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Side-by-side comparison - Comparison Test 2
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Side-by-side comparison

We take a look at two popular items, the Maxon RTD800 Real Tube Ovedrive Pedal and the MXR EVH5150. Find out what separates these two items with the full comparison review below. If you find this article interesting, you might also want to read Top 10 Overdrive Pedals for Great Metal Sound in 2019

Contestant number one is the Maxon RTD800 Real Tube Ovedrive Pedal. If you are one of those people that move between genres a lot this might be the pedal for you. It is actually not just an overdrive pedal but also a distortion pedal, meaning that with the same product you can achieve everything from a cute love song to death metal. Because of the two different functions, it does cost a little more but if you are looking to buy two separate pedals anyway this might actually cut the cost for you.

Now we will have look at an alternative, the MXR EVH5150. Our first impression of this pedal was that the design looks extremely professional. Turns out it was designed in collaboration with Eddie Van Halen. We must say they have succeeded, it looks and feels great! This is a very versatile pedal that gives the musician whatever he wants. The sound is very high quality and you will probably feel that it was worth paying a little extra to get this high performing pedal.


Taking a closer look at the features of the Maxon RTD800 Real Tube Ovedrive Pedal

This pedal has a foot switchable boost function which is a nice extra feature. It has also got three independent tone circuits. This helps diminishing frequency overlap and cross-talk and means that you have more tonal options than most other pedals would offer.


But what about the MXR EVH5150

The noise reduction is on point and the pedal responds well to the dynamics of your pick attack. This pedal lets you focus only on the music you are playing and it allows you to really make that sound you have in mind come to life. This pedal really brings you the Van Halen sound and you just have to try it for yourself to know how good it actually feels!

HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON
Maxon RTD800 Real Tube Ovedrive Pedal MXR EVH5150
KEY FEATURES
+ Overdrive and distortion pedal in one
+ Foot switchable boost function
+ Three independent tone circuits

+ Designed in collaboration with Eddie Van Halen
+ Amazing sound
+ Outstanding noise reduction

WHAT OUR TEAM THOUGHT
This is the pedal to go for if you are interested in a distortion pedal as well as an overdrive pedal. The sound quality is nice either way you take it and it offers a very broad range of tonal options to help you take your music to the next level. A true premium choice! You can't go wrong with this one. It has got the whole package. It has terrific sound quality, both functional and awesome looking design and for Van Halen fans this is definitely a product worth considering. It is hard to even find any flaws in this overdrive pedal! If you are looking to vary your sound a little more, you can always add a reverb pedal to your collection.


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Check out our article Top 10 Overdrive Pedals for Great Metal Sound in 2019 for more info.


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