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What About The SD9 Sonic Distortion? [Ibanez, Maxon/Analogman, Vemuram Butter Machine & TWA SH9]

Published 02 Feb 2024

"These are definitely NOT Tube Screamers. But Scott Henderson and Michael Landau both love ’em… What can we learn?

Welcome to the show. Today we’re comparing an original Ibanez SD 9 Sonic Distortion with a Maxon/Analogman-modded SD-9, a TWA Scott Henderson SH9 and Vemuram Michael Landau Butter Machine. Why? Well…
Mick here, hello. I’ve been wanting to make this video for quite some time. Two of my guitar playing heroes - mentioned above – both have a long-term relationship with the Ibanez/Maxon SD9 Sonic Distortion. Dan and I have bought and sold a few over the years. It usually starts with a fizzy anticipation of this magic distortion character, and ends with just, well, fizzy! The penny wasn’t dropping.
However when high-end Japanese effects brand Vemuram unveiled the Michael Landau Butter Machine in 2023, my interest was piqued again. Following a bit of internet reading and some extremely insightful comms with one Kevin Bolembach of Godlyke Distributing, we now had our hands on four principle touchpoints in the SD9’s evolution, plus a direct line to Mr Susumu Tamura, former engineer at Maxon and essentially the ‘father’ of the TS-808 Tube Screamer, not to mention the whole Ibanez 9 line… including the SD 9 and – if this wasn’t already a perfect enough circle – designer of the TWA SH9 Scott Henderson signature pedal to boot.
All I had to do now was get Dan interested…

Enjoy the episode!

Oh, and please visit That Pedal Shop

The interview with Mr Tamura is here:

Pedals & Stuff used in this show
• TheGigRig Three2One

• Sonic Research ST-200 Tuner

• Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer (modern standard reissue)
UK & Europe:

• Ibanez SD 9 Sonic Distortion (original version, links for modern reissue)
UK & Europe:

• Maxon SD-9 Analogman mod

• TWA Scott Henderson SH9

• Vemuram Michael Landau Butter Machine
UK & Europe:

• Jam Pedals Waterfall
UK & Europe:

• Source Audio Collider
UK & Europe:

• TheGigRig G3S

Interesting bits and go-to sections
0:00 Intro playing
1:58 Background to today’s show
3:20 SD9… Landau & Henderson
5:20 Today’s pedals
6:00 Today’s amps
7:20 TS 9 and SD 9 comparison
9:48 Landau settings?
12:10 Maxon SD-9 Analogman info
14:12 Ibanez and Maxon/AM comparison
16:10 Fizz or sizzle?
17:35 Guitar on 10. And not…
24:55 TWA SH9 info
30:20 SH9 Henderson settings and sounds
36:17 SH9 and Maxon SD9 comparison
38:18 Vemuram Butter Machine info
40:18 Butter Machine, Landau settings
42:30 …and exploring the guitar volume
46:18 Butter Machine mini trimmers
51:00 Mick’s ES-345?!
57:20 Lower gain comparisons
1:05:00 Closing thoughts

Guitars in today’s show
• Cutler Custom Panama Classic

• 1962 Gibson Les Paul (SG) Standard - no video yet

• 1961 Fender Stratocaster - Mick’s video here:

• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster - Dan’s video here:

• Gibson Custom 1958 Les Paul Standard - Dan’s video here:

• 1965 Gibson ES-345 Stereo - Mick’s video here:

Amps in today’s show
UK & Europe:

• Marshall 1960AX with Celestion G12M Greenback speakers

• Fender Custom Shop Bass Breaker c2001, with 2x12 Celestion Vintage 30 speakers - no longer made

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