kadidog wrote:Waldo, Thanks for the post. Great as usual
Any truth to the HM-2 Pedal being in the rotation. I have an older model MIJ model and it can get pretty darn close to those later 80s and Early 90's distortion tones; Miracle etc..
Here is a breakdown i have worked out that begins with the visible use of the "80's" rack. That "80's" rack begins with the following effects, left to right, 4 spaces available for each shelf;
Musitronics Mu-tron Octave Divider > Musitronics Mu-Tron III
Wah > MXR Script Distortion+ > MXR Script Phase 100 > MXR Analog Delay
All years are +/- months but are relatively close.
Towards the end of 1979 the Boss DS-1 enters top shelf right after the MuOctDiv & Mu3. In 1980 it gets moved from behind to in front of the Mu-tron's and stays there until sometime in 1982. When it leaves, the MXR Dist+ briefly gets moved from the bottom shelf to the top before the Mu-tron's. Note, No Distortion or OD on the bottom shelf, just the Wah, Phase 100 and Analog Delay.
At the begining of 1983 the MXR Dist+ is moved back to the bottom shelf before the MXR phase but by the end of 83 the MXR Series 2000 Distortion + is placed before the Mu-tron's. The MXR Series 2000 stays there until around 1987ish.
The Boss HM-2 arrives and replaces the MXR Series 2000 Dist+ sometime in 1987/88ish. But by 1989 the HM-2 was replaced with the Boss Turbo OverDrive OD-2 and the MXR Dist+ was replaced with the Boss OverDrive OD-1.
In 1992 a Boss EQ is added to each shelf after both the Boss OD-1 and the Boss OD-2.
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