Gear Reviews

MXR Custom Shop Il Torino Overdrive – guitar effect pedal review with “Top Gear” award

TopGuitar is proud to inform, that the September issue of the magazine features a review of MXR Custom Shop Il Torino Overdrive guitar effect pedal, which has been awarded with “Top Gear” editors’ award. The instrument was delivered for review by MXR distributor in Poland, Music Dealer.

Below are some excerpts from a review by gear department editor Mikolaj Sluzewski, which may serve as reasons for the award:

“The overdrive sound offered by Il Torino is, paradoxically, dirty and clean at the same time – it fills a large amount of space with rich harmonic content, while retaining great clarity and headroom which lets you play even full chords across the strings without overstuffing the speaker.”

“MXR Custom Shop Il Torino Overdrive fully deserves the tag of a professional class gear, reaching the level of boutique, highly limited and even twice as pricey pedals.”

“Most of all, this effect has its own, unique character that gravitates towards classic tones, while not being just a reproduction of vintage units.”

The latest issue of TopGuitar magazine is available across Poland in Empik and Ruch press retail networks, in the online store (, and as mobile version for tablets and smartphones using iOS ( or Android ( operating systems.

MXR Custom Shop Il Torino Overdrive


Published since 2005 as a printed magazine, TopGuitar is a magazine of opinion for professional and amateur musicians. Since 2020 on a digital platform. Contain reviews of various guitar-related musical gear, interviews and original articles on world’s most popular artists, music reviews, event reports, guitar workshops and tips, the latest products and artist news. The Editor-in-Chief is Dr. Dariusz Domanski, a guitarist and academic teacher, doctor of musical arts.