1980s Maxon JD-01 Jet Driver Big Muff MIJ Japan Effects Pedal
When the Electro Harmonix Big Muff was unleashed on the world in 1969 it was unlike anything that had been seen before. It was a raw, untamed wall of destruction that people were going crazy for, and plenty of companies wanted to cash in on the hype.
It took Maxon only 5 years to join the party with their release of the D&S (along with the international version - the Ibanez OD-850). The name D&S stands for "Distortion and Sustainer" and is most likely taken from the Sustain knob on the EHX design. This 1974 release had a slightly more subdued sound that the Big Muff and features a much more pedalboard friendly footprint. It also featured a knob labelled "Sustain.T", which is widely believed to be a typo or formatting error. This design was later updated to include a LED and DC jack.
In 1979, Maxon overhauled the D&S (along with a lot of their other circuits) to include JFET switching, buffering and the new 808 style sloped enclosure, however the actual circuit remained very similar with just a slight increase to the bass frequencies.
The JD-01 Jet Driver was part of the Japanese only release 01 series (popular Maxon circuits rehoused in heavy duty 808 style enclosures) and was a sneaky addition to the D&S family. The control names were changed to GAIN, TONALITY and LEVEL along with the range of the tone being described as WIDE or SHARP
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