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Meteor (Legacy)

Based On
Ibanez® SD-9
Effect Type
Build Difficulty

Legacy PCB

Designed for the 1590B enclosure with side-mounted jacks, which some builders prefer. Bypass PCB (optional) sold separately.


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Updated Version

The same circuit, but updated for the 125B enclosure format for a more streamlined build. The bypass switch PCB is integrated.


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Project overview

The Meteor Distortion project is a clone of the Maxon/Ibanez Sonic Distortion, which first hit stores in around 1983. Advertised as a heavier Tube Screamer, in reality it shares nothing at all in common with the classic TS-9 circuit. It has more similarities to hard-clipping circuits such as the BOSS DS-1 or MXR Distortion+.

This project is for the original SD-9, but features one of the two mods from the SD-9M, the “Mids” switch. (The second SD-9M mod, the gain switch, is not backwards-compatible with this circuit.) The second switch on this PCB allows you to switch between different sets of clipping diodes.


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