Metal Master - Heavy Metal Distortion review by DigiTech

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8 (221 votes)
DigiTech: Metal Master - Heavy Metal Distortion
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Price paid: $ 80

Purchased from: Duet With Music

Sound — 9
My rig at the moment is Schecter Gryphon to a Dunlop Crybaby, to the Metal Master, to a Line 6 Spider 30 watt. The sound is good for lead when the distortion is at half, and if you crank it, it gives you a really good metal rhythm tone for palm muting. The pedal is noisy when I have it on and I'm not playing, so when I'm not, it stays off. The effects sound either too trebly or too bassy for my liking, but I messed with the amps tone, and I got a pretty good Ozzy/Metallica sound out of it. The treble is really good for lead and solo, and the distortion is great on most channels, but I wish it had a better, deeper sounding bass when it was all the way up. Also, I wish there was a knob for mids.

Overall Impression — 9
I play hard rock/metal, and this pedal is really good for that style. I've been playing for about a year and a half, and I have a DigiTech RP-50, a Dunlop Crybaby for my other effects. I tried this on a Kustom 100 watt at the store, because I am thinking of buying that as my next amp. It sounded better on that than my Line 6. I wish I tried it out on the Line 6 before I left the store with it, but I finally got a good sound out of it after about 20 minso of tweaking the knobs. I compared it to other DigiTech distortion pedals, and this one suited my style the best. My favorite feature would be the Morph knob, because of all the different types of distortions you can get. The only feature it lacks would be the bass knob and if they added a mids knob. Overall, this is a great pedal for both lead and rhythm metal players.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This thing is covered in metal. It feels like a brick when I carry it. This thing was made for gigging, and I would be fine playing without a backup with this pedal.

Ease of Use — 9
This pedal can get a pretty decent sound for all types of music, but you have to play with it a lot. The manual wasn't needed, because the operation of this thing was so easy to figure out. The pedal did give me some good ideas to base my tone around, and you can go on their website to hear the tones that they give you in the booklet. I would suggest getting a power source with it though.

15 comments sorted by best / new / date

    challengedmind
    great pedal, excellent sound, but not reliable. the only way my one works at the moment is if its upside down...
    ironBLSmaiden
    i got this peddal for christmas and i though i wouldnt need it that much and it would only be distortion, but i was wrong, it makes u sound like a pro
    pearlJam_31490
    Best Metal Distortion out there. Beats the Boss Metal Zone. And even has a Boss Metal Zone distortion preset.
    Garrett52789
    Has anyone used this pedal with a Fender Stratocaster or any other guitar that doesnt use humbuckers? Most of the people's reviews i read have gutitars with humbuckers. I don't want to buy this pedal and have the background noise be too incredibly loud. I know strats are not metal guitars, but it's what I have. Thanks.
    rap_Fn_sux
    I go this pedal for christmas its okay for the most part but my guitar is kinda crappy and doesnt have the humbuckers so it sounds kinda shitty, but its still a good pedal and so is the reverb and digi flanger which sound incredible.
    SkaterD2002
    the X series are horrible. They break way to fast. but then the next series, dont know the exact name but it had grunge, death metal, ect...Got death metal and it lasted me longer than the Metal Master..wtf
    GlamSpam
    Has anyone used this pedal with a Fender Stratocaster or any other guitar that doesnt use humbuckers? Most of the people's reviews i read have gutitars with humbuckers. I don't want to buy this pedal and have the background noise be too incredibly loud. I know strats are not metal guitars, but it's what I have. Thanks. A Fender Stratocaster is okay if you have a noise gate, and since it has single coils so you should get good compression so you won't have to turn the distortion up all the way.
    neefitsaysbang
    yeah dude. if you have single coils. dont buy this guitar. like.. its real bad with a strat. i even tried it with a fat strat and it was bad. i prefer the line6 ubermetal x203984 or if you can afford it just buy a half stack
    Righthalfback19
    i've had this pedal for two years was awesome, but then it just stopped working and i was like wat the heck and then my digi tech x series multi chorus died, so i'm finished with digitech, i don't reccomend buying this at all
    playin=insanity
    ive been wanting to get some info on this pedal and imsurely gonna buy it i mean ins only 80 bucks if it died on me after 2 years so be it ill go buy another one i might sound like some rich bastard im just very sucessfull i mean i play in a band with a bunch of people that dont have jobs you try working 3 jobs going to band practice and supplying my band with half stacks and p.as and getting gigs and still be able to function my lifes a bitch