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MXR MC-401

 
MXR joined forces with Custom Audio Electronics founder Bob Bradshaw to bring you the MC-401 Boost Pedal. Cleans up nicely when you roll back your guitar volume, making it extremely responsive to picking dynamics without thinning your tone. High-quality components provide quiet operation and trouble-free interaction with other pedals on your board. - - Custom Audio Electronics has made limited quantities of pedals for select clientele since 1980 and has now teamed up with MXR to bring these pedals to the masses.


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Excellent, affordable clean boost featured

Ease Of Use Well, I group pedals in one of two categories; pedals with 1 knob, or more than one knob. Even though this pedal falls into the one category, it can do a bunch of things, and all of them well. It was intended to act as either a clean boost, or as a 'gain box' to makeup gain due to signal loss from long pedal and cable runs. This pedal is eloquent for both applications. All you need to do is figure out where in you signal path the pedal would work best, patch it in, and dial in the desired amount of boost. That is it! So it is an extremely easy pedal to use.


Sound My main rig is an Egnater Mod 50 head with the Bassman and SL2 modules through either a Mesa or Marshall 4x12 cab. My main guitars are a Gibson Les Paul and a Fender Eric Johnson Strat. The beauty of this pedal aside from its simplicity, is its Transparency. What I mean by transparency, is that from what I can tell, it doesn't alter your tone in any way. Depending on how you use it, it may overdrive your amp or pedals, but it doesn't bring with it its own EQ curve or anything. So, what you put it, comes out unchanged except for the gain determined by the knob. My favorite things to use this pedal for are overdriving my amp, or other pedals. If you have a one channel amp, or an amp that is pretty clean, you can use this to overdrive the amp and viola, a 'second channel' is added. It will push your amp into more distortion which usually sounds really natural. It is also really fun to cascaded several pedals together and drive one with this pedal. This really works best with overdrive or distortion pedals. It can totally change the way some of your drive pedals sound and get cool new sounds out of them. Of course, tube amps will react much more favorably to this type of pedal but you never know, I would try it with anything.


Reliability So far it has been very reliable


Customer Support Never had to deal with them


Liked about it Transparent
Small Size
Great at what it does


Didn't like It uses surface mount components


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By Severinsteelsmit
Dec 26, 2009
 
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Transparent boost... does just what it says

Ease Of Use You can't get any easier than this... a knob to dial in the desired amount of boost and an on/off switch. Totally brainless... it just works!


Sound This boost is super transparent. I tried it in a few different applications and it does just what it says, nothing more!

My primary use for this pedal was as a boost in the effects loop of my 6505+ head. By putting the pedal in the loop and leaving it set to "on" all the time (I actually just set it on top of the amp head) I could use the effect loop button on the 6505+ controller as a solo button. It didn't affect my tone at all... just made me louder.

This thing is so transparent that I've even used it as a solo boost for acoustic gigs. I just put this in between my acoustic guitar and the PA... when I needed a little extra for solos I hit this baby.


Reliability Like all MXR products, extremely reliable.


Customer Support Never had to contact MXR... their products are very well built.


Liked about it It does what it's supposed to do and nothing more... exactly what you want from a boost pedal/effect.


Didn't like Nothing


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5.0

By djrjems
Jul 03, 2012
 
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Good pedal without the extravagant price tag

Ease Of Use Super easy to use, if you just want a plain Line driver, lower the knob under 0db, if you want a clean boost simply push the knob over 0db. I noticed however better dynamics and feel when used with 18v instead of 9v.


Sound Not flat but close... i noticed a slight upward curve in the highs compared to when i plug directly into the amp with a high quality cable. If you want to boost for solos while using a od pedal as your main drive, put the MC401 last in the chain. If you want to boost the input of your amp, same thing. If you want to use as a mean to balance between single coil equipped guitars versus humbuckers use it as the first pedal in your chain. If used as a line driver just plain ol' trial and error to find the sweet spot.


Reliability Very sturdy and reliable, it is now an integral part of my rig as a line driver. Super tough construction and very dependable.


Customer Support Never had to deal with them. The pedal works flawlessly.


Liked about it Super versatile, very close as it gets as being ''flat'' and designed by Bob Bradshaw.


Didn't like Nothing to not like, either you need it or you don't...


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5.0

By Luthier
May 20, 2010
 
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