Last year, Cor-Tek – the owner of Cort Guitars – announced that it had acquired DigiTech/DOD.
Prior to their sale to Cor-Tek, DigiTech/DOD was owned by Harman International, which was in turn owned by Samsung. Shortly after the completion of its purchase of Harman in 2017, Samsung laid off DigiTech/DOD's entire design team, leaving the brands and their in-the-pipeline products in limbo.
Upon purchasing the brands though, Cor-Tek promised guitarists that the iconic pedal firms would return under its leadership. With the new announcement of the relaunch of the beloved DOD Overdrive Preamp 250 pedal, it would seem that the Korean company is making good on its word.
Crucially, along with the announcement of the Overdrive Preamp 250, Cor-Tek also confirmed that Tom Cram – who led the revival of DigiTech/DOD in the early 2010s – would be returning to the DigiTech/DOD fold, along with a number of the companies' other "key" engineers.
“The team and I are thrilled to join forces with the creative minds at Cort Guitars," Cram said in a statement. "We already have a product roadmap in place that leverages our combined areas of expertise. The reintroduction of the DOD Overdrive Preamp 250 is just the beginning, and I couldn’t be more excited.”
As for the product itself, the 2023 Overdrive Preamp 250 looks to be fairly similar to its 2010s-era predecessor. The yellow enclosure, Gain and Level knobs, and blue LED status light from the previous 250 are all present, though DOD is promising "elevated" performance with this reissue.
The DOD Overdrive Preamp 250 pedal is available now for $109. It features true bypass switching, and runs on 9V power.
According to Cor-Tek, this is the first of a run of nine forthcoming DigiTech/DOD reissues, another of which is rumored to be that of the iconic DigiTech Whammy.
For more on the Overdrive Preamp 250 pedal, visit digitech.com.
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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.
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