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MXR channels boutique amp tones with Shin-Juku Drive guitar effects pedal

MXR has announced the latest addition to its burgeoning overdrive pedal roster: the limited-edition Shin-Juku Drive.

A collaboration with Shin Suzuki, Japan's celebrated amp tech and pedal designer, the Shin-Juku captures the sound of "one of the rarest and most sought-after amps ever made". And for most guitarists, that means one thing: the Dumble Overdrive Special.

Utilising Shin's knowledge of that amp's innards, the Shin-Juku promises big sustain and a fast response that spans always-on sweetening to grinding overdrive.

Three knobs - output, tone and gain - do the business, while a dark switch cuts the highs for a mellower tone.

The Shin-Juku Drive is available from November for £166/$129.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is editor-in-chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He's spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, and a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.