What Jim Dunlop say....
In the middle ranges of the Output and Distortion controls, you'll find soft -clipped distortion tones that sound truly retro-authentic, especially when they're mixed with a splash of reverb. Pushing Distortion up higher produces classic fuzz tones that are finding their way on to an increasing number of albums. This flavour of distortion is a welcome, enjoyable alternative to LA saturation and British crunch.
Artists using the Distortion + include: Two Door Cinema Club, Craig Ross, Frightened Rabbit and Interpol.
"When I was 15, I first arrived at my potential sound with an MXR Distortion+, a Memphis LP copy and a Fender Princeton amp." - Slash
How to use the MXR Distortion +:
To set up the M-104, plug your instrument into the Input jack and your amplifier into the Output
jack. Start with the Output knob 2/3 of the way up (2 o’clock position), and the Distortion knob
all the way down (counterclockwise). Turn on the effect with the footswitch toggle, making sure the
red LED is ON to indicate that the effect is active. Then gradually raise the Distortion knob to
increase the amount of distorted signal mixed with your clean signal. Experiment with different
settings, stopping when the desired blend of distortion and/or fuzz is reached.
Once your distortion is set, adjust the Output knob for the desired output volume. You can start by
toggling the footswitch on and off, and compare the volume with and without the distortion effect.
For many playing situations, matching the two volume levels is desirable, especially if you’ll be
switching distortion in and out while playing. However, you can also use the Output knob to BOOST
the overall volume for a solo, by adjusting it so that the distorted volume is louder than the
If the distortion tones are unpleasant or breaking up, it is possible that you’ve set the Output
knob too high on the M-104. Try backing the Distortion knob all the way down (counterclockwise). If
the unpleasant distortion persists, it’s because you’re overdriving your pre-amp with too hot a
signal. Turn the Output knob down, then re-introduce the desirable distortion into the effect with
the Distortion knob.
Try combining the M-104’s distortion effect with reverb, for pleasant, classic lead guitar tones
that dominate the mix!
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It doesn't happen often, but occasionally an item can get damaged on the way to you. Don't worry! If your order is received either damaged or faulty, just let us know, preferably using the returns request form within 30 days of receiving the item, and we'll arrange for it its return and for a replacement or refund.
You can return most items bought online or by phone within 14 days for a refund (provided that it is unused and returned to us in New Condition – including packaging). You will need to return the item at your own expense. When we receive the goods back undamaged and with the correct packaging we will refund the cost of the goods.
Software or products that include software that needs to be registered are not eligible for this 14 day return period if opened and installed, and due to hygiene reasons we can't accept certain used in-ear headphones, microphones or harmonicas.
The repair procedure for items which are under guarantee varies from manufacturer to manufacturer - please refer to the documentation which accompanied your purchase or complete the returns request form and we will advise you of the appropriate process.