MXR CAE MC402 Boost Overdrive Pedal
MC-402 Boost/Overdrive The MC-402 Boost/Overdrive offers the combination of a simple dynamic overdrive and an independent clean boost circuit all in one compact pedal. The overdrive section is truly "classic", adding warmth, sustain and punch, without coloring your sound. It can go from a bluesy, slightly overdriven sound to full-metal crunch with a twist of the gain knob. The MC-402 also cleans up nicely when you roll back your guitar volume, making it extremely touch sensitive and responsive to picking dynamics, without becoming thin sounding.
The boost circuit alone is a bonus, as it is the exact same circuit CAE has used for years to solve a wide variety of signal conditioning problems in major guitar systems. The MC-402's high quality components provide quiet operation and trouble-free interaction with other pedals on your board. In keeping with the CAE tradition, the design is simple and straightforward, with a minimum of controls only what is necessary to do the job.
I have tried many boosts and overdrive pedals but this was one that i had been using for a few years before my last one was stolen. the boost has warmth and body to it not a million miles away from a germanium or blues driver and the overdrive gives great crunch without sounding too old school.