MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion Pedal

If you read my review on the Marshall Class 5 amp, you know how much I like that amp.  The only thing about it is that it is a single channel plexi style amp.  Meaning that its master volume only and no gain volume.  I really wanted the ability to have a clean and distorted tone while using this amp.  I came across the MXR Custom Badass '78 Distortion Pedal.  Guitar Center has a great coupon code right now where you can pick one of these up for a great price!

MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal Standard

From the Jim Dunlop website– The first in a line from the MXR Custom Badass design team, the MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion is a factory-modded pedal that roars with huge amp stack tones and old school tube amp-like distortion.

We took a classic distortion circuit and hot-rodded it to the next level for over-the-top soaring leads and rich, saturated rhythms. With only three knobs, dialing in Badass tone is a cinch. The CRUNCH button allows you to choose between two different modes of diode and LED clipping, boosting the harmonic content of the distortion.

The '78 Distortion's wide open amp-like sound sounds great whether it's in front of a clean amp, a slightly dirty amp, or a full on overdriven amp. Under the hood, this high performance machine features top notch circuitry and hardware meant for a lifetime of use.


Premier Guitar did a really good review on it as well- read it here.


Also check out these demos to get a sense of what it sounds like-