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A Deal Primed to the Max
What happens when you lock reps from both Dunlop Manufacturing and Guitar Center in a room together and lock the door? Empirical evidence suggests that guitar effect pedals are born. By the powers that be, Guitar Center and Dunlop have teamed up to give us a brand new MXR distortion pedal that can only be found in Guitar Center stores, GuitarCenter.com, or MusiciansFriend.com.
The Prime Distortion
The MXR Prime Distortion by design harnesses vintage tones with its hard-clipping distortion. It is a 100% analog pedal fitted in a small chassis, and armed with a switch, the input and output jacks, and distortion, tone, and output knobs. It uses low noise op amps to keep your signal as clean as possible while simultaneously making it as gritty and dirty as you like. Considering the responsiveness to dynamics and playing styles your signal can be gingerly dusted with a slight coarseness to a full on, hard hitting rock punch.
The Prime Distortion is graciously simplified and doesn’t mire its tone down with a bunch of frivolous novelties that you’ll probably never use. Just a few knobs to twist until you get the sound you’re looking for.
Availability and Pricing
The press release I have says the Prime Distortion will be available on May 22nd, yet the official video we’ve posted here states at the end that it’s available now. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t like it when things don’t make sense, so I took matters into my own hands. As of this writing the Prime Distortion is not available on Musicians Friend, but Guitar Center’s web site does have a page for it with a price tag of $49.99 and a giant “Order Now” button. Of course when I click the button it says “Available for sale April 22, 2013,” so I don’t know who to believe any more. My life is officially a hollowed out lie.
You don’t have to take anyone else’s word on how good the Prime Distortion sounds. Hear for yourself.
More from MXR and Dunlop
MXR’s been in the business of making pedals, and business has been good. Earlier they’d unveiled the Talk Box, a new Brick power supply, and a couple of bass effect pedals. Then there was that time Dunlop showed up at Winter NAMM with not one, not two, but three new Fuzz Face pedals and an Eddie Van Halen 35th anniversary signature wah pedal. Those were pretty cool.