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Naos Classic Overdrive

Based On
Yamaha OD-10MII Overdrive
Effect Type
Overdrive
Build Difficulty
Beginner
Project Summary
A simple yet effective drive circuit that combines a Tube Screamer-style clipping section with a Big Muff-style tone control, it’s more transparent than a Tube Screamer with less of a midrange emphasis.
Naos Classic Overdrive printed circuit board

Printed Circuit Board

What's included?
PCB, build instructions, and parts list.

$12.00

In stock

Complete Kit

Not yet available.
Kits are developed based on interest, so if you’d like to see one for this project, let us know.

Project overview

The Naos Classic Overdrive is based on the Yamaha OD-10MII, an overdrive pedal originally released in 1987 as part of Yamaha’s “Sound Device Series” (SDS).

The OD-10MII is very similar to the Fuzztone, a DIY project designed by Dan Coggins (Lovetone/Dinosaural) for the magazine Electronics Today International in 1993 (available from Aion FX as the Atom Fuzz Drive). The main difference is in the clipping diode arrangement and the OD-10MII’s inclusion of an input buffer. Most of the component values are also different, so the two pedals sound nothing alike, but the similarities are hard to miss when looking at the two schematics side by side.

With this said, it’s unlikely that Dan referenced the OD-10MII when designing the Fuzztone, as the main building blocks of the circuit are fairly basic. But, it bears mentioning since the OD-10MII predated the Fuzztone by six years.

The Naos is a direct adaptation of the original Yamaha unit except that the flip-flop bypass has been replaced with standard true bypass.