MT-2 Metal Zone review by Boss

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  • Sound: 3
  • Overall Impression: 5
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Ease of Use: 4
  • Reviewer's score: 5.3 Decent
  • Users' score: 7.8 (547 votes)
Boss: MT-2 Metal Zone
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Purchased from: guitar center

Sound — 3
I used a Fender Jag-Stang, Jackson DXMG, and even a '61 SG reissue with this thing, and it just doesn't cut it as for as good solid sound. At first, I ran it through a Line 6 Spider II 30 watt, and then realized how much better the amp's distortion was than the pedal itself. Another thing about this pedal is that, unless you have the gain almost all the way up, your going to get a very thin(not in a good way) and buzzy sound.

Overall Impression — 5
Overall, I guess this is an ok pedal. Like I said, if you're just starting out, then go right ahead, since you probably won't be playing anywhere but you're bedroom. But if you're an active musician, and are looking for a heavy sound at a cheaper price, I'd go with either a Peavey valve king, or a Line 6 Spider 2 (Spider 3's are cool but have too much bottom end in them, causing a real muddy sound if you're not careful). hope this review was helpful!

Reliability & Durability — 9
Here is where the Metal zone has it's good points. Like all Boss single units, this thing could be run over by a Ford pickup and still work perfectly (although I'm not saying you should go try it). And if you, for some reason are using it at a gig (which I really don't suggest)have no fear, this thing wont cut out on you. But just make sure you've either got it plugged into a power supply, or have Brand New batteries in it (because Boss pedals absolutely devour battery life).

Ease of Use — 4
First off, let me just say that if you're a 15 year old kid, have a squire strat, and a 15 watt Peavey practice amp, then this is the pedal for you. But if you're a serious musician, and are either gigging or recording, keep looking. You see, most Boss pedals, in fact all of them, are very good single effect units. But the gain that this unit is made to achieve is just too much for one little unit to handle. If you are playing on a clean channel and switch to distortion (via MT-2) the sound is instantly diminished in tone and volume.

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    Cpt. FLue
    You guys really shouldn't read the manual and set it after that. Find your own distortion. I've tryed my friends' and its really not that hard. You just need a good sense for such things.
    Cpt. FLue
    And other that that... it DOES got balls. This thing can just be the most insane pedal you can find if you know how to tweak it right. i've been playing on many pedals and amps and this one beats em all