MXR 40th Anniversary Distortion+ Giveaway

MXR continues their extended 40th anniversary celebration by giving one lucky fan a vintage 1976 Distortion+ pedal.

1976 Distortion+ pedal

This special giveaway compliments the blog posts and documentary videos that highlight the brand's history and legacy, featuring the men and women behind MXR and how their ideas and hardwork built up the brand.

As part of their celebration, the company tracked down their four core pedals in original vintage form. Thankfully, they are not just going to showcase them for fans to drool on, they will be giving one pedal each month for the next four months, starting off with the Distortion+ pedal.

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The Distortion+ pedal was first released in 1972, along with the three other "core" pedals that include the Phase 90, the Dyna Comp Compressor, and the Blue Box Octave Fuzz.

According to the official release, "The pedal is powered by germanium transistors which create a warm sound famous for its diverse range—at lower settings, it serves up thick, tubey overdrive, but when cranked, you can take it to the frontiers of fuzz land. Just listen to hit records from the Grateful Dead, Iron Maiden, early Ozzy Osbourne, and Radiohead among many others that testify to the Distortion+’s versatility".

MXR was able to get their hands on a working Distortion+ pedal that is dated to be built in 1976, and this same pedal will be given away to one lucky fan. Way Huge founder and Dunlop New Electronics Director Jeorge Tripps personally inspected and tested the pedal to ensure that the lucky winner will be getting a vintage pedal that is in proper working condition.

Tripps dated the pedal using the serial numbers inscribed on the potentiometers and he even signed on the inspection card himself to remove all doubts. Dunlop even took a few snaps of the inspection process, with interesting details like the removal of decades old foam on the inside of the bottom plate.

1976 Distortion+ pedal

To join the giveaway, all you have to do is answer three simple questions that will let MXR know how you are connected to them. They will then randomly choose one winner from those that responded. Their favorite responses will also be used in their upcoming 40th Anniversary blog post. Here are the three questions:

When did you first hear what you knew to be an MXR effect, what was it, and who was playing it and/or what song was it on?

What was your first MXR effect?

What’s your favorite MXR effect, and why?

While thinking about your answers to the three questions, check out the first installment of the MXR mini documentary series, featuring original MXR employee Ron Wilkerson. You can watch the documentary below:

You will have to respond to the questions at the comments section of Jim Dunlop's blog post. The winner of the 1976 Distortion+ pedal will be announced on April 30.

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