MXR M85 Bass Distortion

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SKU: 60948

Sale price$259.99 Regular price$349.00


The MXR Bass Distortion is the ultimate solution for bass players seeking big, gnarly tones with all the low-end power they desire. Developed in collaboration with bass dirt expert Ryan Ratajski of Fuzzrocious Pedals, this pedal takes a classic and nasty sounding distortion circuit and reimagines it for modern bass players.

Traditionally, bassists who wanted to use a distortion pedal while preserving their low-end had to resort to splitting their clean and dirty signals between two separate amps. However, with the MXR Bass Distortion, that complication is a thing of the past. This pedal gives you complete control over your clean and distorted tones, all in one place, with separate Dry and Wet level controls. This means you can easily blend the right amount of clean and distorted signal to achieve the perfect mix, all with a single pedal.

The MXR Bass Distortion also features a Tone control, which exclusively affects the distortion signal. With this control, you can fine-tune the high-end frequencies, dialing back the top end to get the precise tone you desire. Meanwhile, the Distortion control sets the intensity of the distortion signal, allowing you to go from subtle grit to aggressive and raunchy distortion.

What sets the MXR Bass Distortion apart even further is the choice between two distinct flavors of distortion, selectable via the LED/SIL switch. In the default SIL setting, the pedal uses silicon clipping diodes to produce an aggressive and biting sound with a touch of compression. On the other hand, the LED setting uses LED diodes, providing a more wide-open and dynamic sound with a nice gain bump. This versatile feature allows you to tailor the pedal's response to suit different playing styles and musical genres.

Whether you're looking to add some gritty edge to your bass lines or unleash roaring and powerful distortion, the MXR Bass Distortion can handle it all. From punchy rock tones to heavy metal mayhem, this pedal delivers the goods, all while preserving the crucial low-end frequencies that make the bass guitar so special.

As with all MXR pedals, the Bass Distortion is built to last, housed in a rugged and road-ready enclosure that can withstand the rigors of the stage and the studio. It is designed to provide consistent performance and tonal excellence for years to come.

To power the pedal, you have multiple options: a 9-volt battery for portable use, a Dunlop ECB003 9-volt adapter, or the DC Brick™, Iso-Brick™, and Mini Iso-Brick™ power supplies (not included) for reliable and steady power during performances.

In conclusion, the MXR Bass Distortion is the go-to solution for bassists who demand powerful and gnarly distortion tones without sacrificing their low-end richness. With its separate Dry and Wet level controls, versatile Tone control, and the option to choose between silicon and LED clipping, this pedal provides a wide range of sonic possibilities for the modern bass player. Unleash the full potential of your bass guitar with the MXR Bass Distortion and take your tone to new heights.

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