In short, Small, Classic Sexy Styling and made with High Grade Components pretty much sums up my MI Audio Blues Pro Overdrive Pedal Review.
Enclosed in an MXR size steel casing, the Blues Pro is lovingly finished in a matt, deep marine colored blue and completed with vintage style white chicken head knobs and Fender style script (versions vary, this review is of V.3). Technically, the Blues Pro features the classic JRC4558D chip, which produces double the gain of a typical tube screamer, asymmetrical clipping and upgraded caps throughout, for up to 25v for large headroom, which is a nice feature in itself.
Straight out of the box, this pedal looks great, perhaps it is the cool blue color (cool in both meanings of the word), it just looks like it will produce great overdrive, and it does, but before we examine the tone, let’s have a brief look at the company and their product history.
MI Audio was started in 2002 by Michael Ibrahim, Michael has always been interested in quality musical electronics and it shows, who started making the popular ‘Tube Zone’ overdrive from his garage, that was until his products became popular. The Blues Pro pedal was introduced a few years later and has been a popular seller ever since. Even Guitar Pro Shop in the USA demos his pedals with the now famous ‘Andy’ @ PGS demoing it.
Here’s Andy’s vid….
Okay now for the tones!! Continue reading