A clone of the MXR Distortion II.
We took a few liberties
- like removing the part of the circuit that handles the bypass and made it true mechanical bypass
- giving it asymmetrical clipping as a stock feature (of course you can just leave out the extra clipping diodes if you want)
- adding a toggle switch to switch between standard clipping and LED clipping which gives it a crunchier tone
- and doing away with the noisy internal power transformer and allowing for a 9V battery or standard guitar effects power supply (9 ~ 18VDC).
But aside from that, it's true to the original.
This is a little-known and somewhat rare effect. Although it's not fetching huge vintage prices yet, we decided to make a clone of it because it is such a unique and interesting distortion. There really isn't any other circuit like this, and if you're an avid DIYer, you're probably getting tired of modding the same old distortion/overdrive circuits, so we thought you guys would enjoy tinkering with this one (unless your a Pumpkins fan, in which case, you'll probably want to leave it just the way it is). It actually has two completely different distortion/overdrive circuits. The "resonance" knob blends the second circuit into the mix. Lots of clipping mods, RC filters, and op amp gain structures to play around with.
Battery power or 9v adapter power
Controls for Volume, Gain, Treble, Mids and Bass
We warranty pre-builts for 5 years