Price paid: £ 65
Purchased from: Online - can't remember site
Sound — 10
I've played this pedal through lots of different amps - the better the amp, the better the overall sound (as you would expect) but the character of the MT-2 is strong throughout. Due to the way I have mine configured this means that this one pedal can make any amp I've tried sound like me, which is handy. I'm also generally confident with broadly similar settings across a range of guitars (although I back off the distortion a little on single coil guitars). The main gripe people seem to have with this pedal is that it generates a buzzy/fizzy/sterile sound. It certainly can do that and that's not my thing either! The trick is really understanding the EQ options which are really good on this pedal. I have my High at 1 o clock, my Low around 3 o clock, Middle around 10 o clock and Mid Freq around 4.30 - where they pretty much stay all the time, the distortion is the only thing I alter. This will give you a big heavy metal tone with a lot of chunk and thud but also sounds very musical and not at all buzzy. I play a lot of classic metal songs as well as prog metal and I can't really use the 'buzzy' sound in most of what I play. It isn't noisy at all with humbuckers unless you really Drive it crazy by compressing the hell out of the signal before the pedal or adding other overdrives in as well. I sometimes do these things and use a Boss NS-2 to take away the noise - but without these exceptions- it is not noisy at all. This is my favourite effects pedal (and I've owned a few!)
Overall Impression — 10
As I mentioned above, I play mostly classic rock and metal with a bit of progressive rock/metal thrown in. I've been playing around 12 years, I'd definitely buy another if I lost it and I've never found a distortion pedal I get on with as well as this one.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Very reliable, I've have mine around 11 years and done lots of gigs with it. Recently (last 2 weeks) I actually managed to damage the output socket and had to resolder it, but it has taken a bit of abuse of the years. It even got soaked in water once, stopped working for a few hours then was fine again when it dried out. Very reliable operation - not like some pedals which don't always activate - this one is ultra dependable. Yes, I'd gig without a backup - although I do have another distortion (Boss DS-1) in my chain which I could crank up if I really had to (generally I use the DS-1 for more classic rock sounds and as a solo boost).
Ease of Use — 8
I find this pedal pretty straightforward to use but I've given it an 8 only due to the fact that it seems that not understanding the various controls is what can sometimes give this pedal a bad name, more explained later. Level, High, Low, Middle, Middle Freq and Distortion controls make it easy to shape a very big range of distortion tones, particularly for metal although there's nothing to stop you rolling back the distortion for other genres.