HeadRush MX5 review

HeadRush makes its play for the compact amp modeling crown

HeadRush MX5
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

The MX5 feels like a more powerful beast than the full-fat floorboard did on its original release. It’s priced competitively, and can replace several pedals on a compact ’board.


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    The 4” touchscreen makes editing chains a breeze.

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    Expression pedal is assignable on a per-patch basis.

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    Can be used as a recording interface and re-amp box via USB.

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    Can only control three effects in a more complex chain via footswitches.

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Back in 2017, the flagship HeadRush Pedalboard set a new benchmark for realistic amp modelling at an affordable price-point. 

The MX5 promises to take all the learnings of the floorboard, and distil them down to a compact, affordable core. Does it deliver?

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Alex Lynham

Alex Lynham is a gear obsessive who's been collecting and building modern and vintage equipment since he got his first Saturday job. Besides reviewing countless pedals for Total Guitar, he's written guides on how to build your first pedal, how to build a tube amp from a kit, and briefly went viral when he released a glitch delay pedal, the Atom Smasher.