1. Bypass Footswitch
  2. Jewel Indicator
  3. Output Jack
  4. Level Boost LED
  5. Level
  6. Bass
  7. Middle
  8. Treble
  9. Pres
  10. Drive
  11. Drive Boost LED
  12. Voice Switch
  13. Input Jack
  14. Boost Footswitch
  15. Low Battery Indicator
  16. LED Kill Switch
  17. Bypass Select
  18. FS Select Switch
  19. DC Power Connector


Thanks for purchasing the Santa Ana Overdrive Pedal—a very versatile overdrive pedal with great touch sensitivity and responsiveness. Designed to sound and feel like a great overdriven tube amp, this pedal is highly interactive with your guitar’s volume control (the distortion will clean up simply by turning the guitar’s volume control down slightly). The critical drive stage is a discrete (no ICs) design that uses FETs (Field Effect Transistors), which contributes to the pedal’s complex and rich tone. The amount of overdrive available covers a wide range of tones, from subtle distorted chord passages to long sustaining single-note lines. The pedal offers a boost that can increase the drive or final volume.


This control adjusts overall volume level.


This control adjusts the amount of overdrive or saturation. Set this in
conjunction with the drive boost switch.


This controls the pedal’s low-frequency response. Use this to bulk up
thinner-sounding guitars, or dial it down for guitars with hotter
humbucking pickups.


This controls the pedal’s midrange response. A versatile control useful
in all overdrive settings.


This controls the pedal’s high-frequency response. Note that the bass,
middle and treble controls operate much like they do in a favorite tube
amp. Set this to preference; the effect becomes more pronounced at higher drive settings.


A particularly useful control for smoothing out high drive settings. It
controls the upper midrange and works much like the presence control on a tube amp.

Voice Switch

The “A” voice works well with a classic Fender clean amp like a Deluxe Reverb. Try the “B” voicing with a Fender Bassbreaker and other similar amps. Great sounds can be had, however, with many other configurations. Experiment to find what works best.

FS Select

The FS Select slider switch defines the function of the boost footswitch.
In Drive mode, the amount of total overdrive content changes from normal (LED off) to “More Drive” (LED on). With the switch in Level mode, tone remains the same but a volume boost is applied, which is seful for solos.

Bypass Select

This slider switch selects between true bypass and buffered bypass modes. True bypass is accomplished using a high-quality relay. In the buffered setting, the signal goes through a single active buffer stage that provides low-impedance output for driving long cables and multiple effects.

Jewel Indicator

The Jewel Indicator shows when the overdrive effect is active.

Bypass Footswitch

This rugged footswitch bypasses the effect and provides either the original signal or a buffered signal at the output jack (depending on Bypass mode). This is a “click-less” control that works in conjunction
with the true/buffered bypass slider switch.

Boost Footswitch

This switch provides either extra drive for more distortion or extra
output level, depending on the position of the FS Select switch.

Input Jack

This is a high-impedance input suitable for electric guitar, bass, acoustic guitars with pickup systems, keyboards and other instruments.

Output Jack

This is a low-impedance output jack that connects to the amp or to the next effect pedal in the signal chain.

DC Power Connector

The Santa Ana Overdrive requires a 9V DC (center negative polarity) power supply with at least 150mA of available current.

LED Kill Switch

This switch extinguishes the LEDs that illuminate the control knobs—useful in maximizing battery life when running the pedal from

Low Battery Indicator

This red LED on the front of the battery door illuminates when battery
voltage drops below a set threshold, indicating that the battery should
be replaced soon.

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Important Safety Instructions

  • WARNING: To prevent damage, fire or shock hazard, do not expose the unit or its AC power to rain or moisture.
  • Do not alter the AC plug of the connected power adapter
  • Do not drip or splash liquids on the unit.
  • No user serviceable parts inside, refer servicing to qualified personnel only.
  • WARNING: The unit must only be connected to a safety agency certified, regulated, power source (adapter), approved for useand compliant with applicable local and national regulatory safety requirements.
  • Unplug the AC power adapter before cleaning the unit exterior. Use only a damp cloth for cleaning and then wait until the unit is completely dry before reconnecting it to power.
  • Amplifiers and loudspeaker systems, and ear/headphones (if equipped) are capable of producing very high sound pressure levels which may cause temporary or permanent hearing damage. Use care when setting and adjusting volume levels during use.


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POWER SUPPLY:One 9V battery or 9VDC regulated adapter,
5.5 x 2.1 mm barrel connector, center negative
150mA, knob LEDs on
DIMENSIONS:3.75” x 4.9” x 2.5” (95.25mm x 124.5mm x 63.5mm)
WEIGHT:1.2lbs (.54kg

Product specifications subject to change without notice

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