T-Rex Mean Machine double distortion

Double trouble in distortion land

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.


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.

MusicRadar Rating

4.5 / 5 stars

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


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


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.

Country of Origin


Available Controls

2 x Drive 2 x Tone Level On/Off


True bypass

Available Inputs

1/4 Inch Jack

Available Outputs

1/4 Inch Jack

Battery/Adaptor Type

9V Battery DC adaptor


100 x 55 x 120

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