Solid Metal review by Damage Control

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.6 (18 votes)
Damage Control: Solid Metal

Purchased from: American Musical Supply

Sound — 10
I got it because I can't afford a good tube amp and the Randall I have is a great amp, but it's solid-state. It's got two Celestion '70/'80s in it so this pedal sounds great on it. I've been playing a cheap-but-awesome Washburn on it and it was awesome and now I have an LTD-MV200 that kicks anus. It has active EMG's and such and the pedal sounds awesome still. No noise really. My amp's distortion was quiet I thought but this pedal makes my amp dist. seem noisy. I can get anything from Lamb of God, to Killswitch Engage, to Chevelle, to anything. It looks awesome too, it has indicater lights and makes the tubes glow. It has two stages of distortion: regular crunch, and "nuclear" which is a gain boost. When you transition from the two you don't get a different tone, just more or less Drive.

Overall Impression — 10
It's simply awesome. I play metal, hard rock, blues, and it's awesome. I've been playing 2 years and I've played w/a lot of different distorions and aside from true tube amps this thing makes everything else look crap-tacular. If it were stolen or lost I'd definatly buy it again unless I had enough to buy a good tube amp. Buy this if you're tired of analog distortion.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This thing is a tank. It's made of staight metal, no plastic, except for the knobs. It's never done anything wierd or questionable yet. I've had it since November 06. I haven't gigged w/it but I use it at church every sunday/wed. and it's completely reliable.

Ease of Use — 9
First off, this thing is the Chuck Norris of distortion pedals! this is not analog distortion, this is real tube distortion, no modeling. It has two 12AX7's in it. It's real easy to get a good sound out of it if you know what you're doing as far as EQ-ing goes. It has five controls: level, drive, treble, bass, and a mid-scoop. It gives me whatever I want for pretty much any type of rock, metal, crunchy blues, whatever.

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    but I use it at church every sunday/wed
    What church do you GO TO that you need a heavy metal distortion pedal?!
    What church do you GO TO that you need a heavy metal distortion pedal?!
    LOL! I use it for a little crunch and for solos. You know that you can use the pedal w/out ripping peoples heads off w/distortion. When i say you can get almost anything out of this pedal i mean it. You can turn the distortion down low enough to sound almost clean. Buy this pedal!!!!! Or a Peavey 6505+ or 5150 or XXX. Later.
    To answer the question about using this pedal, or any distortion pedal, at church... why not? I picked up my Solid Metal Friday and used it today at church. I happen to go to an Assembly Of God church. Not a problem. Pick your spots and be tasteful though. As for the pedal. I really like it. I've been on a distortion pedal buying spree lately trying to find one that sounds good. I find most, and mean most, OD/distortion pedals to be very buzzy, raspy, thin.... generally irritating, or do have enough gain. 1. The Solid Metal has a good big sound. Having a Bass, Midrange (Scoop), and Treble controls make a huge difference. Plenty of gain. I didn't even use the Nuclear button (which adds a little more gain). 2. The box is big. I don't know what is in there, maybe a badger on crack running around, that it should have to be as big as it is. But it sounds good so I'll tolerate the size. 3. Tubes. I don't think it actually uses the tubes. MANY products on the market today that have tubes in there but are not really in the circuit, or enough so that it affects the sound. Sometimes they put a little current thru it or just put a light behind it toe make it look like its in use.