MXR M115 Distortion III
MXR M115 Distortion III

M115 Distortion III, Distortion from MXR.

swmcv2007 01/22/2009

MXR M115 Distortion III : swmcv2007's user review


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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.