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1980 Maxon D&S II OD-802 Vintage Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal w/ NEC 4558C Chip, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1980 Maxon D&S II OD-802 Distortion Sustainer pedal in excellent condition and in perfect working order.

The D&S II is a distortion and sustainer pedal with an op-amp design similar to the original OD-808, yet with increased low-end, output, and gain. Distortion, Tone, and Balance knobs give the user complete control ranging from subtle crunch to intense saturation. With its mild drive, relaxed sustain and high output, the D&S II rides the line between an overdrive and a distortion pedal. This unique "split personality" makes the D&S II a perfect stompbox for players who seek the bark of an 808 with a bit more bite.

Rather than using silicon diodes commonly found in today's circuits, the D&S II uses germanium diodes in the clipping stage. The germanium diodes can distort low-level tones, and create a somewhat rounded waveform of the clipped signal, thus making a warm, smoother distortion.

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 circuit features a NEC 4558C IC chip, generally regarded as sonically superior to most other op amp models (and also found in a highly desirable iteration of Boss' SD-1). The combination of these two elements creates a pedal with more low-end punch than your typical overdrive. The circuit is untouched, with electrolytic caps that date to the 24th week of 1980.

The bright green enclosure shows some small finish chips on the edges, retaining the original knobs and black foil label on the back.