MXR M115 Distortion III
MXR M115 Distortion III

M115 Distortion III, Distortion from MXR.

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ericthegreat's review"clean pedal, love it"

MXR M115 Distortion III
The MXR M115 Distortion III has a really nice tone quality to it and is usable for other genres besides blues. I have only use this with guitar and I probably wouldn't recommend it for use with any other instrument, although it would work fine. I just think the specific tone this has it probably best with guitar. It is great for playing blues lead lines and also works great as an all around rhythm guitar overdrive.


The general configuration and set of the M115’s couldn't be easier. It has three knobs - one for level, one for tone, and one for gain. After a few minutes of playing around with this, you should be able to figure out what everything does exactly and get a quick good sound from it. It is easy to get a light, subtle overdrive or to get a nice thick tone. I don't have a manual for this, but like most MXR manuals, it is probably pretty thorough. This being said, the pedal is easy to figure out and most probably won't need a manual.


very very clean sounding.


I've been using the M115 for about four or five years. While I don't use it all the time, when I am looking for a specific type of overdrive, this can work like a charm. Boss has a reputation for make quality products, and this pedal definitely fits that bill. It would be hard to break and has a great overall tone quality. The price, like most Boss pedals like this one, is quite cheap and players on all budgets could probably afford one of they wanted it. If you play blues and are looking for an overdrive that isn't too heavy, I definitely recommend taking a look at this. They aren’t expensive and they sound great, that’s a definite buy right there in my opinion.

swmcv2007's review

MXR M115 Distortion III
This is a pretty standard distortion pedal. No frills nothing fancy. It is analog, it has true bypass. There's a simple input and output, as well as a spot to plug in a 9V adapter.


The setup is very simple. It has three knobs. The Output knob acts like a booster. You can set it so that when you turn on the pedal on it not only adds distortion but boosts the sound as well. Very useful if you're using this for solos. The next knob is a Tone knob. This is kind of like a treble knob. This one should usually be cranked most of the way unless you play stoner rock. The final knob is the Disortion. You can just add a little bit for a nice crunch or crank it for solo's or any type of hard rock.

Overall this pedal is very easy to use and you don't even need the manual to tell you how it works. All you need is about 5 minutes and you're good to go.


This is a great sounding distortion pedal. Not only is it simple but you can get a distortion for whatever you want. It sounds good no matter what you're using it for. If you just turn the Distortion on a little bit and crank the Tone all the way you get a nice bite to your clean tone. Perfect overdrive. Nice and clear with single coils. Dirty and buttery with humbuckers. If you want some power crank it up halfway for hard riffs or a dirty blues solo. With experimentation you could get any type of distortion save for thrash metal.

I mainly use this as an overdrive pedal with my Gibson SG Standard through a Fender Blues Deluxe. Sounds great. When I add my fuzz pedal over it I get a great juicy solo tone reminiscent of Brian May.


I've had this pedal for about 5 or 6 months now and I love it. When I record I go from the guitar to the pedal to my computer. Works great. I love everything about the pedal. It's simple, very useful, it sounds great, it doesn't break the bank, and you can easily dial in your own tone with it. I tried a few Boss and Digitech pedals but none of them really stuck out like this one. Like I said, its not too expensive either. I got mine for $80.00. I'd buy another but I don't see this one having any problems for a long time.
Audiofanzine FR11/06/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

MXR M115 Distortion III
(Originally written by fantomas197/translated from Audiofanzine FR)

Analog distortion pedal.
Three controls: level, distortion and tone


Ultra easy to use and it sounds good with every setting.


High-quality sound and good reproduction of the tonal character of the guitar (I have a Gibson BFG). You can play all styles of music from blues to hard rock, but you'll hardly be able to play heavy metal because of the limited gain, which is a real pity. Given its versatility, it could become a must-have pedal if it had a wider gain range (it's the only reason I grade it 8 out 10). The tone knob is very effective.


I've been using it for a very short time to replace my old DS1 (and there is no comparison whatsoever). I will keep it in spite of the limited gain because it's a real good effect pedal. Perhaps I will buy a more transparent booster and plug it just before this pedal.
The value for money is very good when it comes to the sound. I already tried plenty of pedals of all makes (Maxon, Boss, Proco, Ehx....) and I like this best.

Jagad's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" not bad!"

MXR M115 Distortion III
analog distortion
potentiometers gain, level and tone.


very easy to use because you only have to increase the gain to such background and gradually raise the level or do the opposite and you get a huge sound that "inflates" substantially a single coil is simple, when I use my telecaster with, it sounds huge, like a Les Paul. really good, the sound is not distorted, signal very well respected, dynamic, beautiful, warm and well defined.
but I take a point because this pedal is more akin to a (large) overdrive, beautiful indeed, but lacking a bit of saturation


good quality


I've had two days and I m "bursts extra! but as mentioned above, a pity that the effect lacks a bit of saturation
Linn Sondek05/07/2013

Linn Sondek's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Fine"

MXR M115 Distortion III
Analog effect, advertised as distortion. 3 control knobs: level, tone and gain. The ultra classic that has been proven!
Indestructible case, usual in MXR.


Simple but very effective and incremental adjustments. Manuel minimalist dispensable.


So here's a pedal announced as a distortion. Either I'm deaf and I do not think either my pedal has different characteristics from any other MXR M115-I do not believe-or MXR guys are mistaken in calling it. For me, it is probably not an overdrive and a distortion. But whatever! the effect is stunning. Okay, I concede that it is better to know before you buy if you can try ...
This MXR offers typed vintage sounds: warm, generous and soft in the low mids in the bass. The tone plays primarily on the register and even push 17h does not change drastically the overall sound. It is better to know and appreciate this temperament immediately!


As I explained in my opinion on the MC402, the Disto III goes perfectly with it. It enjoys the best of both worlds: the vintage character of the Disto III and modern character of the 402. And most importantly, we get endless sustain (with Les Paul) without any breath (well, do not mount the amp volume to 10 or 12!). The residual noise of these two pedals used simultaneously is therefore at an incredibly low and even inaudible volume apartment or recording level.
Used alone, the Disto III shows excellent when taken for what it really is: an overdrive. I appreciate his somewhat dark character that captures solo. It is above all in this application that I also advise. No it is not in good rhythm but I prefer other models, always with MXR.
roll mops10/28/2012

roll mops's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Nice but is not its name"

MXR M115 Distortion III
of distortion pedal classic three pots (volume, tone and gain). 9v AC outlet. true bypass

metal box that exudes solid. and color rather nice.

I found the location of the power supply plug to properly bond embarrassing his pedals.


very simple. I wanted a distortion that sounded better than a boss and I realized that this was the best result with little gain for another boost pedal or drive the amp.

will gain crunch "means" good little distortion to the 70's. Do not expect to find a huge reserve of gain. Distortion III the name is misleading, here we are in the presence of a muscular overdrive.

knob the tone and gain are very progressive but I missed the closeness of the beach (not enough substance and too mini), which reduces its capabilities. to the volume when it makes a big jump to 13h (where we find the volume bypassed) which makes it difficult to adjust.


one of which has his hand to a bit of tone and gain.

Its vintage style 70's, it smells the led zep. the grain is nice, plus a super overdrive Boss but cooler than the drive channel of my amp (lionheart lamp).
according regulate according to him you can even find a bluesy side very nice. (I have a P90 handle that love it!)

For my part, I used to have a grain different from the amp (it is set to have pretty nearly the same gain) and I boost Fulltone OCD with one to give it a modern and acidity that demand contemporary music.

therefore giving the MXR for the 70's, 80's for ocd, and 2 for the 90's and 2000.


used for 1 year, this is the pedal + "cheap" my PB but it remains. Bosses, they have been less fortunate. the Bypass is true for many.

In short: a very good alternative to sd2 a 2nd channel to a small single-channel all-tube, a drive to boost, it will delight lovers of blues and 70's rock, but do not expect a plant to gain her dress roge and his name foreshadowed.

Meur'saw's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a good little distortion ..."

MXR M115 Distortion III
blablabla ...

as all the plug is mxr super misplaced!


easy ... everything is ok except the output knob makes a jump to 14h race of knob ... before it is a little deaf, it breathes not then suddenly half a millimeter but it breathes it face ... it's a bit annoying in order to balance off with the amp's clean ...


one grain thick enough, I love ... with the tone around 9am-10am and the gain low enough, just when it starts to driver, we have a nice little hot disto ... I love ...


it's a shame that little knob on the default output too gradual and linear ... otherwise I really like ... the price is reasonable ...

cedart's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" To grow in a beautiful red ...."

MXR M115 Distortion III
Analog Distortion, the connectors are standard:
- 6.35 2 Jack: IN and OUT
- A standard 9V power jack.
No editing possible via PC ...
This is just a distortion pedal not a dashboard A320 ....
Construction hyper solid cast steel casing.


I believe in simplicity MXR pedals are recognized as models of their kind.

3 knobs: Distortion 1 (rate-distortion of the signal), 1 Tone (Tone), an output that adjusts the output level to the amp.

The manual is very light though not at fault either. It even offers typical settings for the pedal.

Editing is very simple, parameter settings are the three main distortion for a beginner to regain its small ....


The distortion is effective, its sound is moving rather Blues, Rock and may extend, with some extreme settings, the Hard Rock sound 80 but not more ....

The sounds are quite warm and pleasant looks just like a distortion amp.
No breath.
I use it mainly with a Fender Stratocaster Japan 54 with micro Di Marzio and ST Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom plugged into a Fender Bassman 100 or a Vox AC 30 C2.

But I prefer between the Start and vox top boost mode with a gain amplifier to less than half tones and vox to 12H for the settings of the MXR: distortion in 2H, and 11H to Tone Output between 2 and 3H, it is true that in this configuration also serves as the distortion boost (big difference in volume between disto committed or not) but also where it is best expressed and gives a great presence in solo and rhythm heavy (smothered in the right hand is a killer ...)

If you are looking for crunch, you'll find, but I think that this is not his favorite .... why are targeting instead of OD MXR GT which is doing much better in this area.


I use it for a year, and I've tried more than one but I find that the distortion comes in or the sound of solos with a need to boost the signal of excellence.

Conclusion: as much effect in this price range do not expect to buy a Pandora's box where you got both light crunch that distos devastating modern rock, but an efficient pedal silmple of use after taming, will give you satisfaction.

The Value for money is very good (OCCAZ unbeatable), and this choice I would do without hesitation

thomas57270's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

MXR M115 Distortion III
distortion pedal with input and output by jack.


cofiguration very simple 3 knob: tone, distortion and output
adjustable fairly straightforward. I lacated that the distortion is a bit faile but that's exactly what I seek
manual very clear to someone who understands English with some adjustable sound standard


Indeed effective realistic and adapt to my use. I have a Fender Road Worn with a line6 amp from 75 watts spider3
it gives me a very good quality sound


I use it since you shortly and I am very satisfied with my purchase no regres
I like the style of this distortion pedal which has a somewhat low for my use, but Sufis
I try several dear friends and pedal in the store. the ds1 among others.
very good value for money as a very clean sound for a reasonable price
I think this pedal and very well made and will be a reommander

Thunderbolt1480's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

MXR M115 Distortion III
It is a distortion + (the mxr yellow) with tonal and a cleaner sound, no fuzz, very right. c solid and well flash red on seeing you say that a well must send the big sound, and yet ...


C simple to use: just three knobs and footswitch.
Now, I find a limit for distortion.


Ok, I must say that it is done it does srieusement, we feel the quality of the grain, the precision that other pedals do not have.
But what she is shy like distortion! the output level is low and the rate of gain is still soft. c no overdrive (a grain does not either heat) but c distortion so thick that lack of c not versatile. what it does other disto do not know but to play the heavy rock is not too vintage bon.C for the available power and not enough for the cleanliness of sons.Moi I do not like at all So this mxr must test it before the risk of being!
The bright red does not suit her well, c lean too aggressive given the distortions in stock!


Ho hum!