MXR distortion + reissue
10-19-2011 04:00 AM
Good old-style overdrive designed especially for old-school rock! no hi-gain sounds here and not designed for it either. Just plug your guitar into this monster and into your amp--that's all you need!
This yellow box was designed to deliver those classic 70's overdrive/distortion sounds (not high gain metal shred which everyone expects from this pedal).
This pedal easily gives you the sound reminiscent of Black crowes and tons of 70's style rock bands. I understand why there are many negative reviews of this little yellow box. Lots of kids expect it to be like marshall stack in a pocket--c'mon guys this pedal is meant to be 70's vintage sounding overdrive so don't expect too much. In my opinion it delivers that cool classic sound. I agree with many reviewers - you need at least to use decent guitar with it, i'm not talking bout amps but at least the GUITAR! i'm using mine with Gibson firebird V from 2010 and being a fan of 70's rock this pedal satisfies me even when i'm using it with old SS Hohner mvg-100 20 watt combo.
Volume knob and Gain knob - as many people already mentioned gain from 0 to 12/00 o' clock gives you that classic crunch, past 12/00 - pedal starts sounding a bit like fuzz.
I mostly use it for slight break up with gain about 11/00 o'clock into clean channel to get that vintage rock sound!
This pedal might be used into dirty channel of an amp with good results as well.
Made of metal.
Easy to operate! Only 2 knobs!
never used it
08-09-2009 12:00 AM
After replaceing the germanium diodes with silicon types (1N4007) it did the job for me. It sounds a bit harsher but the dynamics are much more preferably!
There is also an issue with the bass: there is just too less bass and I should replace some capacitors as well to do the trick... lets see
07-19-2009 12:00 AM
The sound quality on this M104 distortion + sucks! Since there is only 2 knobs yu cant get a sound yu want, not enough options. I have switched the dials to any possible setting and no matter where they are at the distortion always sounds horrible. I was using some digitech multiple effects pedal before buying this and the Digitech (an average pedal) blows this MXR away. If i were i would not buy this. But i have not tried the old script or vintage mxr pedals. So maybe the older ones are better but the currents ones suck big time.
07-06-2009 12:00 AM
The Distortion + is the core, the heart of the system.
05-23-2009 12:00 AM
08-28-2008 12:00 AM
At least it has it's own sound.
07-13-2008 12:00 AM
Not trying to insult the previous comments but if you're looking for Randy Rhodes' tone why buy a pedal without a tone control. Also, more importantly, this is not a pedal which will turn any clean drive into a mass of Randy, Zakk, Dimebag distortion. These guys have stacks of Marshall's behind them, all of which taylored to produce their driven tone. The MXR 104 comes into play for the solo's and pinched harmonics. I think this pedal is great when it comes to supplying a little more treble and gain to deliver long sustains and screaming pinches.
Yes it's a noisy bugger but used correctly it's a great tool.
06-25-2008 12:00 AM
Pedal Chain: BBE Green Screamer -> MXR Distortion III -> Boss CE-5 -> EH Stereo Pulsar -> Boss DD-20 -> BBE Boosta Grande
Amps: Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5
05-02-2008 12:00 AM
04-19-2008 12:00 AM
This reissue is just crap compared to the original.
Sent it back the next day.
No, that can't be possible...
This is the worst sounding distortion box I have ever heard.
Sound is very harsh and shrill, way too much treble. Lacks compression. Humbuckers sound better than single coils, but still not usable.
09-18-2007 12:00 AM
you see, i play a strat with alnico single coil pickups. i tried the pickup setting with the middle and neck pickups set out of phase. and with the output UP and the distortion DOWN to #1 or 2, i found it made for a nice "chicken picking" country or blues lead tone! amazing that came out of a DISTORTION box!!!
i think it will end up growing on me!
ps; if there are any mods for this pedal, please email me. thanks in advance!!!
i find it funny, that i also just bought a behringer vt911 tube overdrive, and well, my overdrive sounds more like a DISTORTION, and my distortion sounds more like an OVERDRIVE! go figure.
the distortion is very soft, and tasty for the most part. it seems tube like, but i am playing it through a vintage tube amp, so that might be why.
it also makes a nice BOOST with my OVERDRIVE box, with the distortion low and the output high.
i tend to agree with most of the other reviews here, that is is more like an overdrive than a distortion!
i took it apart right after i plugged it in, to see if there was a trim pot or anything internal to play with, there wasnt. lol! it looked new, at least i think. it had different potentiometers than my phase 90, which was strange, so maybe it is either brand new or slightly older. i know it is not SCRIPT though.
mxr pedals are simple, easy-breezy, all of them are! that is why they are amoung my favorties! the older i get, in all guitar gear, the fewer knobs, the better! that goes for amps too!
08-05-2007 12:00 AM
08-03-2007 12:00 AM
On a side note, the VINTAGE ones sound MUCH different than the new ones. Duh. Not quite as harsh. You can afford to roll of some treble, but with the new ones you might as well cut the treble all the way out. This thing would be even better with a tone knob, but you can't win 'em all.
Also, for what I paid for this one and the current rate of vintage MXR non-script Distortion + pedals this was TOTALLY worth it. Do yourself a favor and scour eBay for an older one without an LED. You'll be glad you did
My last noteworthy point: This is an old block logo unit, however it does have the script logo on the back. Apparently this marks a transition between the true script logo pedals and the true block logo pedals. If you're interested more on this subject keep checking back in the near future for a comparison of a true script and a true block unit.
Definitely some tone suck, but what do you expect on a 30 year old pedal? It gets a bit noisy with the distortion past 4 o'clock, but again its 30 years old. I use this mostly as a boost. Haven't tried it with my TS-808 yet but I will in due time. It gets an 8 because it doesn't have a tone knob, although I'm sure I could tweak it right if I tried hard enough.
07-17-2007 12:00 AM
Fender Fatstrat / Boss Cs3 / Boss Ds1 (pedaldoc one) / Rat Vintage (modiefied by Robert Keeley) / Electro Harmonix Memory man / Fender Bassman
This pedal sounds really good but it is still far from my other distortions. However its sound is very "classic" and I really enjoy playing those old pieces I learned so many years ago. It looks cool too! What else you can ask for this money?
07-07-2007 12:00 AM
I like the sound of the original, but it's just too fuzzy for the music I'm writing right now. When you have two guitarists, you gotta be careful with the tones you both are using for live, too much fuzz and you get a slab of mush where the guitars should be.
I get effects for one reason, I don't play with knobs too much, just find the sweet spot and leave it. When I need a lead boost for my Strat with my amp on the disorted channel I stomp the M-104. That's it.
I've been writing for 15 years and playing live for 10 of those years. I play rock. I've had my sound compared to the Cure and Smashing Pumpkins, comparisons I don't mind. I like variety, tie me down to any one genre, and I get bored very quick.
I like the pedal. You need to hear it with your setup to properly judge it, but it is most deffinitely a lead boost sort of pedal for what I use it for.
The setup you use this (or any pedal) determines what it sounds like. With the Strat my Rat sounds awful. I've tried to get a good setting, but everything sounds muted and dull. That is why I bought the M-104, to ONLY go with my Strat for a lead boost.
However, with the Amps distorted channel's gain about 11 o'clock, this M-104 (both knobs between 2 and 3 o'clock) gives that extra boost that sounds creamy, very vintage, and gives just the right amount of feedback to where you just don't need a e-bow.
This pedal was difficult to find the "sweet spot" with for my setup, but it didn't take longer than 30 minutes. I was expeciting it to sound more like the "script" version, and was treating it as such.
The M-104 works well with effects, my EH Deluxe Memory Man is on about 95% of the time, and it goes very well with that.
I have never needed a backup, but then I've never had a pedal fail on me, besides a Wah.
No manual, but you shouldn't need one. Two knobs, if you find that difficult there a one knob distortion out there for you, somewhere.
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05-02-2007 12:00 AM
I play heavy metal and classic rock aswell as some classically inspired stuff. Think bands like Van Halen, Maiden, Yngwie Malmsteen, Ozzy Osbourne (Rhoads), Def leppard etc. It really matches the rock sound and provides me with what i need.
If it was stolen or lost i'd cry...and then try and get my hands on another.
I love it's clarity and sound - pristine and crystal. The only thing i dont like is the battery entry but i use an Adapter anyway.
Iuse this when i play live and record songs. Definately essential to my music needs.
This pedal is a classic and is rated well around the world. Also your getting quality , MXR make great gear. The older original MXR Dist +'s sound better than the new Dunlop reissues (THE M104) but the reissued models still sound pretty damn good!.
The distortion which is almost more Overdrive then anything is really amazing for any rhythm or chord work. Amazing clarity and it sounds really full. If your doing solo work with it however you may want something more high gain or maybe a booster for it. But it really depends what you play and how good you are. If your playing is really solid then this will do you for sure.
My set-up is - Ibanez DT-200 - Boss MT-2 - MXR Dist+ - Morley Power Wah - Marshall MG100DFX. It sounds really great through that set-up. Even with the MG amp!. Remember though it's all down to what settings you have on your amp. If your struggling to get a good sound you need an EQ pedal.
The fact that this pedal doesn't have a tone knob is the reason why it sounds so good.
The pedal is not noisy at all. It's unbelievably quiet unlike pedals i've had in the past including the BOSS MT-2 which i still use, a H&K Warp Factor and two behringer pedals. I compared it to my BOSS and was pleasantly suprised.
You will NOT break this pedal!
Simply turn distortion to the left to get a more bluesy crunch sound and to the right to get some more high gain distortion.
It has the basic input and output on the side with the Adapter input below the lead input. IMPORTANT - It wont fit just any adapter it needs a 9V adapter with a female tip (like the ones you get on headphones). You'll really need one of these as battery entry is a pain. The battery goes under the backplate which is secured by four screws. Make sure if your using it live that you have either a philips screwdriver or an adapter on you.
Nice LED light so you know when it's off or on aswell.
All in all very easy to use.
EHX Metal Muff
MXR Dist+ (Faulty )
02-14-2007 12:00 AM
Since i link MXR to quality and own and use some of their pedals, the fact that this pedal sucked so bad was a big dissappointment to me (this was the first and the last time i buy anything without trying it first).
I own a few quite decent overdrive/distortion pedals but the MXR M-104 Distortion + isn`t one of them so do yourself a favor and buy something else (pretty much anything is better)!
01-20-2007 12:00 AM
01-07-2007 12:00 AM
If it was lost I would probably buy it again, as a decent distortion pedal is a rarity.
I would recommend trying it with your amp or a similar one before buying, but then again, you're probably reading this because you want to buy it from a webshop.
12-31-2006 12:00 AM
I did the R28 mod on the Phase 90, now it sounds fine.
I did not know any mod for the distortion+ unfortunately.
I sold it after a few weeks.
Very harsh and trebly, even with my Gibson Flying V.
Not much distortion either.
On/off switch and a LED.
08-10-2006 12:00 AM
08-02-2006 12:00 AM
I am a 'guitar hero' fan from way back...JIMI HENDRIX, JIMMY PAGE, PETER FRAMPTON, RORY GALLAGHER, ACE FREHLEY, PETE TOWNSEND, RICHIE BLACKMORE, JOE PERRY, RANDY RHOADS, TONI IOMI, VINNIE VINCENT, EDIE VAN HALEN, SLASH and on and on and on.....so I play hard rock and I love that classic 1970's/1980's rock sound.
I'd buy another if this one crapped out or got flogged but probably a second hand one rather than a brand new one. I love the simplicity of this pedal and I love the way MXR kind of says 'hey dude, this is the MXR tone...take it or leave it!'
MXR effects are not the beginning and end of all pedals but they do rock! I do think MXR's are worthy of at least a serious audition at your local store, if not a place in your effects line-up. ROCK ON!
I sometimes wonder where some reviewers of the MXR Distortion + pedal are coming from. Everyone seems to be looking for the holy grail of sounds....you know...that Randy Rhoads sound? I think you have to remember that most of what you hear on those old albums has been professionally produced and tweaked to a reasonable extent in the studio! Even Randy's live concert sound is a different thing again. You must factor in the variables...you know, acoustics, production, other equipment and of course individual playing style and musicianship.
Having said that this pedal will get you in the same ball-park as Randy but I don't think anything will get you that close to where Randy's sound was heading for in the flesh.
That's why I suggest EXPERIMENTING FOR YOURSELF! Customize your own sound around that Randy vibe and take it further!
Yes these pedals are a little noisy but most of them are anyway. The higher you crank 'em, the more noise. Also if you have quite a few pedals one after the other you will get noise...PERIOD. Noise is a part of life and certainly a part of ROCK!
This unit can get a bit woolly when you max out the distortion but this is to be expected. For me I use this pedal more as a slightly distorted channel boost. I set it so that I can cut above my Marshall on both the Crunch and Lead channel. This gives me a clear cut and kind of does the job of a micro-amp.
I like it set this way...OUTPUT 3 o'clock & DISTORTION 10 o'clock. This achieves maximum bite and razor sharp edge.
07-22-2006 12:00 AM
One problem is it SUCKS TONE. I play it through a custom Matchless-Lightning clone and I HAD to get a true bypass pedal to loop it because it chopped the beautiful high end chimes off my sound (i play a Tele too)
07-18-2006 12:00 AM
07-08-2006 12:00 AM
This is my chain: Gibson Les Paul Studio w/Duncans --> Boss TU-2 Tuner --> Dunlop Cry Baby Wha --> MXR Distortion + --> Bedrock 1000s 100W tube Head --> Marshall 1960B Anniversary Blue Series.
It isn't noisy, not at low settings, there's a decrease of volume when the pedal is on, so you have to set the volume more than 3/4 for abalanced output level.
At low Gain settings is more an overdrive pedal than a distortion one, because it maintain an awesome dynamic response and a natural, warm sound, thanks to the germanium circuitry.
At high gain settings it's really fuzzy, never harsh, but focused and tight.
Someone says that this pedal have no bass frequencies, isn't true, the fact is that this pedal have more harmonics in the high-midrange, and it result in a trebly, brillant distortion.
This kind of pedals are also easy to repair or modify by itself.
06-23-2006 12:00 AM
06-15-2006 12:00 AM
Oh yeah, removing the four baseplate screws to get at the battery compartment is proper pain in the bollocks too.
04-27-2006 12:00 AM
04-07-2006 12:00 AM
No i dont thnk i will replace it if I lose it and as helping me make musinc- NO!!.
All you vintage freaks, dont waste your money on this one its definitely not worth it.
04-03-2006 12:00 AM