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Maxon SD-9 Sonic Distortion  

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The black sheep of Maxon's 9-Series, the Sonic Distortion offers a convincing balance between transistor and op-amp characteristics. The unique Low B...Read More

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Ramp up the filth factor!

The black sheep of Maxon's 9-Series, the Sonic Distortion offers a convincing balance between transistor and op-amp characteristics. The unique Low Boost/Hi Boost tone control offers plenty of beef while the output and distortion knobs dish out up to 55dB of vicious gain boost. At low-gain settings, the SD-9 functions perfectly as a full-frequency overdrive. Crank the gain and get gut-wrenching grind and singing sustain that'll turn a clean amp dirty and a dirty amp downright evil. Features true bypass, die-cast zinc case, and 3-year warranty.

FEATURES
  • 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
  • AC/DC operation (order optional Maxon AC210N adapter)
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MaxonSD-9 Sonic Distortion
 
4.9

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      5.0

      Gentle Beastorizer by Maxonfx

      By G_Sagoonja

      from Daejeon, Republique of Korea

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      • Compact Design
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive

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        • Performances

        Comments about Maxon SD-9 Sonic Distortion:

        I think Maxon SD-9 is a very good product.
        It provides wide-range of distorted signal.
        With my Am Deluxe MN strat, the clarity remains in every position of gain knob.

        I bought this box for seeking Scott Henderson-esque tone. (And the result is... my playing skill has a lot of trouble)
        By the way, it really delivers the bass(bottom end) of the instrument's original character. The main factor of my purchase was that feature, which SH told on the youtube and it is true that bass remains.

        As I experienced, SD9 with any budget-gear overdrive pedal brings harmonic saturation for bridges and solos.

        I do agree that SD9 is not a metal distortion.
        Add to that metal distortion thing, It's an adult's pedal.

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        5.0

        The best distortion I have ever had

        By Carlos

        from Brazil

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        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

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          Comments about Maxon SD-9 Sonic Distortion:

          I bought this pedal after hearing it working by a review of Scott. I have a fulltone OCD, which is also an excelent pedal, but that robs a little beat off the bass . I put both pedals together to choose which one would be the best. Amazing!!! The SD9 has a range from a clean over drive to great distortion just in one knob (fulltone has a key to select between OD and distortion). It works without changing the guitar tone within the full range. I really got very surprised that a pedal could be such a responsive and versatile. The sound is something clean. It has an incredible sustain. The bass has a big punch. I have to agree with Scott when he says that this is the best distortion pedal in the world.

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          5.0

          Brilliant!

          By SoundChaser

          from SE Asia

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              Comments about Maxon SD-9 Sonic Distortion:

              I continue to be very impressed by Maxon. This is the second pedal I own from them and they have officially won me over from MXR. Maxon delivers something extra with their pedals that separates them from others. This pedal has the perfect amount of distortion and it is what have been looking for all along. My only quibble is that I am not a fan of the switching system. You really have to press hard and square to engage or disengage. But this is not enough to detract from the excellent sound.

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              4.0

              Just enough dirt!

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Maxon SD-9 Sonic Distortion:

              I own a maxon od9 and the ood9 which are excellent sounding overdrives, but sometimes I get in the mood for something a little heavier, thats where the sd9 comes in. It is, as some other review online said "A tubescreamer with more hair" It gives you just enough dirt before it gets too heavy. I sounds good with the distortion rolled back but not as smooth as the od9 although similer without the mid hump. It is not as useful for me as the overdrives, but it is fun to have for a change when the mood strikes you. An excellent distortion.

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              5.0

              Just what I was looking for.

              By tuner

              from Cheyenne, WY

              Comments about Maxon SD-9 Sonic Distortion:

              I used this pedal for the first time with a Squire Tele (good guitar)through a Roland blues cube 30 (very good SS amp). It sounded really really good. If it sounded good with this rig, I can't wait to try it with a good tube amp and better guitar.So Worth the money. Buy it.

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              5.0

              Boutique killer

              Comments about Maxon SD-9 Sonic Distortion:

              Great pedal! I purchased a modified version of this pedal, for too much money, and I didn't like it. I found out one of my favorite players used to stock version so I ordered one and I love it. The stock pedal is very different than the modified one. All of the Maxon 9's a great the way they come. I've compared the sd9 and vop9 to a lot of boutique dirt boxes and I think, overall, they are the best!

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              5.0

              Different grind

              By Anonymous-Di5f7

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Maxon SD-9 Sonic Distortion:

              ...not your usual metalcore distortion. Kind of out there, really, but preserves the guitar sound well.

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