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MXR M-103 Blue Box  

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Overview
  • Power: Single 9 volt battery or Dunlop ECB-003 AC adapter
  • Controls: Footswitch toggles effect on/bypass (red LED indicates on)
  • Output knob sets total output gain
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    $114.28
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This unassuming little box shovels out enough low frequencies to scare a blue whale.

The MXR Blue Box takes your guitar signal, fuzzes it up, then duplicates it 2 octaves down. You control the output and the mix between the dry signal and the effect. Using it 100% wet is quite an experience, but more recognizable sounds appear as you dial in more dry signal. The Blue Box is known for having a chaotic personality that can make each session a totally unique experience!

Here are just some of the people who are using this box: John 5 - Rob Zombie; Mick Thompson - Slipknot; Munky - Korn; Jimmy Page; Tim Skold - Marilyn Manson; Jay Baumgardner - Producer Zakk Wylde; Geordie White - A Perfect Circle.

Features
  • Power: Single 9 volt battery or Dunlop ECB-003 AC adapter
  • Controls: Footswitch toggles effect on/bypass (red LED indicates on)
  • Output knob sets total output gain

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MXRM-103 Blue Box
 
4.1

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Super cool Donkey Kong sounds!

This pedal gets some nasty, funky, low-fi sounds and I love it. Let it be very clear up front that this is not the pedal for anyone, nor is is the pedal for...Read complete review

This pedal gets some nasty, funky, low-fi sounds and I love it. Let it be very clear up front that this is not the pedal for anyone, nor is is the pedal for all uses. That being said, you can get some really cool old school video game sounds, thick sub-octave fuzz, gritty unstable fall-off, etc. This pedal has character for sure. Definitely not good for chording, though it can be interesting on power chords (pretty unstable, not for every song but I like it). The only knocks I can give it are a lack of controlls and a lack of cut in a full band set up. I typically run a tube-screamer or similar pedal after it to increase the cut. This pedal isn't a one trick pony, but it's not all that versatile and should NOT be your main fuzz pedal. That being said, I love it.
I love this thing, but as far as features goes, it's pretty minimal. It's got two knobs, a footswitch, and an LED. It doesn't really need any more features than that, but if there were a seperate fuzz control or aditional tone, I wouldn't complain.
It's MXR. It is going to be built like a tank at a reasonable price. The only think I've found is that a 9 volt battery can be a little hard to fit in and close the case all the way just because of the foam inside. Other than that, it's a really tough cast metal enclosure with a tough switch. It's not going anywhere.
I'm actually currently borrowing this pedal for an extended period of time, and I was going to try to buy the pedal off of my friend if he'd sell it to me. Excellent value.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

An oddball indeed..

Well I just picked one up last week and yeah I have to say it definitely aint a regular octave fuzz.. Bought it after reading Scott Kelly of Neurosis uses one. For what...Read complete review

Well I just picked one up last week and yeah I have to say it definitely aint a regular octave fuzz.. Bought it after reading Scott Kelly of Neurosis uses one. For what though I dont know now.The tracking is rather wierd and decides when it wants to work and doesnt.. The fuzz by itself sounds pretty decent and its great for making video game noises and wierd low end drones (Im tuned to A so the double octave down is kinda neat).. Gotta keep playing with it but I think its gonna fit in nicely as I was looking for something new and odd to make 'noises' with.The Blend knob does not mix between clean and fuzz tones.. It mixes between the octave and the fuzz signal. No matter what, this pedal is not clean. Its a fuzz with a wierd octave effect and the fuzz is always on no matter what. All the way to the left its pure octave, all the way to the right is all fuzz. I keep mine somewhere around 2-3:00 and its perfect for Univox Superfuzz tasting octave sounds. Move it a little more towards 12:00 though and the chaos of the Blue Box starts to take over.

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4.0

One-Trick Pony (but a very nice Pony)

By Jason Murray

from Geneva, IL

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Pros

  • FUN
  • Psychedelic
  • Unique

Cons

  • Limited
  • Low Volume
  • Not Very Versatile

Best Uses

    Comments about MXR M-103 Blue Box:

    If you're interested in a fuzz pedal with a lot of range, you should look somewhere else. If you want a pedal that makes fat sounding low-end buzzing noises, than this is the pedal for you.

    With the blend knob at 0 it has a very bland gentle fuzz that isn't very interesting on it's own. I can definitely say, if you're interested in this for a normal fuzz pedal, don't get it.

    The blend knob at half will get you a mixture of the normal fuzz with a mixture of the pedal's signature -1 octave buzz. I find having both octaves audible to be a bit distracting because the low end is very unwieldy and usually just sounds like mush underneath the conventional normal fuzz.

    With the blend knob at full you get the pedal in all it's glory, an 8-bit Nintendo deep bass buzz. Anything you play lower than the 12th fret on this setting will sound like static. Above 12, you can get some fantastic deep sounds that will really raise eyebrows among people who never thought a guitar could achieve those type of sounds.

    On it's own the volume and fuzz is pretty low, and I would recommend putting it though either an overdrive pedal or a distortion pedal to really make it pop.

    Don't get me wrong, it's a great pedal to have in your arsenal. It's essentially a bass pedal (something almost akin to the bass-line of Nirvana's "Breed"). It's limitations however make it a one song pedal (hence Jimmy Page's usage of it for one song and then throwing it aside).

    70 isn't a whole lot to ask for a great song though. I don't regret buying it, but I'm not exactly overjoyed with it either. I usually bust it out to friends and they get a chuckle when I play the Super Mario Bros. "Underworld" theme. If you're tight on money, you're much better off looking at other fuzz pedals that for 10 extra will get you 10 times as many sounds.

    If you've got the scratch, I would recommend seeking out the DOD "Buzz Box". It was a custom pedal that DOD made for Buzz from The Melvins that basically takes the Blue Box and mixes it with a nasty distortion. They don't make it anymore and it's expensive, but it's a forgotten classic that blows this pedal away.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fuzz with some balls

    By Brandon Howell

    from Paden City WV

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXR M-103 Blue Box:

      First off I will say this is not for the timid guitar player and you must play around with this pedal. Read the manual and look at the sample settings they give you and try em out. I personally like the blend knob at the 1:00 position, I run this through my marshall 100 watt stack cranked. Many fuzz pedals dont like an already cranked amp but this is where the blend knob comes into play. Unless you run the blend up all the way dont play chords. I dont use it like this, I use it on lead lines and it tracks very well. Also its build like a tank. Great pedal all in all and dont be afraid of it. MXR is the best of the best! Accept no substitutes!

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      4.0

      This baby is bonkers!

      By Matty Zero

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Unique

      Cons

      • Requires Strong Attack

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording
      • Single Note Attack Pieces
      • Solos

      Comments about MXR M-103 Blue Box:

      This thing is pretty crazy! With the double descending octave sound combined with the fuzz you get a very White Stripes "Blue Orchid" kinda tone with the Blend around 5 o'clock or if you put the Blend all the way down you kinda want to scream at your bass player "Is that all you do?". Dial both knobs to about 2 o'clock and you sound like the sound track to a bad NES game from the 80's that you loved as a child! My only complaint is that you really have to hit the string to get the full effect, hammer ons and pianissimo picking seem to get lost in the mix so if you are gonna use this, be in it to win it!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great pedal

      By Justin

      from New Orleans

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        Cons

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            Comments about MXR M-103 Blue Box:

            This is a great pedal to add to your gear it's fun to play around with. Built very sturdy and sound is awesome. It ranges in sound from a synth like sound to a great lead fuzz sound.. You won't be disappointed...

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Super cool Donkey Kong sounds!

            Comments about MXR M-103 Blue Box:

            This pedal gets some nasty, funky, low-fi sounds and I love it. Let it be very clear up front that this is not the pedal for anyone, nor is is the pedal for all uses. That being said, you can get some really cool old school video game sounds, thick sub-octave fuzz, gritty unstable fall-off, etc. This pedal has character for sure. Definitely not good for chording, though it can be interesting on power chords (pretty unstable, not for every song but I like it). The only knocks I can give it are a lack of controlls and a lack of cut in a full band set up. I typically run a tube-screamer or similar pedal after it to increase the cut. This pedal isn't a one trick pony, but it's not all that versatile and should NOT be your main fuzz pedal. That being said, I love it.
            I love this thing, but as far as features goes, it's pretty minimal. It's got two knobs, a footswitch, and an LED. It doesn't really need any more features than that, but if there were a seperate fuzz control or aditional tone, I wouldn't complain.
            It's MXR. It is going to be built like a tank at a reasonable price. The only think I've found is that a 9 volt battery can be a little hard to fit in and close the case all the way just because of the foam inside. Other than that, it's a really tough cast metal enclosure with a tough switch. It's not going anywhere.
            I'm actually currently borrowing this pedal for an extended period of time, and I was going to try to buy the pedal off of my friend if he'd sell it to me. Excellent value.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            MTX BLUE BOX

            By John Goad

            from From Indiana / Live in Georgia

            Comments about MXR M-103 Blue Box:

            Overall, this thing is awsome! I'm a big fan of the bands cky, electric wizard, and deadsy so I was very happy to get a pedal with similar sounds to theirs. This pedal will bring a new sound to the table. I like the way it sounds with distortion added. If you've listened to the bands I mentioned then It won't be an original sound but to most it will sound very new and clean yet grunge and dark...music to my ears! Prepare to enjoy yourself if you decide to make the purchase!
            Standard size pedal with the ability of Octave control that blows your mind!
            The thing seems it could be a mortar how sturdy it is. Everything is tight and maufactured to the utmost quality.
            I was very happy with my purchase of this monster of a pedal. It did more than I thought It would and was made very well so no complaints at all. I've seen way less go for way worse!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Blue Box: Fun, but usable?

            Comments about MXR M-103 Blue Box:

            There are few pedals that I keep on my pedalboard, and this guy has managed to do so. Although its use is limited, it can be used for some really awesome things. I don't think it's for everybody. But it definitely has a crowd of its own, and it does a pretty good job of what it does.
            This thing has pretty basic controls, with only "Output" and "Blend" controls. Both are responsive, easy to use. The "Output" is pretty self-explanatory, and the "Blend" controls how much the lower octave is permitted into the mix. The lower octaves are fun to use, and the pedal has an "8-bit" sound to it. However, this is NOT a polyphonic pedal. Meaning, if you have the lower octaves in gear, you cannot play a chord without getting a chaotic mess coming out of your amp. Now, some people think that this is a wonderful chaotic mess, but that's to be left up to the listener. Basically, what this means is that you are limited to only playing individual notes, like in a solo, when the lower octave is put into the mix. If you have it set to just straight fuzz with no lower octaves (setting the "Blend" completely clockwise), you won't have this problem. The straight fuzz is alright, but with a lack of control as to how much fuzz you have in the mix, you're left with no wiggle room. You're stuck with the amount of fuzz they give you. While this unit sounds just plain beastly, these mistakes were big ones for MXR.
            The Blue Box is a very sturdy little box, definitely meant to be taken for the long run. The LED is very bright, the input/output jacks are in there good and solid, and the control knobs are pretty clean. As mentioned before, however, the sound is meant for the experimentalist. It won't do the same thing twice. It sounds very big and and growling, great for solos. But if you're wanting consistancy, you're not going to find it here.
            You'll be getting quite the bang for the buck with this pedal, and it's a really cool bang, too. I've had no regrets in purchasing this, and I think the price has quite a bit to do with that.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fool in the Rain!

            By OldSchoolRocker

            from Cincinnati

            Comments about MXR M-103 Blue Box:

            If you really want to know what this sounds like, it was used in the guitar solo in the Led Zeppelin hit, Fool In The Rain, on the In Through The Out Door album. It's a one trick pony that may or may not meet your tastes.MXR pedals are top notch in quality. Amazing, considering their Dunlop ownership, but Dunlop seems to be improving their game across the board. MXR pedals are always simple, built very well, and last.

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            5.0

            Bizzare yet beautiful

            By Johnblock

            from New Jersey

            Comments about MXR M-103 Blue Box:

            This is probably the single strangest sounding pedal I have ever owned..I mean that as a compliment. You would need 2 or 3 pedals used at the same time to get the unique sound this one pedal achieves. The only thing I heard get a similar sound is the Moog Ring Modulator (costing hundreds more). Granted at some settings it sounds downright silly like an arcade game..but if you dial it in right..it is warped (think that is the best word to use). I have always been influenced by the experimental sounds of Robert Fripp & Brian Eno, & using this pedal is a step in that direction. Word of warning: this is not a sound that will appeal to everyone (sort of a distortion on acid..lol), which is why you will notice how the reviews are so mixed..but for me once again MXR with the combination of warm analog sound, price and simplicity and uniqueness..has created a winner.

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Not what it's cracked up to be.

            Comments about MXR M-103 Blue Box:

            I bought one a long time ago, and really couldn't get it to perform to my expectations. The main problem with this device is that you can't really get a handle on managing the sound/tone. Tried it on both guitar and on a vintage monophonic synth, and it just doesn't cut it. What good is a device if the sound is not manageable?? The construction, like all other MXR devices, is solid.But I wish I could find something like it claims to be, that you have some control over the sounds...'Bought it once, used it for a couple of months, and ended up selling it.

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