MXR Custom Il Diavolo Overdrive

Effects Pedal

  • Overdrive
  • Developed by the Italian boutique amp and pedal manufacturer Carlo Sorasio (LAA Custom)
  • Enhanced midrange and bass frequency spectrum
  • 3 Different clipping diodes
  • Controls for Volume, Tone and Drive
  • Hi-Low toggle switch for selecting the clipping method: Silicone / LED / Op-Amp
  • True Bypass
  • 6.3 mm mono mono input / output
  • Power supply with 9 V battery or via 9 V DC power supply (2.1 x 5.5 mm hollow plug, polarity (-) inside, not included)
  • Power consumption: 4.3 mA
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 110 x 60 x 50 mm
  • Weight: 350 g

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Overdrive Yes
Distortion No
Fuzz No
Metal No
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Warm overdrive sound

Miles M, 29.05.2017
The new MXR Diavolo Overdrive is super-processed like all MXR products. I still have an old MXR Distortion + pedal from about 1980, which still works wonderfully.


sound

The overall sound is center-focused and warm without crispy heights. I like the pedal especially for my eight-string Ibanez ARZ with active pickups and as a pedal for basses. I think it is best to use Halston pickups.


service

With a three-way switch you can switch between three different clipping circuits:
- high: asymmetrcal silicon diodes
- middle: diode bypass for a raw high gain boost
- low: symmetrical LED diodes

In terms of sound, the three clipping variants are not so insane. The biggest difference in my opinion is the clipping behavior. The lower channel (low) distorts from the minimum drive value. The distortion is relatively even and has a slightly softer sound than the other two. The middle channel has a clean signal with the drive control to minimum. With the Tone control also at minimum, the sound is almost identical to the dry signal. With more drive you get a rich sound without raising the noises. The upper channel (high) is sounding for me between the other two.

From the volume, the middle channel is clearly louder than the others and the lower (low) is the quietest. The volume can of course be adjusted with the level control. ;-)

In addition, there is still a tone control, about which one probably does not have much to say.

The pedal is quite light and has a bright blue LED. A further plus is that the rubber footprints are attached, but not glued, practically when mounted on a pedalboard.


Conclusion

If you're looking for a mid-focussed overdrive sound (no high gain sound) and have the money, the pedal should definitely play. ;-)
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MXR Custom Il Diavolo top overdrive

Frank3257, 02.10.2017
The MXR Custom Il Diavolo is used in our studio and live.
The MXR Custom Il Diavolo is a beautiful compact overdrive with a lot of body and a beautiful, own color. Usable for both lead and rhythm parties.
Only Minus: If you use the Lo-Hi switch, the volume difference is a bit big.
All in all, a magnificent overdrive that is worth its money!
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