Cool new gear: MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion

Based on a vintage distortion design, modified to the max!

The MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion is the first of the new line of Custom Badass pedals. The ’78 Distortion is an awesome sounding pedal based off a vintage distortion design, and modified to the hilt to provide awesome tones.

Jam packed with awesome amp-like distortion the ’78 Distortion has two distortion modes, switching between diode distortion, and crunchy LED distortion.

Here’s what MXR have to say:


The MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion, a factory modded pedal that roars with huge amp stack tones and old school tube amp distortion, is the first of MXR’s Custom Badass line. 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.


This is one awesome sounding pedal, it looks cool too.

Here’s a sweet video to give you a taste of this pedal.

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