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In [this interview](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Tom_Morello_Interview), with Premier Guitar, when asked, "What were some of the guitar effects used on The Fabled City?" Tom Morello responds, "There’s an octave pedal, a DigiTech Whammy WH-1 (original), an MXR Distortion Plus on “Whatever It Takes” and basically I just had my usual pedalboard sitting there. Also Brendan O’Brien, the producer of the record, had a lot of stompboxes lying around the studio. I do some slide guitar and of course I incorporate some echo and delay; it’s about not feeling restricted in any way to the bare bones acoustic."more
In > Boss RE-20 Space Echo (A/Mono In > B Out) > Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner > Moog MF Boost > MXR Distortion + > Fulltone OCD > Maxon OD808 ReIssue > MXR Blue Box Octave Fuzz > Flux Liquid Ambience > Morley ABC IN > Morley A and B out > Boss DD-20 Giga Delay > Red Custom Box Signal Kill Switch > Stereo Out to Ampsmore
MXR Distortion+: Greg used this distortion pedal only as a "gain pedal" on the first two Wipers records. By this, he means he kept the drive at the lowest possible setting and the volume at the highest possible, in order to drive his Ampeg Gemini/Fender Bassman into distortion without coloring the signal very much. He dropped it in favor of simply manipulating his guitar's volume knob from "Over The Edge" and onward.more
"Armed with little more than a Fender Jaguar, an MXR Distortion +, a reputably broken MXR Blue Box, and a Fender Twin, Howard strangled sounds out of his guitar that few listeners had heard before, both as a solo artist, and with his Birthday partner in crime, Nick Cave." - Alex Maiolo, premierguitar.commore
I have used other distortion pedals, but this is by far my favorite. I had one for many, many years and when it finally fell apart, I got myself another one without hesitation. It is easy to control the amount you want and goes from just slightly gritty to out and out distortion heaven! Built like a tank, like all the MXRs (as you can see, I have several)
This is a great standard distortion pedal. This isn't a low gain pedal and isn't a fuzz and doesn't go crazy like overdrive. So to say this pedal is great for distortion. This is also a nice simple and not too costly pedal. But I also like pedals that I can tweak around with a lot, this pedal doesn't offer too much of that (with only having an output and distortion knob), this clearly isn't the pedal for that but if you need a good simple distortion pedal this is the one to get.