- Pedal Type:
- SIngle 9 Volt Battery
- 1 3/8 inches high, 4 1/4 inch in length, 2 3/8 wide
- single, standard 1/4 inch
- single, standard 1/4 inch
- This Pedal features a serious tube like growl that bass players are known to demand when it comes to using a dirt pedal. I personally use this in my rig. It has added a whole different level of tone !. Some of the features include a true bypass footswitch, a pretty damn bright led indicator, (white in color), on board controls feature your standard volume, tone and drive knob, but the mxr m89 has a clean knob which allows you to combine the clean signal and with the overdriven signal. All the circuitry is analog, which allows us to obtain that warm tone we all enjoy.
I have used a few different types of overdrives over the years i have been playing bass, when i heard of the release of the m89 bass overdrive, I immediately jumped on it and bought one, it is now a permanent mainstay on my pedalboard. It is clearly the best on the market today. if you want some serious growl and dirt, i highly recommend this pedal. its also fun to combine this pedal with the M-288 bass octave deluxe or the M-152 Micro Flanger. or if you want to be gutsy, add the Dunlop 105Q bass wah in the mix.
- Other Specs:
- Silver flake paint, black lettering, instructions with sample settings, jim dunlop/mxr product catalog, and warranty card in the box
Mxr M89 Bass Overdrive
- Average User Rating:
Recent User Reviews
"Amazing OD Pedal!"
- Build Quality:
Pros - Have not found another pedal like this on the market for this price point. Perfect blend of vintage/modern OD, punchy and growly, does NOT lose any low end, true bypass.
Cons - LED is stupidly bright - but at least you know it is on!
For starters - I play in a Post-Hardcore/Post-Grunge type band: Jazz basses with picks, 55-110's in Drop D, ever so slightly cut mids (500-800 Hz -3dB), and always have a bit of grit going on. This pedal is my main OD pedal in addition to my Sansamp VT Bass Deluxe pedal, which offers a completely different OD sound.
For years I had been using the good ol' Boss ODB-3. My tastes changed drastically and I decided to go with a warmer, less grindy bass distortion and something that blended better with my band rather than making me stick out. The ODB-3 has its place, and that place isn't on my pedalboard anymore.
The MXR M89 stood out to me in a DENSE crowd of bass OD pedals. It is not a fuzz - which is a MASSIVE selling point for me (IMO, the fuzz market is too swamped). I wanted an overdrive that is lush and thick without being grindy (i.e. Darkglass B7K/B3K - I love the tone, but they're extremely modern sounding). Think of a tube amp on steroids cranked. There you have it. This can get PLENTY distorted!
Simple controls, dynamic, growly and gritty without being overly fuzzy or grindy (not grindy at all, actually), punchy (Clean knob), flexible tone controls (via the Tone knob and the Clean knob), super quiet, and built to last. The best part is that you do NOT lose any low end - something that I hated about the Boss pedal...I was always boosting the low EQ which seemed to be shelved at 150Hz or so. The clean is more of a semi-dry blend; this pedal will NOT get fully clean, and for me that's a great thing. I keep my clean at about 2 o'clock to keep the punch of my bass cutting through with a lovely blanket of ballsy overdrive sitting underneath. It's perfect for blending in and meshing an overdriven sound with your existing tone. I keep the volume boosted a bit above my normal tone level to add a bit of a volume push when I click it on. That being said, too - the switch feels good! Not too stiff, not too loose.
I cannot say enough good about this pedal. Since adding it in my signal chain I have just been blown away and get compliments on my tone constantly. I cannot see myself getting rid of this thing anytime soon, and it has given me *THE* Overdrive sound I've been looking for. Snag one!
"Very good but not perfect"
- Build Quality:
Pros - A good overdrive sound
Cons - There is no clean blend, it's not very transparent and it's not very dynamic.
I'd read a lot about this pedal and I was initially very disappointing with my copy. So I'll start with the problems I have with it.
Firstly, the clean knob IS NOT a clean blend...which would have been nice. No...it's a pre-set EQ blend which isn't fully removed when the knob is at one end of the scale and gets very boomy at the other end. It's this feature which takes away my view of this pedal's transparency...it does mess with your tone between a lot and a little bit. The tone knob is a typical treble cut and helps to emulate amps/cabs of old. But essentially there are two knobs here that are a bit redundant. It is a missed opportunity to have either active Bass and treble controls (cut & boost) or a treble cut and blend option.
Secondly, the grit isn't very dynamic and can't be turned fully down to no grit. If the pedal is engaged...then there is always some grit and how hard you play doesn't make a lot of difference to the amount of grit. So the break up isn't as controllable as I'd like. I like to be able to dial in "on the verge" of break up so that as I dig in...I get some nice biting crunch to my tone. I can't do that with this pedal. It doesn't to subtle.
So that's the bad. The good news is that it's grit is really very nice and sounds great. I really like some of the sounds I get from it and it pairs really well with other MXR pedals. Pop this between your MXR Bass Octaver and MXR Bass Envelope filter and you will see what I mean.
So it's a good pedal, but the opportunity for it to be epic is unfortunately missed.
"MUST GET !!"
- Build Quality:
Pros - THE PEDAL AND ALL OF ITS FEATURES ARE PRO GRADE, ALSO MEETS AND EXCEEDS ANY AND ALL EXPECTATIONS A MODERN BASSIST DEMANDS
Cons - THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO CONS TO THIS PEDAL
GO TO YOU YOUR LOCAL GUITAR CENTER AND GET ONE ! YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED