The OD-100 SE is for the high-gain freak who can never get enough gain. Based on the ultra high-gain CH3 of the renowned 3+SE rack preamp, the SE voicing and character is engaged in the boosted mode of Channel 2 of the OD-100SE. What you get is an intense yet clear distortion that is both hyper aggressive and creamy at the same time. Once again, what you put into it is what you get out of it. From 80's metal to mega shred to progressive fusion to modern alternative rock/metal, the SE covers a lot of sonic territories that require mondo amounts of gain that is still defined and musical. Artists using the OD-100 SE range from Reb Beach of Whitesnake to shred monster Rob Marcello to fusion master Jose De Castro to modern alternative rock band Element Eighty. What sets the OD-100 SE apart from the competition is the amazing string-to-string clarity even with the gain cranked all the way up. You can strum a chord and you'll be able to hear each string and each note when other amps with this much gain will only produce unintelligible mush.
Channel 1 of the OD-100 SE is identical to that of the Standard, so you also get a beautiful vintage clean sound to go with the mega high-gain sound of the SE's CH2 boosted mode. The unboosted mode of the SE's Channel 2 is a little mellower than the unboosted mode of the OD-100 Standard. This unboosted mode is ideal for use with overdrive and distortion pedals for different types of crunch and high-gain sounds that are different from the intense boosted mode of the SE. The SE, besides the stock Feedback and Power Amp Presence knobs on the back panel, also has a new circuit called the Whomp. It's a 3-way toggle on the back panel that gives you two degrees of low-mid punch. The lowest position is bypass. The middle position gives you a moderate boost of the low-mid frequencies – providing additional punch and a huge soundscape at moderate to high volume levels. The upper position adds even more low-end and is only recommended for low-volume playing situations when you want a huge sound but can't turn up the amp too loud.