MXR M115 Distortion III
MXR M115 Distortion III

M115 Distortion III, Distortion from MXR.

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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.
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.

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

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

MXR M115 Distortion III
Simple, three knobs and a button on / off and level c of the solid structure, in short, the mxr


I play punk / rock style green day, blink, BFS, NOFX ..... I use it mainly to the rhythm, to have a solo j MXR M133, which boost the sound.
if you turn the knobs and happiness


Ben are great qualities in sound, after all depends on what the research, made of metal for that s not a pedal that you need, even if you can jump a foot above join, if c is a small beast of versatility in rock and blues, which has a rotten personality without the sound of the guitar, despite miserable c 3 knobs that really work on the sound, I have finally understood What is a knob
For the pedal expresses its full power (so as not to be violent, it asks you sound in the face) I have to put the volume pedal has a little over 2 / 3, below it odd it sounds feeble, So when we move from the saturated its clear we have a lower noise level important ... not great ... but hey it tears


I have the last 2 years and I m more separated, I have taken time to find the pedal that I wanted, but's it, and I perceived that I hated the distortion from a boss mt2
the +: the sounds, the ease of adjustment, strength, and mouth (she has)
the -: the access to the battery (and the more it 's not even supplied)
RAPORT the quality / price n is neither good nor bad, I found exelente therefore even more expensive I would buy the, but c is what it's worth

I invite you to try al
Bob l'éponge carrée02/14/2008

Bob l'éponge carrée's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

MXR M115 Distortion III
- What are the effects or types of effects available?
Of distortion pedals analog
three knobs: Output, Tone and Gain
a footswitch (no kidding!?)
Input and output Jack
CHAC battery is under the pedals, you must disassemble the plate bottom with a screwdriver, too bad. On the same plate there are 4 rubber feet not very big but they seem to hold good.
The chassis is worthy of a tank, the conection and the switch seem srieux
Simple and effective is what I wanted, I even wanted to head to the model without Tone (Distortion + M104), but this one offers more possibilities
I put 9 because it's right what I wanted, those who want an equalizer paramtrique and others go your way ... Least one battery.


The 3 knobs are pedals that is by design simplicity of a job that will most.
For rgler sound, a is between the "output" and "gain", and it carves all with the "tone" has to switch over the mix in a solo instance or to stay further back to ensure a rhythm. To find the sound is a fast, it's effective.
Er's manual, wait ... I look There's a good mini manual in the box, that of indoor uses the same thing, and in addition provides the technical data and information for ceusses who know nothing about anything like that can put a battery or power supply, and especially how to use it (!) with a, 3 rglages types are indicated.
I put 10 because the knobs are really something, was quick to correct the sound and get whatever you want.


The PDAL is trs versatile, it offers more or less supported crunch according to the employe guitar up a little more than half of the race of Cain, APRS ca saturates frankly, my Les Paul spits fire! For a stratum as it works pretty good, frankly, I love it!
Saturations do not dteriorent the nature of the instrument and are super cool prcises without ringing.
This can be used MXR either boost or distortion.


I tried several times with a flopped others (Ibanez TS 808, rat, big muff, line 6 (erk) and so on ...) and I confess to having t u by the M104 (boost / overdrive) of the same brand. In short, this one stood out as easy to use, and a sound which I really liked (it's still done for the base!)

I like everything in the pedals, the look, sound, simplicity.
What I like least is the CASC the stack, but do not care I always pass by a power supply, so there!

I paid 82, and is, as I think it will make me for years ...
And yes I would do DEFINITIONS choice. (For those who did not follow ;-)

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

MXR M115 Distortion III
It svre crunch!
It respects the sound of your guitar that we recognize.
It is dynamic and responds your attack style.
Easily found (s) sound (s) that is sought, me anyway - the sharpness of Blood Sugar Red Hot!
I play on a strat.


This is not a Big Disto!
Overdrive, Crunch and Disto.
For me, it's a Idale pedal for rhythm.


Buy 110 without battery, adapter possibilities. (9v)
Very good sound quality.
The accuracy of all Tone is, like the rest.


I do not know what to say, go try it!
Completely satisfied.
Simple and effective, it is worth more than the 100.

I hesitated with RAT, the MXR is me and my Start breathable.

Big fans of sounds, I do not think it will suit you but try the with dual microphones, you never know.