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MXR Custom Badass Modified O.D. (M77)

Last Updated 3/21/2012 11:06:33 AM

By: Paul Barrel

MXR Custom Badass Modified O.D. (M77)MXR and their line of Custom Badass pedals are redefining electric guitar and outboard equipment. Last month I reviewed their Custom Badass ’78 Distortion pedal (what a great pedal) and hot on the heels of that wonder is their ’77 overdrive.

There are a ton of overdrive pedals on the market. What’s so special about this one? For starters, MXR has added new features in the form of a BUMP switch and a 100HZ filter control. The BUMP switch boosts the low and mid frequencies, while the filter control allows you to adjust the low end. These aren’t your run of the mill bells and whistles. Weather, working alone or in tandem, helps define and expand the overall character of the output.

And, don’t forget, they’re improving upon a classic overdrive from 1977. This is not an O.D. pedal that shreds (as some all-in-one units proclaim). This pedal gives you exactly what you’re looking for … that sweet touch of gain to dirty up your sound.

I tested this pedal with a 1970 Fender Twin Reverb and a 1993 Marshall JCM900 50 watt combo … two completely different amplifiers. I placed the pedal at the start of my effects chain and drove it using an a 2007 Epiphone Elitist Casino, a 1984 Schecter Telecaster, a 1992 Gibson Les Paul Standard and a 1981 Fender Stratocaster … four very different guitars with four very different sounds.

To a guitar, the M77 performed wonders. With a quick adjust on the gain or 100HZ filter control (BUMP switch on or off) the tone on each came alive with a fire and an urgency that made me want to play. A-Bing the pedal between the clean Fender and the slightly driven Marshall made for interesting results. As you can imagine, using the M77 to push a clean amp delivers wonder results. However, in front of the Marshall that was about to break up and the tone went to a whole new level. When increasing the amplifier’s gain while the pedal was engaged I was truly impressed at how the saturation levels and sustain were positively affected.

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