Metal Muff With Top Boost review by Electro-Harmonix

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

Price paid: £ 70

Purchased from: Guitar Guitar Glasgow

Sound — 9
Have ran this through Marshall Valvestat and it was a pretty solid Distorion coupled with a Les Paul Custom-changed amp to Vox AC30 and sound was so much more balanced, not too much low end or high end. Have used it through variety of marshal Cabs and heads in rehearsal studios and it's relatively easy to get good sounds from this pedal even when changing over amps-although have used it with a Line 6 head and it sounded awful. Little amount of hiss or fuzz when pedal is on and not playing and I find it easy to balance low, mid and high end in mix of band I'm presently with. Use it mainly on rhythm parts but it sounds really good for solos as well. Playing mainly heavy/classic/rock bordering on a bit of metal at times and this is a solid pedal for this, do use a Boss Digital Delay with this peadl for some solos and it gives it a beautiful big open sound. Only issue I have is the top boost-despite hours of trying to get a good sound from this I just can't, don't know if this is the pedal of if it's just me and my setup but otherwise a great pedal.

Overall Impression — 9
Good match for classic rock distortions and heavier music with plenty of variety in sounds you can get but do find it sounds awful through more modern emulator amps clean sounds - if you're looking to use this try it with good old cabinets and heads first to hear how awesome it sounds.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Have had this for close to five years without any issues and use it on a near daily basis along with regular travels to rehearsal and gigs, it has never failed me but I do use power suppply for this. My fellow rhythm guitarist uses a Boss metal zone and this pedal doesn't overwhelm her sound and provides a nice balance for overall band sound. It's a solid piece if kit which has tolerated me stomping away on it with little cosemtic damage.

Ease of Use — 10
Very easy to use and can get a good variety of sounds from the start. Good manual explaining some nice presets. For me it soudns best at first point of signal path and coupled with Boss delay and chrous it kicks things up into adifferent league for good lead sounds with a Les Paul.

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    if you dont get it, a muff is a 70s porno style chick bush. like a fro below. metal muff is like a steel wool pube-fro.
    it puts the knobs in your face
    nice quote right, not being funny, but i dont like the tone of this pedal. i want to like it, because i do think its heavy distortion wise. so can someone answer me this: is it because of my guitar? i own a Yamaha RGXA2, which...lets face it isn't very metal. i own a Vox VT80+ too, but i know it isn't that.