Aimed at players who want some serious
versatility from an overdrive pedal, the
Odelya ($175 direct) features interchangeable
modules ($17-$21 each) that work in
conjunction with a 3-way Mode switch to
provide a myriad of overdrive and distortion
flavors. Along with the Mode
switch, the Odelya’s controls
include Drive, Tone, and Volume,
a 3-position Bass switch, and
an internal switch that
selects 18-volt operation.
This voltage doubling
option enhances the headroom
and output, and it
even works when running on
a 9-volt battery. Noise is kept
to a minimum thanks to the use of
low-noise audiophile-grade components,
and the circuit board is anchored to
the chassis for ruggedness and reliability.
Starting with the stock “white” module,
the Odelya delivered everything from potent
clean boost (middle Mode setting) to smooth,
saturated tube-style distortion (left Mode
setting) to edgier sounding British-style grind
(right Mode setting). The Bass switch is quite
effective, and can boost the lows significantly
for metal or other bottom heavy styles,
or provide a more
modest amount of
(or none at
all) for optimum response with humbuckers
and single-coils. The Tone control is well
voiced, and has plenty of range to accommodate
those who want buttery distortion or
more edgy types of grind. The other modules
(red, yellow, green, and blue) each have a dramatic
effect on the Odelya’s distortion
character, output level, and dynamics. I’d
probably opt for the blue module’s more tubeinflected
sounds, and the green module with
its germanium diodes also provides some
interesting—if not all useable—flavors of fuzz.
All told, the Odelya is a tweaker’s dream come
true, so if you’re the type who likes the
idea of being able to radically alter the
parameters of your gear, this distortion/
overdrive pedal is definitely
worth checking out.
KUDOS Swappable modules offer lots
of different distortion textures.
Excellent build quality.
CONCERNS Could present some option
CONTACT Chellee, (386) 668-8840;
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