#1
Hey guys,
im a guitarist in a couple of bands, one i play guitar with another guitarist but the other is a twosome with just guitar and drums. I need a distortion or metal pedal that i can use to have a massive tone but with hopefully not much noise when being used loud. I currently use the Digitech Distortion Pedal but its pretty pathetic and during rehearsal i have to cover my ears because of the screeching. the only one i had in mind was a Mad Professor Mighty Red but was wondering if there were any other ideas. My current line is a Fender Jaguar/Dean z79 into a Marshall (cant remember the name)
Hope you can help
#2
The Boss MT-2 Metal Zone, pedal is a great distortion pedal. Mix it with a stereo chorus(have the pedal activated, but turn all the settings to zero) to get more bottom end and you can get an awesome "big sound"
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Quote by charles_ebarb
The Boss MT-2 Metal Zone, pedal is a great distortion pedal. Mix it with a stereo chorus(have the pedal activated, but turn all the settings to zero) to get more bottom end and you can get an awesome "big sound"


DO NOT get the MT-2 unless you plan on Keeley modding it! I used to have an MT-2 and trust me it is not good at all. Look at the Digitech Hardwire TL-2 distortion pedal. The MT-2 sounds very "nasally" and like "bees in a can".
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Quote by charles_ebarb
The Boss MT-2 Metal Zone, pedal is a great distortion pedal. Mix it with a stereo chorus(have the pedal activated, but turn all the settings to zero) to get more bottom end and you can get an awesome "big sound"


The MT-2, imo, left a lot to be desired in terms of a balanced "big" sound.

I would recommend getting a distortion pedal, such as the DS-1, DS-2, any MXR overdrive or distortion work very well for this, too. Put the pedal in your signal chain over an already slightly overdriven clean amp sound and roll back pedal tone, and up tone on the amp higher than your preferred setting. If you need sparkling clean, then roll back volume.
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The main sound of your distortion should come from your amplifier, and use an overdrive or light distortion to thicken or tighten the sound. It all starts with the amplifier, and most distortion pedals are going to sound weak if you rely on them for your gain, unless you play at low volume. Another options if you're set on using a distortion pedal, is to get a noise suppressor like the Boss NS-2. It should solve the feedback and other noises problem.
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#6
you should look at some fuzz pedals if you're looking to get different sounds.
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#7
i only tried it for a few minutes, but i really liked the MXR fullbore.
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i only tried it for a few minutes, but i really liked the MXR fullbore.


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Returning mine tomorrow. Thin, fizzy and downrite cheap sounding.
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Returning mine tomorrow. Thin, fizzy and downrite cheap sounding.


i guess i didnt play it enough... lol.

but i still stand that its better than the boss mt2 and any other of the digitechs i have tried.

but YMMV.
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That's what I've been telling people as well.

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My current line is a Fender Jaguar/Dean z79 into a Marshall (cant remember the name)
Hope you can help


Find out what kind of Marshall it is and then post again. If you're running a cheap MG or something then no distortion pedal is really going to fix your problem, only a better amp.

If you're running a good amp it's a totally different story.

On the Mad Professor Mighty Red Distortion.... It's an awesome pedal, and it's definitely among the best distortion pedals I've ever heard. That said, there's absolutely no way I'd ever recommend you buy one. At $380 the price is just too steep. You can get something nearly as good for $200. It *might* be worth it if you were running on a top end boutique amp, but otherwise there's just no point.

You might look into a Catalinbread SCOD though. Pretty massive sounding if you ask me.
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You might look into a Catalinbread SCOD though. Pretty massive sounding if you ask me.



is scod short for something? i am intreagued and dont see that on thier site.
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Find out what kind of Marshall it is and then post again. If you're running a cheap MG or something then no distortion pedal is really going to fix your problem, only a better amp.

If you're running a good amp it's a totally different story.

On the Mad Professor Mighty Red Distortion.... It's an awesome pedal, and it's definitely among the best distortion pedals I've ever heard. That said, there's absolutely no way I'd ever recommend you buy one. At $380 the price is just too steep. You can get something nearly as good for $200. It *might* be worth it if you were running on a top end boutique amp, but otherwise there's just no point.

You might look into a Catalinbread SCOD though. Pretty massive sounding if you ask me.

Figure out what your amp is first, its hard to recommend something without knowing what kind of amp...
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DO NOT get the MT-2 unless you plan on Keeley modding it! I used to have an MT-2 and trust me it is not good at all. Look at the Digitech Hardwire TL-2 distortion pedal. The MT-2 sounds very "nasally" and like "bees in a can".



There is a solution to the "bees in a can" sound that the MT-2 makes, and it does not require any modifications. I don't want to sound rude about this, but I am sure your settings, vs. mine are quite different. I have 2 of these pedals, because I have an original, AND a newer version. yes, the newer one does tend to get a little "nasally" but you need to set it up like this and see how it sounds. (I will try to post a vid on my settings to give a better idea about it.) but in the meantime, here are the knob settings I use: place the level at 10 O' clock, the "lows" and "highs" at 2 O'clock, the "Mid Frequencies" at 12 O'Clock and the "mids" at 9 O'clock and Lastly, place the Distortion at 2 O'clock.

What you guys, that are having trouble with this pedal are failing to understand, is the MT-2 has 2...that's right...2 gain circuits in it, and when you try to add the Mid frequency into the mix, from the pedal(and this I will agree on, as well) it will start to sound like "bees in a can" So, how do you offset that? EASY! sweep the mids from the pedal, and add them at the amps's EQ!

I use this thru My Marshall 50 watt 1987x plexi, and it sounds great! Like I said, I will get a vid up, asap. I'm sorry I don't have one yet. I never thought I would need to have one, actually! LOL
#16
UPDATE. I have checked out my pedal, and watched a few vids on the MXR Fullbore distortion medal. The Fullbore, wins. =/ hey at least I am honest! HAHAHA
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Quote by icronic
Find out what kind of Marshall it is and then post again. If you're running a cheap MG or something then no distortion pedal is really going to fix your problem, only a better amp.


I found out that the amp i have is a Marshall MA50C 50 watt valve combo. Ive also started to split my guitar into a line 6 spider 2 aswell though.
#18
I returned my fullbore for an electroharmonix metal muff. Down right badass sounding, very good active eq. and its only like 80 or 90 bucks. cheaper than alot and way better sounding.
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I returned my fullbore for an electroharmonix metal muff. Down right badass sounding, very good active eq. and its only like 80 or 90 bucks. cheaper than alot and way better sounding.


I will look into that. I also notice that protone pedals is starting to come out with some interesting pedals as well. check them out at protonepedals.com They look pricey, but I will keep watching ebay for any used ones. so far, the local music stores don't have any yet, for me to really get an up-close and hands-on view, but as soon as anyone here does, please post a review. =/