MXR Super Badass Dynamic O.D. review

With the latest in MXR’s Super Badass series, you’re set for a dynamic and flexible drive

MXR M249 Super Badass Dynamic O.D
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

MXR’s Super Badass Dynamic OD is an excellent compact overdrive pedal with great dynamic sensitivity and a flexibility that will see it playing a crucial role in front of both clean or driven amps.


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    Compact size.

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    Two modes.

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    Great dynamic response and clean-up.

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    Wide range of gain.


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This pedal is the fifth from MXR with ‘Badass’ in its name, and the third of the compay’s ‘Super Badass’ pedals, completing a trilogy of dirt alongside the Super Badass Distortion and Super Badass Variac Fuzz. Based around MOSFET clipping diodes, it’s a basic three-knob overdrive pedal with Output Volume, Gain and Tone knobs plus a two-way toggle switch that gives you Cut or Boost. 

The Dynamic OD pedal sounds tonally most neutral and transparent in the Cut position with the Tone knob set close to midway. With the Gain knob set at minimum, you’ll get unity gain and clean sound around 11 o’clock, leaving plenty of knob travel for dialling in some clean boost that you can liven up by turning the tone knob clockwise from the neutral point, adding some crisp note definition. 

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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.