Michael Laiacona joined this early MXR team in the key role of sales.
The MXR Custom Shop is responsible for recreations of vintage models such as the hand-wired Phase 45, as well as doing limited runs of pedals featuring premium components and highly modified designs such as the new Custom Comp.
As its name implies "distortion," it's a 'distortion' (parallel clipping) but has a rather mild sound.
It has been cloned many times, most famously by the DOD 250 Overdrive (a distortion).
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The MXR Distortion ("Distortion Plus") is a distortion pedal originally designed in the 1970s by MXR Innovations.