I have to tell you, I'm happy tonight, dunno if it's the right section of the forum though.
I've been playing lately with this band which plays pop-rock with some delicious prog "moments" (think about radiohead + pink floyd) they needed someone who could write melodic vocal arrangements and play guitar also (they already have a guitarist though) so these guys ask me to write an acoustic song so that we could create a sound-structure together and so to hear how I sing and think about melodies. I have an idea I record it with my mp3 player and start to think about how it could sound, what kind of music it could fit etc. then we practice together and the song takes form even if the sound goes in the opposite direction I thought, It's not my thing, usually I don't listen so much to this genre but It sounds pretty darn cool and, after all, It's me joining this band and not viceversa. They enjoy my song, I enjoy playing with them and the sound we could get this way but I notice some things: 1) No Chorus allowed. argh, being a fan of A Perfect Circle and of 80's in general that's dramatic but we need an organic sound, so overdrives, some edgy-sounds, dist for solos, some cool delays for rythmic parts (I'm the only one who uses delay there and I'm influencing the other guitarist) but no other effects.
2) the big muff is useless, it doesn't cut through the mix and it's a one trick pony, moreover it doesn't fit the kind of music we play so I realize I need a new dist\booster for solos and dynamic changes. (a different dirty sound at least, my peavey is perfect for overdrives and rythmic dirty tones) I go for shopping today and I find this vintage mxr block logo dist+ for 70 euros.
I look at it and its mustard colour hypnotizes me, so it's mine, looking inside it's a '79 one, in very good condition, trying it as a booster it does his job really well, enough output I think and a fizzy tone with the dist knob rolled all the way up, I have to discover the rest but my question is: any other vintage dist+ user here? there are differences between a '79 block logo and the script logos? is the booster a feature it could do well or at least better than other pedals? last question: Do I have to sell the muff? I'm still debating
but it seems like the only reason I could keep it it's to have a funny toy to make loud noises when I'm home..