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Apex Preamp

Apex Preamp

Apex Preamp


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  • Cabinet

    Turn the cab sim knob OFF when using a real cabinet. Turn the cab sim ON when going direct or into an interface.
  • Gain

    Massive amounts of gain. Start at 0 and turn up until you reach desired saturation.
  • Tight Switch

    Engage for more aggressive rhythm tones without adding more gain. Disengage for buttery leads.
  • Gate

    All the way left completely removes the gate circuit. All the way right gives you a mega-tight & modern gate.



  • Designed to pair well with digital & tube rigs.
  • Built by MXR, guaranteed to last.
  • Perfect for the on-the-go recording guitarist.


Misha Mansoor demos the brand new Apex Preamp! Monster chords, djenty breakdowns, and tight rhythms cut through and stand out in the mix with the Apex Preamp.




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What is a Preamp Pedal?

A preamp pedal is an amps clean or dirty channel in one convenient package. The Apex Preamp is a direct replacement to your favorite distortion pedal, an entirely new channel added to your clean amp, or a dirty channel replacement on your high gain amp. Check out our use case guides to see all the different ways you can add the Apex Preamp to your rig!

Can it do cleans?

With the right guitar and settings it can get pretty clean, it will behave dynamically with your guitar like an amp.

How do you justify the price?

To get all the features of the Apex in any other form you would have to buy: $250 boutique, all new high gain distortion pedal $150 custom, ultra powerful noise gate $180 Cabinet simulator $100 one off pedal similar with a tight switch Instead of spending $680 on 4 pedals you can spend less than half and get an Apex Preamp in one convenient pedal!

I already have a high gain amp, can I use this?

Yes! Blend the Apex Preamp with your existing dirty channel to get an all new distortion flavor! Just make sure to turn off the cab sim by sweeping the knob all the way to the left.

How does it pair with a power amp?

Perfectly! You can use your power amp to run the Apex direct into your physical cabinet. Just make sure to turn off the cab sim by sweeping the knob all the way to the left.

Can this replace my distortion pedal?

Yes! Use the Apex for a whole new distorted tone.

Will this work with my Axe FX II/Kemper/Line 6 device?

Yep! We made sure the pedal was voiced to cut through both high gain heads and integrate perfectly with digital modeling rigs.

Can I load my own cabinet IR?

The Apex’s cabinet simulator is analog and built-in, meaning you can’t change the impulse response. However, you can easily disable the cab sim by turning the knob to the left and use the Apex with your favorite 3rd party IR’s.

What is the Cab sim modelled after?

The Apex’s analog cabinet simulator is modelled after a modern 4x12 loaded with V30 speakers.

Does it Djent?

You already know the answer.

What are the power requirements of the Apex?

9V operation requires 29 mA and 18V requires 50 mA. We recommend running the unit at 9V. It will function at 18V but sounds best at 9V.

Can I use a battery?

Yes! A standard 9v works, in addition to a proper power supply (9v negative tip only).

Customer Reviews

Based on 165 reviews
Nikolas Matthee
Small size with massive chug tones

Great affordable chug tones in a pedal platform. Plug straight in di or record through a cab either way you will get useable chug tones a paired with a wonderful noise gate to get even tighter stacato riffage. If your playing prog metal you can’t go wrong with the apex preamp!

Not as advertised

This is not “plug and play” and get great “modern metal” tones. I plugged this straight into my interface and it sounds like garbage. No adjustment of any of the dials, cab sim, gain or volume make this sound good at all. It’s flat, no body, sounds like it’s coming from a stock speaker of a 1970s VW Beetle. Plug in any other high gain pedal or use any Neural DSP and I get awesome tones - not with this over priced pedal. I’d give zero stars if I could. I’ll probably end up trading it in and losing half my money.

Aiden Serock
best pedal

Crazy at its own but add an Mxr 6 band after it and it is like Dime is sitting next to you.

Marvelous distortion and preamp pedal

This is one of my favorite pedal.
High gain, feeling like tube amp, good cab sim are very useful for me.

Joel Zivic
Me likey.

Sounds great y'all...I like it very much..running thru Bugera T50 and an Avatar 2x12 Celestion V30 cab..