M104 Distortion Plus review by MXR

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.9 (28 votes)
MXR: M104 Distortion Plus
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Price paid: $ 59.25

Purchased from: Steve's Music Shop

Sound — 9
Great sound out of this little stompbox. This is Randy Rhodes' distortion pedal so if you want the sound from Ozzy's records, you definatly need this pedal. Great distortion overall and good to use with a bass guitar also. The pedal has a very good sound overall and will impress.

Overall Impression — 9
I play rock and metal and this distortion fits it perfectly. I've been playing for four years now and this pedal is the best distortion I have heard for rock/metal. It surpasses any distortion effect on the Yamaha Magicstomp, which I also own. I would definately buy another if this one was lost or stolen. Also, the knobs have glow in the dark lines on it to show what level the output and distortion is on. It's great for playing at a dark venue and wanting to check out your pedals settings.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This little pedal is solid. Nothing is going to break it. If it gets thrown at something, it will break that something before the pedal itself breaks. Definately usable without a backup if you have a adaptor. Battery life is also very good. Pretty heavy and durable for a little pedal.

Ease of Use — 10
Very simple to use. One switch with two knobs. One output and one distortion. Very nice and very simple. Nothing too complicated to get into, just turn the distortion until you get the right amount, then turn the output until it's loud enough to blow your ear drums.

6 comments sorted by best / new / date

    JBender23
    Everyone keeps going on about how perfect it is to achieve the Randy Rhodes sound, but what about the Jerry Garcia sound? This was one of three distortion pedals he used, and I'm looking for the one that produces that funky fuzz that is signature to his sound.
    imnouser
    i tried one in store today, had to chose between this and a crybaby (they were $20 difference) it would have to be probably the least versatile pedal i have ever played with! its just the same tone, with more gain, a real generic tone aswell. yuck!
    Megadeaf
    This certainly is an improvement from a Metal Zone. I have a mod that makes a Metal Zone sound better. You will need a hammer and a strong arm. Smash pedal repeatedly.