MXR M115 Distortion III Pedal

Guitar Distortion Pedal with Output, Tone, and Distortion Controls, Indicator Light, Heavy-duty Design
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MXR Does It Again with Distortion!

The MXR Distortion III pedal brings the crunch! Dunlop pedals are built for the long haul, with top-notch components, super-durable metal housings, reliable footswitches, and large, easy-to-use control knobs that are perfect for onstage tweaking. Distortion III gives you controls for Output, Tone, and Distortion, allowing you to go from natural grit and overdrive to intense, searing distortion. It's great for kicking your solos up a notch, driving your amp's input, or providing realistic amp tones on its own. Plug into the versatile MXR Distortion III.

MXR Distortion III Pedal at a Glance:
  • Quality components
  • Compact design - ideal for pedalboards
  • Subtle overdrive to heavy distortion
  • Output, Tone, and Distortion controls
  • Heavy-duty footstwitch
  • Indicator light
  • Sturdy metal housing
The MXR Distortion III pedal builds MXR quality into a versatile, compact distortion unit!

Additional Media

Distortion III User Manual

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Distortion
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Batteries 1 x 9V
Height 2.5"
Width 4.5"
Depth 5.5"
Weight 0.84 lbs.
Power Supply Included No
Manufacturer Part Number M115

Customer Reviews

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I was shocked when I first played through this pedal, it really sounds more like an overdrive than distortion to me, and an outstanding overdrive at that. Especially for the price, this can't be beat. Very amp-like dynamics and surprisingly quiet for how much overdrive-distortion-crunch it's capable of. It won't go all the way to modern high gain, but gets to about 80's cranked JCM800 crunch. I like this pedal better than some $200-range overdrive-distortion pedals I own. Can't recommend highly enough
Music background: guitar

Rock and roll in a box

If you can't rock with this pedal, you should sell your guitar on ebay. Or craigslist. Nuff said.

Excellent for grunge

very warm distortion excellent for grunge or even for a Hard rock.... it's so nice warm tone that I can use for Solo too
Music background: Cover band

Best Distortion I've Ever Owned

I agree completely with the 1st review. I run a Dunlop DC Brick to alleviate the battery hassle. Also, this pedal is better run in-line rather than thru an FX loop. Great well built pedal, perfect amount of distortion. Metal heads would most likely be disappointed.

Rockin' Red Box

Simply put, this thing rocks! It goes from a sweet touch of bluesy overdrive through 70's style rock tones to a 'modern rock' distrtion with a decent amount of gain (although not enough gain for modern metal sounds). It's got a nice 'warm' sound to it and isn't as harsh as some other distortions. It won't muddy up your tone either, so you can get a lot of sustain and still have clarity in your sound. The only problem is that you have to unscrew the bottom of the pedal to change the battery, but this pedal is worth the trouble and you can always use a 9volt power supply if you have one. It's built tough and could take a beating on stage. All in all it's a very versatile pedal that sounds awesome.
Music background: Part-Time Musician
See also: Distortion Pedals, MXR, MXR Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz