M116 Fullbore Metal review by MXR

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  • Sound: 5
  • Overall Impression: 5
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Ease of Use: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 6.3 Neat
  • Users' score: 7.8 (82 votes)
MXR: M116 Fullbore Metal

Price paid: $ 100

Purchased from: Guitar center

Sound — 5
I purchased this pedal when I was playing for almost 3 years, because my DigiTech multi effects pedal was stolen. ( car got broken into) I had the pedal until recently, now that I have been playing for four and a half years and having it for a little more than a year, I played with it a ton and im gonna have to warn you it sounds like tin foil metal distortion ( the noise gate is nice though) This over priced pedal sounds worse than a Line 6 spider amp distortion. I mean this is by far the worse pedal iv'e ever used. I was never able to get a decent Death metal, metalcore, classic metal, black metal sounf out of it. The sounds are Mediocre and above average at best. The only reason I bought this pedal is because a guitar center employee Assured me that is the pedal he used and its sounds awesome. I now he doesn't know a good tone. If you want a Oversatured tone with foggy distortion, that you can crank it up when your amp is at 11, then this is your pedal. If your a tone freak that cares about his tone then I wouldn't even bother with this pedal. Just to tell you how bad this pedal is I got better tones for death metal from a used DigiTech Grunge pedal I bought for 25$.

Overall Impression — 5
This is more a pedal for guys who listen to suicide silence, Cannibal corpse, Black dahlia, whitechapel, And haven't been playing for that long and don't give a shit about tone and like your amp at 11. I wish I would have tried this more. I sold it soooo. The Gate is the best feature, it has good controls easy to use, what I hate is the sound.

Reliability & Durability — 8
Reliable? yes it is you could throw it against a brick wall as hard as you could multiple times and it still wouldn't break, my only complain is that the nobs need better glue they come off fairly easy.

Ease of Use — 7
Its a little hard to get a good sound out of it, it takes a while, you don't really need a manual for it overall really easy to use. But it takes a while to get a good sound out of it.

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    Dark_Iran wrote: blackstar HT-dist vs MXR fullbore metal what is your choice for metal sound?
    Blackstar ht-dist all the way. the mxr fullbore metal is way too scooped, compressed and sterile sounding, unless you want to achieve a shitty Dimebag tone, go with the ht-dist
    it's funny because half the people here have either bought it without TRYING it first, or havent mucked around with the knobs and/or buttons enough to get the sound they want ive tried it, mucked around with the knobs and buttons, and i guess i kinda like it i reckon it'll be good to make my drop B and A a little less muddy