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MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal  

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This compact but powerful MXR guitar pedal is all you need to unleash the most devastating contemporary metal guitar tones ever heard. The FullBore distortion pedal turbocharges your guitar signal wit... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

This compact but powerful MXR guitar pedal is all you need to unleash the most devastating contemporary metal guitar tones ever heard. The FullBore distortion pedal turbocharges your guitar signal with lethal amounts of ultrahigh gain. This is combined with a built-in Noise Gate to knock out the noise associated with extreme gain levels while also adding definition and tightness to syncopated metal riffs.

The effect pedal's extensive EQ controls, with Bass, Mid, sweepable Mid-Freq and Treble knobs let you sculpt your tone with fiendish precision. The additional Scoop switch provides an instant high and low frequency boost that'll rumble the room while also adding clarity. Available from MXR, the world leader in analog pedal technology.

Features

Super high-gain distortion
3-band EQ with sweepable mid frequencies
Tight, fast, switchable Noise Gate for syncopated metal riffage
Internal Gate Trigger control lets you set the Noise Gate's sensitivity
Scoop Switch boosts the highs and lows while the EQ stays active
True Bypass with LED
All-analog circuit path
Specifications
Input Impedance: > 450kOhms
Output Impedance: < 10kOhms
Signal to Noise All Controls @ Mid Position: A' weighted (Vref = 1 Vrms)
Gate Off: > 70dB
Gate On: > 85dB
Frequency Response
Gate Open: 0dB from 20Hz to 20KHz
Gate Closed: -20dB at 500Hz -25dB at 20KHz
Tone Controls
Low: ±9dB at 100Hz
Mid: ±16dB at 200Hz to 5KHz
High: ±12dB shelf at 1.5KHz
Bypass: True Hardwire
Current Draw: 18 mA
Warranty
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All pedals - one year parts and labor warranty.


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MXRM116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (8)
  • Responsive (7)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Compact (5)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fullbore

Alot of knobs, but they all serve a purpose. The Frequency knob adds 'grit' to your tone. The noise gate feature is cool if you play at freakishly high volume settings....Read complete review

Alot of knobs, but they all serve a purpose. The Frequency knob adds 'grit' to your tone. The noise gate feature is cool if you play at freakishly high volume settings. Oh, and ungodly amounts of gain. True bypass, gotta love it. Average battery life and built like a tank. Easily does any form of metal.

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Expected More

I got this pedal about a year and a half ago and was really looking forward to using it in my chain of effects. I was surprised as to how processed and...Read complete review

I got this pedal about a year and a half ago and was really looking forward to using it in my chain of effects. I was surprised as to how processed and "fake" the tones sounded. There wasn't any warmth or character to it from my experiences with it. It was just really loud and then just really loud some more. Now, grant it, I'm not a Metal style player. I ventured to get this pedal because I was in need of some thicker boosts to my amp, and I got way more than necessary. However, I believe, back then, my issue with my amp or rig was my own fault for me not taking the time to dial in a precise tone, but in my opinion this Fullbore Metal Pedal is too much even for metal players that I know. The best route to take, in my opinion, from playing heavier style music for about ten years (I'm 21 now) is to go with warm, , true bypassed, analog, overdrive pedals added to your dirty channel of your amp. Doing this gives it warmth, and the character of tube - like crunch tones (ex: Marshall, Orange, Bogner, Mesa, etc). Guitarists like Zakk Wylde and even the guys from Killswitch Engage don't use a Fullbore type metal pedal, as some may think. Metal is more in the technique, not all in the gain of an amp in my opinion. I wouldn't buy this pedal. Get OD pedals.

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(24 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fullbore

By Steven Wimer

from Phoenix AZ

Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

Alot of knobs, but they all serve a purpose. The Frequency knob adds 'grit' to your tone. The noise gate feature is cool if you play at freakishly high volume settings. Oh, and ungodly amounts of gain. True bypass, gotta love it. Average battery life and built like a tank. Easily does any form of metal.

(14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

True to its name

By Andrew

from Portland, OR

Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

MXR Fullbore Metal pedal works great in my rig (LTD KH-602 with EMG pickups -> MXR Fullbore ->Fender Blues Junior). I was able to get nice Metallica chugging metal tone with all knobs close to 12 o'clock (bass at 1:00; high at 11:00). I didn't have to fight the fizzy sound that some other reviewers mentioned. I think that to get full-bodied metal tone you need to run this pedal on a bridge humbucker (preferably, on an active pickup) into a decent TUBE amp. I can see how one can dial in fizzy tone running it into some solid-state amp from a single-coil neck pickup... Tube amp and active humbucker will smooth out all the fizzyness and you'll get the sound that MXR fullbore was designed to give you - great high-gain distortion with good note definition.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

killer!!!

By Carlos

from new jersey

Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

This's pedal it's the best for riff's or even with a overdrive to use for solos, this baby makes even a fender strat cry like a little an ESP ("like"). This pedal will be a classic of MXR pedals, thanks.

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT PEDAL

By Devon

from Ft Worth, Texas

Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

Great pedal!!!! I have mine set up for a Tom Sholz (of boston) sound, without having to go buy a rockman sustainor! Very nice sounding, the gate works like a charm! It even looks cool too. I bought a power supply cable so I wouldnt have to keep buying batteries, but I shouldve bought a power brick instead because I plan on stocking up on the MXR's!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME!!!

By Johnny Gearjammer/Slight Case Of Dea

from Lansing, MI.

Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

I just recieved my pedal today and was totally blown away at the incredible tones coming out of such a small unit. i would recommend this pedal to anyone looking to find that signature sound. the flexability in the controls are incredible!

(5 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Ice Pich Heaven

By EastNashRocker

from Nashville, TN

Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

This thing had all the potential and certainly enough knobs to be flexible. Unforunately even with the highs all the way down this thing was a one-trick bright bright pedal. I loved the bass know and the sweepable mid. The gain knob turned things like string articulation into mush pretty quick but thats just my opinion. I kept the high and gain knobs all the way down and had the sweepable mids cut at about 2K where things were still a little high end harsh/megaphone like. I traded this for the Hardwire TL-2 which is tremendously more flexible/useable. Not only does the TL-2 have all the same knobs as the fb metal it also has great highs and this pedal 'plays' well with others! Because the gain was so mushy on the fb metal any additional pedal sound mushy as well. With the TL-2 I can turn on my OCD pedal and it lifts my sound up a notch when needed. After I took this pedal back I heard that it actually works great for bass players (which I am not) but I should have let our bass player give it a shot.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rough start but great ending

By Alex M

from Peru, IL

Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

I purchased this mxr fullbore distortion pedal about a month and a half ago for $84 after listening to many reviews on YouTube. But unfortunately for me, i bought it over the internet and never tested it out at my local Guitar Center, which doing this is a must if you wish to buy this pedal. I was expecting everything i saw in the reviews that i liked but this is one pedal where you have to tweak both the pedal and the amp to get the best possible sound and tone out of it. After about 20 minutes of tweaking the pedal and still horrid tones coming out of it, i gave up and decided i was going to take it back for a refund so i just let it sit for awhile. After just letting it sit there for a month i decided to give it one last try and see what i could get out of it. This time instead of tweaking just the pedal, i changed my clean tone settings around a bit to work with the pedal rather than against it. After about 10 minutes i found a tone that i fell in love with. I have a line 6 spider 4 120 watt and my settings for the amp are: red clean channel, gain-3 o'clock, bass-Noon, mid-11 o'clock, treble-Noon, channel volume-full. For the pedal: volume-9 o'clock, frequency-10:30, gain-full, low-9 o'clock, mid-3 o'clock, treble-full, noise gate-on(optional), scoop-on. These settings don't suck out all of your tone like all of the other settings and i think it goes good with thrash metal, or any type of metal for that matter.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Truely Fullbore Metal

By Steven Taylor

from Lemon Grove, California

Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

The fullbore metal is for any metal guitarist that wants a fully customizable sound, and it also helps that it has a built in noise gate. It's high gains and adjustable frequency allow for intense and crunchy distortion. I use it and because of the noise gate, how easy it is to customize, and that its analog, I get a heavy, clear metal tone that rules

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Staple on my board

By Andrew

from North Arlington, new jersey

Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

This pedal is metal! Excellent tone! I have never had these problems that are on here. The bass is a tad lacking but I always have bass high on my amp so it doesn't matter. I think when people have problems with the eq, it's because they dont take into account their amps eq. I would recommend this to any metal player. Also, this is a pure, unquestionable distortion pedal. It shouldn't be used to give gain to a dirty channel. Also the gate is good, but I personally don't use it unless I want that gap between notes for added rhythm an I usually don't. Great buy

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Distortion Pedal Ever

By Dan Spencer

from Boston Ma

Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

This pedal was THE greatest $100 i have ever spent. There was some twiddling of the dials involved, but the end result is absolutely amazing gain. It can go from a tight, high gain to house shaking (literally) bottom end. Bear in mind that this is not the pedal you want for anything other than hardcore face melting metal. but if that IS what you are looking for, this pedal goes above and beyond to do the job. 5 stars isn't enough in my opinion!

(2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Holy scnikes!!!

By Danny

from Orange County, Ca.

Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

The name of this pedal says it and more.....maybe it should be called the total overkill pedal. You can only open it up on a clean or semi-clean channel....I bought it to "tighten-up" my MESAs modern channel....I BARELY have the gain turned up at all.....I also use it for the frequency controls....so at best, it work for me as a pickup booster and EQ. The gate also doesn't work unless you use it on a clean channel......I still have to run noise reduction through my effects loop.....once I had it dialed where I wanted it, I got a CRUSHING tone out of my amp....you guys will have to noodle around with it till it works for you.

(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

for some

By somedayguitargod

from San Antonio, Texas

Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

I got this pedal 4 days ago, when the salesperson told me that he recommended it, i sorta thought, hmm... and he showed it to me, and i used it for a small while. i thought, what the hell, they don't have what i was looking for, so ill just take it. and it truly did sound great at the store, but when i got home, and broke it in, it was a whole different story. my first problem was that the pedal didn't sound very good on my amp, in fact it sounded like the high knob was up, but it wasn't. there was very poor bass too. the mids were very awesome though. and the frequency knob wasn't so great. the gain got pretty heavy but the sound wasn't deep enough for me. and the worst part is that the noise gate didn't work well. there was this loud squealing noise coming from the pedal every time i wasn't playing anything on my guitar. and when i played high notes, there was this weird buzzing noise, it was like another pitch coming from my amp except it didn't follow the notes i was playing. needless to say, i was very disappointed in this product and i returned it 3 days after and i am about to go buy a hardwire tl-2 for the same price, i hear good things of it. So the fullbore metal is for some people, but not for me just be aware, that u may not like this pedal!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

W.O.W Crazy not to have one

By Josh Opryszek

from McHenry, Illinois

Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

WOW I picked this up today after my Digitech Heavy Metal pedal finally stopped working and I was blown away. This pedal is fantastic! I play through a high gain amp so amount of fuzz and feedback is quite a bit and the built in noise gate clears it right up. As soon as I plugged it in I set it to what my previous settings were and it screams! I threw some reverb on to play a little Death and it was awesome! I see myself playing these until something better is invented and if something better is invented I'm sure it will be by MXR

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very good pedal. sounds great.

By baca

from Truth or Consequences

About Me Experienced

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Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      It has good features and for a small pedal it packs a punch. It was a good choice.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Pure Metal

      By PirateKing

      from New York, NY

      Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      this is a pretty decent pedal for playing any kind of metal though i don't really like the noise-gate that much becuz it cuts off to early wen i dont want it to. the scoop button is pretty good addition to thickening the distortion for a dirtier sound but sometimes it just sounds too muddy when tune lower but it produces good pinch harmonics. i use a separate noise-gate pedal and overdrive pedal to accommodate for the noise gate and scoop buttons but overall this is a really really good pedal i'm lucky i got it for free lol i would highly recommend it

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome

      By Dan

      from Philadelphia, PA

      Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      When i first bought the fullbore metal, I was so stoked because it had such great reviews and it had a noise gate on it. I plugged it in, and it didnt work. I run it through a fender FM100 stack with a marshall cab, and after reading the directions, i realiezed that with such a power-heavy set up i should have had all of the nobs on the pedal at 0 because the pedal is so dynamic. I got it replaced, and then plugged it in, sounded great. It makes a solid state amp like mine sound tube and very powerfull. It is one of the craftsmen of my tone

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      7 stars worthy!

      By CHRISTOPHER HITE

      from munford, TN.

      Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I am beyond impressed, this pedal is worth every cent, just received it today, immediately hooked it on my pedal set up and plugged it in, then turned on my amp and just simply strummed a chord and the response literally blew my hair back, if you want a pedal for genres ranging from grunge to metal this is THE pedal for you. (so good in fact i may just sell my other metal pedals since this one out performs them easily.) thank you greatly guitarcenter, never cease to meet a musicains expectations.

       
      5.0

      BEST PEDAL IVE EVER OWNED

      By Rick

      from Ansonia CT

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Built like a tank, beautiful tone and an on board noise gate? How can you go wrong? I use a one channel, 120 watt tube amp and this pedal handles it perfectly. Great high gain and so much crunch. Do not pass this thing up!

         
        5.0

        A TRUE METAL PEDAL

        By repo33

        from Acworth, GA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Anything

          Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I have tried every distortion pedal out there since the 80's. Im 46, so Ive gone thru some gear. This pedal is the real deal. No bull. You wont get its full effects from a solid state amp though. The pedal needs the blazing fires from tubes to be happy. Im running it thru my 13 year old JCM2000 combo and a Gibson Les Paul Traditional and its simply amazing. Just wow. Hit that mid-clip button and the dang amp cabinet sounds like its going to vibrate itself apart. NICE :)

           
          5.0

          Exactly What I Was Looking For

          By Latredek

          from Twin Cities, MN

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I bought this a few months ago, wanting something more powerful than my amp could provide. I ended my search with this pedal. The Fullbore Metal Distortion pedal is exactly what I wanted, and more. I play mostly Skillet songs, and even though this isn't the exact sound that they have, it sure adds some personal character into my playing. It is an excellent choice for any thing from hard Skillet-type rock to heavy metal. If I didn't already own it, I would buy it again.

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