Maxon Unveils New SSD-9 Super Sonic Distortion Pedal

Maxon SSD-9
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Maxon has unveiled the SSD-9, the latest incarnation of its SD-9 distortion pedal.

Designed by TubeScreamer creator Susumu Tamura, the SSD-9 features an increased output level to push signal chains harder, while the center frequency of the Tone control has been shifted for a greater emphasis on lows & lower-midrange frequencies. 

Additionally, the 1K range – which many users have said makes the stock version of the pedal sound “fizzy” in higher settings – has been attenuated.

True bypass switching is now included on the pedal, while – by popular request – the SSD-9 has also been changed to allow for operation at 18V.

The Maxon SSD-9 Super Sonic Distortion pedal is available now for $199. The first 50 examples of the pedal to be shipped bear Tamura's autograph. 

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at and He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.