Drive Pedal.
Fulltone OCD Drive Pedal Details & Specs
- Compact, tube-like overdrive with a touch-sensitivity response feature
- Instant re-voicing made easy by the HP/LP switch
- Basic volume, tone, and drive controls/adjustments
- True Bypass switching technology
- Retailed at $115; 8 ounces
Fulltone is known for its impressive series of overdrive pedals. The OCD is one of its bestselling units – capable of pushing tones to their maximum potential while consistently sustaining them at the right volume. Treat it as a personality-enhancer for your axe; you can get as clean as possible with this one, or just let the power loose!
The OCD is known for one major thing: it’s very thick, and conveniently responsive overdrive. If you’re into the heavy crunches, spanky tones, and the no-fuss feedback, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this one.
When we tested it, we particularly liked the high peak/low peak switch, which takes you from clean boosts to sustained, frenzied distortion. This is a feature unique only to the OCD, so basically you will have two pedals in one unit – an excellent steal.
The LP switch will allow you to stay as accurate as possible; expect no coloration and the ability to stay consistent with your sound. The HP switch will give you more volume, a very noticeable range of upper mids, increased overdriven tones, and more bottom end. Compared to other commonly sought overdrive pedals in the market, the OCD is a much warmer-sounding pedal.
Adding to our delight was also its consistency, made possible by its output buffer which eliminates alterations or changes made by effects after the True Bypass mode. No need to worry about complex signal-chains or whatnot interfering with your sound, all thanks to the buffer, which is also capable of reducing the load during the intense clipping stages.
The OCD is also said to be better with both humbucker and single-coil because of its raised input impedance from 330K to 1 megaohm. On the other hand, we don’t doubt you’ll love the “no-popping” sound as you switch from enhanced bypass to true.
Is it for you?
Complex chord progressions are better-sounding using overdrive; we think the OCD is a perfect fit for anyone’s tonal needs. If you want richer, creamier, and thicker overtones and a sustain that is almost hard to match, go get yourself a Fulltone OCD.