MXR Innovations were founded and incorporated in 1974 in New York (USA), as one of the most esteemed guitar pedal manufacturers in the industry, they are now owned by Jim Dunlop – another recognizable brand in the guitar world, yet they still produce outstanding and innovative products. A highlight of this magnificent collaboration is the MXR MC404 CAE Dual Inductor Wah guitar pedal.
This versatile pedal, as its name clearly states, dominantly separates itself from its competition by featuring two separate Fasel inductors, each designed to give a different kind of breathtaking tone. The first is designed to give you quite a deep, warm and lush wah tone, the second inductor on the other side, provides more of a classic wah tone, which doesn’t go as low, as it maintains a nice high-end signal with excellent responsiveness.
It’s basically like two wah pedals in one (which make it a true “wah wah”) which is quite an impressive feat on its own, the inductors are complemented with a switch on the pedal’s side allowing you to select which inductor you want to use, and a LED light indicating which mode is currently selected. The pedal’s side also features a tiny boost knob that goes up to 18 dB, the masterpiece’ fine qualities are backed up with True Bypass – zero interference when not engaged.
The sound performance on this remarkable “wah wah” is exactly what you’d expect from it, immense variety in how your tone turns out, depending on how and when you press it down and which Fasel inductor you prefer.
The options are there, regardless of genre, ranging from classic rock all the way up into metal territory, you can definitely create personalized effects attuned to your taste, or mimic breathtaking sounds played out by famous guitarists, which is naturally doable by the MC404, as it can achieve tones reminiscent of the classic “Cry Baby” pedals. All in all, this work of art is highly adaptable, and if you spend some time with it to match it perfectly with the rest of your equipment arsenal, you’ll never look back.
This is one of the most accomplished pedal in the wah category, definitely one of the most unique. If you’re looking for something more than your basic wah pedal, this is undoubtedly one of the best finds on the market.