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MXR joined forces with Custom Audio Electronics founder Bob Bradshaw to bring you the MC-402 Boost/Overdrive Pedal. Cleans up nicely when you roll ba...Read More

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Simple dynamic overdrive and an independent clean boost circuit in one pedal.

MXR joined forces with Custom Audio Electronics founder Bob Bradshaw to bring you the MC-402 Boost/Overdrive Pedal. Cleans up nicely when you roll back your guitar volume, making it extremely responsive to picking dynamics without thinning your tone. The warm sounding classic overdrive adds sustain and punch. High-quality components provide quiet operation and trouble-free interaction with other pedals on your board.

Custom Audio Electronics has made limited quantities of pedals for select clientele since 1980 and has now teamed up with MXR to bring these pedals to the masses.


Coming from 2 names that have shaped the tones of the world's greatest guitarists, you know it's gonna be good. Order now!

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MXRCustom Audio Electronics MC-402 Boost/Overdrive Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 18 reviews)

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Note for solid-state amp users:

On solid-state amps (i.e., no tubes), if you place this pedal anywhere between the guitar and the amp's input, you will not notice the boost with either channel. This is because...Read complete review

On solid-state amps (i.e., no tubes), if you place this pedal anywhere between the guitar and the amp's input, you will not notice the boost with either channel. This is because most solid-state amps limit (clip) the input signal to protect the amp's input (the pre-amp). However, if you place the pedal in the effects loop (i.e., between the pre-amp and the power amp), specifically as the last effect in the chain before returning to the amp, you get the pedal's full boost effect!! As most solid-state amps don't include a separate volume control for the power-amp section, volume level is completely controlled at the pre-amp section. Placing the pedal in the effects-loop has the same effect as manually adjusting you amp's volume. THIS PEDAL WILL NOT WORK FOR YOU AS IT SHOULD IF YOUR AMP IS SOLID-STATE AND IT DOESN'T HAVE AN EFFECTS LOOP.The "boost" side of the pedal is crystal clear, whereas the "overdrive" can change your tone a bit, depending on how you set it's three knobs.The boost in volume level is more than enough for switching between rhythm and lead.Be advised: when used as described here, if your pre-amp or any of the preceding effects is a little noisy, the pedal will also amplify this noise. This is inevitable in electronics.

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I'll start with the positives: the build on this thing is top-notch. It's very solid and durable. Also the whole OD + Boost concept is just a really useful way to transform a...Read complete review

I'll start with the positives: the build on this thing is top-notch. It's very solid and durable. Also the whole OD + Boost concept is just a really useful way to transform a single channel tube amp into a viable live rig with just one pedal. The true bypass is essential. I also like the price, as most similar products can easily go for a hundred more. I have had a lot of success with MXR's products and feel they offer professional quality and reasonable pricing. I use it a a clean boost for my other pedals and as a moderate overdrive stage. I think the overdrive is harsh and muddy. There just aren't many good things about it. For a hundred less, the Boss DS-1 gets that similar fuzz going. I've had this pedal for about 5 months and I just have a love-hate with it. One big problem I had with it just today is that the knobs are flimsy - they move around entirely too easily and change your settings mid gig. I had a really important gig today and the output knob moved down to where I couldn't use the overdrive at all. I had to do the entire set with just one distortion flavor and the boost and it was embarassing. To me, this pedal doesn't justify the price nor the space on the pedalboard. I recommend the Digitech Hardwire series SC2 Valve distortion for amazing sound and a rubber guard that holds your settings in place. I realy like the boost, so I recommend getting MXR's MC 401 pedal, which is just the boost.

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4.0

fair product.

By Aydin Zahedi

from Austria

Comments about MXR Custom Audio Electronics MC-402 Boost/Overdrive Pedal:

the booster is fine, I like it because it doesn't add any color to my original sound (MesaBoogie Rectifier) which is exactly what I wanted. but the overdrive sound isn't something fantactic, and when you set gain and tone in high level, it kinda sounds not so well, but I've found it cool when I added the overdrive on the distortion chanel for my lead sound, I adjusted the amp's presence at 8 O'Clock position, and I set the Overdrive output(11 O'clock)-Tone(5 O'clock)-Gain(2 O'clock), which sounded fantastic for solo, and it added some good color and sustain on the sound which I liked it. it doesn't sound so good by it self, but If you want to add some color to your amp, it could be good. in fact I can tell you that booster by it self is 10 stars and overdrive is 6 stars. It's not soemthing legndary, but it's good. I'm using it and I'm happy with it.
you can have a booster and overdrive at the same time in 1 pedal. thats cool.
it works fine after almost 2 years.
worth it.

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5.0

This is the easy button.

By Stacy Fenton

from southern Iowa

Comments about MXR Custom Audio Electronics MC-402 Boost/Overdrive Pedal:

For the little price I paid for it, I'm pleased. I was looking for a clean boost pedal when I found this one used. At first I was a little sceptical because it had the OD and the boost, dual pedals seem to treat me poorly. I was offered a return policy if I didn't like so I thought it was worth a try. I'm glad I grabbed it up. I was able to get rid of 2 OD pedals on my board and get the clean boost I wanted.
Not a lot of options which is ok if it does what it's supposed to do and it does. Overdrive pushes my tube amp like my other OD pedals. The adjustable clean boost is just that, a clean boost. The two different colored LED's are a plus too, I can see when I've stepped on the wrong side of the pedal out of my peripheral line of sight.
Haven't had it all that long, so far it works great. Metal case, which is a plus with all of the plastic ones out there.
Bought mine used, and it's been money well spent. The overdrive works just as good as my other OD pedal. The clean boost works perfect for leads and it's adjustable.

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5.0

Know how to use it

By musicguy

from Mo.

Comments about MXR Custom Audio Electronics MC-402 Boost/Overdrive Pedal:

I borrowed this pedal since I forgot my usual overdrive at a gig, and was blown away by how well it brought my sound out and cut through the mix. I use a tube amp, and it was awesome. One thing I should say, I think some reviews on here are posted with those that are setting the overdrive with too much drive and when combined with the boost results in a muddy mix. I plan to use the settings sparingly, and at times even choosing a different overdive such as a tube screamer to add to the MXR boost. This boost when set moderately was most impressive in that my picking dynamics were able to control the actual output volume and I could control the result with my playing style!

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Love/Hate

By Alexander-Xbty3

from Philadelphia

Comments about MXR Custom Audio Electronics MC-402 Boost/Overdrive Pedal:

I'll start with the positives: the build on this thing is top-notch. It's very solid and durable. Also the whole OD + Boost concept is just a really useful way to transform a single channel tube amp into a viable live rig with just one pedal. The true bypass is essential. I also like the price, as most similar products can easily go for a hundred more. I have had a lot of success with MXR's products and feel they offer professional quality and reasonable pricing. I use it a a clean boost for my other pedals and as a moderate overdrive stage. I think the overdrive is harsh and muddy. There just aren't many good things about it. For a hundred less, the Boss DS-1 gets that similar fuzz going. I've had this pedal for about 5 months and I just have a love-hate with it. One big problem I had with it just today is that the knobs are flimsy - they move around entirely too easily and change your settings mid gig. I had a really important gig today and the output knob moved down to where I couldn't use the overdrive at all. I had to do the entire set with just one distortion flavor and the boost and it was embarassing. To me, this pedal doesn't justify the price nor the space on the pedalboard. I recommend the Digitech Hardwire series SC2 Valve distortion for amazing sound and a rubber guard that holds your settings in place. I realy like the boost, so I recommend getting MXR's MC 401 pedal, which is just the boost.

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2.0

Great Idea, Poor Execution

By SteveMettiger

from New York, New York

Comments about MXR Custom Audio Electronics MC-402 Boost/Overdrive Pedal:

Played with an American Strat and a Deluxe Reverb; no other pedals in the signal path. The construction is very solid and the lay-out of the pedal is easy and logical. The sound quality of the pedal is not as positive, though. Here's my breakdown (note: this pedal was purchased with hopes of use for both lead work and rhythm playing):BOOST: This was a good boost. Added volume only - no EQs can be adjusted with it though. This boost adds no gain as well, this is simply a volume boost.OVERDRIVE: Disappointing. The EQ-knobs provided do not give you enough range or options to dial in a good enough overdrive tone. The sound it offered was a glorified fuzz - very muddy and very little clarity to the notes. For the price paid, I expect something that accentuates picking dynamics whilst adding moderate distortion with clear definition to the notes being played. This was not achieved: there was too much compression on this channel and I cannot imagine a good application for it, rhythm or lead.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Note for solid-state amp users:

By IbanezFreak-j-Yoz

from Caguas, PR

Comments about MXR Custom Audio Electronics MC-402 Boost/Overdrive Pedal:

On solid-state amps (i.e., no tubes), if you place this pedal anywhere between the guitar and the amp's input, you will not notice the boost with either channel. This is because most solid-state amps limit (clip) the input signal to protect the amp's input (the pre-amp). However, if you place the pedal in the effects loop (i.e., between the pre-amp and the power amp), specifically as the last effect in the chain before returning to the amp, you get the pedal's full boost effect!! As most solid-state amps don't include a separate volume control for the power-amp section, volume level is completely controlled at the pre-amp section. Placing the pedal in the effects-loop has the same effect as manually adjusting you amp's volume. THIS PEDAL WILL NOT WORK FOR YOU AS IT SHOULD IF YOUR AMP IS SOLID-STATE AND IT DOESN'T HAVE AN EFFECTS LOOP.The "boost" side of the pedal is crystal clear, whereas the "overdrive" can change your tone a bit, depending on how you set it's three knobs.The boost in volume level is more than enough for switching between rhythm and lead.Be advised: when used as described here, if your pre-amp or any of the preceding effects is a little noisy, the pedal will also amplify this noise. This is inevitable in electronics.

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5.0

Right tool for the job.

By Sasquatch-IIFHB

from Muscle Shoals

Comments about MXR Custom Audio Electronics MC-402 Boost/Overdrive Pedal:

I play for hard driving country band, and I don't have very many pedals on my board. I run a Les Paul and a Peavey XXX. The clean channel on these amps are almost too clean. What I mean by that is when you dig to get that nice tube break-up, you can't push the amp hard enough to find it. Thats where this pedal comes in. If you run it like an old Marshall with the output high and use the gain to set volume, you will find that grit you've been looking for.

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3.0

Don't waste your Money

By Robert-kL5jA

from Undisclosed

Comments about MXR Custom Audio Electronics MC-402 Boost/Overdrive Pedal:

The boost it's pretty good, but the overdrive it's just a piece of Junkie!completely useless!Muddy when you play hard rock with low gain and ultra muddy when you twist the gain knob to find an heaviest sound!Don't waste your money!

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5.0

Just don't turn all the knobs all the way up...

By JR-EOsTP

from Brooklyn, NY

Comments about MXR Custom Audio Electronics MC-402 Boost/Overdrive Pedal:

...unless you want everyone's ears to bleed.This really shines when you run it after a compressor, otherwise the overdrive without the boost is kinda weak. The blue LED on the boost is bright enough to guide airplanes in for a landing! The gain sounds fuzzy around halfway, especially with the boost on, more of a late 60's fuzz than a Big Muff fuzz.The unit itself is pretty heavy, don't throw this at anyone or anything unless you want to have a chat with local law enforcement.Before getting this I looked at Voodoo Lab's Sparkle Drive, kinda the same thing, only a TS-808 clone with an non-switched boost mix.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bad Reviews ???

Comments about MXR Custom Audio Electronics MC-402 Boost/Overdrive Pedal:

I bit the bullet and bought it mainly for the boost, and I could not be happier. I run into my AC30CC2 and use a Gibson SG with fantastic results. The boost is super quiet and really pushes the amp from nice and clean to overdrive very nicely. You can control it very easily with your picking style. The overdrive is also fantastic. I use it in the top boost to add some gain and it is buttery smooth, think high gain Brian May. Used in the normal channel I can get the same results. I strongly believe that this pedal will react to your amp. I think it does its job on tube amps more so than SS. So if you have a good quality amp then this pedal will amaze you. If you have a cheap amp then maybe its not for you. Remember "You can't polish a turd"

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