MT-2 Metal Zone review by Boss

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 8.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.8 (547 votes)
Boss: MT-2 Metal Zone
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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.

10 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Atheistgreek
    I have a line 6 spider and i ll get soon a jackson dkmg (EMGs 81-85). What dou you think is the best pedal to play anything metal( thrash, groove and heavy the most)?? Metal core(it sounded heavier to me in some soundcheck videos in youtube), Metal zone or something else??? Thanks
    yngwie.jnr
    i now run this pedal through a hm-2 aswell... best ****ing sound EVER! i dont regret this pedal anymore
    ralleymonkey
    Hey i saw that some people were looking for a Children OF Bodom setting... i have a really good one that works for me with pretty much every song and has so much crunch and just great overall so solo's or anyone who is looking for that extra bite -----Pedal---- lever-roughly half High-full Low-between 2 and 3 Middle-none Mid Freq-roughly 11 dist-all the way up ----Amp--- Lows-10 Middle-12 High-3 Reverb--u can add a lil if desired Thats exactly the setting that are on my pedal and on my amp i use a Crate GT 212 i hope that halps atall Thanks guys
    ralleymonkey
    Heyyy Atheistgreek man trust me the BOSS MT-2 is much better than the metal core. I bought the metal core raight after i purchassed my MT-2 with intensions that the Metal core sounded better bue to the vids i seen on youtube... i was sorely mistaken the MT-2 is by much better in every way possible. you dont have much controle with the metal core its very straight forward but with the MT-2 u have more controle over ur highs and lows and mids...but overall the MT-2 is the way to go when it comes to any kind of metal or blusey stuff. I think u will be bery pleased with this pedal .. Thanks again
    tom1thomas1
    ralleymonkey wrote: Hey i saw that some people were looking for a Children OF Bodom setting... i have a really good one that works for me with pretty much every song and has so much crunch and just great overall so solo's or anyone who is looking for that extra bite -----Pedal---- lever-roughly half High-full Low-between 2 and 3 Middle-none Mid Freq-roughly 11 dist-all the way up ----Amp--- Lows-10 Middle-12 High-3 Reverb--u can add a lil if desired Thats exactly the setting that are on my pedal and on my amp i use a Crate GT 212 i hope that halps atall Thanks guys
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    mrnbkn
    soultan wrote: hey , is there anyone know blues setting for mt 2 ?
    the MT-2 its a really nasty dist pedal to play blues.
    ralleymonkey
    hahahaha couldnt agree more man....best advide..get another pedal lol....but if no crank down the dist and flatten out the mids shouls give u somehting a lil smoother..the best way is just to take like 20+ min and just mess with it to find somehting u like but ya deff find urself a diff pedal if u have no intentions on playing metal, but its good to know u can shred faces with the turn of a knob best of luck to ya
    flying V boy
    ....i need a distortion pedal but i cant decide between the boss ml-2,boss mt-2 or the mxr dd10 dime distortion pedal. i have a schecter v 1 hellraiser, roland cube 80 x and a boss ns2 noise supressor(makes feed back a thing of the past) ps i play death metal and thrash metal (think machine head-necrophagist) thank you