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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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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.

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  • 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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MXRM78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 20 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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

VERY GOOD AFFORDABLE PEDAL!!!!!

By Art

from Phoenix, AZ

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This pedal is fantastic. I absolutely love it. I play primarily blues and occasionally heavier metal and classic rock. By itself the Pedal can get a fantastic blues tone and then switch to a heavy metal tone very easily. I actually feed it through a 808 vintage tube screamer for my leads and solos and its an absolutely killer combination. But you don't need to have multiple pedals for it you can absolutely use only this pedal and put out a killer tone. I HIGHLY recommend this pedal. I don't even write reviews for anything but I felt that people needed to know of this amazing and AFFORDABLE pedal.

     
    5.0

    Super 70's Amp Like Distortion Through To Vintage Metal!

    By John

    from Portland, OR

    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 M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Does Thin Lizzy and Bad Company, through to Early Metallica. At lower gain settings, it sounds amp like, and can do overdrive and boost. Higher gain settings takes you easily to vintage metal. Awesome sounding tones, low noise floor (with humbuckers), easy to dial in, looks cool, durable design, metal casing, great price.

       
      5.0

      Big Sound from a small Box

      By Donald

      from Philadelphia, PA

      Site Member

      Comments about MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I picked up one of these beauties after trying a bunch of units at my local GC. It was the last one I tried and I stopped right there. At the lower settings it gives me that great tube growl without having to turn my Amp up to earsplitting volumes. At higher settings the depth and saturation increase without becoming muddy or loosing definition. If you are a metal head you'll probably not want this one, but if heavy blues, rock, or covers are your thing you will love it. The crunch button adds a nice boost overall especially in the upper ranges without adding the harshness of other units. Built like a tank with battery or AC power and at this price it's a steal. I've even used it with my acoustic/electric with interesting results. Go get one!

       
      5.0

      Great pedal

      By Justin Jobes

      from Wimberley, TX

      Comments about MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      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.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Pedal just takes some fine tuning

      By Jeff Lightner

      from Harrisburg

      Comments about MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      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.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very Impressed!

      By Zach Schreiber

      from Rhinelander, WI

      Comments about MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      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.

       
      5.0

      Harmonically Rich

      By Daniel Busch

      from BKLYN, NY

      Comments about MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      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!!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

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

      By ALEX SIMUNDZA

      from Ottawa, Illinois

      Comments about MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      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.

      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      A different review

      By Chris Lund

      from Seattle, WA

      Comments about MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      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.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Solid Distortion

      By WES PREMOE

      from Snoqualmie, WA

      Comments about MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      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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