Maxon SSD-9 Super Sonic Distortion

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Maxon SSD-9 Super Sonic Distortion

Brand New
  • $199.00

Description & Specs

The Super Sonic Distortion mod is one of those “happy accidents” that sometimes occur when you’re attempting to achieve one thing but stumble across something completely different than what you intended.

For many years, Fusion Guitar great Scott Henderson has used the stock Maxon SD-9 in his live board – he’s even called it the “best distortion pedal ever made.”

However, Scott only uses the SD-9 at very specific settings, and has stated that the Tone control is too harsh if set past 9 o’clock.

Mr. Tamura, who is an avid fan of Henderson’s, set out to develop an improved version of the SD-9 based on Scott’s suggestions.  He analyzed Scott’s tone from various recordings, and researched his guitar rig to determine how the pedal interacted with other components of the signal chain.

Mr. T increased the output level of the pedal dramatically in order to push signal chains harder and allow for use with a wider variety of guitar & amp combinations.

He also shifted the frequency range of the Tone control for a greater emphasis on the lows & lower mids while attenuating the 1K range that can make the stock version sound “fizzy” in higher settings.

In addition, Mr. T changed several component tolerances to allow the pedal to be run at 18 VDC – a popular request from Guitarists looking for improved headroom & less compression.

While Scott Henderson still prefers the stock SD-9 to this new version, everyone else that has heard and played the pedal have been floored by its rich, thick tone and amp-like qualities and response. 

While Mr. Tamura continues to work on a mod for the SD-9 that will meet Scott’s exacting requirements, we’ve decided to offer the SSD-9 mod to players as a full-featured alternative to the tried & true original.  

Break your sound barriers with the new Super Sonic Distortion mod from the Maxon Custom Shop!

  • Modified version of stock SD-9
  • Rich, thick amp-like tone with massive sustain
  • Increased output level
  • Improved Tone control range to emphasize lows & lower mids
  • Optional 18-VDC operation for increased headroom, less compression and alternate drive signature
  • True Bypass switching

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