MXR M294 Sugar Drive Pedal

Bring out the best of your guitar and amp sound with the MXR Sugar Drive, based on a rare circuit that increases overall headroom with uncolored boost.

The MXR Sugar Drive is for players who love the sonic synergy of their guitar and amplifier but want even more of that sound. You spent years chasing it, and now you need a way to make it more focused and more robust. A way to make it that much sweeter. Look no further than the Sugar Drive.

It's based on a rare pedal that has acquired a mythical reputation among fanatical tone-seekers thanks to its unique circuit design. Key elements of that design are its Drive control and voltage doubler. The Drive control replicates the smooth transition of an amplifier going from clean to dirty by blending the overdrive effect with your clean signal as you turn it up. The voltage doubler increases overall headroom, which opens everything up nicely for a clear and transparent range of tones that you can dial in depending on what you need from your rig, from uncolored boosting to rich, smooth overdrive.

Of course, we had to give this circuit the MXR touch. If you're all about true bypass, then you're in luck -- this pedal uses it by default. The original used buffered bypass, though, and we know there are a lot of players out there who don't want to fix something that isn't broken. They're in luck, too -- just flick the Buffer switch on the side of the pedal to enable buffered bypassing.

With a simple three-knob setup and an MXR mini housing, this is the overdrive pedal to bring out the best of your rig and make it come alive. It's versatile and it saves space, and unlike the original read more pedals it's based on, it won't cost you thousands of dollars.


- Brings out the best of your guitar and amp sound
- Based on a rare & elusive overdrive circuit
- Diverse range of tones, from boosting to overdrive
- Blends in clean signal to maintain your guitar's personality
- Buffer switch toggles between true & buffered bypass switching
- Clear & transparent performance
- Increased headroom for dynamic, wide open sound

Note: Power supply not included.
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- Input Impedance: 600 kO
- Output Impedance: 3 kO
- Nominal Input Level: +6 dBV
- Maximum Output Level True Bypass without Buffer selected: +26 dBV
- Tone control (@ full CCW): -20 dB @ 3 kHz
- Current Draw: 18.5 mA @ 9 VDC
- Power Requirements: 9 VDC (not included: ECB003 AC Adapter)
- Throughput Gain: up to +50 dB @ 1kHz
- Power supply not included.
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 0.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 6 x 5 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): M294

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 707-745-2722

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (2 ratings)
Submitted February 24, 2020 by Jon Banta in Joplin, MO

"Super sweet"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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This is an incredible overdrive or clean boost. The lover range of the drive is especially great, as the dry signal is mixed in with the dirty. Using it in this way is great for gain stacking, as it allows the character of other pedals to shine through.Not like a Tube Screamer with the huge midrange push, this pedal adds something magical and indescribable to the sound. I have considered adding a second one to have a clean boost with the dirtier direction. I have compared it to many pedals like a distortion +, Raijin Drive, RK5 Fly Rig and a Luther Drive. It plays well with each of these pedals and does not get fuzzy or over-compressed. Never having a Klon Centaur I cant compare, but I see no reason to look elsewhere for a tone conditioner or overdrive. As an “Always On” pedal I see nothing that can be improved. Try it and you will see, especially with a tube amp!
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