D*A*M Meathead M-25 review

  • £195
More complex muscle… the Meathead M-25.

MusicRadar Verdict

In a time where anyone with a soldering iron and a dream can spell 'boutique', we applaud D*A*M for making things more interesting.


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    Delivers many different flavours of dirt.


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    Takes a bit of tinkering with first.

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Surely one of the best things about being a pedal builder is getting to name your creation. It's a practice built on a firm tradition of smutty innuendo and delicious punnery, and we like the first part of D*A*M's fuzz pedal moniker.

However, the tradition of Muffs, Balls and Fingers has escaped this one. Instead, it shares its name with a motorway.

Not really. You may remember us featuring another version of the Meathead, when the M-13 delivered the fuzz establishment's arse on a plate. We couldn't help wondering what it'd be like with a couple of extra controls, though.

The M-25 (or Meathead Deluxe) adds Filter and Attack to your arsenal, while the Level serves the same function as the Dirt control with its little brother. The Attack control acts as your main clipping control, and it's surprisingly tame until you hit the positions at three o'clock and beyond. Filter adds bass and extra clipping into the mix, while Level controls the output.

At first the controls can be tricky as there are multiple ways of achieving the same sound. However, with a little tweaking, we managed to coax out loads of different tones, from smooth blues leads to a vintage punk dirge to a full-on woolly grind. The M-25 offers extra tweakability that's lacking from the standard version - even if it does complicate things.

Stuart Williams

I'm a freelance member of the MusicRadar team, specialising in drum news, interviews and reviews. I formerly edited Rhythm and Total Guitar here in the UK and have been playing drums for more than 25 years (my arms are very tired). When I'm not working on the site, I can be found on my electronic kit at home, or gigging and depping in function bands and the odd original project.