Essential Edition Dead Horse Overdrive

(13 customer reviews)


Introducing the Essential Edition Dead Horse Overdrive: a scaled-back version of the wildly popular Dead Horse Overdrive- All the tone you’ve come to expect with half the size and a fraction of the price.


The Essential Edition of the Dead Horse Overdrive:

A scaled-back small-form version of the wildly successful Dead Horse Overdrive- All the tone you’ve come to expect with half the size, a fraction of the price!

What changed:

We’ve removed the diode selection switch- this feature added such subtle differences that we decided to remove it to save you some cash and pedal board space.

That’s really all that’s worth mentioning. The rest of the changes are production based allowing us to shrink the pedal, the build time and the price.

You still the get the renowned tone the Dead Horse is legend for- the classic TS808 voice with deeper bass, smoothed out mids, and  biting overdrive when cranked… We even use the famed 4558 chipset for the mythical mojo.

Additional features include:

  • Gain, Tone and Volume controls
  • Features the legendary JRC4558 IC
  • A low Current draw of just 5mA
  • Measures 2.2″x4.3″
  • Operates on a standard 9 volt DC (negative tip) BOSS style adapter (not included)
  • True Hardwire Bypass with grounded input for noise free operation
  • Stomp switch built to withstand years of hard stomping shows
  • Durable aluminum housing
  • Super-Bright LED for easy onstage identification
  • Proudly built by hand in the U.S.A.


Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 5 × 3 × 2 in

Green, Lavender, Pink, Orange, White, Silver, Sky Blue

13 reviews for Essential Edition Dead Horse Overdrive

  1. Gavin mickwee

    Wanted something to clean boost my 6505 head. Was using the old ts9 ibanez tube screamer. This thing blows the screamer out of the water. The tone is cleaner yet more crisp. I really don’t even use the gain, however have tried using it to overdrive the rthyme channel with outstanding results. If your debating on getting this pedal or not, trust me get it you will not be disappointed.

  2. Fat Ching

    What a great pedal , nice

  3. Miguel

    After endless research on overdrive pedals, I finally pulled the trigger on this bad boy. I’m using it as a boost into a Mesa Dual Rectifier and it just tightens and shapes heavy rhythm sounds so well. So much clarity comes through with nice clean note articulation. There’s also plenty of drive on tap too if you need to break up some cleaner tones too. It’s an amazing bit of kit. You won’t regret your purchase.

  4. Nicholas

    I was comparing this pedal with my ibanez ts9 tube screamer, they are both somewhat similar but the essential overdrive produces a higher quality sound and that was very noticeable. It’s really great for breathing life into any low gain type sound in my opinion and making them more flexible. Inspiration in a box

  5. Chris Mayer

    Just replaced my OD808 with the Dead Horse OD and i am blown away. I’m using it with a Mesa JP-2C and cant put my 8 string down for a second. This is a must own OD pedal.

  6. Chris Mayer

    Bought a second one to give to my friend for his Mesa Mark V.

  7. Adam

    OHHHHHH DAMNNNNN this thing is NUTS thanks a ton guys

  8. David F.

    I Love It!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Joel

    I love this pedal, it’s the best overdrive pedal I have ever owned, and it was a great price for the quality and rarity of the pedal.

  10. Sergey B.

    Recieved. Awesome pedal, thanks a lot! Hope to deal with you again

  11. Ryan

    This is an excellent pedal with the 4558 chip and true bypass. Delivers excellent overdrive tones and is very versatile for all your gain needs. Use it for some boost or grit or drive. You can’t beat the price for this sturdy made in USA pedal with a small pedalboard footprint.

  12. Chuck Temons

    As good as its full sized brother- half the real estate on my peddle board!Rock solid switch and connections. Perfect! Sounds great.

  13. Scott L.

    Ok that’s the pedal I have been searching for! Great price! Great pedal! Thank you

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