MXR FOD Drive review

MXR rebrands the Dookie Drive with this versatile amp-blending overdrive

(Image: © Jim Dunlop)

Guitar World Verdict

The FOD does a neat job in combining two different but complementary overdrive flavours and the controls you need to blend them.


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    Compact MXR format.

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    Good price.

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    FOD offers rich overdrive tones.


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    Four-screw battery access.

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MXR’s Dookie Drive pedal was based on the rig of modified Marshalls that Billie Joe Armstrong used on Green Day’s third album.

It had the basic aim of putting the sound of two amp stacks in a single housing with options for blending the two – and that’s exactly what the new M251 FOD Drive is designed to do, albeit with no artist affiliation and the option of a toggle-switched midrange boost, plus a scoop and a flat setting.

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.