Magazine article Guitar Player

Maxon ROD881 Overdrive/Distortion

Magazine article Guitar Player

Maxon ROD881 Overdrive/Distortion

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Sporting a single 12AX7 and a footswitchable boost, the Maxon ROD881 Overdrive/Distortion ($350 retail/S259 street) is a versatile giver-of-the-grind that can please nearly every type of player. In the Overdrive mode it gives you a whiff of a cranked-up Fender tweed, with tones that are spongy, dynamic, and warm--just asking you to dig in to each and every note. The 3-band EQ gets major kudos for allowing me to tame my Tele's fierce highs or spice up the PRS McCarty with a little more sizzle.

In Distortion mode the gain structure intensifies, the harmonics get bolder, and the overall character gets more modern and nasty. I dialed in searing, high-gain sounds that turned a modest Super Reverb into a firebreather--at whisper volumes no less. Dumping the Midrange, and cranking the Bass yielded a metal tone that sported a swift, brutal attack--the sonic equivalent of a kick in the gut--without any garbled notes. …

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