MXR joined forces with Custom Audio Electronics founder Bob Bradshaw to bring you the MC-401 Boost Pedal. Cleans up nicely when you roll back your guitar volume, making it extremely responsive to pick... Read More
MXR joined forces with Custom Audio Electronics founder Bob Bradshaw to bring you the MC-401 Boost Pedal. Cleans up nicely when you roll back your guitar volume, making it extremely responsive to picking dynamics without thinning your tone. High-quality components provide quiet operation and trouble-free interaction with other pedals on your board.
Custom Audio Electronics has made limited quantities of pedals for select clientele since 1980 and has now teamed up with MXR to bring these pedals to the masses.
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put this guy anywhere from 8 to 11 o'clock for a nice clean and clear boost to your natural sound.
I must say that this is a very nice piece of equipment. It makes pushes my Marshall Class 5 amp and my Mesa Boogie Royal Atlantic very nicely. I was hoping for something to give a boost without having to touch knobs while playing and this does it very nicely. Well made, sturdy, and simple to set up. I use it with the Vodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus to pump 18 volts through it (which the manual suggests) to get a more headroom and make it a bit clearer. The standard 9 volts is sufficient, however. It's a nice way to kick in some power to stand out during a solo, or just to have your playing shine a bit more on stage or practicing solo. It's worth it to me and is reasonably priced. Too bad the stores don't stock them, so I had to way for it to be shipped.
The first thing I noticed when I picked this out of the box was the build quality. The build quality is tremendous. I could probabally drop this down the stairs and wouldn't be effected. Custom Audio Electronics--Bradshaw is trusted by the pros. You'll see these pedals in many pro rigs. This is what peaked my interest. I run mostly analog pedals for drive and distortion and use a Line 6 M9 for effects and modulation through a tube amp. Not only did it make the M9 shine it brought my analog pedals to tone heaven and yes it does improve headroom. This pedal sits at the end of the chain and stays on 24/7. If you want to take your rig to tone heaven buy this pedal!!!
When I write a review I try to provide a range of perspective for potential buyers by comparing pedals in hopes of relieving anxiety when making a decision. Something I wish I saw more of. For example, my main question about this pedal was.. "what exactly is the difference between the MC-401 and the MXR micro amp?"... so I had to buy them both to figure it out for myself. It's a simple pedal so this should be easy. The Micro amp is great, I love it... but this one is simply better. It's louder, brighter and has a much more clarity. It definitely met my expectations. So if you're a sound geek like me and want to know whether the extra $$ is worth it or not.. the answer is yes. Buy it.
This boost pedal is a high quality piece of gear. The build quality is rugged and precise. The pedal does as advertised. It boosts cleanly and without color. I use it to boost the signal from my Digitiech RP 500, which has less output than bypass mode. My 1976 Marshall JMP is very sensitive to input strength, both weak and strong, so this pedal pedal restored the spank I was expecting from the amp. Buy it. You wont be dissapointed.
I have the Fulltone Full-Drive 2 MOSFET overdrive pedal, which has a lead boost feature. I bought this pedal for when I want a clean boost or a lead boost with none of the added overdrive gain of the FD-2. A simple pedal with only one application, but it does what it does well - and it has a cool blue LED that's visible on the darkest stage.
This is an incredible boost pedal. It can give you just the right amount of boost while not affecting your tone. That's the greatest feature for me. If you play lead, this is a great investment. It can even give you 20 dB of boost!!!! I don't know why you would need that much but it's pretty cool.
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