T-Rex Mean Machine double distortion review

  • £245
  • $379.99

Double trouble in distortion land

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Our Verdict

This is an excellent distortion in a practical package. For two levels of the same sound or two contrasting sounds, the Mean Machine will deliver.

For

  • Two distortions in one box. Tone control focuses on a crucial frequency range.

Against

  • Nothing, but we wonder what both active at once would sound like!
Buying options

In a live situation, different distortion levels are often needed. With two identical channels in a single stompbox, the Mean Machine offers easy access to that practicality, while saving on 'board space.

Sounds

The distortion here takes its cue from early hot-rodded amps and is tight and focused, with a nice raw edge and bags of sustain if you want it.

We really like the way this is voiced - there's an upper mid presence that brings out the harmonics. It's almost like having a Dallas Rangemaster treble booster built in, and it's all tweakable via a tone control that covers just the right range.

Tech Specs

Country of OriginTaiwan
Available Controls2 x Drive 2 x Tone Level On/Off
FeaturesTrue bypass
Available Inputs1/4 Inch Jack
Available Outputs1/4 Inch Jack
Battery/Adaptor Type9V Battery DC adaptor
Dimensions100 x 55 x 120