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MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

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The MXR Custom Badass '78 Distortion roars with huge amp stack tones and old-school distortion. MXR took a classic distortion circuit and hot-rodded it to deliver over-the-top, soaring leads and rich,... Read More

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Overview

The MXR Custom Badass '78 Distortion roars with huge amp stack tones and old-school distortion. MXR took a classic distortion circuit and hot-rodded it to deliver over-the-top, soaring leads and rich, saturated rhythms. With only three knobs, dialing in a badass tone is a cinch. Engage the CRUNCH button to boost the harmonic content of the distortion. Under the hood, this high-performance machine features top-notch circuitry and hardware meant for a lifetime of use.

Features
  • A hot-rodded classic circuit
  • Roars with huge amp stack tones and old school distortion
  • Delivers soaring leads and rich, saturated rhythms
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4.7

(based on 17 reviews)

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Awesome Pedal for the $$$

I purchased this pedal as a backup to a high dollar pedal I own. I did not want to take the expensive pedal on vacation with me and have it get stolen. What I...Read complete review

I purchased this pedal as a backup to a high dollar pedal I own. I did not want to take the expensive pedal on vacation with me and have it get stolen. What I found was that the '78 is a great buy! It is simple to use and has a nice gain boost feature. More importantly it sounds great with my other pedals and I now use it all the time. So, what do I now do with my high dollar pedal? Nothing, I traded it because I don't need it anymore now that I have my new '78 pedal. FYI, I never usually write reviews but found this pedal was worth taking the time to write this for you. I hope it helps.

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A different review

I saw some reviews of this little pedal online and in each one, it sounded great. After picking it up, I gotta say, it all depends on what you're playing it through....Read complete review

I saw some reviews of this little pedal online and in each one, it sounded great. After picking it up, I gotta say, it all depends on what you're playing it through. I'm using a Blackstar HT5 and an Agile Les Paul with Seymour Duncans '59/Jazz pickups and this pedal sounds flat and uninspiring. The reviews I saw online were using something else and it sounded great... so while I won't bash this pedal, beware what you're playing it through as it makes a world of difference.

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5.0

Great pedal

By Justin Jobes

from Wimberley, TX

Great for classic rock and metal. I bought one used here on GC and with no crunch button on its perfict to do Randy Rhoads music and with crunch on and the right amount of mid suck is perfict for early metallica and newer metal. For a lead Guitarist turn the tone up to about 3 and and the distortion full blast with cruch on to make it versitale enough to get amazing solos and awesome screaming harmonics to pepper metal riffs.

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4.0

Great Pedal just takes some fine tuning

By Jeff Lightner

from Harrisburg

I've been an old school metal guy forever and I've been searching for the perfect glam/hair metal sound of the 1980s. This pedal can give you that with a little fine tuning. I use a Bugera V22 and a Les Paul with a set of active Blackouts in it. When I first used it, it had this awful tone to it. I later found out I was simply pushing too much signal to the amp. I was overdriving the overdrive for lack of a better term. Turned down the volume on the guitar slightly and it cleaned up perfectly. It doesn't give you crazy heavy distortion, but that's not what this pedal is designed for.

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5.0

Very Impressed!

By Zach Schreiber

from Rhinelander, WI

This pedal was a great addition to my rig, very dirty and gritty, you can really get that classic 70's tone, and if you mess with it enough you can get a high gain metal sound out of it. Great pedal, affordable price, can't go wrong there.

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5.0

Harmonically Rich

By Daniel Busch

from BKLYN, NY

The '78 Distortion pedal is one if the best distortion pedals made by one of the best pedal makers. It has a very harmonically rich sound that warms up beautifully on the low end of the tone. The high trebly part of the tone spectrum is pleasantly high without losing tonal character or becoming shrill. Turning on the "crunch" button takes away some of tonal transparent qualities of the pedal and replaces it with a bit of a boost (not too much) and adds a lot of tonal color. This pedal sounds great with humbuckers and single-coils alike. For me, the pedal sounds especially well with the tone at 10 o'clock with a maple neck, alder body strat. It brings out a beautiful warm "woody" character. The distortion turned all the way up is very very smooth without "flattening" or squashing the tone. The construction of the pedal is solid. It's a nice looking pedal too. I have owned and played several distortion pedals over the years and this one is one of the best and is a really great value for the money!!

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5.0

Really versatile good for blues, rock, jazz, hard rock.

By ALEX SIMUNDZA

from Ottawa, Illinois

I went into guitar center looking for an overdrive pedal. Played through this little box of rock and was blown away. This pedal gives a great overdrive tone as well as a heavy distortion. My rig is a Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue and a fender standard fat strat. Im mostly a blues player, and i was skeptical about it but, it sounds amazing. The best sounds i get out of this pedal for blues is slapping that toggle switch on the neck pickup, turning the tone at about 1 o'clock and the distortion at about 2-3 and it gives me a great warm overdrive tone. The extra crunch button is great for playing on my humbucker. It gives it a great dirty gritty feel which is perfect for that good hard rock and classic rock sound. Overall I'm very satisfied that I bought this pedal.

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3.0

A different review

By Chris Lund

from Seattle, WA

I saw some reviews of this little pedal online and in each one, it sounded great. After picking it up, I gotta say, it all depends on what you're playing it through. I'm using a Blackstar HT5 and an Agile Les Paul with Seymour Duncans '59/Jazz pickups and this pedal sounds flat and uninspiring. The reviews I saw online were using something else and it sounded great... so while I won't bash this pedal, beware what you're playing it through as it makes a world of difference.

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5.0

Solid Distortion

By WES PREMOE

from Snoqualmie, WA

This distortion is ridiculously awesome. I have had this pedal for about 10 months now, and it still doesn't cease to amaze. Cutting distortion, while keeping a clear sound so you don't lose your tone or the notes from your guitar. This is not only great for classic rock, but I use this pedal for metal and punk music as well and I still prefer it over all other distortion pedals. I also use this as a bass distortion too and it has a great driving sound that is perfect for leading bass lines. This low price on this thing is the cherry on top. If your looking for a distortion pedal, stop here and add this bad boy to your cart!

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3.0

It was a 50/50

By Cynthia Musser

from Halifax, Pa

I got this pedal hoping to give my guitar a bit more bite, it gave it bite, just not as much as i was hoping for. Also when you turn it on it gives off a very annoying and loud white noise, that if u turn the output up more than 25% becomes very powerful feedback, which makes using it hard for me. all in all its a good product and i think i may have just gotten a damaged and/or flawed pedal. MXR is definitely still the company i go to for all my effects peddles

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5.0

Excellent little pedal,

By Nick Perry-Guetti

from West Linn, OR

and the word "little" is used with precision; the fact that it's much smaller than any pedal around it on my board is the only criticism I have: it's easy to miss with the foot. On the other side of that, I really wonder how Dunlop fit the circuit for such a sweet-sounding distortion in such a small box. It's also the most inexpensive pedal I've ever bought new. On to the sound: the distortion sounds great, creamy & biting in equal measures, and very controllable with a wide sweep from min to max, highly responsive to finger dynamics. The output is quite hot, with twelve o'clock being a considerable gain boost for my P90s; I keep it approximately at 10:00. The "crunch" button is sweet-sounding, and I honestly just leave it on all the time, no reason not to. I bought this as an upgrade from my Boss OS-2, which was a bit too dirty and compressed for my taste. The M78 is nearly as cheap and 200% better. It mixes well with a compressor itself, and putting it after a good Tube Screamer produces a rich but well-behaved fuzz. Eye as well as ear candy with that hot cherry red paint and mesmerizing blue LED "cruch" button, you will have to keep your under 3 year old from trying to eat it.

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5.0

Best I have used, and I've used many

By Mark Fischbeck

from Evansville Indiana

I love this pedal, it gave my board the sound I was searching for. It does anything and everything I ask of it. With iit dialed all the way back, my 2X12 solid state Marshall sounds identical to my old Vox AC30, at 3 O'clock I get a great plexi tone. I run a BBE Green Screamer in front of it and the sustain boost is amazing. Playing a late 80's Les Paul Jr and Les paul special I utilize the P90's to their potential. I tested it side by side against a Red Witch at the store, blew it a way, a third of the cost. Three times better than the Boss, built like a tank. I will always dislike where the AC input is though. Bare in mind, this is not for death metal, no drop C tuning or anything that extreme they make pedals for metal, look that direction, not here. Even though the pedal says Crunch, that only adds to the low end not enough to handle the extreme. Perfect for everything else though, you can dial in about any other style, blues to punk.

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