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MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal   

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This compact but powerful MXR guitar pedal is all you need to unleash the most devastating contemporary metal guitar tones ever heard. The FullBore d...Read More

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OVERVIEW

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 67 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (18)
  • Excellent sound quality (15)
  • Responsive (15)
  • Good selection of effects (10)
  • Versatile (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Home studio (14)
  • Performances (13)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
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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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4.0

ALL PURPOSE DISTORTION

By JOE N

from Flushinf, New York

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    GOOD SOLID PEDEL. LOOKS KOOL. CONTROLS LET ME FINE TUNE MY SOUND

     
    5.0

    Great Distortion Pedal

    By thatmetalchick

    from Miami, FL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I've tried/owned a bunch of different distortion boxes, both costing more and less money. You'll be hard pressed to find a better distortion pedal in the same price range. It sounds great right out of the box with all pots at 12:00. You also have the option of some serious tone shaping controls. First off, all the controls actually work and do something. The noise gate is really superb, and not that I use it much or that the pedal really needs it, it's nice to have. The mid-scoop button also works great for that scooped evil metal chunky rhythm sound. It cuts the mids around the 750 hz frequency. The bass-mid-treble controls are very straight forward and do what they should. With the gain at 12:00 you will be able to play most any style of death, black, or extreme metal-style you can name. I play a lot of classic metal, some death, some '80s and lots of power metal. This pedal handles all these styles with ease. Also the pedal adds a nice thicker (but not too bass heavy or nu-metal sounding) warm tube amp feel to your sound and response to picking. You can dial in plenty of high treble/presence hi-end cut if need as well. Definitely better than the Boss Metal Zone... not even from the same universe. It's very well made, it has a simple and effective design, and true-bypass when switched off. Definitely a distortion pedal to have on your board.

       
      4.0

      GOOD BUY

      By GGISGOD

      from UKIAH

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Limited Selection Of Effects

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      ITS A GOOD PEDAL IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO PUSH AN ALREADY GAIN HEAVY HEAD , YOUCAN GO TOO FAR WHICH IS A NICE OPTION TO HAVE SOMETIMES PLAYING LIVE.

       
      5.0

      metal monster

      By MCL

      from longmont

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      Verified Reviewer

      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:

        I'm no shedder, but this pedal really opened up my imagination when trying out some heavy riffs. Totally adds that heavy crunchy sound that was missing from my chain. When I hit the button the other guys I play with were all saying "what did you just do?!! that sounds sick!" one superbad pedal!

         
        5.0

        Great Metal Sound - No Light Distortion

        By dlfrmtn

        from Tennessee

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This pedal has the metal sound I was looking for. Be forewarned though, there is no sorta distorted setting on this pedal. If it's on, you're getting distortion. No mild overdrive or tube driving. It's not designed for that. If you want a great distortion pedal, like I did, it's perfect.

           
          4.0

          A winner in the "metal distortion" space

          By RP Long

          from Fort Worth, TX

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

          • Limited gain sweep

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I needed something to take me into very heavy territory, but couldn't justify buying a whole new amp. While there were some more expensive options I considered, price ultimately lead me to the Fullbore Metal.

          There is an enormous amount of gain in the pedal, and it doesn't "go away" when you turn the gain down. The Gain knob is there to fine-tune the gain structure in combination with your amplifier, not to control varying levels of gain. Keep that in mind if you're considering this pedal. Having said that, it does respond well to your guitar's volume knob.

          The basic tone of the pedal is a little jarring in the treble register, so you'll have to work to tame that. Luckily, the pedal compensates for this by having very responsive EQ knobs. The "Sweep" knob is best used for fine-tuning the tone of the pedal to your particular amplifier.

          With the Scoop button disengaged, and some patient EQ-ing, you should be able to get a deep, aggressive, smooth gain structure comparable to perhaps a 5150 amplifier, but with some loss of fidelity. (Hey, it's just a pedal, after all, not an amp!) Engaging the Scoop button, to my ears, will not do your tone any favors. If you're running through a tube amplifier, the added bass frequencies will muddy up your gain when it hits your preamp, while the added treble frequencies will have to be rolled off unless you want your tone to be shrill. However, you yourself might find a sweet spot with the Scoop engaged and the bass and treble turned down some.

          The major drawback to the pedal is the fact that the noise gate - which works very well - must be adjusted by removing the back plate.

          Overall, this is a very nice-sounding pedal that will give your a great high gain option. Paired with a good amp, this might be the best high gain pedal for the money. I'm pleased with my purchase.

           
          5.0

          Awesommmeeee

          By Aaronisradder

          from Austin TX

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I got this for Christmas after picking it out. I love it a lot and it has a bunch of awesome and very useful features. Like the noise-gate for instance. The sound itself is really really really unique and really good. I had trouble with it sounding like there was really high treble even if there wasn't. Like the distortion itself had an unpleasant high screech to it. I eventually dialed it right and got everything perfect and it cut that down quite a bit. I don't use the noise-gate feature although it works very very well unless you're standing right next to your amp. It's not currently in my chain right now because I backed off such heavy distortion to play a really dirty and heavy style rock with a blues foundation. However if you go look at my chain right now its sitting sideways right above some of my smaller pedals. I plug this bad boy in and play some metal when I'm in the right mood.

            Bottom line, it was exactly what I was looking for at the time and I played the sheet out of it.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            good metal pedal

            By harvey83

            from jackson ms

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              works good

              (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.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                GREAT PEDAL!

                By Joe T.

                from Rochester, NY

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about MXR M116 Fullbore Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  Great Pedal with Great sound! There's alot of different sounds that can be generated from this little "jewel" box. All very useful. Highly recomended...

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