SarnoMusicSolutions wrote:Thanks Waldo.
You confirmed what I was thinking, that most of the 80's was the sound of the MXR+, and only in the last year or year and a half did he have the Boss there. And I believe that first Boss that showed up was the Turbo Overdrive OD-2, right?
Also, I once had both octave pedals as well, and always thought the little brown Boss was far superior to the Mutron octaver, at least for what I was going for. The Boss was more stable at tracking from what I recall.
Emoto wrote:I have an MXR Distortion+ that I bought new sometime in 77-78. I find that if I have it in line with my other effects, when it is turned off it really kills my tone, even with a UGB in the guitar. So, as much as I might want to use it, I don't know how to get it in there without losing tone...
tigerstrat wrote:Emoto wrote:I have an MXR Distortion+ that I bought new sometime in 77-78. I find that if I have it in line with my other effects, when it is turned off it really kills my tone, even with a UGB in the guitar. So, as much as I might want to use it, I don't know how to get it in there without losing tone...
It needs to be bypassed when not in use, either with the guitar loop, or a true-bypass switcher of some kind. You could also convert it to TB with a DPDT or 3PDT switch, but I wouldn't do that to a vintage pedal.
SarnoMusicSolutions wrote:I agree on it being ok to mod the old MXR pedal.
I have no problem putting in a true bypass switch. If you don't drill for an LED, then you really haven't done any irreversible damage. But who cares. The old ones aren't all that exotic, and it's tool after all. It's a tool that can be improved by adding a true bypass switch. Only if you expect to want to try and sell something as vintage/collectible should you leave it alone. I believe that BYOC offers a clone of the old DOD 250, which essentially is an MXR, so you can use that as a template to clone a true vintage MXR as well as twiddle with various coupling cap's for finding the sound. That beats the hell out of a brand new MXR, and this is a way to have the vintage circuit and parts along with true bypass, an LED, and a DC power jack.
I nearly forgot about his dabbling with that Heavy Metal Boss pedal.
And as I recall, my Mutron octaver just seemed kind of squirrly. But those Mutron products are fairly inconsistent, so maybe mine was just not a great one. It seemed to lose track of the played note and the octave was intermittent and sputtery. I always liked how clean and solid the Boss' octave response was.
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