Who's digging their MXR Distortion+ ?!

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Who's digging their MXR Distortion+ ?!

Post by Pacafeliz » Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:19 am

...well as i mentioned before, last week i was lucky enough to finally pick up one of these amazing little boxes. a "transition" model from 1982 it seems, for 20 Euro, cuz it has a slight crack in its shell (HOW THE HELL...?!).

i'm loving this thing so much, i've been playing thru only this into the amp ever since i got it!

i also have one of the new Dunlp reissues but it seems to add too much noise somehow, and the sound -sorry- IS not as much alive as with the old one.

so... who's loving theirs?!
it's so damn simple but ROARRR!!!

i know Bob Mould seems to have used one of these too, who else?
i love delay SO much ...that i procrastinate all the time.

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Post by MechaBulletBill » Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:18 pm

Yep, love mine. It's currently doing main dirt duties on the gf's bass board. It's an early block logo model and I don't know what the stock diodes are (I assume silicon because it goes louder than unity). It's been modded for a switchable bass boost and a switch for clipping LEDs. Just a really versatile dirt box that can get nice and fuzzy.

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Post by marqueemoon » Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:06 pm

This is on my short list of dirt boxes to try. Might be my first build attempt since it's a pretty simple circuit.

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Post by MT » Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:37 pm

The Distortion+ is a superb pedal. So too is the DOD 250. Two of the best bang-for-buck drive pedals out there.

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Post by budda12ax7 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:12 pm

I've been looking for a modded one...madmike makes one, and this guy in orange county makes one also. Need one with the bass switch and some other stuff. I'd really like a 1978 one or earlier, script logo.

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Post by parry » Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:09 pm

Yep. Was my first distortion pedal and I'd say that one that shaped "that sound" for me. I've chased all kinds of different flavours for years, but realized that the D+ is just it. Exactly because of what you said. It's ALIIIIIIIIVE :w00t:
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I use mine with the distortion dialed all the way back and the starve at about 50%. Goodness, that sound :? I've come to learn that it's all about that liveliness and the decay with these things. Nothing else can quite touch it. 8)
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Post by CrookedRainJr » Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:45 pm

A pedal I could never sell. Beyond simple, but super effective.

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Post by burntumber » Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:08 pm

miss my old one, got it from a pawn shop for $30 back in 1994.

loved that loose, ballsy sound.

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Post by Pacafeliz » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:37 am

...what surprises me is, many a pages say it's not a distortion pedal, but more of an overdrive. Wth? This thing is almost fuzz!!!

Really nice to just use it with the guitars volume knob.
i love delay SO much ...that i procrastinate all the time.

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Post by Johno » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:57 am

I love them. I have one from 1979/80 & also a DOD 250 from the same period.
What I like about them is the versatility, you can set them as a straight boost or OD/Distortion & at the end of the dial they go all fuzzy.... I stack mine :)

I did have a reissue for a while, its was completely different & quite rubbish. Think the new reissues are supposed to be good ditto the DOD 250's.

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Post by MechaBulletBill » Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:44 am

budda12ax7 wrote:I've been looking for a modded one...madmike makes one, and this guy in orange county makes one also. Need one with the bass switch and some other stuff. I'd really like a 1978 one or earlier, script logo.
I want an EQD gray channel. They [allegedly] have enough bass for bass guitars and all the clipping options you could want.

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Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:29 am

MechaBulletBill wrote:I want an EQD gray channel. They [allegedly] have enough bass for bass guitars and all the clipping options you could want.
Me too dude. My bass board project so far is rocking a SS/BS Mini, but I keep thinking about the Grey Channel. How does the Distortion+ sound with bass on your gf's bass board?
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Post by MechaBulletBill » Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:45 am

freakin ace. I read Al Cisneros uses a modded 250 as his main bass dirt and it's in that vein (unfortunately, we don't have access to any vintage ampeg/orange rigs to crank). Sort of fuzzy and sizzley but without getting too mushy or too scooped. Definitely doesn't need a blend like a lot of bass dirt. The fredric scrambler clone is also on her board (which has a blend) and they stack REALLY well.

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Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:42 am

Glad to hear it! When I get my bass built m, I'm gonna have to try a Grey Channel out.
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Post by s_mcsleazy » Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:50 pm

i miss my old one. i built a clone of a dist + and put it in the same box as a modded mxr microamp because i read that was what guy picciotto used on the last fugazi album. it sounded like god chasing you down the hallway of a hospital..... in a good way. i sold it for £100. i would not mind another one but sadly, my main distortion tone is a rat nowadays.

i have a distortion III at a friends house but im not that into it. it's strange how adding a tone circuit can really change the feel of the pedal.
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