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Ultimate riff power is yours.

This compact but powerful MXR guitar pedal is all you need to unleash the most devastating contemporary metal guitar tones ever heard. The FullBore distortion pedal turbocharges your guitar signal with lethal amounts of ultrahigh gain. This is combined with a built-in Noise Gate to knock out the noise associated with extreme gain levels while also adding definition and tightness to syncopated metal riffs.

The effect pedal's extensive EQ controls, with Bass, Mid, sweepable Mid-Freq and Treble knobs let you sculpt your tone with fiendish precision. The additional Scoop switch provides an instant high and low frequency boost that'll rumble the room while also adding clarity. Available from MXR, the world leader in analog pedal technology.

FEATURES
  • Super high-gain distortion
  • 3-band EQ with sweepable mid frequencies
  • Tight, fast, switchable Noise Gate for syncopated metal riffage
  • Internal Gate Trigger control lets you set the Noise Gate's sensitivity
  • Scoop Switch boosts the highs and lows while the EQ stays active
  • True Bypass with LED
SPECIFICATIONS

M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

  • Input Impedance: > 450kOhms
    Output Impedance: < 10kOhms
    Signal to Noise All Controls @ Mid Position: A' weighted (Vref = 1 Vrms)
    Gate Off: > 70dB
    Gate On: > 85dB
    Frequency Response
    Gate Open: 0dB from 20Hz to 20KHz
    Gate Closed: -20dB at 500Hz -25dB at 20KHz
    Tone Controls
    Low: ±9dB at 100Hz
    Mid: ±16dB at 200Hz to 5KHz
    High: ±12dB shelf at 1.5KHz
    Bypass: True Hardwire
    Current Draw: 18 mA
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MXRM116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 68 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (19)
  • Excellent sound quality (16)
  • Responsive (15)
  • Good selection of effects (10)
  • Versatile (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (15)
  • Home studio (14)
  • Performances (14)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
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    • Experienced (17)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

True shredder pedal !!!

This thing will rip your head off if you ain't careful. I listened to all the pedals that said METAL on them and this was, by far, my favorite. The noise gate is...Read complete review

This thing will rip your head off if you ain't careful. I listened to all the pedals that said METAL on them and this was, by far, my favorite. The noise gate is a must. Gate is adjustable inside the pedal which is a hassle but not a deal breaker. The Scoop and Gate buttons are flimsy so be careful with them and they should last. Everything else is right on. This is not a one trick pony. You get many different tones and you can even use single coil pickups. Thunderous lows and blistering highs and nice scooped sounds. I set the Gain knob at 9 o'clock. That's plenty for rhythm. Set the gain higher for leads and kick in a good high output bridge pickup and get ready to scream. I recommend this over all other Metal pedals. This is the be all end all of metal pedals. None of the other metal pedals brought out the pick attack quite as good as this one. The others are a bit mushy on the attack. I wanted my tone to cut like a knife. This pedal does just that. Very quiet pedal too.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Excellent sound, one huge design flaw

First of all let me say that I love the sound that you will get from this pedal, and I prefer it to the boss metal zone which is the most apparent alternative, but...Read complete review

First of all let me say that I love the sound that you will get from this pedal, and I prefer it to the boss metal zone which is the most apparent alternative, but I have to warn anybody considering this pedal that it has the absolute stupidest noise gate control ever known to man.

This pedal comes with a fairly robust noise gate. It would be a great feature, but if not adjusted right, the noise gate has the complete power to murder your notes way too early or even mute them before, awkwardly phasing them in a split second after you play them (which was how it seemed to be configured by default.) If you want to use the noise gate, and you will if you aren't a big fan of feedback and don't have an external alternative, you have to unscrew the back of the pedal, and the noise gate control is a tiny screw lodged down deep in a tiny little hole that you need a tiny flathead screwdriver to get to that I can guarantee you either A) don't have or B) will never use outside of this purpose.

If you're like me and constantly switch between guitars with active and passive pickups, I would really recommend either spending a bit more time looking for an alternative or buying a noise reduction pedal with this and turning the noise gate completely off because by the fifth or sixth time I had to unscrew this thing to tweak the noise gate I felt put off from using it.

That said, this is the best sounding pedal I could find for playing metal. If you're willing to deal with that or have an external noise gate already, you won't be disappointed with the sound.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

True shredder pedal !!!

By pocketknife

from Oklahoma

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This thing will rip your head off if you ain't careful. I listened to all the pedals that said METAL on them and this was, by far, my favorite. The noise gate is a must. Gate is adjustable inside the pedal which is a hassle but not a deal breaker. The Scoop and Gate buttons are flimsy so be careful with them and they should last. Everything else is right on. This is not a one trick pony. You get many different tones and you can even use single coil pickups. Thunderous lows and blistering highs and nice scooped sounds. I set the Gain knob at 9 o'clock. That's plenty for rhythm. Set the gain higher for leads and kick in a good high output bridge pickup and get ready to scream. I recommend this over all other Metal pedals. This is the be all end all of metal pedals. None of the other metal pedals brought out the pick attack quite as good as this one. The others are a bit mushy on the attack. I wanted my tone to cut like a knife. This pedal does just that. Very quiet pedal too.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    a black death dirt box

    By bodybag

    from New York, NY

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I play bone crushing industrial metal in the vein of Ministry, Godflesh, Skrew, etc, and experimented for years using the Boss MT-2, DOD Death Metal, Ibanez Tube Screamer, ProCo RAT, etc, eventually losing faith in distortion pedals, preferring the overdriven sound of my Hughes & Kettner amp distortion until I found this. This pedal gives you that perfect amount of grit with a razor sharp precision that is crucial for extreme metal, and is now a permanent component of my rig. Its harsh sound may not for everyone, but if chainsaw guitar riffs are your thing, you can't go wrong with this.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Unleash every type of sonic mayhem

      By Buckshot1894

      from Panama City, FL

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        If you play between the boundaries of Metal to Hard Rock, you will love this pedal! I've own this pedal for years and it has made some eyes pop and gotten me compliments from all sorts of Musicians to include professional ones. Its very versatile and can literally make any rig scream! Even very simple setups like a decent solid state amp and a cheap guitar.I found That really clean amps like Fenders, and Rolands can really make this baby shine due to its high gain and very distorted nature. This pedal is very responsive and has so much attack its insane. The other cool thing about this pedal is the built in noise gate which really helps clean up the hiss of the gain. it also has a mids scoop similar to the signature Dime distortion pedal. This definitely beats all pedals similar to it like the Boss Metal zone, the T-rex bloody mary, Dime Distortion and many other famous pedals. I love howthis pedal has can get many famous sounds like Randy Rhoads, Disturbed, Pantera, Early metallica, All That Remains, Ratt, Van Halen, Godsmack, and more. The only thing about it that some people may not like is that the pedal does have a little bit more controls than average ones and that its high gain maybe too much for some. However I found that if you roll the gain down and mess with the frequency knob and equilizers, you can get a more Crunchy overdrive sound. This pedal literally brings my rig to life and I can't find anything wrong with it. Definitely recommend getting it.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great metal pedal with the right amp.

        By GrZA

        from Illinois

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I watched a few reviews of this pedal on Youtube and decided to buy it based on the sound that reviewers were able to get out of it. Plugged it in to my THD Flexi-50, and was a little disappointed. It certainly put out a metal-level distortion and EQ, but didn't have quite the character that I bought it for. However, when I plugged it in to my Gibson GA-5 (5-watt Class A amp with nothing but a volume control), I was blown away. I can't stop playing this pedal through that amp--it begs you to shred. Also, it absolutely sings with a wah pedal in front of it. The noise gate button works for some playing, but is limited obviously. If you're playing muted chords it works just fine, but for sustained notes it's not controllable enough to be useful.

          Great pedal with the right amp.

          (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          I REALLY REALLY wanted to like it

          By Ozzy Barrios

          from Lockport, LA

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • High Gain Level

          Cons

          • Poor Sound Quality
          • Sounds To Digitized

          Best Uses

          • Couldn~'~~t Find One

          Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I really wanted to like this pedal. I tried to turn down the gain and volume. I tried to scoop the mids and run unscooped mids. I just could not get the sound I was looking for. I ran this pedal in every position in my set up that I could. I have a Randall RH200SC on a half stack (not a randall cab. Two old celestions and two peavey 12s). Normally it is in the effects loop of my Boss NS-2 (noise suppressor), after a cry baby, before an MXR micro flange then an MXR phase 90, and then a Danelctro cool cat chorus (old 1996).
          I power everything with a Furman power conditioner. I just could not get the sound I was looking for. Like in some of the other reviews, it sounds TOO digital, TOO glitchy. The noise gate feature is just a straight pain in the tail. I got to a point that I don't even use it. Having to open up the pedal to adjust the gate is not the brightest idea, I'm all about ease of adjustability. Sorry MXR, you dropped the ball on this one. As a WORKING CLASS musician, I don't have spare money for trial and error. Look elsewhere if you want warm distortion cause this pedal is just not it.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Excellent sound, one huge design flaw

          By Lyle

          from CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Extremely Durable
          • Great Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            First of all let me say that I love the sound that you will get from this pedal, and I prefer it to the boss metal zone which is the most apparent alternative, but I have to warn anybody considering this pedal that it has the absolute stupidest noise gate control ever known to man.

            This pedal comes with a fairly robust noise gate. It would be a great feature, but if not adjusted right, the noise gate has the complete power to murder your notes way too early or even mute them before, awkwardly phasing them in a split second after you play them (which was how it seemed to be configured by default.) If you want to use the noise gate, and you will if you aren't a big fan of feedback and don't have an external alternative, you have to unscrew the back of the pedal, and the noise gate control is a tiny screw lodged down deep in a tiny little hole that you need a tiny flathead screwdriver to get to that I can guarantee you either A) don't have or B) will never use outside of this purpose.

            If you're like me and constantly switch between guitars with active and passive pickups, I would really recommend either spending a bit more time looking for an alternative or buying a noise reduction pedal with this and turning the noise gate completely off because by the fifth or sixth time I had to unscrew this thing to tweak the noise gate I felt put off from using it.

            That said, this is the best sounding pedal I could find for playing metal. If you're willing to deal with that or have an external noise gate already, you won't be disappointed with the sound.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect. Period.

            By Jacksons_for_life_8750

            from Chicago, Illinois

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            Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Almost the perfect machine. I would like to have a control for the noise gate, and not an internal control, because I still feel that for a quieter (yeah right) session, a noise gate is needed to get rid of the unwanted feedback between syncopated notes.
            This pedal was my upgrade from a Deltalab MD-1 (great pedal if you were a budget player like I was through college). The harmonics sing through the nitty gritty perfection. The mids, when the pedal is set to a Dunlop recommended Half Stack/ Humbucker sound, Gives you Mastodon-esq disortion, while those of you single coil users (myself included), will enjoy the sounds of Metallica style speed riffage flowing from your cabinet. Along with a built in noise gate, this is a do-it-all pedal.
            Solid. Solid like a rock. The steel housing will keep you stomping for years to come. The wires for the battery, can be weak in some pedals. I don't think you have to worry, but just in case, get an AC adapter as soon as possible.
            For what you're getting (American made, solid construction, true byass, analog circuitry, and a built in noise gate), this is one of the best values ever. Nothing that I've seen comes close to the sounds this monster can produce.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fullbore Metal Pedal

            By ibanrocker

            from Saint Leonard, Maryland

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Okay so first let me warn you......I think this pedal is designed for tube amps. I used it on a solid state amp and I got a little bit of artificial noise from the noise gate being on. This is not too noticeable, it's something you have to look for. However, When using a tube amp, It does get any extra noise. I've found that John Pretucci tone that everyone one is looking for. This is an awesome pedal. I don't use the scoop portion of the pedal. That feature is more of a vintage or marshall sound. It kind of reminds me of the ISF switch on Blackstar amps, which is the kind of amps that I normally use except for when I'm teaching private lessons. Anyways, Solidstate or tube, This is a great pedal and I use it all the time.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Nice for practice...

              By jlsdust

              from San Antonio, TX

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording

                Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I have this pedal for around a year and is a nice pedal for practice. I record professionally and this pedal will not cut well in the mix, it sound too digital even behind cab sims.

                I use mainly use it for quiet practice, and for recording I use my 6505+ half stack mic with shure sm57 and Audix I5.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Know thy weapons well..........

                By Native Wookie

                from Central New Mexico

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                Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Great features in a little box.
                Features on this unit are great. Coupled with a good OD pedal (OCD in my case), it'll cut through a mix! But, you have to be patient and know thy weapons well. Seems like most negative reviews test it as a stand alone pedal and expect miracles. Especially when hooked up to a amp with all the digital effects. Knock it after a decent OD/boost pedal (Guitar&amp;gt;OD&amp;gt;Dist&amp;gt;Amp) and the tonal possibilities are almost endless. The treble is in overkill territory and I keep it almost all the way off, at about a 7:00 position and the gain at the 8-9:00 with the OD boostin' it.
                I almost gave up on this pedal but the guy who recommended spikin' the mids appears to be spot on. Just take you time, read reviews, etc, and explore.
                Great value. I got it on sale.

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