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MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal  

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The MXR Prime Distortion conjures up vintage hard-clipping distortion. This pedal's warm, articulate sound is easy to dial in with a classic Output, Tone, Distortion control setup. The Prime Distortio... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

The MXR Prime Distortion conjures up vintage hard-clipping distortion. This pedal's warm, articulate sound is easy to dial in with a classic Output, Tone, Distortion control setup. The Prime Distortion is highly responsive to the intensity of your attack, cleaning up when you pull back and packing a huge punch when you dig in. We designed this 100% analog distortion with low noise op amps, so you won't get any extra noise added to your signal. Like all MXR pedals, the Prime Distortion comes in a heavy-duty housing with durable jacks and switches for a lifetime on the road.

Features
  • Big, powerful '80s arena-rock tone
  • Raw, punchy sustain
  • Rich distortion
  • Highly responsive to playing intensity
  • Tone, Output, Distortion controls
  • MXR build quality and components
  • Low-noise op amps
  • 100% analog
Specifications
    • Input Impedance: 1 M?
    • Output Impedance: 6 k?
    • Nominal Input: -22 dBV
    • Max Output: -10 dBV
    • Signal to Noise*: 85 dB
    • Distortion Range: 27 dB @ 500 Hz
    • Tone Control: +/- 4 dB @ 100 Hz, +/- 5 dB @ 2 kHz
    • Bypass: True Hardwire
    • Current Draw: 4.0 mA
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
All pedals - one year parts and labor warranty.


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MXRM69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.3

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (9)
  • Excellent sound quality (8)
  • Compact (7)
  • Responsive (7)
  • Good selection of effects (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (7)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (4), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

It just sounds good.

We as guitarists always search for that new distortion, that new sonic texture, that new inspiration. Well this little pedal has that in spades. I bought this on a whim...because the...Read complete review

We as guitarists always search for that new distortion, that new sonic texture, that new inspiration. Well this little pedal has that in spades. I bought this on a whim...because the price was just too good to pass up and with MXR you know you are getting quality gear. I was pleasantly surprised when I plugged in and started tweaking the tones/gain. You can dial in a little grit, or you can go full aggressive distortion with the knobs cranked. Now don't think this is a Metal Distortion...no, you can get high gain...but this has a more classic distortion tone for when you need to dial it down but still want some grit. And sonically speaking, the harmonics and tone of this pedal is great. It just sounds good. Period

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It worked for a bit.

This distortion pedal is way to high ended. The pitches aren't dirty and it doesn't produce a good distorted sound. There is almost no difference between the distortion at the lowest setting vs the...Read complete review

This distortion pedal is way to high ended. The pitches aren't dirty and it doesn't produce a good distorted sound. There is almost no difference between the distortion at the lowest setting vs the highest setting. I was using this for a dress rehearsal for a show. I had the output and distortion turned all the way up and I got quieter when I turned it on. IT really isn't that good.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It just sounds good.

By Steven

from Atlanta GA

Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

We as guitarists always search for that new distortion, that new sonic texture, that new inspiration. Well this little pedal has that in spades. I bought this on a whim...because the price was just too good to pass up and with MXR you know you are getting quality gear. I was pleasantly surprised when I plugged in and started tweaking the tones/gain. You can dial in a little grit, or you can go full aggressive distortion with the knobs cranked. Now don't think this is a Metal Distortion...no, you can get high gain...but this has a more classic distortion tone for when you need to dial it down but still want some grit. And sonically speaking, the harmonics and tone of this pedal is great. It just sounds good. Period

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Most diverse pedal ever

By Anonymous

from Missouri

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I've been playing for 11 years. I'm a guitar major in college and also work teaching guitar at a music store and also cover bands and some studio work. So I know my stuff. I have had MANY distortion pedals from: amp distortion, to digitech, to boss. Now this. This is a cheep pedal but the best pedal I've ever owned. I play EVERYTHING so I have to have a distortion pedal that can allow me to go from old school blues to some new style of metal. If you like AC DC you can make it happen, if you like Rush you go it, you like Albert King? This will be your best friend. You wanna get a sound like Mississippi Queen? You're good! Oh you're a Bullet For My Valentine, yep it covers you too!! And I won't forget about you Country fans, they thought about you too and it works!!
    This is the best pedal ever!!!

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Sound

    By Jenn

    from Delaware

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Took some time to compare this pedal with the Boss DS-1 and the ModTone Speedbox XXL. I didn't see any reviews online comparing this pedal to anything else so I took the chance. It is very similar to the ModTone in sound but has a little more distortion. It has a big range for the distortion and I was loving the sound from the second I turned it on. Very happy with this purchase.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wicked Li'l Critter!

      By JEFFREY TRIBBY

      from Lakeland, Florida

      Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I'd been trying to find a certain kinda bluesy, sustained sound with some smooth grit to it. I heard that sound on demos of this little pedal and got one. Yessir, that's what I needed all along, and I didn't have to pay big bucks to get that sound from an expensive rack-mount system. Ever try this pedal through a 12-string Ricky or an Omen-8? I even put it to an 8-string bass and a 7-string bass that goes down to a low F#. The tone and everything held up nicely. Now that's a versatile little box, especially for the price. I can reproduce every sound I heard in the demos, so that pretty much says it. Newbies to the guitar scene can get great enjoyment out of it without going broke. I highly recommend it.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very responsive

      By Lee Dress

      from NJ

      Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      if you play anything that requires you to go from clean to dirty quickly, you will love this pedal. the pedal is very responsive to your guitar's volume input. I set my rhythm pickup to a low volume and my lead pickup to full on, then I can switch back and forth between clean and dirty. it works very well at holding a steady volume when i switch. Love it so far!

      (4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Don't waste your money

      By Ravinder

      from Los Angeles, CA.

      Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Not really that good, not much distortion to be honest with you. Tried it for a few days and decided to return it. The guy at my local Guitar Center said not many people liked this unit and had returned it. Do some more homework before you even think of buying this unit. It's not really that good.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Analog Distortion for $50!

      By Ronald Kartel

      from Las Vegas, NV

      Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Very usable dirt box for the price. Pairs with just about everything. I tend to like things in the lower frequencies and have to say that the tone knob seems to allow tones for every sonic palette. I am a big fan of pedals that react to varied pick attack and this is amongst one of the best in regard to touch sensitivity. You really can't find a better distortion pedal for the price and the Prime would hold it's own against pedals three times the price.

      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Fizzy and thin...

      By Mike Piellucci

      from San Diego,California

      Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This pedal has been receiving many good reviews, so I thought I would give it a try. I plugged it into my Ibanez TSA15 head, powering an Ampeg 4x12 with 4 Celestion 75's. It was way too fizzy and muddy. It also didn't work well with my wah pedal, which turned it into shrill pointy fuzz. It probably works better with other amps and guitars, based on the other reviews I've seen.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would buy this pedal again!

      By Slim Jim

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I am a novice player and this is my first effects pedal. I wanted to vary my sound and this pedal certainly fit the bill for a great price.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good dynamic response, helps a solid state be like a valve

        By TK

        from MN

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Dynamic Response
        • Good Crunchy Sounds
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Poor Tone Adjustment

        Best Uses

          Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Responds similar to valves, cleans up as you back off volume. This is not for metal or heavy rock, but it has very useable crunch tones. Also works nice when you put a compressor or blues driver ahead of it. Poor tone adjust at high freq but it sounds best with tone rolled back anyhow.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The perfect pedal no matter what style you play

          By Dreamlab

          from Port Richey FL

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording

            Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            The perfect pedal. Super quiet operation. The tone control gives you the complete range from thick and muffled the thin and bright. Right in the middle is just exactly the uncolored tone of your amp. The distortion all the way down is a nice bluesy overdrive. All the way up is thick over the top metal distortion. Right in the middle is probably my favorite for a searing lead solo or crunchy rhythm chords.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome distortion pedal!!!

            By Christian Faulkner

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              This is an excellent distortion pedal for the money, very diverse and easy to dial in a good tone, and can be used for a variety of styles. I've seen a lot of people say that this pedal isn't good for metal, which is WRONG! This pedal is more than capable of getting a good metal distortion sound, maybe not for death metal, but it can definitely handle stuff like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Metallica, etc. Pick this bad boy up, you wont be sorry!

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              I'm pleased with it

              By Dano

              from Bellingham, WA

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              Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              For the price this is a great value. It's sounds great in front of my clean channel, or through the dirty channel if the gain on that channel is no higher than say 10 o'clock. Different amps will react differently, of course. I'll be keeping it on my new pedalboard, where it will replace my old BOSS DF-2.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              surprise!!!

              By ROBERT GORZ

              from Kaukauna WI

              Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I got this because I needed a distortion pedal like yesterday and cash was tight. This pedal just blew me away. I set the output at 12 o'clock, tone about 10 O'clock, Distortion at 3 O'clock. Run it through a Fender Frontman R212 and did not believe what I heard. I don't think I'm going to replace this pedal as the rest of the band said that it was better than what I was using before. Awesome pedal.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Value

              By Shane

              from Los Angeles, CA

              Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              This is an incredible pedal for the price. It has really crisp distortion that gets good and thick as you roll up the gain, it's very responsive to input volume (put a boost in front to get a really beefy distortion, or roll off the volume pot to get a sound similar to a slight overdrive), and has a great low end. A few tips: -I have a strat with a JB Jr high-output mini humbucker in the bridge, and this is really the only pickup that it sounds good with. I don't know if standard strat or tele bridge pickups have high enough output to sound good here. Humbuckers should be good though. -This isn't the highest gain pedal on the market, but can get some good metal tones with a boost in front of it. Like any distortion, it won't be to everyone's liking, but it would be a mistake not to try it out just because it is priced so low. It's one of my favorite pedals and only cost a small fraction of some of my boutique distortions.

               
              5.0

              Very nice product

              By William

              from undisclosed

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Music for live performances l

               
              2.0

              It worked for a bit.

              By Disappointed

              from Athens, GA

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Compact Design

              Cons

              • Limited Selection Of Effects
              • Poor Sound Quality

              Best Uses

                Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                This distortion pedal is way to high ended. The pitches aren't dirty and it doesn't produce a good distorted sound. There is almost no difference between the distortion at the lowest setting vs the highest setting. I was using this for a dress rehearsal for a show. I had the output and distortion turned all the way up and I got quieter when I turned it on. IT really isn't that good.

                 
                5.0

                Awesome sound

                By DRod

                from South Carolina

                About Me Novice

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  I play a telecaster and I was very happy at the amount of grit I was able to dial in.
                  This is a fun item to enjoy.

                   
                  5.0

                  unmatched!

                  By MICHAEL

                  from undisclosed

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  Super pedal unmatched anywhere! Thank you Guitar center for your fabulous sales and service!
                  Michael Espinoza
                  Phoenix Arizona

                   
                  5.0

                  Highly Recommend!

                  By Raymond

                  from undisclosed

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  GREAT!

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