MXR M294 Sugar Drive *Free Shipping in the USA*
Based on a
rare and elusive circuit, the MXR Sugar Drive provides a diverse range
of clear and transparent overdrive tones, from sauced up boosting to
The Long Story.
The MXR Sugar Drive provides a diverse range of clear and
transparent overdrive tones, from sauced up boosting to blown-tube
distortion. It’s based on a rare overdrive pedal that has acquired a
mythical reputation among fanatical tone-seekers thanks to its unique
The key elements of that circuit design are the
Drive control and something called a voltage doubler. First, the Drive
control on this pedal doesn’t just increase the intensity of the
overdrive pedal. It starts with your clean signal and then blends it
with the overdrive effect as you turn it up, replicating the smooth
transition of an amplifier going from clean to dirty. The voltage
doubler increases overall headroom, which opens everything up nicely.
course, we had to put the MXR touch on this circuit. If you’re all
about true bypass, then you’re in luck—this pedal uses it by default.
The original used buffered bypass, though, and we know there’s a lot of
players out there who don’t want to fix something that isn’t broken.
They’re in luck, too—just flick the Buffer switch on the side of the
pedal to enable buffered bypassing.
With a simple three-knob setup
and an MXR mini housing, this is the go-to overdrive to have on your
pedalboard. It’s versatile and it saves space, and unlike the original
pedals it’s based on, it won’t cost you thousands of dollars.