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MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

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Designed by the award-winning MXR Custom Badass team, the Super Badass Distortion puts decades of 100% analog distortion at your feet. With its highl...Click To Read More About This Product

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A distortion that will fit all of your needs with 100% analog circuitry.

Designed by the award-winning MXR Custom Badass team, the Super Badass Distortion puts decades of 100% analog distortion at your feet. With its highly responsive Distortion control, the Super Badass covers a full spectrum, from early '70s low gain overdrive to modern "scooped" metal distortion and every shade of dirt in between. Once you've dialed in your desired amount of crunch, you can use the Bass, Mid, and Treble controls to finely sculpt your sound.

The Super Badass Distortion features true bypass switching and comes ready for the road with the sturdy housing and durable components that MXR is known for.

FEATURES
  • Full spectrum of distortion
  • From gritty early '70s overdrive to modern "scooped" metal distortion
  • Active EQ section for accurate, highly controlled tonal shaping
  • 100% analog circuitry
  • True bypass switching

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MXRM75 Super Badass Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (18)
  • Responsive (16)
  • Excellent sound quality (15)
  • Compact (13)
  • Good selection of effects (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Simple versatility; amazing distortion

MXR has been on fire lately with the releases of the Carbon Copy Delay, '78 Distortion, and Modified O.D. This new MXR distortion (released in 2013 without a ton of fanfare) may...Read complete review

MXR has been on fire lately with the releases of the Carbon Copy Delay, '78 Distortion, and Modified O.D. This new MXR distortion (released in 2013 without a ton of fanfare) may quickly become known as one of their best distortion pedals offered to-date.

The key to this pedal is how hard it is to get a bad sound out of it, despite a great deal of customization. From 8:00 to 10:00 on the Distortion knob, it remains almost completely clean, reminiscent of a mild overdrive or clean boost. There are Marshall flavored tones around 12:00, and it becomes even more saturated and compressed beyond that.

Unlike other boutiques with complicated multi-knobs and mod switches, the 3-band EQ is as simple to use as an amplifier, but also incredibly versatile. You can cut the mids to make it sound mean, or boost them for a Tubescreamer-like effect.

This is an excellent new offering on a variety of classic sounds, and at this price, there is a ton of value in this simple-looking little box.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Solid Distortion Pedal

I purchased this pedal to replace an old distortion pedal with less features and an odd pedal board footprint. The M75 has a good sound, very "British" in character, throaty...Read complete review

I purchased this pedal to replace an old distortion pedal with less features and an odd pedal board footprint. The M75 has a good sound, very "British" in character, throaty and deep, but beyond that sound I don't find it as versatile as some other reviewers. It's a little overly compressed and not as responsive to picking and input volume as my previous pedal. Overall not a bad effect, but it could be improved.

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(20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simple versatility; amazing distortion

By StormJH1

from Twin Cities, MN

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Comments about MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

MXR has been on fire lately with the releases of the Carbon Copy Delay, '78 Distortion, and Modified O.D. This new MXR distortion (released in 2013 without a ton of fanfare) may quickly become known as one of their best distortion pedals offered to-date.

The key to this pedal is how hard it is to get a bad sound out of it, despite a great deal of customization. From 8:00 to 10:00 on the Distortion knob, it remains almost completely clean, reminiscent of a mild overdrive or clean boost. There are Marshall flavored tones around 12:00, and it becomes even more saturated and compressed beyond that.

Unlike other boutiques with complicated multi-knobs and mod switches, the 3-band EQ is as simple to use as an amplifier, but also incredibly versatile. You can cut the mids to make it sound mean, or boost them for a Tubescreamer-like effect.

This is an excellent new offering on a variety of classic sounds, and at this price, there is a ton of value in this simple-looking little box.

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best MXR distortion so far.

By Skinvoyager

from Cincinnati, OH

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  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

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    Best Uses

      Comments about MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I own a TON of overdrive and distortion pedals, and I've bought and returned probably at least 50. I usually know almost immediately whether I love or hate a pedal. The Super BA sounded instantly perfect.

      I've owned super-expensive boutique pedals all the way down to the usual suspects. I have a Bad Cat Hot Cat 30 amp, known for it's overdrive channel. This is a $2600 amp. The Super BA's distortion sounds better. It's that good.

      With all the controls at noon, it has a great ballsy, meaty, chunky sound that will cover 90% of all classic rock tones. Scoop the mids and boost the bass and treble, push the gain and you have classic metal. It even works as a boost with the gain low and volume high, but that's probably not why you'd buy his pedal (and other pedals do the low-gain stuff better anyway).

      The 3-band EQ makes it extremely versatile. I may get a second just to have two completely different tones ready to go.

      It sounds natural and it responds to guitar volume changes, and it's cheap. I'm not an MXR fanboy. I love the Carbon Copy, but I didn't care for the '78 BA Distortion. But the Super BA s definitely a keeper.

      (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Depends on What You're Looking For...

      By Big Jim 57

      from USA

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      Pros

      • Great Value For The Price
      • No Real Problems
      • Well Built

      Cons

      • Fizzy High End
      • Heavy Metal Only
      • Soldano Clone

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I've been playing a very long time. I build pedals and amps, too. These days, I'm using Fender silver face amps for their clean tone and using overdrive pedals for different types of distortion. This MXR Super Bad*ss pedal would be perfect for someone trying to emulate a Soldano amp. Cutting the mids on this pedal seems to work the best and is probably what this pedal was designed for. It doesn't seem to like the slightly rounded-off high end like the MXR Distortion III or the MXR Classic Distortion does.
      I've been trying to get away from the sizzly highs that some Marshall amps have, especially when using Celestion 70-watt speakers. This pedal is just the opposite of what I want these days. Too sizzly in the high end. I will say this, though: This pedal has way more gain available than nearly any distortion pedal I've ever seen. And, lower settings of the gain still work well, unlike some pedals where you lower the gain and the pedal just sounds wimpy. The MXR Super Bad*ss Distortion is all about the high-gain modded amp sound. If I still lived in Hollywood and this was 1985, this would be perfect. It's just not where I'm going at this point. I want to state for the record, though, that I have really good ears and I've been playing guitar and working on this stuff for a very long time. Younger folks might plug into this pedal and go, "Yeah, baby!".

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Lives up to it's name

      By GitBrat

      from B.C. Michigan

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      Pros

      • Responsive
      • Unusually Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • No Drawbacks
      • Solidly Built

      Best Uses

      • Great For Low Volume Play
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This unit is a lead Guitarists dream. Responds well to pick attack and retains note definition on the lower strings. When combined with a good overdrive, it sustains into a feedback of the note you are holding. However, it is also very flexible as it can imitate most any distortion pedal made. Well worth the price and a permanent part of my pedal board.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Real Deal

      By virtualernie

      from Naples, FL

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      OK, as with any effect there are always some sweet spots. But this pedal has more then one. It is quite versatile. I have been going through several pedals looking for a certain elusive sound and this one has come the closest. Worthy of a spot on any pedal board. Hard to match the value for the cost.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      It is Bad

      By JP

      from Texas

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I REALLY love the versatility of this pedal. It sounds great by itself or as in my case with another overdrive (Boss SD-1). I'm kind of using the MXR as kind of a faux preamp with the gain pretty low and running my SD-1 in front of it. I really love the "pick attack" I get with the SD-1 but it sounds wimpy unless you can get the amp "cooking" which gets me the stink eye from the singers in the band. So now I'm able to run my amp hot and use the MXR to dial down the volume without losing warmth and tone...

        Probably not the intended use for this pedal but it's made my life easier...and quieter...

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        one of the coolest

        By pete man

        from greensburg pa steeler country

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          ive been playing for 35 years this is one of the best distortions ive ever played amp or pedal put a wah in front,delay,reverb and play away cleans up nice i get a woody every time i play played through 4 different amps tube and solid state all sound good go get one

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Distortion I've Played

          By Matt

          from Melbourne, Australia

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Put all dials at 12, clicked it on, played a riff and went "Yep... Perfect..."

              Very happy.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Distortion Pedal

              By Ed

              from New Orleans

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                This was not my first choice. I was looking at another MXR distortion pedal but the Musicians Friend sale rep was very knowledgable about the new product and on his recommendation, I took a chance. I'm glad I did. This pedal does everything MXR says it will do. It holds its own at both performance and bed room levels. Great for recording and playing live.

                Very happy with the pedal.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Mid-Knob!

                By R.S.

                from The US of A

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Performances

                  Comments about MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  A distortion pedal with a mid knob! What a concept!
                  I have tried Boss, Hardwire, and Seymour Duncan distortion pedals...only the SD Lava Box is usable to my ears. The M75 can do low-gain to High-gain from classic rock to metal, all with an over-drive-like smoothness to it, especially compared to the scratchiness of other pedals by companies noted above. RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE MID KNOB! Versatility in this distortion pedal comes from, not only its smoothness, but also from the tweaking of the mids which makes it usable beyond just Metal. It CAN be a bit noisy on some eq settings when notes aren't being played, but that is a minor complaint. Great for soloing, low-gain for rhythm parts mmm...mmm...good.

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Solid Distortion Pedal

                  By ThreeEcho7

                  from Northern Virginia

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                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • High Build Quality

                  Cons

                  • Limited Selection Of Effects
                  • Not Responsive

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Performances

                  Comments about MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  I purchased this pedal to replace an old distortion pedal with less features and an odd pedal board footprint. The M75 has a good sound, very "British" in character, throaty and deep, but beyond that sound I don't find it as versatile as some other reviewers. It's a little overly compressed and not as responsive to picking and input volume as my previous pedal. Overall not a bad effect, but it could be improved.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  heavy

                  By dean balls

                  from columbia,sc

                  Comments about MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  pretty heavy sounding pedal. it has a really surprising amount of distortion, up to around 3 o clock to 5 o clock positions it gets really crunchy, almost like a really nice solid state marshall maxed out.

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Pretty good

                  By The Classic 76

                  from NJ

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                  Pros

                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    I feel that this is a decent pedal. MXR has a few distortion pedals, the bad A series and also the fullbore metal pedal. I spent a lot of time reviewing this paddle and I have come to the conclusion that it is pretty nice. It can give you a wide variety of different tones. I personally use it with a TS808 tube screamer and would highly recommend using this to warm up the tone. What I mean by that is the tone can come off as scratchy and harsh. If you warm it up with some overdrive it sounds really good.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Pedal

                    By Mike Abbs

                    from New Jersey

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    Very Nice pedal to have on a pedal board. This pedal is very versatile... It can used as a distortion, an overdrive, or a three band parametric EQ. Plenty of gain so if I am using rehearsal studio supplied amps and I am not sure what I will be playing out of, I know I can count on this to get a good dirty tone out of a clean amp. I have tried all three bad a$$es.. IMO this is the one that lives up to that title !

                    (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Good distortion pedal...not great, good

                    By Lifeson Is God

                    from Houston, Tx

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                    Pros

                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        Keeping in mind that my standards are very high, I should say that this pedal is good, just not up to the standards of the FullTone PlimSoul or the Bogner Ecstacy Red. The complex harmonics and big wide sound just aren't there. But it is very good for the price.

                         
                        5.0

                        OD Before 10 0'Clock, Distortion after 10

                        By Onin the Conquerer

                        from Chicago, IL

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                        Pros

                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Responsive

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Performances

                          Comments about MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          I was looking for a pedal that would give me the option to roll back my volume and have an overdrive tone and have the option to crank up to and shake glass block windows. This pedal is perfect for what I play and record. I don't know if I care for the name (I would have just gone with 'The Bad*ss', adding 'Super' makes it sound like someone named it in their garage in between tokes), but this pedal delivers sound-wise. It does what Dunlop said it would do, which is refreshing.

                           
                          5.0

                          The best!

                          By Nelson

                          from Kearny NJ

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Events
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            This is the best distortion pedal ever made.
                            I've tried almost every overdrive and distortion pedal, but this is the best one. I can't stop playing guitar when I am using this pedal.
                            Do yourself a favor, buy this one. You will be in love with this pedal. Good job MXR.

                             
                            5.0

                            yes

                            By stacy

                            from ky

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Events
                              • Performances

                              Comments about MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              love it

                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              I love it so much i have 2 of them

                              By Nando

                              from New Orleans, LA

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                              Pros

                              • Eq controls
                              • Excellent Sound Quality
                              • Fair Price
                              • True Bypass
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • Does not sound good with certain amps

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                I love the sound it gives me for all my guitars. I have a Tele, an ESP LTD EC-1000, and an Epiphone Les Paul Standard. It can be a low gain Overdrive or a very high gain amp. I think it sounds great stacked with other Drive pedals or in the front of a driven amp. I run two of them into a Blackstar HT-40. However, the other guitarist in my band ran it into a Fender Twin Reverb 65 and it sounded very piercing and thin. But if i put the same pedal in front of my amp, it sounds great.

                                 
                                5.0

                                Awesome pedal!

                                By Brandon M

                                from Tacoma, WA

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                  The best and most versatile distortion pedal I have ever played. The tone possibilities are endless with the built in 3 band EQ. I mainly play a Les Paul Junior through a '65 Reissue Twin Reverb and this pedal gets me the dirt I've been seeking for a long time. In the past I've had a Boss DS-1, Boss DS-2, and Pro Co Rat 2, none of them stand up to this pedal. This is without a doubt the best and most versatile distortion on the market. Buy it!!

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