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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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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