If you like your guitar tone already, then you're going to love it with the MXR M294 Sugar Drive overdrive pedal. You'll enjoy more focused lows and mids, with a top end that's simply sweet. Use it as a clean boost, or turn up the gain for smooth, harmonically rich overdrive. The Sugar Drive offers switchable buffered/true bypass modes, allowing you to choose whichever is best for your pedalboard layout. And its generous headroom allows the dynamics of your playing to really come through. Before you spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a rare boutique drive pedal, guitarists at Music Experience definitely recommend checking out the MXR M294 Sugar Drive.
What MXR Says...
The MXR Sugar Drive provides a diverse range of clear and transparent overdrive tones, from sauced up boosting to blown-tube distortion. It’s based on a rare overdrive pedal that has acquired a mythical reputation among fanatical tone-seekers thanks to its unique circuit design. The key elements of that circuit design are the Drive control and something called a voltage doubler. First, the Drive control on this pedal doesn’t just increase the intensity of the overdrive pedal. It starts with your clean signal and then blends it with the overdrive effect as you turn it up, replicating the smooth transition of an amplifier going from clean to dirty. The voltage doubler increases overall headroom, which opens everything up nicely. Of course, we had to put the MXR touch on this circuit. If you’re all about true bypass, then you’re in luck—this pedal uses it by default. The original used buffered bypass, though, and we know there’s a lot of players out there who don’t want to fix something that isn’t broken. They’re in luck, too—just flick the Buffer switch on the side of the pedal to enable buffered bypassing. With a simple three-knob setup and an MXR mini housing, this is the go-to overdrive to have on your pedalboard. It’s versatile and it saves space, and unlike the original pedals it’s based on, it won’t cost you thousands of dollars.
MXR M294 Sugar Drive Overdrive Pedal Features:
- Boost/overdrive pedal for electric guitar
- Based on a rare and famous pedal known for focused lows/mids, smooth highs, and high headroom
- High headroom for dynamic response and wide-open sound
- Toggle switch for buffered/true bypass operation
- Blends dry signal with overdrive signal for amp-like breakup and response
- Powered via 9-volt power supply (sold separately)
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||9V DC power supply required (sold separately)
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