Ibanez/Maxon Sonic Distortion: How different than a DS-1 or a Rat?

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  1. Slideman

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    I've been interested in one of these for awhile, also knowing that the Maxon version has true bypass and considered a bit smoother than the Ibanez version.

    But what's the sonic/tone differences between this type of distortion and a Boss DS-1 or your typical Rat circuit. Very curious, as I already own both of these, but never tried the SD-9?
     
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    I have all three.The SD-9 is my favourite by far.Really well blended dist and it cuts through amazingly well.More old school than the other two.
     
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    I too love my SD9. It is really a tube screamer with more gain, I think of it as 2 tube screamers together...
     
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    I tried one years ago and I remember having to crank the level knob to have the effect "ON" even come close to the bypassed volume(effect "OFF"). It may not have even been as loud as bypassed either. Salesman said they were known for that. Which wouldn't be all that bad if it were to be used to add to an amp that was already distorting somewhat.
     
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    much different than a RaT IMO

    I had a Maxon SD-9 with the Analogman 808 mod. it is more like a higher gain TS pedal. I also found mine to be bright with my rig. it sounded best when dialed with tone back to around 9 o'clock or almost completely off.

    in comparison, the rat has much more distortion available on tap, and can even get into fuzzlike territory at higher settings.
     
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    This was my experience as well. The Maxon just seemed waaaay too brite for me, with the tone on anything above 2-3. Great pedal though. I've never tried a Rat, but I do have a Boss Super Overdrive. I feel it's just an apple : orange thing. It works better for some things, and not as well for other rigs.
     
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    The stock SD9's tone knob is useless. Most people keep it all the way counterclockwise.
     
  8. Slideman

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    That's sort of like the tone knob on my DS-1 too.

    Has anyone ever compared those two? Are they similar or different alltogether?
     

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