Price paid: € 92
Purchased from: Thomann.de
Sound — 8
I've used this fellow with an ESP Ltd F-50 with stock pickups over a wide variety of amplifiers, the results vary a bit, but all in all, it'll make your tone a lot more METAL. Yes, the tone is metal on all accounts, for the darker, heavier side. It'll easily throw power/death/black/younameit tone (as long as it's high gain-ish)...the tone is just great (and this thing packs a massive ammount of gain). Now compared to tube amps it'll obviously get the whole tone-freak treatment and so on, but for the price, in combination with an SS amp look no further. Perhaps versatillity is not it's most strong point, for most metal, its really good, but perhaps it's core gain sound cannot be varied immensly (Though like I said, it's tones easily cover a wide spectrum). Another small downside of this pedal is that the distortion, even with the gain backed off, sounds a bit strong for classic rock or crunch sounds. So basically if you just want full-blown brutal harmonies, this thing was designed for you. I might add it's doesn't create much noise, though it somtimes produced some minor feedback.
Overall Impression — 9
Compared to other Boss and DigiTech distortion pedals for uber gain, the ML 2 wins hands down. Seeing as I mostly play death metal, and this is a relatively cheap distortion option, this pedal has served fantastically. Come to think about it, even if I have not much use for it (using tube amps), I would consider get another if it were lost or stolen. It's simplicity and savage sound have really rendered this pedal a favourite of mine.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Nothing new here, this is a Boss pedal, very sturdy construction built from metal you can feel it's heaviness. So far it has never failed me through all the years I've used and misused it (literally, I have dropped it countless of times), and in case of need, I have no doubt it will preform as always.
Ease of Use — 10
With just 3 tone knobs (highs, lows and gain) this thing not only avoids complications, but it's pretty darn responsive and dialling the tone in you mind is easy as it is satifying. Like most effect pedals, it just needs an adaptor (also takes a 9V battery) and can be toggled on and off by stepping on it. Simple and highly effective.