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The Boss MT-2/Metal zone is a small pedal for distortion, obviously its name is synonymous with the genre and it's easy to lure the 15 year old kids from their bedrooms when you call it that.
The problem here is the sound, a beginner guitarist may not hear it but this is an ear piercing pedal. The treble is pretty much the only parameter that boss seemed to have taken note of here as it seems to be the only tonal quality present when you play it! Stomping on this pedal to turn it on is often more detrimental than it is beneficial to your sound.
Not to mention the price of this unit (£80). For that price you could buy a better distortion from boss (OD-1, TS-1 and more) or from another brand (Route 66, Electro Harmonix anyone?).
This review may seem biased but you'd be biased too upon paying nearly 100 squidlets of your hard earned money only to be presented with an ear infection. If you are looking for a purposefully lo-fi sound that is sometimes associated with stoner rock and grunge bands then by all means buy this pedal if however, you are, as the pedal is suggesting, playing metal and hard rock, then I suggest you look elsewhere. The common misconception and stereotypical view of metal guitar tone is that it's overly pronounced with treble and heard as 'fizzy'. Listen to a few modern metal bands with good producers/engineers and you will see this is not true.
Children beware, your birthday money could be better spent, if you don't believe me, then believe youtube.
Anyone expecting a versatile or flexible pedal should look else where at this point. This pedal is metal through and through, from its exceptional metal build quality which could survive a bomb being dropped on it to it's uncompromising metal tones.
The design is pretty unoriginal with its rubber and metal design which has been much copied but never bested. Along with the foot pedal there are four rotary knobs which include a high and low sweep eq and a parametric mid control, the other two controls are gain and level.
This pedal is best played on the clean channel of your amp as with the dirty channel will create uncontrollable feedback and noise. The pedal isn't subtle and creates thick distortion, however it sounds very digital and false. The quality of your speaker and pick ups will have a big weighting on the overall sound. Tones from the likes of Metallica, Pantera and kill switch engage are all possible. Try and clean the sound up and you might expect a zepplinesque tone however instead the quality goes down and starts to sound very bad indeed like someone stabbed your speaker cone with a knife. The tone is much more suited to rhythm than lead
This pedal can be bought for £50-60 and is worth while for metal guitarists but some one who wants to be more versatile they should look elsewhere.
This is a pedal that is without a doubt made for metal, which I guess the name gives away!
You're not going to get much in the way of a blues or rock from this pedal. It definitely has a metal quality to it almost all the time. To get a good sound out of it can require quite a lot of tweaking, but that's the case with just about every piece of gear you'll ever use. Also, the EQ should be used in quite a careful, balanced manner so that there's not too much of anything. It's quite easy to boost the lows too much and get something that sounds boomy or boost the highs and get a harsh sound. Although this will depend on your amp settings and guitar.
I've had it for about 5-6 years I think and it has held up very well. I've had no technical problems with it and it has withstood being stood on countless times and thrown about now and then.
My main contention would be that the battery needs replacing quite regularly. If you're going to be gigging with it then it would be a good idea to get a power adapter.
In summary, the pedal is durable and through the right amp can sound really good.
The boss mt-2 metal zone is a rugged pedal which is widely used worldwide. It is aimed at people who play metal type music, but it would be hoped that it is more than just a one trick pony.
It has a three-band equaliser and semi-parametric midtone equaliser which gives the user plenty of control over the sound that the pedal produces. It can run on either batteries (9 volt square) or from a mains adapter (which is not included with the pedal). The battery life is pretty short and the batteries are expensive so I would recommend buying a mains adapter (cost about £5).
In terms of build quality, I believe that boss is second to none. The metal zone is built like a tank. It would survive hundreds of gigs, being stamped on or even thrown at a wall. Basically it's pretty hard to break, although I did find that the mains adapter that I had brought took quite a beating, so I had to replace the mains adapter twice.
I bought my metal zone for £60 a few years ago. I'm sure that there would be plenty of second hand pedals available. I would recommend buying second hand as because the metal zone is so durable it is likely to work just as well as a brand new one.
The quality of sound produced by the pedal is very good. I used it for many gigs and I got a good sound out of it. However if you want a slightly different sound for each song that you play, it will take a long time to adjust the pedal, as it is not possible to 'store' sounds like you can on other pedals such as the boss gt-6. the range of sounds available is good for something like metal or rock, but if you want an indie or blues sound from the pedal then you are likely to be disappointed.
Overall I think the metal zone is a good reliable pedal, but if your looking for something to give you a wide range of sounds to suit different genres of music, then I suggest getting something an effects processor such as the boss gt-6.
I have to say this metal pedal is a slightly sore subject for me,
I swore by this pedal for all situations it gives a crunch metal rythm sound, all the way up to a sqeeling solo, and it comes in with a list of various presets for those who dont have the time tp experiment with the knobs.
It has a great solid metal constructioin and is powered by a 9v adapter (not included) or battery
However the dy after i had said to some one'i wouldn't use anything else' it stopped working for no reason. sound still passes through it it just doesn't distort the sound anymore.
I have investigated this and it seems to be a common problem, which is not good for the price (i paid £95.00 for mine)
I would advise someone first buying a pedal like this to try a behringer they retail between £10.00 - £15.00 which is a fraction of the price of this pedal
---What is it?---
The BOSS Metal Zone MT-2 has become one of the world's most commonly used effects pedals, and is the pedal of choice of most of the metal genre's finest guitarists. It has a three-band equaliser and semi-parametric midtone equaliser to provide an optimum range of tones to suit a variety of subgenres.
It seems that BOSS are so confident in their product that they have offered a 5 year warranty with their product. Perhaps this is because it is built of solid metal for extra durability; be it in your bedroom or at a live show.
---Power & Price---
The Metal Zone MT-2 is powered either through a 9V AC adaptor or from a 9V battery. Yet, I think that although this pedal does produce an excellent sound, the price is completely ridiculous. Retailing at around £59.99, it is no match for the Behringer Ultra Metal UM100 pedal, which although is not as solid or rugged, retails at £14.99. That's a quarter of the price of the MT-2!
Having used both pedals myself i can safely say that the UM100 gives a much crisper yet distorted tone. So unless you are more interested in buying a brand name than a product, i would steer clear of all BOSS products and buy yourself 4 Behringer pedals for the price of one MT-2.
The most popular pedal from Boss! Features dual-gain circuitry for thick, tube stack distortion with heavy mids and lows and long-lasting sustain. A 3-band EQ with semi-parametric mids takes your sound to the extreme.