Price paid: £ 54.99
Purchased from: Merchant City Music
Sound — 8
I mainly use this pedal through an Ibanez S520EX with EMG 81 and 85 combination. I have played this setup through many amps all of which I have been able to produce similar results with appropriate tweaking. It is a fairly quite pedal however as with all high gain equipment it is best to run them through a noise gate. I have it set up for a combination thrash/death metal sound and as such the gain levels are fairly high, even at these levels however it remains fairly quite up to higher volume levels where the high levels of feedback become and issue. I don't believe I would find myself using this pedal through a high quality, high gain tube amp however this pedal will fit right at home with most solid state setups. It does not always sound brilliant but for my purposes it functions extremely well. it's not a particularly warm sound and it cansound a bit thin at the high end sometimes but in general it does it's job and provides high gain metal sounds efficiently. I am capable of emulating most older death and thrash metal sounds however it would struggle to match the tone of bands such as Pantera or on the less extreme side of metal with bands such as Iron Maiden.
Overall Impression — 9
As I have previously mentioned. I primarily play metal ranging from Classic metal through to Death Metal. This pedal works at it's best when coupled with soem of the more extreme, higher gain areas of the genre. I have been playing for nearly 4 years now however do not own as much high quality gear as I would like too. If I came into possession of a hgih gain tube amp I do not believe that this pedal would find a place in my effects loop however at the moment I am using solid state, an area where this pedals dynamics are really shown off. If it was stolen I would probably buy it again, it's fairly cheap and does the job very well. The only other real thing to meantion is the obvious, buy an AC adaptor cause it munches batteries like nothing else!
Reliability & Durability — 10
It is a Boss pedal with all metal construction, I strongly believe that this pedal would last through a nuclear war. As with everything electronic, faults can however occur and as such you would have to be a madman to gig without a backup. If however I was tempted to Live life on the edge, this would be one of the pedals I would feel safe about. I have owned it for nearly 2 years and have had no issues so far.
Ease of Use — 7
The Boss MT-2 was designed to provide heavy distortion via one unit, something many pedals strive for however few can actually deliver. It comes with a 3 band EQ coupled with a mid frequency control and standard volume and gain(distortion) controls. It is not a particularly easy pedal to get a good sound out of but this is due to the complexity of the control system that you are offered. However anyone with previous experience with this style of control should be at home here and have no difficulty achieving the sound they desire. The manual does make it easier for begginers to understand the controls and also comes with a range of generic preset examples such as 'heavy metal' and 'fuzz' which although handy for a basic idea, it is much better to map the output of the pedal to match your particular guitar/amp. As far as I am aware there has been 2 models of MT-2 made available, however the Original model, which many claim to be the best, is no longer manufactured. This review is for the newer model.