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Review: MXR M222 Talk Box

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The talk box is one of the most expressive and unique effects ever developed. But unless your band plays a “Show Me the Rocky Mountain Way Livin’ On a Man in a Jambi” medley, few guitarists want to bother hauling around an extra amp head and setting up an A/B switching system in order to use one onstage.

The new MXR M222 Talk Box eliminates those hassles by providing a self-contained amp and speaker driver. You don’t even need to hook the M222 up to a guitar amp unless you want to seamlessly switch from your standard guitar rig to the talk box effect when playing live.

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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.