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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... Read More

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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 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
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
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MXRM116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 26 reviews)

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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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5.0

I don't play metal and I love it.

By Wes - The Talking Liberties

from Arkansas

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I use this pedal to play psyched out rock (think Flaming Lips meets Allman Brothers :D) in a touring band. It's first in the chain after volume pedal. The noise gate (adjustable by trim pots inside) is great although I wish it could hold out a bit longer. I love the scooped mid switch. Really switches up the flavor of the lead.

    Where I have the most fun with this pedal is before a phaser or flanger followed by a more 'classic' distortion pedal. I can get Octavia, EHX Pi, and cocked wah sounds with these alone and all at the same time if I want. This pedal can make a strat sound huge! Overloading another od/distortion pedal with the bass and mid EQ can sound pretty gnarly! This pedal with my ES-175 makes the amp sound like its about to vibrate apart. Very cool.

    Can get great crunchy sounds with the

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    5.0

    very good pedal. sounds great.

    By baca

    from Truth or Consequences

    About Me Experienced

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        • 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.

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        4.0

        Awesome. The sound I dreamed of.

        By Pat

        from Mchenry il

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            The Blue LED makes it hard to read the setting labels in a dark room.

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            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.

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            5.0

            Great pedal

            By BENJAMIN MCELROY

            from New Orleans

            Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I have had this pedal for over two years now and this is a great pedal. It can do almost any metal tone (from a Metallica like sound, a pantera like sound, or a more slayer like tone). By easily tweaking the pedal, you can find an awesome sound to dial in. As for the people that are having to tweak for a long time to get any sort of pleasurable tone....buy a better amp. This pedal has very expansive dynamics and complex harmonics to the tone. If you crank everything up and have an inferior amp, it will sound very bad. I have a number of different style tube amps from a fender style clean to a plexi mod and I can get great tones out of all of them with this pedal without much effort and with much enjoyment. I also do have a fender frontman 25 and this amp just cannot handle the dynamics of this distortion above volume 0.25 . If you have a half decent amp, this baby will sound great. If you still haven't figured out that tubes are no doubt the way to go, you will hate this pedal.

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            5.0

            Fullbore

            By Anthony Smith

            from Chicago IL

            Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Today I went to my local guitar center to just look around with a friend while he gets a wah pedal. While wondering around, I stumble upon this glorious pedal. As an amateur bass player, I had little knowledge about pedals, but I decided to try it out anyway on a bass guitar through a Mark Bass amp. It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard in my life. It is a VERY accurate pedal, where it even caught the low signals of the bass, very light and compact, wonderful controls, and what topped it off was for the fact that it was on sale for $15 for some reason. It was completely worth it! Comes with built in noisegate feature, three EQ knobs, gain knob, frequency knob, and a "scoop" button. Very versatile, easy to carry, lots of features, guitar player or not, who wouldn't buy it?

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            5.0

            Amazing little pedal

            By Kyle J Ferris

            from Arizona

            Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I have bought numerous distortion pedals over the years. This pedal is the one I have been search for, many people over the sites have been giving this pedal bad reviews. The problem is most people do not know how to connect pedals in their proper order and this has a lot to do with the results. But anyway, I can get any tone I want out of this thing and I could not be happier. Considering I was also looking at the Bogner but that pedal is so over priced. The added noise gate is awesome which the sensitivity has to be set on the inside of the pedal. When you play with the gain past twelve you will need it trust me this thing is a raging beast it can do every tone you could imaging if setup correctly. If you are into Nu-metal or anything like it this pedal is for you. When I use it through my Baritone guitar the chugging is insane you can almost feel it in your chest from this tiny pedal!

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            5.0

            Custom Tailor Your Distortion

            By William Vinson

            from Statesboro, GA

            Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This pedal is great. It may have 6 knobs but each one serves a purpose. It allows you to completely tailor your tone. The built in adjustable noise gate is great. It makes syncopated riffs super tight and there is no extra noise. This pedal far surpasses any other distortion pedal I have tried especially when using my 7 string. It's the only pedal that can bring out the low end of the 7 and still keep the notes crisp and tight and not muddy. Also the all metal housing makes this pedal look and feel like it's made for gigging. This thing is built like a tank and is super sturdy. If your looking for over the top high gain distortion that you can really custom tailor to your sound then this is the pedal for you.

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            5.0

            Amazing!

            By Mark Tully

            from Bethel, CT

            Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            When I got this pedal, I was blown away by the amount of gain this little guy offers. Every knob serves its own purpose, and does it well. I'm personally not a fan of the gate setting, however, because it sometimes cuts off my playing at the beginning, which gets irritating, but you can adjust it, and there are so many different combinations you can make with this pedal, you'll never get bored with it! It's really easy to use; all you have to do is step/push on the button at the bottom, and to save the battery life, just take the plug out, and plug it back in when you're ready again. And, lastly, it just looks good; it's very distinct to other MXR pedals and catches the eye very easily. It's well worth the money.

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            5.0

            awesome! \m/

            By mahan safaie

            from woodland hills, CA

            Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            this is a great pedal!!! i used to use it through my little peavey combo amp n when i played for my friend he thought im using a tube amp!!! i recommend it for metal RHYTHME guitar players who like to do some lead too! if the only things you play are solos, dont get it! it's not bad for playing solos but it has been designed for rhythme and a little lead!

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