MXR unveils versatile six-mode Tremolo pedal

MXR M305 Tremolo
(Image credit: Dunlop)

In tremolo terms, MXR is best known for its M159 Stereo Tremolo, but now the company has updated the venerable classic with a host of new features and a downsized enclosure – meet the M305 Tremolo pedal.

The M305 boasts six tremolo waveforms, which promise to cover classic tremolo tones and all-new sounds from the MXR team.

These modes include the original M159 Stereo Tremolo; a ’60s tube amp-inspired Bias; Revo, which runs an optical tremolo waveform backwards for more extreme peaks and valleys; a classic Opto photo cell setting; square-wave SQR, inspired by outboard effects; and Harm, which emulates the phaser-like tremolo found in vintage amps from the likes of Magnatone and Supro.

As well as the usual speed and depth controls, the M305 also packs a gain knob to compensate for perceived volume loss. This control doubles as a push mode selector.

MXR M305 Tremolo

(Image credit: Dunlop)

Plus, the additional jack on the side of the pedal can function as a tap tempo/expression output, or a stereo output, via a small slider on the side of the pedal. Smart.

The MXR M305 Tremolo is available now for $159. Head over to MXR for more info.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.