Today I wanted to talk about the Electro-Harmonix XO Germanium OD Overdrive pedal. I’ve been really interested in germanium fuzzes lately and this one caught my eye. The interesting things about this pedal are the bias and volt controls. With the bias, you can handle how the transistor reacts to the voltage sent to it creating interesting sounds. The volts control will let you sag the voltage down to simulate a dying battery sound.
Here is the official description:
The Electro-Harmonix Germanium OD Pedal delivers classic 60’s distortion based on the germanium transistor. Gain, Bias and Volts controls are on top of the pedal, not hidden inside the case. Easily dial in that perfect vintage germanium overdrive.
The Bias control adds emphasis while the Volts control helps you dial in that that sweet spot produced when your battery’s voltage dips. Dial up that slightly torn speaker sound or unleash total Germanium satisfaction. The Germanium OD pedal features true bypass switching, an LED on/off indicator, and a compact and rugged die-cast chassis
I found two good videos by EHX showcasing this pedal:
and this one:
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