NAMM 2020: MXR puts out ‘Timmy’ tones for cheap

Introducing the new MXR Timmy Overdrive – a collaboration with Paul Cochrane.

NAMM 2020: MXR Custom Shop and boutique pedal builder Paul Cochrane have collaborated on the new budget-friendly MXR Timmy Overdrive.

The MXR Custom Shop Timmy Overdrive is based on Cochrane’s famous ‘Timmy’, a hand-built overdrive pedal that commands a hefty premium on the second-hand market. It features a standard two-knob layout of gain and volume as well as a two-band EQ for tone-shaping purposes. An additional toggle switch is included near the top of the front panel lets users change the pedal’s several clipping styles.

With a very accessible price point of under $130, the MXR Custom Shop Timmy Overdrive sits squarely in the ‘budget boutique’ department. The pedal is also extremely pedalboard-friendly, thanks to its slimmed-down construction. Despite the smaller enclosure, MXR claims that its Timmy Overdrive is more than capable of delivering a “dynamic range of texture and grit, enhancing the tone of your entire rig without compromising its original character”.

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Does MXR’s treatment of the venerable Timmy pedal hold up to its namesake? Only time will tell.

A couple of months ago, MXR lifted the veil on the Brown Acid Fuzz, a 70s-styled silicon fuzz circuit. It was designed to recall the fully-saturated saturated fuzz tones favoured in that decade, à la Black Sabbath. Just last month we also put MXR’s Clone Looper though its paces and found it to be simple yet powerful. Built for the performer, its main appeal is its bare bones design.

The MXR Custom Shop Timmy Overdrive will be available at $129.99 (list) on an as-yet-undisclosed date. For more information, click here.

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