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Any MXR Distortion Plus lovers out there?

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by bluesholyman, Feb 1, 2020.

  1. bluesholyman

    bluesholyman Friend of Leo's

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    I picked up a non-functioning MXR distortion plus for cheap a while back - it sat in a box for quite some time and then I finally got it on the bench to figure out why it wasn't working - op amp was fried. So I installed a socket and replaced the op amp with an identical one and she fires up beautifully. I dated it to '81 based on the pots. It struck me as unusual that the 1/8" is center positive - guess thats how they were done back then.

    I have had a DoD 250 before (Yngvie version) and I understand the two are similar but have some differences. Anyway, not sure its my cup of tea. Just wanted to see if/how people use these now....

    Here are some pics - gut shots are always nice:

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  2. Vfc13

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    Yes yes yes.. But both output and distortion put at 7 o’clock after a milder overdrive..
     
  3. sirbergersworth

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    I’m a fan. I use a tan Ross Distortion a lot. It is pretty darn close to a D+.
     
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    First pedal I ever bought, sometime around '78. Still works but doesn't get used much, since mine runs only on battery power and I now have other dirt pedals I like better.
     
  5. bluesholyman

    bluesholyman Friend of Leo's

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    Yeah, I've seen a couple of those used locally - was wondering what they were.
     
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  6. reckless toboggan

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    Love the distortion +
    Particularly the older ones.

    Output at 3pm, Distortion at about the same, into a Marshall Plexi that's at least slightly cooking.

    If you don't dig the sound, I'd be very happy to compensate you for that one.
     
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  7. Rockinvet

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    Had one in the late 70s. Loved it.
     
  8. Alamo

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    I still love the tone of mine, probably late 70s.

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    Had to clean mine up from the dissolving foam stuff but it turned out fine.
    doesn't play nice with other pedals though.
    It shines as the one and only drama Queen. lol

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  9. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Poster Extraordinaire

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    An MXR D+ was my first dirt pedal ( bought new in the early '80's) that I used with a Strat or Tele copy into a SS Yamaha combo amp.

    I guess I got it set as an overdrive ( I don't think we even used that word yet!) as it sounded good- plus is wasn't like there were that many options anyhow- paid like $40 for it. But it gave the Yamaha a good grind.

    Years later ( late '90's) when I'm using Fender amps, Tube Screamers ( other...)
    I bought a used, cheap D+ reissue on CL, and this one sounded terrible- all high end ( no bass or mids) and very fizzy. Re-sold asap.

    Side:
    I just got a cheap DOD GUNSLINGER, and this pedal reminds me of the old D+ sound, Strong, but smooth and real distortion,
    plus separate Bass and Treble controls.
    But I've barely used it.
    Will try it out tomorrow at a friend's Super Bowl Chili and jam. He has everything- I'm just bringing the pedal!
     
  10. DADGAD

    DADGAD Friend of Leo's

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    Did the early D+ pedals come with germanium or silicon clipping diodes.
     
  11. reckless toboggan

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    I believe so. In fact I thought they were always germanium.

    Confirmation from the OP?
     
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  12. Si G X

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    Yeah they are germanium diodes. 1N270 usually.
     
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  13. bluesholyman

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    The one I posted has germies in it, and they look like 1N270's to me. I have heard, but not confirmed, that later ones may be using something else. @11 Gauge could probably answer that better than I can....
     
  14. Alamo

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    Wonder if there are some with Gearman Dudes in 'em :D
     
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    also not only is the DOD 250 very similar (in circuit anyway, it sounds far less fuzzy and compressed) but the MXR Micro Amp is basically the same circuit too.
     
  16. muchxs

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    I got my original Distortion + back when there were almost no distortion pedals available. It was either Distortion + or Big Muff. I always liked the edgier Distortion +.

    I have two of 'em. One is all beat up and kicked around. My other one is NOS / NIB, a spare for my "good" one.

    I hope I haven't left the battery in either of them for, what, forty years?

    Neither of mine are set up for external power.
     
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  17. don71

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    I've got one from 1982? still works well and its looks pretty good cosmetically. I can only complain about leaving it plugged in and draining batteries, and I'll admit it takes awhile to drain'em.

    I'm glad to hear a simple repair can bring things back to life.

    Not sure, but isn't there a connection between the "ross" guy and mxr...back in the day?
     
  18. Bill

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    Bought this original one used years ago for $10. No idea what year it is.

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    Im holding something for a friend thats pretty similar. He was looking for used clean boost/grit, saw someones ratty looking clone for £10 and thought why not. The reason it was sold was clear, didnt sound right. I did a small amount of work to make it right and noticed that the non original toggle on it put in some clipping diodes. A pair of 1n270s right before the output to ground.

    So they were left in and i like it but it needs to go back.
     
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