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Maxon 9-Series Sonic Distortion
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- Convincing balance between transistor and op-amp characteristics
- Unique Low Boost/Hi Boost tone control offers plenty of beef
- Output and distortion knobs dish out up to 55dB of vicious gain boost
- True bypass switching
- Die-cast zinc case
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SD-9 Sonic Distortion
Since its original release in the early 80’s the Sonic Distortion has gained a huge cult following among tone connoisseurs, including the likes of guitar legends Scott Henderson and Mike Landau.
Maxon’s current-production reissue captures all the magic of the original with the added benefit of true bypass switching.
The SD-9 provides a smooth distortion that covers a wide range of Gain levels from mild overdrive through pseudo-fuzz. Regardless of the Gain setting, the SD-9 remains articulate and responsive to note dynamics, providing excellent sustain without crossing over into super-compressed Metal territory.
The SD-9’s Tone knob has plenty of top end on tap, yet notes still retain a round, full-bodied tonality with the low end presence usually associated with amp distortion. The pedal’s midrange response is smooth and even – present without seeming spiked.
Since its humble origins to its current place in the pedalboards of the stars, the Maxon Sonic Distortion has proven itself to be a timeless classic that has only improved with age.
'The Maxon SD-9 is the best distortion pedal EVER made, period. It has the clarity and punch you get from a pedal, while retaining the low bass you get with amp distortion. The SD-9 is one of the rare pedals which sound equally great on both the neck and bridge pickups, whether they're humbucking or single coil. It's been a very important part of my tone for many years.'
Guitar Player Magazine
Why choose Maxon?
- Reissue of classic Distortion from the 80’s.
- Great sustain and volume clean-up.
- Wide operation range covers mid-gain Overdrive through Fuzz.
- Versatile Tone control can provide bright top and tight, punchy lows.
- Scott Henderson’s favorite Distortion!
- True Bypass Switching.
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The “black sheep” of the 9-Series, the Sonic Distortion offers the best characteristics of transistor and op-amp circuits in one compact unit. The SD9’s unique Low Boost/Hi Boost Tone control offers more low-end beef than other pedals, while it’s Distortion and Output controls can provide up to 55 dB of gain boost. At low gain settings the SD9 functions perfectly as a full-frequency overdrive. Higher gain settings turn the SD9 into a hand-held monster; providing gut-wrenching grind and singing sustain that will make a clean amp dirty and a dirty amp downright evil.
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The Maxon SD-9 does this in spades, and additionally works well across the various brands, models, and states of repair found on house and rented backline amps in clubs and venues across NYC. This is something that the boutiques often can't do -- they may work well extremely with one type of amp, but sound like a cheap tin box with some other type of amp. Using the SD-9, it's great that I can just put one distortion unit on my pedalboard, instead of two or three. It preserves space on the board, allowing me to bring a wider range of sound effects. Win-win-win. I wish I'd discovered this gadget a couple of years ago. My large pedalboards now sit at home, unused. I don't have a dedicated road crew and technicians, and probably never will, so for me using the SD-9 has greatly simplified the entire process of live performance.
In terms of settings, I usually configure the amps for a good clean sound, and adjust the SD-9 Level to "just above unity," Dist to about 1:30, and Tone to somewhere below 10:00. The secret to dialing in the SD-9 is the Tone setting -- you've got to keep it at the low end of the dial. Too high, and all of the magic in this effect completely evaporates.
The pedal? Tele into the SD-1, then the SD-1 into a '68 Deluxe Reverb RI (12" celestion v-type speaker). The SD-1 ... is ... my ... sound.
In the vagueness of the this review's tone descriptors and the absence of adjectives, this pedal may be magic. Made in Japan by the masters of Maxon.
The color is perfect, and the pedal housing is solid and strong.
Not a metal music pedal. Great rock, blues, ecc. pedal.
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