Meet the Builder of the MxD : Joe Bochar

What was your initial inspiration the led to the MxD?

Pedals began with the need to get crunchy tones thru a tube amp at low
volumes. I was playing with some guys and the local venues were very
small… anything over 30 watts was going to be over the top as far as
volume goes. I was using an old Princeton Reverb and even that was pushing
it… sometimes it ended up being a Vox AC4 thru a 1×12 cab. I wanted to
get a crunchy, plexi-ish sound at a low volume, but I also wanted to switch
some sort of “boost” to add some extra gain/grind for solos.

Do you play an instrument?

I do play… 30 years now! I don’t have a dedicated “pedalboard”, as
much as bring things to gigs depending on who I play with. Most of the time
it’s a modded wah, and MxD for classic rock guys. For more modern stuff (or
in situations I can really go off the deep end) I will add a Whammy 2, and
an FM-4 filter pedal.

What’s the strangest request you ever received (besides this questionnaire)?

Can’t think of anything “strange”.

Who are some of the more famous users and endorsees?’

We have Larry Mitchell using the pedal.

What’s coming up in 2015?

2015 looks to be an expansion year: larger shop/working area, more
designs/expand the pedal line, some limited run pedals. Moving forward one
step at a time.

Check out some of Joe’s super nice, hand-crafted guitars on his site.

www.jbguitars.com

MxD Guitar Overdrive Distortion Pedal Part 2 – Modern Hi Gain by Neal Walter

Part 2 of Neal’s  video review of the MxD overdrive/distortion pedal.  Part 2 covers a couple heavier, modern tonal possibilities. Most players comment on how playing through the MxD “feels” like playing through an amp. The MxD is one of the most flexible overdrive/distortion pedals on the market. Built in the USA, the MxD offers 3 modes with channel switching: clean boost, overdrive or distortion in classic or modern mode. The drive and saturation knob combined with diode clipping switch makes this pedal one of the richest sounding and most flexible overdrive pedals on the market.

More info: http://www.osiamo.com/MxD

MxD Guitar Overdrive Distortion Pedal Demo Part 1 by Neal Walter

Watch this video review of the MxD pedal by Neal Walter to  learn about the many tonal possibilities. Most players comment on how playing through the MxD “feels” like playing through an amp. The MxD is one of the most flexible overdrive/distortion pedals on the market. Built in the USA, the MxD offers 3 modes with channel switching: clean boost, overdrive or distortion in classic or modern mode. The drive and saturation knob combined with diode clipping switch makes this pedal one of the richest sounding and most flexible overdrive pedals on the market.

More info: http://www.osiamo.com/MxD

Exclusive Interview : Larry Mitchell

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1) Tell us about your musical background?
I am self taught on guitar. Although I sometimes say community taught. I used to hang out with some great guitar players and all around musicians. I understand music theory well. Reading charts , not so well. :0).  I grew up in Brooklyn and Far Rockaway Queens. Steve Stevens from Billy Idol’s band grew up in the Rockaways as well. He was the local rock hero and left a lasting impression on me. So was Jeff Thall from Bryan Ferry.  In high school years I got in to Prince, Nile Rogers, and a few other great guitar players.  I didn’t start thinking about tones until I played in a rock trio cover band called Currier. We did Rush and The Police songs. I had two big pedalboards to cover the wide variety of tones and special effects. Magic times for me when look back on it.

2) What are you working on now?
I produce other artists. Earlier this year I produced country gospel artist Jeanette Clarke new singles and singer songwriter Cynthia Becker’s 6 song soon to be release. But just now I’m wrapping up 5 songs I did for singer songwriter Randi Driscoll. I’ve done 3 other records and a few singles with Randi before. She’s great and I love working with her. Also I’m tracking Guitars for a new band project I’m in that I’m really excited about. It has Brian Hardgroove from Public Enemy and Stewart Copeland from The Police in it. We tracked some stuff back in March and I’m adding to that now. Other than that I’m enjoying my time off the road but also gearing up to get back on the road with my trio And head across the USA ;0)

3) What is the role of education in music?
Education is extremely Important. There’s so many things involved. It’s good to learn not only how to play but finances, business, web design and marketing are almost as important as scales and chord clusters. But learn the scales and cord clusters first. Keeping music on any level in schools is a big thing with me. I sometimes work with a org called “Guitars in the Classroom” please google them and see if you can help join or contribute in any way.

4) How do you feel about the current ‘state of the music industry’?
It’s a great time and a hard time to be in music right now. Technology is moving so fast. It’s amazing. The possibilities are staggering. Figuring out how to make a living and stand out in this time period can be intimidating. But it’s great that you can write a song and multitrack record it on your tablet and video that on your smart phone. Master it on your laptop and up load it to the iTunes Store and YouTube, all in a day. But then how do you get people to listen and view it. And then to …… Pay for it (buy it)?

5) Why do you use or what do you like about the MxD pedal?
I love pedals I have quite a few still. It’s great to have a pedal that I can plug right into a small Fender-ish type amp and at the click of a button go from that Fender clean to a full on Plexi style tone. It excels at getting that narly British crunch out if a small clean amp. Works pretty great with a plexi as well.

Introducing the MxD Max Drive pedal from JBGuitars

MxD-BOX7_SHD_1000

 

Osiamo is proud to introduce the MxD, from JBGuitars. The MxD is the most complete and comprehensive Overdrive pedal we have ever played! This is an incredibly well thought out and MxD-BOX2_SHD_1000executed unit; it covers the range from early JTM45 to JCM800 to Modded JCM800, for Modern/Heavier styles. The MxD does all of this, while being truly dynamic and maintaining the character of your guitar and amp. Playing the MxD, feels like you’re plugged into an amp and not playing a pedal.

There have been other excellent Boost, Overdrive, and Hi-Gain pedals; this is the first pedal that combines all three, in one package, with a few twists of its own. The MxD is not a copy of an old design; it’s an entirely new approach to Overdrive pedals. Besides the normal Level, Drive and Tone controls, the MxD adds SAT, MAX, SHIFT, and CLIP controls.

MxD-BOX3_SHD_1000SAT determines how saturated your signal will be. Like turning up a tube amp, SAT adds levels of thickness, gain, and sustain. SAT works independently of the DRIVE control, to give you the ultimate in tonal flexibility. Higher levels of SAT and lower levels of DRIVE deliver “pushed” Vintage amp tones; lower levels of SAT and Higher levels of DRIVE let you crank out great Classic Rock tones.
Raising both the SAT and Drive controls will put you in Metal heaven!

MAXMxD-SWITCHSIDE1_SHD_1000, when selected, sets the DRIVE and SAT controls to their maximum value (regard-
less of their knob settings); this is ideal for a Solo/Gain boost. The MAX feature can
also be set to only affect the DRIVE control.

SHIFT, in the Modern position, is perfect for adding that tight low-end bass boost. Select the Classic position, for a non-boosted bass response.

CLIPMxD-REAR_SHD_1000 gives you even more tone options. This feature allows you to switch in Diode Clipping, for even more levels of Overdrive. With CLIP turned off, the MxD sounds a little less compressed and more open.

Each MxD pedal is hand wired/assembled in the USA, using the highest quality parts and is built for Real-World use. The MxD comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. The MxD features True Bypass switching.

Price $379.00
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