The MXR Super Badass Variac Fuzz delivers a big, aggressive, and biting square wave tones with a nice touch of smooth compression. Its Tone, Output, and Gain controls provide plenty of fine-tuning potential, but what makes this pedal a dream come true for tonechasers is its Variac control, which allows you to vary the pedal’s voltage from 5V–15V.
The Phase 95 packs the evolution of the Phase 90 circuit into a single housing, and at half the size of its forebear, it’s the first ever mini pedal from MXR. This pedal is the most versatile phaser we’ve ever produced.
Overdrive pedals are rad. They’re one of the quintessential components of any guitar player’s pedalboard. But are you getting the most out of yours? That depends on what your sonic goals are. For a lot of players, just plugging in, cranking the gain, and kicking the switch is all they need to get the job done. But that’s not all there is to using an overdrive pedal. In this article, we be use the Double-Double Overdrive to help explain.
The Shin-Juku™ Drive provides smooth, wide open overdrive with tons of sustain and incredibly fast response time to every playing detail, featuring a simple three-knob interface that allows you to call up a wide range of sounds, from an organic boost to full on grinding overdrive. The Dark switch cuts high frequencies for a darker, mellower sound.
The Echoplex® EP-3 tape machine was the secret ingredient in some of the most iconic tonal recipes from the ’60s and ’70s. e created the Echoplex line of pedals to give you that sound in a convenient, pedalboard-friendly form that you can take on the road. Last year, we came out with the Echoplex Preamp. This year, we’re releasing the second component of the EP-3’s signature sound in the form of the Echoplex Delay. Like the Echoplex Preamp, it’s the size of a Phase 90, and it delivers the EP-3’s legendary tones with a simple control interface and a hi-fi all-analog dry path.
We took all that funk and functionality that made the 105Q the go-to for the world’s top bass players, and we put it into a housing that’s half the size and made from lightweight-but-sturdy-aluminum.
The John Petrucci Primetone® Jazz III Pick is a whole new take on one of our most popular pick designs: the Jazz III. As the man himself describes it, “this pick’s custom bevel is based on the edge of one of my own well-worn picks. It’ll glide off your strings like glass with a loud, bold sound thanks to its super durable Ultex® material. The Jazz III tip provides precision and clarity, while the custom grip ensures ultimate control.” John’s new pick comes in two colors: tried-and-true Black and the new and appropriately badass Oxblood.
One of the coolest things about using effects is all the different ways you can combine them to create entirely different tonal palettes, so we put together a handful of our favorite MXR Bass Innovations combos. We’ve given our preferred order for these combinations, but your mileage may vary, so feel free to experiment.
The MXR Reverb offers players the history of reverb and then some in a standard MXR box, featuring six distinct high end styles exquisitely crafted and tuned by the award-winning MXR design team. It’s got a simple three-knob setup, a hi-fi analog dry path, and a massive 20 volts of headroom thanks to our Constant Headroom Technology™ so that it plays exceptionally well with distortion, modulation, and other effects.
The JP95 John Petrucci Cry Baby® Wah provides unprecedented tonal tweakability and a sound that’s huge and expressive. This pedal is the culmination of legendary shredder John Petrucci’s years-long quest to hone and fine-tune his perfect wah sound. John sat down with us to talk about his introduction to the wah, how he uses the effect, and the tonechasing the led to the creation of the JP95.