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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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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.

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

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 M?
    Output Impedance: 6 k?
    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 38 reviews)

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    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

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    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (30)
  • Responsive (28)
  • Compact (26)
  • Versatile (21)
  • Good selection of effects (7)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (27)
  • Home studio (21)
  • Amateur recording (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (11)
  • Professional recording (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), Novice (6), 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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5.0

Sweet sound

By Pacy

from Maryland

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

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:

    For fun

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    5.0

    love it

    By mcl

    from Longmont, CO

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This took the place of an old Boss ds1 that I've had for 20+ yrs. Way better sound from the mxr. And for less than fifty dead presidents, I don't think you can go wrong with this little guy. I took an open box deal and got mine for even less, no brainer. worth every penny. I love all my mxr gear.

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      4.0

      I like it!

      By guitar guru, ginger shark

      from Savannah TN

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        To me this is a really good pedal. If your looking for great you may keeping looking. It does the job. Some people say its too bright. These people never played a DS-1. I find this very balanced. Very punchy too. This is distortion not bordering overdrive but with your volume knob you can coax a lot of tones out it. If you have a warm tube amp or warm overdrive to put in front is when I believe you will get the most out if. Try it for your self and decide.

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        3.0

        Nice Compact Design

        By jritoli

        from Victorville, CA

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Setup
        • Easy to use
        • Nice Compact Design
        • Responsive

        Cons

        • Weak Distortion Effect

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Purchased along with VOX VR Amp. Very easy to setup pedal but finding distortion effects are weak sort of flat at all settings.

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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 Funk

          from Winston-Salem, NC

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          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, Texas

          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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            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 Riders7

            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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              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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