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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, ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
  • Hardwire bypass

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SPECIFICATIONS
  • 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 46 reviews)

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    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (35)
  • Responsive (33)
  • Compact (30)
  • Versatile (24)
  • Good selection of effects (8)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (32)
  • Home studio (27)
  • Amateur recording (17)
  • Outdoor events / games (13)
  • Professional recording (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (32), Novice (7), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect Plexi Sound.. Just like a Marshall JCM 800

The plexi tone from this pedal is exactly like the tone of early Van Halen recordings. You can hear the string separation and all the harmonics which really thicken up the sound without getting...Read complete review

The plexi tone from this pedal is exactly like the tone of early Van Halen recordings. You can hear the string separation and all the harmonics which really thicken up the sound without getting mushy. Classic Rock Chunky Rythm is what this pedal does well. Yes it does nice blues lead too It cleans up at low levels and is responsive with lower guitar knob settings. I have owned many pedals and all of them have differences in tone. I trade them, sell them, give them to friends, this is a keeper. It is very warm and sounds fat and present. Very even and transparent in tone and I think it is modeled to sound like vintage MXR pedals from the early 80s. Also think it sounds as good as higher priced boutiques except that it does not go as deep into heavy metal saturation. But for the kind of rock we do it is perfect for classic rock. I also use the Boss Blues Driver 2, both are totally different, but the Boss into the MXR is super thick and tubelicious. Sounds perfect on Van Halen Panama or Bad Company... Rock Steady...Doobie Bros China Grove. I do other music in the studio but have a classic rock band. Obviously can 'be used for any kind of music. Over the years many distortion pedals have had too much saturation and grinding hi end presence, a lot of it geared towards grunge metal or death metal. This will not do that kind of distortion. It is my favorite plexi tone pedal. If you have ever heard a Marshall JCM 800 speaker stack driven at hi gain in a room and liked what you heard, you are gonna like it. Sounds like tubes even through a totally clean Crate solid state amp. Tried it at GC music store and turned to look back as I was leaving and the Crate amp sounded so good there was a guy bringing the amp to the register to buy it. I told him that the distortion on the amp was decent, it was the MXR distortion pedal I was playing thru. He then bought the MXR pedal as well as the and complimented me on my playing and sound of the MXR. He said it was a great priced pedal.

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Not the analog tone I was looking for

I was hoping for a true analog tone from this compact easy to use pedal. But was some what disappointed with the digital signal of this distortion unit. Not sure if i could recommend...Read complete review

I was hoping for a true analog tone from this compact easy to use pedal. But was some what disappointed with the digital signal of this distortion unit. Not sure if i could recommend this pedal or not. Maybe I just have to tweek it some more and find the correct amp settings. This compact pedal IS easy to use though.

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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Plexi Sound.. Just like a Marshall JCM 800

By Marky Mark

from Pittsburgh PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    The plexi tone from this pedal is exactly like the tone of early Van Halen recordings. You can hear the string separation and all the harmonics which really thicken up the sound without getting mushy. Classic Rock Chunky Rythm is what this pedal does well. Yes it does nice blues lead too It cleans up at low levels and is responsive with lower guitar knob settings. I have owned many pedals and all of them have differences in tone. I trade them, sell them, give them to friends, this is a keeper. It is very warm and sounds fat and present. Very even and transparent in tone and I think it is modeled to sound like vintage MXR pedals from the early 80s. Also think it sounds as good as higher priced boutiques except that it does not go as deep into heavy metal saturation. But for the kind of rock we do it is perfect for classic rock. I also use the Boss Blues Driver 2, both are totally different, but the Boss into the MXR is super thick and tubelicious. Sounds perfect on Van Halen Panama or Bad Company... Rock Steady...Doobie Bros China Grove. I do other music in the studio but have a classic rock band. Obviously can 'be used for any kind of music. Over the years many distortion pedals have had too much saturation and grinding hi end presence, a lot of it geared towards grunge metal or death metal. This will not do that kind of distortion. It is my favorite plexi tone pedal. If you have ever heard a Marshall JCM 800 speaker stack driven at hi gain in a room and liked what you heard, you are gonna like it. Sounds like tubes even through a totally clean Crate solid state amp. Tried it at GC music store and turned to look back as I was leaving and the Crate amp sounded so good there was a guy bringing the amp to the register to buy it. I told him that the distortion on the amp was decent, it was the MXR distortion pedal I was playing thru. He then bought the MXR pedal as well as the and complimented me on my playing and sound of the MXR. He said it was a great priced pedal.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gibbons in a box

    By BDC

    from San Diego, CA

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Beard Comb
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording
      • Sandblasting Eardrums

      Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice Pedal

      By TD-Huntington

      from Huntington,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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best distortion in its price range

        By Jim

        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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A Keeper

        By Davepnc

        from NC

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Versatile
        • Warm Sound

        Cons

        • Battery Access
        • Botton Click Too Loud

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I prefer a tube amp with natural distortion from the amps gain. Most distortions and overdrives sound tinny and digital to me, but I am impressed with the warm tone and responsiveness of this pedal. I use an overdrive for a clean boost and ad the Prime Distortion to get the crunch. Definitely a keeper. The footswitch button has a pretty loud click when recording with a mic this can be annoying, but great for live performance.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Harmonically Rich!!!

        By PT

        from NY

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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!!

          (1 of 2 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.

          (1 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          k

          By no

          from oregon

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          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.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Keeper

          By Puppy

          from Oak Ridge, TN

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Gritty is the best way to describe this pedal. It doesn't 'muffle' your tone like a tube screamer. It's not totally wide spectrum either. Lots of crunch, fairly tight low end. Imagine an OCD crossed with a BigMuff crossed with an LPB1, or maybe an MI Audio Crunch Box being fed by a Timmy. Low-end girth, high end crispness, and a pretty juicy mid.

              I really love it, but agree that the upper freqs, being somewhat sharp, are best handled by a tube amp. However, it sounds really good through a solid state amp, too - you just may need to dial back the tone a bit more.

              The Gain knob seems to add more low-end distortion/saturation into the mix, rather than really increase the volume. At zero, you get a nice breakup (think Jimmie Lee Vaughn's tone from the 1990's), at 100%, you get a lot more saturation. However, the volume difference isn't huge between the two ends of the spectrum, so it's more a tone/saturation/low-end control than gain knobs are on most dirt boxes.

              I have one of those Rogue Blues Distortion pedals that I've kept around to mod a bit (increase the low end), because I like the 'character' of that pedal (again, it's kinda like Jimmie Lee's tone). I think I can sell that pedal now, because this one sounds/feels very similar to that one, but w/o the need to modify it.

              The 'James' vids DO the pedal justice, IMO. When I put mine through a big ole tube amp, it sounds VERY much like the tones James gets.

              Me likey! Me keepy!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Wow!!! Great low-cost rock tone

              By distratman

              from Hamburg, NY

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              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:

                easy to get sounds from 70's and 80's metal. The tone is very responsive. I find it works best with a clean channel on the amp and with the gain pretty high, then control from guitar volume. It is very responsive to the guitar volume and I manage to get all sorts of cool tones out of it. Tried it with a strat and les paul. Both sounded great and very different from each other...expectedly. For the price this is a must...no risk, right? Very pleasantly surprised for the same reason. MXR has done it again!!!!

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome pedal!

                By Tito Mambo and The Haze

                from Exeter,NH

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  This wonderful pedal most certainly cops the right,distinctive sounds when I perform or record my Yardbirds covers. Love it and it ,also, has a wide range of other pleasurable sounds. Quiet with no added background noise when on.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Yeah, You Can Use It

                  By wiregrass

                  from Montgomery, AL

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                  Pros

                  • Good Selection Of Effects
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    I bought this because I had a Classic Distortion and loved it. This one is different, maybe a little more scooped, I can't really describe it. I felt that this cover wasn't quite as sturdy as the Classic Distortion, but the MXR effect quality is certainly there. Hey, this thing is loud as all get-out when you turn it up. I've got the level at 9:00, tone at 11:00, and distortion at 2:00, and it growls. I have a dying battery simulator, and this pedal sounds bigger than life at 7.2 volts. It sounds excellent yet different at the recommended 9 volts. My only potential regret will be if they reduce the price even more. If you've looked at the 78 but don't care about the crunch button and want a low cost pedal, here it is.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    MXR M69 vs. Boss DS-1

                    By RedRocker517

                    from Rockville, MD

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                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Performances

                      Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      When I heard that MXR came out with a another distortion pedal, I had to check it out. I am comparing this pedal to the legendary DS-1 pedal by Boss and right away before I got mine I noticed that this was a little more than the DS-1. But I am proud to say that this one takes the cake.

                      Whenever I play the DS-1, I notice that it sounds to artificial. In other words the distortion sounds to fake and dark. This was after I got more into my sound. But the M69 is a different story.

                      When I first looked at the M69 I wondered if it would be the same as the DS-1 because they are basically the same price. But that was not the case at all. The M69 I found was more responsive and far more natural sounding even when I have the distortion cranked (Which I usually do), and it's because the pedal is 100% analog. To make things even better, it doesn't have a lot of fuzz when I'm not playing.

                      Moral of the story: This pedal is worth it

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      EXCELLENT PEDAL

                      By Fender Bender

                      from Charleston SC

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                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Does not color sound
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Responsive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          I needed an overdrive pedal that was not edgy or brittle, or be all buzzy like many of the modern pedals do now days. It also needed to sound good in a vintage Fender amplifier, which anyone who owns one knows that those amps hate distortion pedals. This pedal came through with flying colors. I give it 2 thumbs up!

                          I was reluctant at first to try this pedal because of the price being very low. Every music store salesman these states that you have to go to the very expensive boutique pedals to get "good sound". They were WRONG! Very wrong. This pedal sounds great! You can dial it anywhere from a light clip to super saturated and it does not destroy your guitar tone. If you want edgy just crank up the tone knob and it's there; for creamy smooth bluesy tones dial it back. It is simple to use with only 3 knobs and easy to repeatedly find that favorite sound. Another caviat is that it is quiet. No hiss or hum. Also, it will play through even if you lose power to it or the battery dies.

                          I could not be happier. I finally found something that allows me to dial in my amps for that great big Fender clean and then scream if I need it. For this price you have nothing to lose. Try it, you'll like it.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          This Pedal ROCKS!!!

                          By UnDesirableMusic

                          from Bloomington, IL

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                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Excellent Sound Quality
                          • Nice Rich Distortion
                          • Responsive
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            This pedal does everything the description says it does. Like a lot of distortion petals, if you turn all the knobs to max it sounds like overloaded circuitry, but once you start dialing things back this pedal starts to sing. I ran both humbuckers and single coils through this pedal and found it easy to dial in sweet tones. I was able to get nice gritty blues tones, sweet metal tones and aggressive punk tones. Has a nice warm sound and good sustain. I have four other distortion pedals and two fuzz pedals and this one may become my new favorite. I feel it is definitely a great deal for the price.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great value, very useful pedal

                            By Yesterday's Wine

                            from Southeastern KY

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                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Excellent Sound Quality
                            • Responsive
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events
                              • Home Studio
                              • Performances

                              Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              I ordered this immediately once I saw the video demos. Thought it was worth a shot for the money. My oh my, what a bargain. Very easy to adjust with only 3 controls: Output, tone and distortion. I was able to dial up some very tasty tones on my Blackstar amp, and setting the tone control straight up, it did not suck any tone from my amp. I will be using it this weekend at a gig. Can't wait to hear how it performs live, but in my home studio, it is a winner!!

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Cool pedal at an awesome price

                              By Inquisitor

                              from PA

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                              Pros

                              • Excellent Sound Quality
                              • Inexpensive
                              • Sturdy

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Studio
                                • Performances

                                Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                Great pedal for that old-school, late 70's, early 80's metal sound. It's raw and gritty, I get the best results using it over a clean channel. With the gain all the way down, you can actually get some cool bluesy lead tones. If you're looking for that classic heavy metal sound, it would be pretty hard to find a better option in this price range.

                                 
                                5.0

                                Fantastic!!!!

                                By ThomasJDDJ

                                from Phoenix, Az

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Home Studio

                                  Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                  I bought this pedal on sale through MF. I needed something with a little more grit then my Boss SD1 which I love bought thought stacking another pedal with a little more drive might do the trick. I couldn't afford any of the "green" pedals and this was the right price. So awesome! Great for classic rock or even those souring solos like Gilmour.

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Solid, Quiet, Thick Sounding

                                  By Funfacts

                                  from Seattle,WA

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                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design
                                  • Designed similar to late '70's MXR dirt pedals
                                  • Responsive
                                  • Very low 'hiss'.

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Events
                                    • Home Studio

                                    Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                    I have found that keeping the Output Volume a little higher than utility gain sounds best for tube and transistor amps. Keep output at utility level when using digital guitar amps. Otherwise you will get a 'smeared' undefined tone.

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    The Distortion+ on Steroids

                                    By Less Paul Disciple

                                    from Covington, LA

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                                    Pros

                                    • Compact Design
                                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                                    • Responsive
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about MXR M69 Prime Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                      I was a diehard user of the MXR Distortion+ for over 30 years. I bought this pedal about 18 months ago and haven't looked back once. It is like the D+ on steroids. It has more gain than the D+ and the tone knob makes it infinitely more versatile than the D+. I have to disagree with the reviews who say this pedal doesn't sound good with a solid state amp. I've used this pedal with an all-tube Vox AC15C1 and a solid state Marshall MG100HCFX w/4×12 cab as well as two smaller Marshall Valvestate models (VS15R & VS30R) and it sounded awesome in all cases. I would recommend not cranking the tone knob past 1:00 or it can get pretty shrill.

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