The first in a line from the ABC Custom Badass design team, the MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion is a factory-modded pedal that roars with huge amp stack tones and old school tube amp-like distortion.
ABC took a classic distortion circuit and hot-rodded it to the next level for over-the-top soaring leads and rich, saturated rhythms. With only three knobs, dialing in Badass tone is a cinch. The CRUNCH button allows you to choose between two different modes of diode and LED clipping, boosting the harmonic content of the distortion.
The '78 Distortion's wide open amp-like sound sounds great whether it's in front of a clean amp, a slightly dirty amp, or a full on overdriven amp. Under the hood, this high performance machine features top notch circuitry and hardware meant for a lifetime of use.
Guitar World - Guitar World Platinum award 2011 - “The ’78 Distortion sounds as wild and raunchy as music was back in hard rock’s glory days, while it offers the versatility and low-noise performance that today’s players demand.”
Vintage Guitar Magazine - December 2011 - "Custom Badass is a new division of MXR that offers the company’sengineers’ hot-rodded takes on popular designs."
Guitar & Bass - Guitar Awards 2011 Best Effects - "Custom Badass is a new division of MXR that offers the company's engineers’ hot-rodded takes on popular designs."