Maxon Unveils New Apex 808 Pedal

Three years in the making, this overdrive pedal was designed by Tube Screamer creator Susumu Tamura.
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Maxon Apex 808

Maxon Apex 808

Maxon has unveiled its new Apex 808 overdrive pedal.

Designed by Tube Screamer creator Susumu Tamura, the Apex 808 took three years to develop. Tamura analyzed, in exacting detail, over 100 vintage and current production Tube Screamer/808 variants, coming to the realization that the best of them all featured the same brand of IC chip, from the same production period.

This IC chip was then sourced by Tamura, and placed into the Apex 808. The chip is said to help the Apex 808 generate more transparency, clarity and note-to-note separation than any of its Tube Screamer (or Tube Screamer clone) contemporaries. 

It also offers the new, added benefit of allowing users to change the overtone components of the signal based on input level.

At lower levels, this 808 offers up mostly even-order harmonics, with a greater blend of even- and odd-order, tube amp-esque harmonics on tap as the pedal's input level is increased. 

The price and release date of the Maxon Apex 808 overdrive pedal have yet to be announced as of press time.

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