MXR MC-402 Boost/Overdrive

Custom Audio Electronics Booster and Overdrive

LA's Sound guru Bob Bradshaw, who develops the custom audio pedals, has partnered with MXR and is now running his high-quality treasures under that name.

With the MC-402 Custom Audio Electronics Booster you have 2 good solutions for amps that sound really good, but their lead sound could still be a bit expandable. Once the signal can be boosted up to 20 dB - it is strong enough even for the most stubborn distorter. And if you take back volume to the guitar, it will be cleaner again, but without the loss of the treble which you would have to accept from typical Potentiometers!

2. Possibility (optional or in combination with the boost): A nice overdrive effect that also adds sustain, warmth or bite (depending on the setting of the tone control). Wonderful combination in a high quality!

  • Adjustable from 0 to 20 dB boost
  • Output Level control - Tone and Gain
  • Stable housing
  • 2 Foot switches
  • 1 Input and 1 output
  • Status LED
  • Voltage with 9V battery
  • 9V or 18V power supply Dunlop ECB-004 (for more headroom). Batteries or power supply units are optionally available

Note: Register your purchase at www.w-distribution.de/Warranty for an extended warranty of 4 years.

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A p dale for stoner and hard rock

AlexandreM, 21.06.2011
Custom Audio Electronic is the brand of Bob Bradshaw created by the success of two small electronics wonders made in California. First there is the RSP18 system which is now available in a range of switcher loopers and its famous 19''2U 3-channel tube preamp: the CAE 3+ used by Steve Lukather and Steve Vai .

Let's be clear: it is not possible to compare this MC-402 with this legendary preamp billed around 3000 euros. The CAE logo is therefore a good idea of ??MXR marketing to nicely dress this painted metal case in order to simulate black brushed aluminum. But the comparison stops there.
It is therefore a good overdrive pedal but not a machine made by hand to wait for high quality.

This MXR will be perfect for those who want to dirty the sound of a tube amp and / or get a volume gain when going solo with the dreaded boost function, adjustable as desired. It is intended for rockers and not for shredders.

On a JCM800 and a LesPaul Standard, I use it for a very round sound in stoner metal style. Fans of Monster Magnet, Kyuss and other Queen Of The Stone Age should appreciate it.
The guitarist who accompanies Duff MacKagan in his band Loaded currently uses it on tour (spring-summer 2011) with a Carbon Copy MXR. You can also use it in a hard rock register.

This MXR MC-402 does not blow, the quality of manufacture is good (assembly and quality of the materials) for a correct price. It is therefore a very good pedal to dirty the sound.

But for those looking for precise high-gain, the term Custom Audio Electronic can be misleading. They will have to pay a lot more in a real Bradshaw system.
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MXR MC 402: Booster = top, Overdrive = Flop = Fuzz

DOP, 03.04.2014
The usual MXR quality and the booster are positive.

Letzerer does exactly what he is supposed to do before a tube amp: the bosch makes every singing in the preamplifier still so rippling amp. Here you can generate beautiful lead sounds.

This does not require a double pedal.

The custom audio electronics booster is available as a stand-alone version or from MXR there is the micro-amp I own. The Micro-Amp appears to me to be more neutral when compared to the custom audio electronics booster (in the double pedal version evaluated here), while the custom audio electronics booster adds some heights.

With the Overdrive, I can not do anything, although I have consciously ordered it, despite the reviews, the sound a fuzz, consciously: Both before a clean as well as a torn amp, he can not convince as a fuzz. In the direction of fuzz, the sound goes off "shortly after 12" of the gain control, it "sagt" and "mashes" but in my opinion only.

Before a Vox AC 15 I liked the fuzz sound best, but an orange sounds only after saw. As usual, sound is subjective. I do not want to deprecate the thing completely. There are certainly amplifiers here, which also fit the sound of the Overdrive. To my boxes but not. But this is taste.
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