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Dating mxr distortion pedal

Out of the Box The Distortion is about as opposite to today’s boutique pedals as can be. It comes in a dull mustard- yellow, and is homely in that “only a mother could love” sort of way.

My favorite settings had the volume around 3 o’clock with the distortion level between noon and 3.

Another way to coax better tone out of this pedal is to roll back your guitar’s volume control.

Rowland S Howard (The Birthday Party/These Immortal Souls/Crime & the City Solution/Solo albums) also used this pedal across his career.

The MXR Vintage Script Logo Distortion turned out to be a surprising pedal for me. A distortion pedal with two knobs that’s been around since the ‘70s shouldn’t be much of a surprise by now. There’s a certain tone from this pedal that sort of straddles both the overdrive/distortion and fuzz spectrums in such a simple and effective way that you don’t see much of nowadays.

The updated MXR CSP104 Vintage Script Logo Distortion is a hand wired, accurate replica from the 1970’s version.

I don’t have an original to compare, but I did enjoy my time with this one.

I realize this is a replica of the original, but I wonder if it possible to take the original design and upgrade it for today’s musician?

I may be in the minority, but I have a hard time believing these “extra” features would alter the tone in any way.

Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead used this pedal exclusively for distortion in the late 1970s.

Bob Mould of Hüsker Dü also used the Distortion as part of his trademark guitar sound.

There is no LED to tell you whether the pedal is on or off, no 9v power supply option (only a 9v battery will work - not provided), and you have to unscrew the back plate to insert a new battery.