#1
ok im lookin to invest in a metal distortion pedal but im not sure about which one. im looking for something that will provide a heavy but clear sound

so far i've looked into a Digitech Metal Master, a Digitech Hardwire TL-2 and a Metalzone

if anyone has any other suggestions feel free to add them

PS im more into metallica type riffs (heavy) not so much the really Grindy type of metal sound
#5
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#6
The Hardwire is better sounding then the Metal Master or Metal Zone.

HW > DM > MM > MZ.
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#7
Quote by texasthrasher
the Digitech Metal Master is ****ing amazing!



No, no it's not.


It's shrill, fizzy and has no body.


Honestly TS, your amp is probably contributing to your lackluster tone and a distortion pedal won't help.

What amp are you playing through?
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#9
The Boss Metal Zone is the best at sounding like a can full of bees.
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#11
EHX Metal Muff does Classic Metal which is what you want pretty good.
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#12
hey man ive tried all three of those pedals. i owned the metal zone for a couple of years and after a while i just started disliking what i was getting from it so i tried out the metal master and have used it ever since. a few months ago i started hearing about these new hard wire pedals so i tried the hardwire metal whichever one it is and i thought the metal master was still a little better. compared to these two, the metal zones dist. doesnt sound 'real'. its more buzzy and electronic and the metal master has some body too it.

the only thing is with the metal zone you get a few more knobs, including a gain knob which you DONT have on the metal master. but you get a morph knob on that one and you can get a small variety of good chugga chugga sounds from that. what kind of PUPS you use? ive been using EMGS for a while but i just got a set of seymours so ill have to try those with the MZ i guess
#13
I just got EMGs installed in my Jackson RR3 81 in the bridge and a 60 in the neck (Kirk Hammett Style)
#14
You play a line6 Spider III. All those pedals will SUCK through that amp. Just get a new amp, instead of wasting money.
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Rivera S-120
'60s PEPCO Model 211 5w head
'60s Paul (Pepco) 1x12 tube amp
'60s Harmony H303a 1x10 tube amp
#15
Quote by theacousticpunk
You play a line6 Spider III. All those pedals will SUCK through that amp. Just get a new amp, instead of wasting money.



this guy is right. +1
#16
^ +1

EDIT: If you still want a list of distortion pedals, here it is anyway:
Keeley MT2
Sansamp GT2
AMT B1
AMT R1
HBE Doomsday Device
Barber Dirty bomb
Subdecay Blackstar (????)
Digitech Hardwire TL2
Damage Control Demonizer(Tube)
Blackstar DistX(Tube)
SD Twin TubeMayhem(Tube)

I'd steer clear of any pedal with METAL in its name.
The Metal Zone, Metal Core, and Metal Muff dont sound good to me.

Anyway, get a new amp first
Last edited by TubeAmp89 at Jul 22, 2009,
#19
Yea, I have a Metal zone and it does fuzz alot.
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#20
Quote by RR787
EHX Metal Muff does Classic Metal which is what you want pretty good.

I've found this pedal much too trebly for me... I've tried it with a few amps and it isn't bad at low volumes, but destroys/masks your real tone.

Also, The Spyder is a decent SS amp... Not amazing, but name me a better low end SS amp. Stop ragging on them
#21
Peavey Vypyr, Vox Valvetronix, Tech 21 Trademark Series, Roland Cube Series, Peavey Bandit.

EDIT: Hell, even the Fender M80, and the Princeton (which takes pedals pretty well).
'89 MIJ Fender Strat
Rivera S-120
'60s PEPCO Model 211 5w head
'60s Paul (Pepco) 1x12 tube amp
'60s Harmony H303a 1x10 tube amp
Last edited by theacousticpunk at Jul 22, 2009,
#22
the amp distortion will sound best than using a typical metal pedal through it's clean channel.
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