Metal Muff With Top Boost review by Electro-Harmonix

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.9 (191 votes)
Electro-Harmonix: Metal Muff With Top Boost

Price paid: $ 148

Purchased from: Bentley Music

Sound — 9
I am currently using a Jackson RR3 guitar and unfortunately a Fender Frontman 15G amplifier, but surprisingly it sounds really good. You just have to try it to believe it. The distortion is pretty kick a$$, I can easily achieve sounds of Metallica, Iron Maiden and many more. What I especially love about this distortion pedal is the 'top boost'. What happens basically is it boosts the treble/highs to give you a mean sounding distortion. With it you can come real close to a Pantera like guitar sound.

Overall Impression — 10
The Metal Muff w/Top Boost certainly appeals to the type of music I play(Which is mostly metal and rock). Yes, It also sounds good when playing rock songs. I have been playing for over 4 years now, I tried many different distortion pedals, but this is my favorite out of all of them. If it were stolen or lost I would without a doubt buy it again.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This pedal is definitely durable, it has withstood many travels and stomping upon, and yet not a single scratch. With the amplifier I have currently I wouldn't plan on doing any gigs, but I would put my trust in this box of steel to do the job without fail.

Ease of Use — 9
This pedal is actually pretty easy to use, but like every other effect pedal you have to play around with it to find the "perfect sound". This pedal has a Bypass(on/off switch), knobs for volume, distortion, 3 band eq(treble, mid and bass) and last but not least, top boost.

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    I run this through my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and it sounds like a dream. Even when the volume is high and I get a bit of the sweet tube breakup. However, I absolutely hate the top boost. It gets gross after around 10 o'clock. The lead guitarist in my band uses a BOSS metal-core and he agrees mine sounds better. Definitely one of the best distortion pedals out there.
    AbstractDeth7X wrote: The best distortion pedal you are going to find is the Boss Metal Zone. I played with the metal muff a while back and I liked it, but the distortion didn't get as heavy as I had hoped. This certainly is not a problem with the MZ.
    It's no surprise that when conjures a name for itself such as "AbstractDeth7X" would be inclined to such stupidity. Metal Zone, the best distortion? hahaha!