Jackson Audio The Optimist Classic Overdrive Pedal

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  • Regular price $349.00
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  • Modern-day take on a legendary overdrive pedal
  • Designed in collaboration with Grammy-nominated guitarist Cory Wong
  • Standard controls for volume, tone, and gain controls 
  • 2 unique EQ modes: OD 1 (natural, transparent tone with midrange bump) and OD 2 (flat-frequency overdrive)
  • EQ modes can be used independently or together
  • Features germanium diodes just like its inspiration
  • Active bypassable 3-band Baxandall-inspired EQ with +/-12dB boost and cut targets and accentuates single-coil frequencies
  • Optional MIDI control over all functions

From Jackson Audio:

"The Optimist is the most versatile overdrive pedal I’ve ever used. Designed to give me a full range of drive levels for punchy rhythm to soaring lead. The Klon has been this mystical and hyped-up circuit for years, and for good reason! It’s an incredible circuit, and the way it pairs with the flat response overdrive is incredible. OD1 has the mid bump Klon circuit that we know and love. OD2 has a flat response overdrive that has an incredible range of drive. When the two of them pair together it creates an even more boosted drive that doesn’t squeal! The final piece of magic is the EQ. Brad Jackson has been trying to convince me about the power of an EQ pedal for a long time, and now I know why. We created an EQ section that focuses on the frequencies that you want more of in single coils, and less of in humbuckers. The EQ can help tone shape your guitars to match each other, or it can help you get the perfect clean tone out of an amp."


  • Input Impedance: 1M
  • Output Impedance: 100k Power Supply: DC
  • Voltage Input: 9V MAX Polarity: Center Negative
  • Min Current Required: 150mA
  • Dimensions: 2.7” x 4.875′′