The Maxon D&S II, part of the Reissue Series, is a distortion and sustainer pedal in the tradition
of one originally released in 1974. With its mild drive, relaxed sustain and high output, the D&S II sits the fence between
an overdrive and a distortion pedal. This unique "split personality" makes the D&S II a perfect stompbox for players who seek
a natural-feeling drive sound but who want more drive and output than an overdrive pedal generally provides.
D&S II accomplishes this task with some unique circuit refinements not typically found in distortion pedals. Like a standard
distortion effect, the D&S II features a diode-clipping stage after the amplifier section of the circuit. However, rather
than using the silicon diodes commonly found in today's circuits, the D&S II distortion pedal uses germanium diodes in this
clipping stage. The threshold voltage for clipping is 0.1 - 0.2V with germanium and 0.7 - 0.8V with silicon, so the germanium
can distort even low-level tones, thus making a smoother distortion. In addition, the germanium's rectifier characteristic
is inferior to silicon (voltage drop with negative current is not as sharp as that of silicon) - this shortcoming ironically
works favorably for the D&S II, creating a somewhat rounded waveform of the clipped signal that contributes to the unit's
warm, natural distortion. Due to their "inferior" characteristics, germanium diodes are now a very rare component and have
generally been replaced with silicon diodes in other manufacturer's circuits. Ironically, it is these shortcomings that give
the D&S II its signature sound.
Also unique to the D&S II is its tone control. While most other overdrives and distortions
feature hi boost/hi cut tone circuits, the D&S II tone control uses a low range boost/cut circuit for added bottom end. In
addition, the D&S II's tone circuit features the JRC4558 IC chip, generally regarded as sonically superior to other op amp
models. The combination of these two elements creates a pedal with more low-end punch than your typical overdrive.
subtle crunch to intense saturation, the D&S II provides a wide range of useful tube-like tones. If you love the OD808's bark
but could use a little more bite, the D&S II is the pedal for you.
Faithful reproductions of their legendary 1970's
product line, the Maxon Reissue Series Effects offer today's musician a classic sonic palette that has defined the tones of
legendary Guitarists for the past three decades. True to the original designs, each model's circuit is 100% analog and packaged
in a time-tested chassis for a lifetime of trouble-free performance.
Maxon Reissue Series D&S II Distortion and Sustainer II Pedal Features:
- High output
- Overdrive/Distortion combo
- Unique germanium diodes
- Unique tone control
- Wide range of useful tube-like tones
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