Metal Master - Heavy Metal Distortion review by DigiTech

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 8 (221 votes)
DigiTech: Metal Master - Heavy Metal Distortion
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Purchased from: Local guitar store

Sound — 9
I use an Ibanez ICHRG2 and a 100 watt Marshall half-stack. If I play this pedal through the clean channel on my amp there is no noise at all. If I run it through the distorted channel there is a hissing noise but it goes away when you start playing. The pedal sounds great, obviously for metal. It has a lot of distortion and a big bottom end for lots of "thump". The morph nob is amazing because just by turning it you can get anywhere from smooth punky Overdrive to thick Death Metal.

Overall Impression — 9
I play any and all types of metal so this pedal suits me perfectly. I have been playing for about 5 or 6 years and this is by far the best pedal I have owned. I haved tested it against the Boss Metal Zone, MXRs Zakk Wylde OverDrive and Dimebag Distortion and I like this one the best. If this were lost I would kick myself for losing it then buy a new one, and if it were stolen I would hunt the guy Who stole it and beat him with this pedal.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This pedal is made out of solid metal and is built like a panzer tank. I always see Boss pedals with missing nobs but none of my nobs have come off. The only thing, and this is the same for almost all pedals, is that the battery won't even last 5 hours so I recommend the adapter, and if you can't use the adapter or you don't have one always replace the battery before gigging.

Ease of Use — 8
This pedal is very easy to use. It only has 4 nobs and the nobs are easily understood. The manual that came with it has a bunch of suggested settings.

8 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Shib
    My friend has this.. it is ammazing and I wish I bought it before him..
    Ibzman
    Nice pedal to put in a low quality amp, but cant beat the real distorted sound of good amps like Peavey, Mesa, Soldano, etc. But I like it, maybe a lil bit noisy but I cant help it, I just dont think I'll keep it when I'll have a better amp, but blows away any heavy metal distortion pedal
    KVX10 KING V
    Nice pedal to put in a low quality amp, but cant beat the real distorted sound of good amps like Peavey, Mesa, Soldano, etc. But I like it, maybe a lil bit noisy but I cant help it, I just dont think I'll keep it when I'll have a better amp, but blows away any heavy metal distortion pedal
    First off, this pedal is not meant to be put in a low quality amp or you won't get any tone, and the noise is really bad. Secondly you are forgetting good amps like Marshall, Crate, Krank, and Vox. Thirdly this pedal doesn't beat the Death Metal Distortion Pedal.
    drshock
    I love this pedal, it works for any type of metal, I really think the boss metal zone is way overrated compared to this, only set back with this is it eats your 9v after only a couple hours of playing so get an adapter.
    razordimeback
    This pedal sounds soo weak, I had one and changed it within a year because all the settings sound weak and the sound seems to come from like a mile away. plus there is no mid control so the sounds is not controlable. I bought the df-7 and it destroys this pedal totally. I don't have a crappy setup, i got and ibanez rg prestige and a randall 100 watt so this is really because of the pedal
    Mahoru
    I've got this pedal and damn, it works very well with my Gibson LP and my B.C.Rich Warlock! I can get sounds from S.R Vaughan or Guns N'Roses to In Flames, Opeth or Dark Funeral. A great pedal And, for the one who uses it with an Epiphone LP with HFS pickups... you're crazy! If you want to use HFS's then buy a better guitar and it could suit! lol