MXR Timmy Overdrive review

MXR buddies up with Paul Cochrane for a reissue of his much prized transparent drive pedal

MXR Timmy
(Image: © Guitar Center)

Guitar World Verdict

Timmy is finally swimming in the mainstream and it remains one of the most transparent, responsive overdrive pedals you will find, with three clipping modes for added range.


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    Three different clipping modes.

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    Highly versatile when it comes to shaping tone.

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    Small footprint.

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    Good value.


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    Bass and treble are configured cut-only.

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If you’ve never heard of Paul Cochrane or his cult Tim and Timmy drive pedals, it's not necessarily surprising. Paul Cochrane has no website and a minimal presence on social media. Obtaining obtaining one of his Timmy overdrive pedals is a bit of a challenge, with Cochrane building them one at a time. 

But habitual denizens of guitar forums will tell you that the Timmy pedal is a perennial on lists of best overdrive pedals – including ours – and it's because it is a super-transparent, amp-like overdrive that's been constant demand for armchair tone chasers. And also a pedalboard essential for the likes of Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford and L.A. studio hound Lyle Workman. 

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.