#1
In the past few days I Acquired for myself a 7-string. ESP H-207.

Heres the deal, Now that I got a couple guitars, A 60Watt AMP (Raven - nothing truely special) I am looking into getting some pedals. I am keeping my RP250 for some stupid effect purposes but I need to know if anyone knows a good solid distortion pedal I can use for the 7 that wont make sound so bassy the low string is pointless and not so trebly where it loses it's Deep feel. I need a nice dark metal distortion but with enough clarity so It can be heard playing chords.

Suggetions?
#2
I have played on the boss mt-2 metal zone petal on a guitar with emg pickups in it and it sounded sweet. I don't know what type of pickups you have in it but I would look into it.
#3
disreguard what he said please ^

metal zone is one of the worst distortion pedals out there and 90% of this site will agree with me.
#4
anyone who thinks it sounds incredible has lost their taste in tone from it.

I can get it to sound "okay" as in bearable but only through really good amps.. through most average it's utter garbage and amp distortion > it..

those battery powered micro amps are better sounding imo lmao.
#5
Quote by TechnicolorType
disreguard what he said please ^

metal zone is one of the worst distortion pedals out there and 90% of this site will agree with me.


Friend has the same one, he doesn't like it to much, to much effort for nothing special. Do you have any suggestions?
#6
well I'd love to help you out but I really don't know of any good distortion pedals as I love tube distortion over a stompbox.

a deep metal distortion.. hmm.

I've heard great things about the metal muff but I think it's more of a metal fuzz pedal.

I'm not sure how accurate the sound clips will be since the amps are different but they are all played on a clean channel..
on www.musiciansfriend.com look up some pedals and listen to the sound clips.. maybe that'll help?

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http://www.musiciansfriend.com/navigation?q=metal+distortion&st=
Last edited by TechnicolorType at Jun 1, 2008,
#7
well I'd love to help you out but I really don't know of any good distortion pedals as I love tube distortion over a stompbox.

Well if I had money for a nice warm Tube amp sound, I'd be over it. However at the moment I have to rely on a pedal to do the dirty work. The Metal Muff is pretty decent for what it does, i was half considering it in the begining
#8
I have a Digitech Metal Master. It is definitely clear and isn't bassy, unless you want it to be. I don't have a 7-string though.
#9
You will be looking for something with tubes in it since you'll need all the clarity you can get. My recomendation (that is if you can find one) is a Mesa Boogie V-Twin pedal (preamp). That will give you some kickass tones but it may be a little costly. You can also get a Boss DS-1 and use it with a compressor such as the CS-3 or an MXR compressor. I have used a Boss MT-2 with a MXR 10-band equalizer and a Boss CS-3 compressor and also got some pretty good results. You could even get a multi-FX pedal such as the Boss-GT8, Line 6 POD-XT Live or the newer GT-10 and POD models.

Ultimately though, you should be saving up for a decent tube-amp if you are looking for clear and massive distortion. I would recommend a B-52 Stealth or a Peavey Valve-King in the 300-500$ range, Peavey 6505 (or used 5150 if you can find one) in the 800-1000$ range and in the 1000$+ range, a Mesa Boogie Rectifier , a Rivera Knucklehead TRE or a Peavey JSX. I used a Single Recto for a very long while and its amazing, massive clear distortion, very good cleans (could use some head-room but hey can easily be corrected). Recently though I have moved up to a Road King and to me at least its the ultimate gigging amp.
#10
yeah I'm not saying to get a tube amp, I'm just saying I wouldn't know about distortion boxes.. I planned on getting one actual.. specifically because my main amp can't go near heavy enough for metal and because I wanted something to use on the clean channel of my amp since I don't have an effects loop so can't use alot of effects on the dirty.
#11
I suggest an eq pedal. You can cut whatever frequencies you need to cut and it will still be useful to you when you upgrade to a better amp.
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#12
A simple and working solution is a DS-1 + MXR Compressor + MXR 10-band EQ. Then INCREASE the mids a bit, put a little bit of gain on your bass and keep highs flat on the MXR 10-band so it looks like a sad smiley (kinda). On the compressor you need to keep it so it will be tight but "spongy" (don't know how else to describe it).

Also, remember that with a 7-string guitars you are almost crossing into bass-guitar territory so its not like you need any more bass, therefore, DO NOT SCOOP THE MIDS because they are essential towards getting a clear distortion.
Mesa/Boogie Road King (v2) 120 Watt (std. tube config) on Traditional Road King Cabs (2x 4x12)- B.C. Rich Custom Shop Warlock 7-string and Modded B.C. Rich Plat. Pro Warlock 7-string - Boss GT-PRO
Last edited by leather_face666 at Jun 1, 2008,