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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Excelent tone and great mxr build quality... kind of dificcult to install on rack tray
mrodrigues, 26.07.2018
It's really what i was expecting in terms of build and sound quality. It doesn't take much space and it's really versatile tool that i can change from rig to rig with diferent purposes in mind. 20dB boost is quite a lot but even maxed in front of a Marshall JCM is quiet, no hisses or other noises. All in all a great product. Had to take one star out because on the bottom of the pedal, the batery compartiment extrudes from the pedal base about 3 mm in the center área, and it's impossible to balance the pedal on a flat surface like a rack drawer. It's even strange that the little rubber feet came off in the box because it's not really possible to balance it without them on, well maybe on a pedalboard with holes in it. Anyway i thing the fact taht underneath the pedal is not flat is quite a bummer, for the rest, sheer perfection! (p.s. would buy it again.)
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Madisha Quit, 03.05.2020
Love the boost, hate the overdrive.
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Une pédale pour le stoner et le hard rock
AlexandreM, 21.06.2011
Custom Audio Electronic, c'est la marque de Bob Bradshaw créé grâce au succès de deux petites merveilles d'electronique made in California. Il y a d'abord le système RSP18 aujourd'hui décliné à travers tout une gamme de switcher-loopers, et son fameux préampli à lampes 3 canaux en rack 19''2U : le CAE 3+ qu'utilisent Steve Lukather et Steve Vai.

Soyons bien clair: il n'est pas possible de comparer cette MC-402 à ce préampli légendaire facturé aux alentours de 3000 euros. Le logo CAE est donc une bonne idée du marketing de chez MXR pour habiller joliment ce boitier en métal peint de manière à simuler de l'alu brossé noir. Mais la comparaison s'arrête là.
Il s'agit donc d'une bonne pédale d'overdrive mais pas d'une machine fabriquée artisanalement pour attendre des sommets de qualité.

Cette MXR sera parfaite pour ceux qui veulent salir le son d'un ampli à lampes et/ou obtenir un gain de volume au moment de passer en solo grâce à la redoutable fonction boost, réglable à souhait. Elle se destine donc aux rockers et non aux shredders.

Sur un JCM800 et avec une LesPaul Standard, je l'utilise pour un son très rond dans le style stoner metal. Les fans de Monster Magnet, Kyuss et autres Queen Of The Stone Age devraient donc l'apprécier.
Le guitariste qui accompagne Duff MacKagan dans son groupe Loaded l'utilise actuellement en tournée (printemps-été 2011) avec un Carbon Copy MXR. On peut donc aussi l'utiliser dans un registre hard rock.

Cette MXR MC-402 ne souffle pas, la qualité de fabrication est bonne (assemblage et qualité des matériaux) pour un prix correct. C'est donc une très bonne pédale pour salir le son.

Mais pour ceux qui cherchent le high-gain précis, la mention Custom Audio Electronic peut s'avérer trompeuse. Il leur faudra débourser beaucoup plus dans un véritable système Bradshaw.
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MXR MC 402: Booster = top, Overdrive = Flop = Fuzz
DOP, 03.04.2014
Positiv sind die gewohnte MXR-Qualität und der Booster.

Letzerer macht vor einem Röhrenamp genau das, was er soll: Der Bosster bringt jeden in der Vorstufe noch so zerrunfreudigen Amp das Singen bei. Hier lassen sich schöne Lead-Sounds generieren.

Dazu braucht es aber kein Doppelpedal.

Den Custom-Audio-Electronics-Booster gibt es als Stand-Alone-Version oder von MXR gibt es den Micro-Amp, den ich besitze. Der Micro-Amp erscheint mir im Vergleich zum Custom-Audio-Electronics-Booster (in der hier bewerteten Doppelpedalversion) neutraler, während der Custom-Audio-Electronics-Booster etwas Höhen hinzufügt.

Mit dem Overdrive kann ich nichts anfangen, obwohl ich ihn trotz der Bewertungen, der Sound gleiche einem Fuzz, bewusst bestellt habe: Sowohl vor einem cleanen als auch einem angezerrten Amp vermag er auch als Fuzz nicht zu überzeugen. In Richtung Fuzz geht der Sound ab "kurz nach 12" des Gain-Reglers, es "sägt" und "matscht" aber meiner Meinung nach nur.

Vor einem Vox AC 15 gefiel mir der Fuzz-Sound noch am Besten, ein Orange klingt aber nur nach Säge. Wie immer ist Klang subjektiv. Ich will das Ding daher nicht vollkommen abwerten. Es gibt hier sicherlich Verstärker, zu denen auch der Sound des Overdrive passt. Zu meinen Kisten aber nicht. Das ist aber Geschmacksache.
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