The New MXR Prime Distortion

MXR Prime Distortion

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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,, or

The Prime Distortion

MXR Prime Distortion
MXR 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.

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Kyle Smitchens

Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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9 years ago

Hi Kyle,

I just got this pedal for Father’s Day and I am very impressed with its tones. Low noise even at high gain is a bonus. The great aspect of this pedal is in the range of tones. There are some awesome blues tones in her; the medium gain tones are very silky.

The harder you dig, the dirtier she gets and it was hard to stop playing. I’ve owned lots of pedals and this is a must buy. Very musical and hard thumping!

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