MD-2 Mega Distortion review by Boss

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 8.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 8 (173 votes)
Boss: MD-2 Mega Distortion

Price paid: $ 89.67

Purchased from: Matchetts Music

Sound — 8
I use it with an Ibanez RG470 through a Marshall AVT100. The previously mentioned distortion sound is excellent. The Overdrive is not great, not the best sustain, or tone, but then again it's not really an Overdrive pedal. The nu-metal tone is good, if a bit muddy. The tone and bottom knobs really make a difference to your sound as well. A good solid 4 stars.

Overall Impression — 8
This is a very good, versatile pedal. I use it mainly just like a Boss DS-1, so I don't really use a lot of the other options (alhtough they're there if I need them). If you want an Overdrive pedal, I would recommend buying a standalone Overdrive, as the Overdrive in it isn't great, but then again, it's not an Overdrive pedal. If it were stolen, I'd either buy this again, or maybe a DS-1, to save a little money, since I don't use the extra options anyway. A very good pedal, especially if you can only afford one distortion/overdrive pedal.

Reliability & Durability — 8
Haven't gigged with it, but it seems built like a tank. Had no problems so far.

Ease of Use — 10
It has 4 knobs: level (volume of the unit), a dual concentric knob for both tone (treble) and bottom (bass), distortion and gain boost. It's very easy to get a good sound out of it. Turn the distortion to 12 o'clock, keep the two tones at 12 o'clock, and set the gain boost at 0 and you get a DS-1 Distortion sound. Turn the distortion to 0, turn up the gain boost up to about 10-11 o'clock and you get an Overdrive sound, and max everything to get a nu-metal sound. The manual seems fine, and gives some sample settings.

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