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Maxon 9-Series SD-9 Distortion:
The "black sheep" of the 9-Series, the Sonic Distortion offers the best characteristics of transistor and op-amp circuits in one compact unit. The SD9's unique Low Boost/Hi Boost Tone control offers more low-end beef than other pedals, while it's Distortion and Output controls can provide up to 55 dB of gain boost. At low gain settings the SD9 functions perfectly as a full-frequency overdrive. Higher gain settings turn the SD9 into a hand-held monster; providing gut-wrenching grind and singing sustain that will make a clean amp dirty and a dirty amp downright evil.
- Easy-access, no tools battery compartment
- Diecast zinc chassis - ergonomic design protects controls while providing easy switching access. Rubber bottom pad prevents accidental movement
- AC/DC power operation (9-volt battery or AC adapter)
- LED power/battery life indicator
- True Bypass switching
- 3-year warranty
GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE June 2003:
"Though never as popular as the TS-9, the Ibanez SD-9 was preferred by some players because of its extra gain, bottom, and output. As expected, the new SD-9 ($180 retail/$145 street) sounds significantly more buff than the OD-9, and it compared very favorably with an ’80s-era Ibanez SD-9. Featuring transistor and op-amp circuitry, the SD-9 is a different animal than the OD-9, though both units share the same control layout, and can be set to sound very similar. Despite its studlier sonic attributes, however, the SD-9 doesn’t match the OD-9 (or TS-9) for clarity—a point humbucker players should consider. But if you find yourself wrestling over which model to mount on your board, consider buying both—an OD-9 and an SD-9 running side-by-side is a formidable combination that yields three killer sounds."