Now here's a guitar pedal with a very self-explanatory name – the MXR M75, aka the Super Badass Distortion! Just so we're clear, we're generally not that big fans of distortion or overdrive stompboxes that have musical genres or worlds like “badass” in their title – they just always seem to be below our expectations, that's all – but this fella is a pretty rockin' device.
Also, the name might suggest that this is a metal-only distortion, but it's not, and it's actually capable of covering a pretty wide scope of styles. Let's dive in!
The device comes in a very elegant glossy gray package, featuring a compact, sturdy build and high level craftsmanship. This is a 100-percent analog true bypass pedal, securing an organic and natural tone at a fair price. We're looking at a tube vibe you can crank up to 11 and go full-gain, cool stuff!
The stompbox is highly responsive, and utilizes an interesting feature – a full-on EQ to control the tone. Apart from that, we're looking at fairly standard stuff – a single In jack, an Out jack, a LED status indicator, and an on/off foot-switch. The item comes with a weight of 13.6 ounces and a size of 4.5 x 6 x 2.8 inches.
In total, we're looking at five control knobs – Output, Distortion, Bass, Mid, and Treble. More details below.
Output – Also known as the level control, this knob adjust the level of distortion effect that is injected into the audio output. The more it's cranked up, the more distortion and less clean guitar signal you'll get in the final mix.
Distortion – This one adjusts the level of gain, which is one of the crucial aspects of distortion and overdrive effects. This one determines whether you'll get a classic rock distortion of a full-blown modern metal groove.
Bass, Mid, and Treble – These three operate as a single entity in a way, serving as EQ control of the whole pedal. Use them to adjust the presence of sonic frequencies of all levels and adjust your sound from dry drive to bass-driven chugging.
They call this fella the jack of all trades, and for a good reason – the versatility is through the roof by distortion pedal standards. The upper two knobs allow you to dial in anything from light rock distortion to groove metal and djent chugs, and then the EQ section gives you the possibility of tweaking the sound until it really fits your needs to a tee.
The sound is always clear, and the item is generally quite easy to use. It's durable and roadworthy, and really packs an incredible punch for the listed price. The only complaint some users have is that the loudness is off the chart compared to other stompboxes, so keep that in mind if you're rocking a pedal-board.
Overall, pretty high remarks. This is a very strong pedal that's bound to satisfy any guitar player in pursuit of a modern style rooted in vintage vibe and tradition. The price is more then fair and specs are great. Feel free to inspect this fella further and see if it suits you. If you like what you see, don't hesitate to make the purchase. Good stuff, highly recommended!