Biyang Max Distortion DS-10 Pedal Review

Ok, another quick slurp of lukewarm coffee and it’s time to jump back into looking at some cheaper priced pedals, with the next few reviews on the Biyang ‘Baby Boom’ series.

Before we dive too deep into the review, lets take a look at what Dazza, our resident guitarists thinks of the Biyang Max Distortion DS-10.

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The amp in the video is a Fender ’59 Bassman LTD (Lacquered Tweed 410 Jensen 45W combo). The guitar used is Dazza’a Customised E Series Fender Contemporary Stratocaster fitted with Seymour Duncan and Dimarzio pickups. Including a Dimarzio humbucker from hell in the neck and a Seymour Duncan 59 in the bridge. The video was recorded with an iPhone and the Fostex AR-4i Audio Interface for iPhone 4.

Ok, lets get started on the review…..

On the whole, the Baby Boom range has done quite well giving pretty good value for the $60 or so dollars they charge.

Biyang Baby Boom Max Distortion Pedal

Biyang Baby Boom Max Distortion Pedal

They are obviously produced in China, but I usually see good things about them considering the ‘anti-Chinese’ bias you encounter sometimes in the guitar world.

So initially, the Max Distortion is well packaged to unravel a MXR sized pedal, done out in a glossy black, with nice small white control knobs, and a toggle switch for 3 different types of voicing’s.

Fully True Bypass, it is super easy to use, minimal pedal board space and plenty of features for the tweaker to play with, so let’s check it out further.

Here, are a couple of technical specs from the manufacturers…

Input jack connects directly to output when the pedal is switched off, so it won’t affect your sound and no tone suck especially when you have a long series of pedals to go through.

The unit utilizes German WIMA capacitors, high-precision resistors and a pretty sturdy aluminium die-cast body and dust-proof rheostat for long product life (should get a long time out of it if you treat it right!!).

Dimensions of the unit itself are 2.25″ W x 4.5″ L x 2″ H with battery panel underneath the unit with a thumbscrew. I noticed in one of these units that the thumbscrew was not holding the panel in but that is a minor technicality.

Takes the standard Boss power supply and power adapter with power input at the top of the unit, which I always really like to minimize cords everywhere.

The Biyang Max Distortion DS-10 was designed to simulate the sound and feel of the classic Marshall amps, a legendary benchmark that a lot of pedals aim for. It produces the typical tube overdrive range of tones, ranging from a little crunch into the mix to very heavy distortion.

I noted that at the heavier distortion range, it held together very well, and wasn’t fizzy or thin at all. In fact I had some fun emulating some of those heavier live Dire Straits tones (think “On the Night” or Knopfler using heavier distortion on Money for Nothing, Brothers in Arms solos etc).

It was pretty thick, dynamic and I could hear every note, so definite thumbs up for the distortion tones so far!

And,,,, Just to give guitarists more excuses not to play, the effect pedal has three modes….

Normal” is the glowing tube, fat and gutsy four-input “Plexi” sound. Lots of mids, chunky warm bottom end and a crisp, relaxed high end. Straight off the bat, this was very nice, and you could just leave it and play away! Worth the price just for the usable tones in this mode. Not raspy or thin, but similar to the ‘Warm’ mode below it is fat and full.

Bright” is a crunchier, punchier version, more of a good, hot modded plexi sound. I noticed a big jump in volume here for some reason, and not my favoured setting!

Warm” is a more compressed lead sound with a bit of a midrange scoop- like a hotrodded JCM-800. I really liked this mode for standout solos or noodling. I just thickened it up by reducing the treble in the tone a bit, and I liked its fat rich distortion.

So in summary, for the small dollars you will pay, it is a good distortion unit for the range of tones, the quality (good enough for a bedroom rocker) and versatility. Sounds best with distortion about 75% and the tone knob was pretty usable too. Go the Chinese cheapies, they can be better than you think!!

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Born in Brisbane I am a bedroom guitar player, although having played in front of churches (tough crowd!!) for quite a few years so some understanding of band dynamics, timing, gear (private use compared to public use) and melodic structure, instrumental breaks (okay leather pants solos....) and of course amps! Besides from my love of guitar and the G.A.S that goes with it (hey email me I am always offloading gear!! lol) I love languages, and can converse in basic Japanese, and study biblical Greek. I live in Logan with my young family (so not heaps of time at the moment) and will be contributing gear reviews based on a lot of gear I have or still currently have.

2 thoughts on “Biyang Max Distortion DS-10 Pedal Review

    • Hi Mauro
      Good question, and sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner! Like all OD or Distortion pedals, they run best in front of the amp, so just run a 1/4 inch guitar cable into the ‘input’ of the pedal, then from the ‘output’to the amp’s input run another lead. Hope I am answering the right question, and not telling you something you already know. A great pedal this one, and I am having a lot of fun at the moment making my budget stretch!

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