Originally founded in 1972 in Rochester, New York, their original and iconic Phase 90 pedal was famously championed by Eddie Van Halen, used on the first two Van Halen albums and forming a crucial part of their sound. This pedal’s it’s stripped-back appearance, ultra-simple functionality and tough enclosure set the precedent for MXR as a pedal brand.

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Despite the reputation of the Phase 90, as well as the Dyna Comp Compressor and Distortion+ distortion/overdrive pedal, production ceased in the ‘80s due to a rise in popularity of rack-based effects. In 1987 however, Jim Dunlop bought the MXR brand; production was kickstarted, and to this day Jim Dunlop continue to produce the MXR range in all of its rugged.