MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion review

  • £109
  • $136.23

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Our Verdict

A solid, versatile distortion pedal.

Pros

  • Classic hard clipping distortion; two voices; useful EQ.

Cons

  • Battery access.
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The M78 s Crunch switch effectively provides two voices

The M78's Crunch switch effectively provides two voices.

MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion

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The Badass is based on modifications to a classic circuit

The Badass is based on modifications to a classic circuit.

MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion

In this first of a new series of pedals, MXR has taken a classic distortion circuit (although it's not saying which!) and modified it to produce a hot-rodded version.

Sounds

The '78 puts out a recognisable raunchy distortion with a solid mid-range. The tone control adds some sharp top end, while the crunch button gives more of everything, boosting dynamic range and the distortion's harmonic content, effectively giving you two voices - too bad it's not footswitchable.

Responding well to playing dynamics, this is a really good distortion pedal with plenty to offer, particularly if you are a fan of late-'70s rock.

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Tech Specs

Dimensions70x32.5x121
Country of OriginUSA
Unit Power Source9V DC Adaptor
Battery/Adaptor Type9V Battery
Available ControlsCrunch Distortion Output Level Tone