M108 10-Band EQ review by MXR

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Ease of Use: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 8.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.2 (19 votes)
MXR: M108 10-Band EQ

Price paid: $ 120

Purchased from: Musician's Friend

Sound — 9
I use it in the effects loop of my Peavey Valveking 112 with an Epiphone Les Paul or Fender Strat. It does it's job very well, allowing me to cut out fizz (particularly in the 2-4k range) and boost lacking frequencies (bass side) In all, it's a great pedal and gives me much more control over my tone. From tight metal to sterile jazz, this pedal really helps me get there.

Overall Impression — 10
I've been playing for basically two years and this pedal turned my Valveking from something somewhat mediocre to a great amp - really improved the lead channel. I'd be willing to put my setup against one that costed twice as much now. If it were stolen or lost I'd most definitely buy another - it's versatility is very appealing. One of, if not the the most important pedal in my board.

Reliability & Durability — 8
Some of the frequency numbers have already rubbed off after a few weeks of travelling from my house to my school with it, but the actual construction is untouched. After a few weeks, I'm familiar with what each slider does enough that it doesn't matter too much. It's survived being dropped on tile several times. I most certainly would gig with it without a backup.

Ease of Use — 7
At first it takes some time to get used to, having 12 dB of boost/cut for frequencies ranging up to 16 kHz. After a few hours toying with it, though, it becomes very easy to mold your amp's tone. The manual is short and comes with settings to try out. One thing I will say is that the Gain slider does not function like the knob on one's amp - instead it's more like a second volume slider unless you have the equalizer in front of the amp.

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    Does this thing suck tone a lot? I know it's not true-bypass (if it was, I'd buy it in a heartbeat). PM me please with an answer, as I probably won't come back to this page
    PJplaysguitar wrote: solder_jointx wrote: Wwhen is someone going to come up with a review for the 6-band EQ? Maybe I should get on that. Do you think people who put double letters have a stutter in real life as well?
    Probably cuz either way its really funny.
    gurg06 wrote: the only difference between this one ond th Kerry King version is that the KK one can run in stereo
    The KK one can't run in stereo.. It just has two outputs. To be stereo it would have to have two inputs as well.
    Wrong - Two outputs = stereo output, the single input is split into left and right signals that would go out to two different amps. Many Chorus and Delay pedals do this and these pedals all have one input, actually I never seen a pedal with stereo outs that have two inputs. If you want to run mono, you use the left output only.
    PJplaysguitar wrote: Do you think people who put double letters have a stutter in real life as well?
    I'll be honest, I lol'ed at this comment! Just bought one on eBay for $89...can't wait to see if it helps me out as much as it did the owner's that posted reviews! Yay!
    this pedal is a must in my opinion i am running a peavey classic 50 410 got the perfect tone through the lead channel no overdrive would give me the extra thump that i needed until i bought the mxr eq and ran it through the effects loop the amp is now a utter monster the amp was already unreal but now is unstoppable thankyou mxr!!!
    Just got it love it sooooo much, dang let me tell you I have a crate all tube half stack,I know what u r thing ,crat? Well my amp sounded great for the brand,but with this pedal is sounds so sick,any sound I want I can get,and another thing I use to have to turn my amp up to a level that was to loud for the roommates,with this pedal I can have it low and it still sounds bad freaking ass,a must have in my book.must have,ESP if u r lookin for your own sound,and who isn't .
    Man this thing I can't say enough good crap about it.I had a full bore metal pedal,and to be honest in my eyes that pedal couldn't Handel itself,not to mention I'm not a metal guy ,I dig it ,slayer and what not,but that pedal was a little to much.I took it back after 3 days.this is now the only pedal I own,and it's all I need ,I play hardcore punk,if u would have to label it, it does the trick more than i can say.I wish I knew about this thing along time ago.I no longer feel the need for a Mesa,or a marsh.
    This thing really is awesome. I have a Peavey Triple XXX head with this in the loop. I was really wanting to try and sell my head and just get a 6505, but dialed in right, this pedal does one hell of a job. Love the fact that it has a gain slider too. The only downside to the pedal is that it's really large and clunky, not ideal for going to jam at your buddy's place, and on top of that, as far as I can tell, you have to use a power supply, no batteries, meaning you gotta take up an extra plug if you don't have something to power multiple pedals.