Maxon Vintage Series Distorion Master

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DS830M

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Despite its modest array of controls, the DS830 is one of the most flexible distortion boxes you will ever encounter. The DS830 can generate insane amounts of gain while still retaining remarkable evenness and transparency. Yet far from being a one-trick pony, the DS830 is also capable of lightly overdriven blues tones and even semi-clean solo boosts at lower Gain settings.
Clarity and punch may seem like self-canceling traits, yet the DS830 provides both. The high-gain settings don't force a particular color on your tone, a great trait if you're pleased with your particular guitar/amp combination. The DS830s dual tone controls are surgically effective and highly interactive. The Bass knob contributes low-end muscle that makes a combo sound like a stack and turns a full stack into a wrecking ball. The Treble control dials in just the right amount of bite without excessive top-end sizzle. Between the two, you can get everything from penetrating bite to an obese square-wave bordering on fuzz. This additional tone-shaping makes the DS830 ideal for use with Bass Guitar, generating an edgy, aggressive tone that retains the note clarity and character of your instrument. For full-bodied distortion with an amp-like feel and a huge variety of useable tones, the DS830 Distortion Master is unrivaled in its sonic range.

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I like this box. It allows each guitar to retain their own personality when shining through. I use it closer to the edge of fuzz vs distortion. I can use the same settings for Tele, Les Paul and p90 guitars. Now, you have to play differently with those guitars because the box really reacts well with different pickups, but changing guitars does not mean changing settings. I find THIS element rare in dirt boxes. One setting will give you an approximate sound and then the guitars can be used for variations on the sound. I run small single channel combo amps on the edge of slight breakup (Fender Champ, Princeton, Garnet) and the Maxon has become my go to pedal for dirt and drive. It is a noise generator with single coils and in particular with compressor, so I ride the volume knob when playing Fender style guitars to keep the noise down when the pedal is idling (but the sound is worth it). Very throaty and expressive, so it lends itself to dynamic playing (not just chugging). Lower settings make it a great boost (and not hissy) but it really shines when opened up. This has just pushed a wonderful and previously known as my most favorite JHS Muffeletta (fuzz) off my board and has made me explore other lower gain features of my other pedals. The way I use it I am reminded of a mid 80s Rat pedal, but sweeter. I have not used it with bass or keyboards yet, but it does play nicely with an EHX B9 organ pedal, rotovibe, reverb pedals and also other drive/boost pedals.
Posted by Johnny Mocker on Nov 17, 2021
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