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MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal  

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The MXR Prime Distortion conjures up vintage hard-clipping distortion. This pedal’s warm, articulate sound is easy to dial in with a classic Output, ...Read More

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A great distortion to add to your chain to get huge tones and tons of sustain.

The MXR Prime Distortion conjures up vintage hard-clipping distortion. This pedal’s warm, articulate sound is easy to dial in with a classic Output, Tone, Distortion control setup. The Prime Distortion is highly responsive to the intensity of your attack, cleaning up when you pull back and packing a huge punch when you dig in. We designed this 100% analog distortion with low noise op amps, so you won’t get any extra noise added to your signal. Like all MXR pedals, the Prime Distortion comes in a heavy-duty housing with durable jacks and switches for a lifetime on the road.

FEATURES
  • Big, powerful '80s arena-rock tone
  • Raw, punchy sustain
  • Rich distortion
  • Highly responsive to playing intensity
  • Tone, Output, Distortion controls
  • MXR build quality and components
  • Low-noise op amps
  • 100% analog

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SPECIFICATIONS

M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

  • Input Impedance: 1 MΩ
  • Output Impedance: 6 kΩ
  • Nominal Input: -22 dBV
  • Max Output: -10 dBV
  • Signal to Noise*: 85 dB
  • Distortion Range: 27 dB @ 500 Hz
  • Tone Control: +/- 4 dB @ 100 Hz, +/- 5 dB @ 2 kHz
  • Bypass: True Hardwire
  • Current Draw: 4.0 mA
  • Power Supply: 9 Volts DC
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MXRM69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (1)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (27)
  • Responsive (26)
  • Compact (22)
  • Versatile (19)
  • Good selection of effects (6)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (24)
  • Home studio (18)
  • Amateur recording (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Professional recording (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), Novice (5), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Gibbons in a box

The MXR Prime distortion. I was lured in my Dunlop's always satisfying James videos. And at the price I got it, why not?! I feverishly GAS'd and ordered on the release day...Read complete review

The MXR Prime distortion. I was lured in my Dunlop's always satisfying James videos. And at the price I got it, why not?! I feverishly GAS'd and ordered on the release day of 5/22. My initial feeling upon plugging in was letdown. It didn't give me the golden tones of James and his tele (I play tele exclusively). Nor did it fill the hole in my heart. Being accustomed to the OD awesomeness that is Fulltone OCD and a Mesa Dual, I have dirt tones-a-plenty. But upon second try, I rolled down the gain and quickly got Gibbons. Hold up. Cranking the gain a bit more, I got an ever so slighty compressed, tight response that is perfect for some of my aggressive stuff. Ok, we're doing good!

The magic of this pedal is keeping the gain set high and adjusting the guitar's volume. I've never gotten some much great tonal variation from that knob. The Prime seems to have a great balance of EQ in various positions, but given I play a tele, anything past noon is molten icepicks. Good band name. MXR and GC made something very viable here. Great tones and both volume and touch response, this pedal is a clear winner. The note articulation is amazing. I'm not a cork sniffer by any means, but I do love the MXR standard and have not been let down yet. I think at this price point, these are set to sell and will become as ubiquitous as some other orange, green, and white dirt boxes. Well done.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Too Much Gain, No Dynamics

Disclaimer: I did not buy this pedal.

I saw this advertised today on MF and loved the demo videos so much I had to run out to my local Guitar Center...Read complete review

Disclaimer: I did not buy this pedal.

I saw this advertised today on MF and loved the demo videos so much I had to run out to my local Guitar Center on my lunch break to try one out (Guitar Center and MF are sister companies, and this pedal appears to be exclusive to them). Good price, good pedigree, good demos.

But I was disappointed with the particular pedal I tried. Every pedal has the potential to be a bit of a wild card, and I may have gotten a bad one. But on this one the gain felt like an "8" even at the absolute lowest setting, with a tone I would describe as laser-y even with the tone knob rolled back to 9 o'clock--no response, no dynamics. I played a Strat through a Fender tweed.

Now clearly the players in the demo videos are getting a great sound out the pedal, so for the bargain price, there's a good chance you'll find some kind of pairing and setting that works for you. But the sound I got is not what I expected based on the demos, and certainly not one I personally wanted to spend money on.

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4.0

pleased!

By DJ

from Cortlandt Manor NY

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    In smaller venues, I use a pair of blues juniors. The juniors sound real good together, but they run out of room (boxy sounding). I've experimented with several gain/distortion pedals, but so far this one seems to cut through nicely without loosing the character of my guitars; there seems to be less "white noise" as well.

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    5.0

    Awesome!

    By Grunky

    from Winston-Salem, nc

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Feels Too Light I Liked

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This is a great pedal. Sound is great and very versatile. My only complaint is that it feels a bit cheaply made. However, it gas proven to be very durable. I love it.

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    5.0

    Old time 60's distortion is back!

    By GAK

    from San Antonio, TX

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Is was looking for a pedal that would give me 'controlled' distortion, not just noise. The MXR delivers that sound. It is better than my old fender distortion pedal. The battery case is the only concern if that is a issue. After connecting the battery, the case at first seems a little small for the battery. However, I see the need for the tight chamber...NO raddle!

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      5.0

      SWEET!

      By longbow

      from Erin,NY

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Ocassional Clipping

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Fun
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Vintage Rock And Roll

      Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Read reviews and was concerned about using this with my solid-state Fender 25R amp and Ragin Cajun speaker , was pleasantly surprised when I tried the MXR M69, great sustain and tone, The only drawback I've noticed is some clipping occasionally between songs,could be a result of combining the M69 with a chorus pedal and jamman solo xt! Looking forward to trying the M69 with my vintage Peavey MX tube amp. Great classic distortion pedal! Very happy at a good price. Many reviews say this pedal doesn't work well with a tubeless amp, try it with your own set-up before making up your mind.

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      5.0

      Harmonically Rich!!!

      By rider7

      from NYC

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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 M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        The pedal is one if the best distortion pedals made by one of the best pedal makers. It has a very harmonically rich sound that warms up beautifully on the low end of the tone. The high trebly part of the tone spectrum is pleasantly high without losing tonal character or becoming shrill. Turning on the "crunch" button takes away some of tonal transparent qualities of the pedal and replaces it with a bit of a boost (not too much) and adds a lot of tonal color. This pedal sounds great with humbuckers and single-coils alike. For me, the pedal sounds especially well with the tone at 10 o'clock with a maple neck, alder body strat. It brings out a beautiful warm "woody" character. The distortion turned all the way up is very very smooth without "flattening" or squashing the tone. The construction of the pedal is solid. It's a nice looking pedal too. I have owned and played several distortion pedals over the years and this one is one of the best and is a really great value for the money!!

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good Pedal, but could use improvement.

        By RaJoWa

        from Mill Valley, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Good value
        • Responsive

        Cons

        • Not For Solid-state
        • Not Versatile

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Performances
        • Practice

        Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I bought this pedal for a cheap, analog distortion pedal, It works great and sounds good on a tube amp, however it can be weak with a solid-state. It is also not good for low distortion and is not very versatile. Another minor complaint is that it is not easy to replace the battery and it can be a pain. Despite its flaws, it gets the job done and has good value.

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        (0 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        k

        By %6&(*)@2!3$

        from U.S.A.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • It's Ok

        Cons

        • Limited Selection Of Effects
        • Not Responsive
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        if you buy this u can use it ,some.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice Pedal

        By TD from Huntington

        from NY

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I replaced my DS-1 with this pedal and I am happy I did. It has more tone and warmed than the DS-1. When I rate something I always consider the price paid for it. For the price you can not go wrong.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best distortion in its price range

          By Abaddon9112

          from Vineland, NJ

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Inexpensive
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Hard Rock
          • Performances

          Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I'm a big fan of inexpensive distortion pedals. I've owned quite a few Boss distortions, as well as Digitechs, Behringers, Danelectros, and Joyos. This little brown box is a real gem in its price range. It sounds sort of like a modded Boss DS-1, only even better. It reacts very well to playing dynamics and delivers a natural amp-like tone, even through a solid-state setup. It seems to be well constructed and durable. I think it just might be my new favorite distortion.

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome compact pedal.

          By Anthony

          from Harleysville, pa

          About Me Novice

          Ask me a question

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Versatile With Great Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This pedal is awesome and a must have for the price.

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