MI Audio Blues Pro Overdrive Pedal Review

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….

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Okay now for the tones!!

Firstly the unit is a true bypass unit, so it won’t ‘pollute’ the signal chain or cause tone suck. With only 3 controls, ‘Volume’, ‘Tone’ and ‘Gain’ it is a great plug n’ play pedal, and not a tweaking sort of gadget.

Mi Audio Blues Pro Overdrive fuzz V3

Mi Audio Blues Pro Overdrive fuzz V3

Upon engaging the pedal, it is very quiet, adds no ugly hiss and at the near 0% gain level, is really a very good clean boost to increase your volume or add a tonal edge. Slowly rolling up the Gain knob thankfully adds the grit in proportion, so the pedal doesn’t go from 0 to 100% in a small step like some pedals do.

You can add perfectly balanced amounts of gain to get a tube breakup tone with a bit of volume boost..lovely.

Really awesome on tube amps to make it sound like it is being pushed hard, especially for us bedroom rockers who usually can’t dime a tube amp, as even ¼ watt of tube power is loud!

The gain at about 12 o’clock is a lovely setting that I often keep mine at, with obvious amounts of warm gain, the tone at about 1 o’clock to give me a bit more edge and clarity; not only great for rhythm and chord work but also for noodling lead fills that we bedroom players excel at!

Okay, how does it sound Dimed?

Well, very nice is the answer, and not at all mushy or fizzy. Fantastic with some delay for nice solos, bluesy runs that is emotive, dynamic and warm all at once!

There is also a switch on the top side near the power input to turn the Fuzz on and off (the newer version have this switch just above the Tone knob. I must admit that this is not a strong fuzz, like the ‘Little Big Muff’ I reviewed recently. It is a more subtle effect, that adds a bit more grit and fullness to the OD, I would say a bit more Rat than a Fuzz.

Despite that, it sounds wonderful and is more noticeable fully Dimed as I can’t hear a difference with the fuzz switched on at low gain levels. However it’s another element to add to the mix, although not a major selling point IMO.

So verdict?

Well, you already know that! (this line sounds like something out of the Matrix!) a great pedal that doesn’t use up much space, looks cool as, sounds fantastic in all settings that I have used and can be a one stop overdrive. Not a lot of bells n whistles, but if you’re after strong usable OD tone from a quality trust worthy Aussie maker, then this is a great pedal!

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Born in Brisbane I am a bedroom guitar player, although having played in front of churches (tough crowd!!) for quite a few years so some understanding of band dynamics, timing, gear (private use compared to public use) and melodic structure, instrumental breaks (okay leather pants solos....) and of course amps! Besides from my love of guitar and the G.A.S that goes with it (hey email me I am always offloading gear!! lol) I love languages, and can converse in basic Japanese, and study biblical Greek. I live in Logan with my young family (so not heaps of time at the moment) and will be contributing gear reviews based on a lot of gear I have or still currently have.

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