(M-164) Commande Series Overdrive

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“Very amp-like break up. This pedal was made by the original MXR company
pre-Dunlop. To my knowledge this was the only overdrive pedal the
company ever produced. The tone incorporates the best aspects of a Tube Screamer with the best aspects of the Distortion +. This pedal is a
real sleeper. Contains
the Malaysian RC4558P as used in the early TS-808s. Some consider the RC4558P and not the JRC4558D the true holy grail of op-amp tone.”

“The
MXR Commande series was sold 1981-1983, they featured plastic housings
and a somewhat flimsy plastic DPDT switch (as opposed to the
stomp-switches used in the earlier pedals). The Commande series did not
have a Distortion+ but the pedal labeled “Overdrive” was based on the
same circuitry — with some modifications. The opamp was
a RC4558P and the values of many components are changed. The Overdrive
pedal had higher gain compared to the previous units and bass and
mid frequencies were stronger.”

Archived past online sales data:

Effectsfreak legacy website (includes sales data 4/2008 - 4/2021)

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