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Boss MD-2 Mega Distortion Pedal  

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Overview

  • Produces extreme, low-end distortion for modern metal and hard rock
  • Gain Boost circuit creates huge distortion and sustain regardless of level
  • New Bottom control for bottom-heavy distortion matched to 7-string guitars
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    $140.50
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    $6499

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Pushes bottom-heavy distortion to the extreme.

The secret of the Boss MD-2 Mega Distortion Pedal is a dual-stage distortion circuit with an added Gain Boost, plus Bottom and Tone controls for crushing distortion with massive low end. If new-school metal is your thing, the Boss Mega Distortion is your pedal.

Features

  • Produces extreme, low-end distortion for modern metal and hard rock
  • Gain Boost circuit creates huge distortion and sustain regardless of level
  • New Bottom control for bottom-heavy distortion matched to 7-string guitars

Order today and get play heavy.

 
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BossMD-2 Mega Distortion Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 143 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (99)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Absolutely...Huge.

My oh my. What a rockin' stomp. I'll tell you a story...

My wife bought me a Delta Labs "Rock Distortion" pedal for our 1st Anniversary....Read complete review

My oh my. What a rockin' stomp. I'll tell you a story...

My wife bought me a Delta Labs "Rock Distortion" pedal for our 1st Anniversary. Totally sweet, right? Being that I already have a $2k+ half stack and an assortment of pedals, I decided I probably didn't need the pedal and returned it after trying it. In all fairness, it did sound pretty good. Very marshally.

Deciding to then spend the money on some mic stands or some drum heads, I saw a bright orange MD-2 sitting in the case with a used sign in front of it. I had been curious about this pedal for awhile as some friends had recommended it to me (yah right, I got a Marshall and Mesa/Boogie, I don't need a dirt box!).

I plugged it into the Frontman 112 at the store and was pleasantly surprised. It blew me away. Deep, thick. It sounded like I had a Marshall JCM2000 4x12 cranked low right in front of me. How'd they do it? I fiddled with the settings for about a half an hour, I couldn't quit playing through it. I tried it with an H/S/S strat, and while it shined on the humbucker, the singles sounded killer too. Knowing that my own personal want vs. need war was kicking in, I decided to skip the mic stands and the drum heads (needs) and buy the want (MD-2).

I brought it home and plugged it into several different amplifiers - a Peavey Classic 30, a Peavey Rage 112, my Mesa Boogie halfstack, my Marshall, and my P.A. system. My results were varied. All of them sounded fair with the pedal in their own right. I found differences though. Through the Classic 30 the pedal sounded like a Boss distortion pedal. Nothing special. Lots of tweaking required and the bottom end sounded like mud so I had to tweak it to sound like a DS-1. Through the old Rage it sounded like a digital replication of a muffled distortion pedal. Through my half stack it was a little more convincing and huge but still sounded like an average Boss/Roland stomp box. Underwhelmed, I plugged the pedal into the P.A. hoping for the best (as this is where I would be using it most). There it was! It sounded as if I was playing my half stack at lower volumes.

Your RESULTS WILL VARY with this pedal depending on what you feed it through. But considering that it sounds best through P.A. systems and small clean amps like the Frontman, I can consider it being my portible Rectifier for smaller gigs. OK, so it may not have the stage appeal the stacks do, but the sound is close - and even convincing to most.

LISTEN UP! I always keep the BASS and GAIN boosts cranked and adjust the Distortion level to taste. This pedal will react to small knob changes and can do slight break-up while still retaining a Strat's pure tone. The GAIN boost is a warm boosted Overdrive circuit that makes the pedal sound more like a Mesa/Boogie and the Distortion knob is more of an artificial Marshall tone though it is best when it is at noon or lower. If you keep the GAIN BOOST on full at all times, you can get a warm break-up by keeping your Dist between 0 and 9 o'clock. Very versatile! I keep the Treble around 1 o'clock to keep the fizz at a minimum.

I recommend it but make sure it works through your gear before you drop the lettuce on it. This pedal can be underwhelming or overwhelming - your results will vary!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Okay Distortion...

Before I say anything, I play this with a modified Squier Bullet Special guitar with 13 gauge D'Addario strings. This has a single humbucker which I have replaced with an Evolution humbucker. Other...Read complete review

Before I say anything, I play this with a modified Squier Bullet Special guitar with 13 gauge D'Addario strings. This has a single humbucker which I have replaced with an Evolution humbucker. Other things I have done is I replaced the bridge and the tuners but that probably won't matter in this case. My amp is a Crate Palomino Tube amp.I gave features an 8 because it has a lot of control over what kind of distortion you want, but it does become tricky to find it. Consequently, increasing distortion or gain has an effect in the overall volume meaning you'll be adjusting the level knob a lot if you use it for more than one purpose. My suggestion when trying to find the distortion you want is to work to find out what every control really does to the sound by experimenting. Turn them in stages, never just crank anything unless it's the volume (level). This can make an okay overdrive if you set it right, but it does not produce the unwavering overdrive most people like; it's a bit shaky kind of like a grunge sound. I have combined this with a Boss Compressor to get that unwavering sound and singing sustain, but alone it does not produce it. It's main purpose is to belch out heavy riffs which is does quite adequately.I have Quality a 10 because it's Boss and built to last.Value depends on who you ask, I'm sure there are some experimental bands that might find it useful. As for the generic guitarist, they would probably be more comfortable with something else.I gave it a 6 overall because despite its excellent construction, it takes more time than most people are willing to put into it in finding the sound you want. If you plan to do a lot of lead work or metal, I would suggest Metal Zone instead. This pedal isn't as good as some others, but it gives you headway to experiment a bit with unusual distortion combinations.

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5.0

Still running strong.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Heavy
  • Long Lasting

Cons

  • Battery Almost Needed

Best Uses

  • Gig
  • Jam
  • Practice

Comments about Boss MD-2 Mega Distortion Pedal:

So I have had this pedal for about 6 years now and I just absolutely love it. I have had it plugged into a Vox AC15 tube amp and with this pedal I can get some really heavy tones. I couple this effect with the amps own delay/chorus to get some tones that really shine for me.

I am currently using it to jam with a group and I have had nothing but good feedback on my sound. Even people that stop by tell me it sounds good.

I love my results from this pedal. Was really worth the 80$ I spent on it at the time.

I do want to mention that at high volume levels on my amp I have had to turn down the volume on the pedal otherwise I get a funky screeching sound. However when the battery was installed I did not get such a noise. I hate bying batteries so I just leave it turned down because I don't need it turned up to get the tones I need. My amp and this pedal are enough for a 3 man group to Jam and Practice.

Overall I am very pleased with this product. ROCK ON!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing big sound

By ?

from Seattle, WA

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Boss MD-2 Mega Distortion Pedal:

        If you want a big Sabath sound then this is for you. It gives you a bottom heavy rock sound. Unfortunetly it is mislabeled as a "Nu-metal" pedal, but none the less it is a great pedal.

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        5.0

        High gain, but not exactly "metal"

        Pros

        • Good Tone Controls
        • High Gain Levels
        • Sturdy Boss Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Grunge
          • Hard rock
          • Punk

          Comments about Boss MD-2 Mega Distortion Pedal:

          This pedal doesn't really do a modern metal sound, despite how it's advertised. That's not really what I bought it for though, so I don't consider it a negative. In reality it sounds very similar to the DS-1, just with more gain and low end due to the added "bottom" control. The gain boost control adds a different sort of tonal quality to it. It's kinda like putting an overdive pedal in front of a distorted amp, it pushes it a little harder and tightens up the lows a bit. It really nails that early '90s buzzsaw tone like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins. I'd say for modern hard rock it's great, just don't expect to be playing death metal out of it!

          Comment on this review

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          I don't think I can part with this one.

          By Berry

          from SAN JOSE, CA

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Gives Mad Djent Tones
          • Good For Practicing
          • Good Tone
          • looks cool

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Covers
          • Jamming

          Comments about Boss MD-2 Mega Distortion Pedal:

          Omg. Okay let me explain this, I don't own this pedal yet, I am borrowing this from a friend who is offering 50 for it and it's practically brand new besides the dust and I don't think I can let this pedal go if I don't have the money to pay him for it. It sounded great on his Marshal 4x12 w/ Peavy 6505 head, I have a Fender Frontman 25R and I didn't think it would sound so good on it, but since my friend and I play the same style of music (Metal/Deathcore/DJent) he gave me some amp settings to mess with to help me get this pedal working good, and it did take awhile for me to get it to the tone I wanted without having to much muddiness on the bottom end of the pedal and that's why I am giving this a 4 star rating, but besides spending an hour adjusting the knobs this pedal ROCKS, so go get it, used or not! P.S. you might want to have a noise gate on stand by ;).

          Comment on this review

          (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Absolutely...Huge.

          Pros

          • Bottom Boost
          • Gain Booster
          • Sounds Like A Halfstack
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Adapts To Certain Systems
          • Sounds Like A Boss
          • Your Results May Vary

          Best Uses

          • Portible Halfstack
          • Recording
          • Small Gigs Without Amps
          • Worship

          Comments about Boss MD-2 Mega Distortion Pedal:

          My oh my. What a rockin' stomp. I'll tell you a story...

          My wife bought me a Delta Labs "Rock Distortion" pedal for our 1st Anniversary. Totally sweet, right? Being that I already have a $2k+ half stack and an assortment of pedals, I decided I probably didn't need the pedal and returned it after trying it. In all fairness, it did sound pretty good. Very marshally.

          Deciding to then spend the money on some mic stands or some drum heads, I saw a bright orange MD-2 sitting in the case with a used sign in front of it. I had been curious about this pedal for awhile as some friends had recommended it to me (yah right, I got a Marshall and Mesa/Boogie, I don't need a dirt box!).

          I plugged it into the Frontman 112 at the store and was pleasantly surprised. It blew me away. Deep, thick. It sounded like I had a Marshall JCM2000 4x12 cranked low right in front of me. How'd they do it? I fiddled with the settings for about a half an hour, I couldn't quit playing through it. I tried it with an H/S/S strat, and while it shined on the humbucker, the singles sounded killer too. Knowing that my own personal want vs. need war was kicking in, I decided to skip the mic stands and the drum heads (needs) and buy the want (MD-2).

          I brought it home and plugged it into several different amplifiers - a Peavey Classic 30, a Peavey Rage 112, my Mesa Boogie halfstack, my Marshall, and my P.A. system. My results were varied. All of them sounded fair with the pedal in their own right. I found differences though. Through the Classic 30 the pedal sounded like a Boss distortion pedal. Nothing special. Lots of tweaking required and the bottom end sounded like mud so I had to tweak it to sound like a DS-1. Through the old Rage it sounded like a digital replication of a muffled distortion pedal. Through my half stack it was a little more convincing and huge but still sounded like an average Boss/Roland stomp box. Underwhelmed, I plugged the pedal into the P.A. hoping for the best (as this is where I would be using it most). There it was! It sounded as if I was playing my half stack at lower volumes.

          Your RESULTS WILL VARY with this pedal depending on what you feed it through. But considering that it sounds best through P.A. systems and small clean amps like the Frontman, I can consider it being my portible Rectifier for smaller gigs. OK, so it may not have the stage appeal the stacks do, but the sound is close - and even convincing to most.

          LISTEN UP! I always keep the BASS and GAIN boosts cranked and adjust the Distortion level to taste. This pedal will react to small knob changes and can do slight break-up while still retaining a Strat's pure tone. The GAIN boost is a warm boosted Overdrive circuit that makes the pedal sound more like a Mesa/Boogie and the Distortion knob is more of an artificial Marshall tone though it is best when it is at noon or lower. If you keep the GAIN BOOST on full at all times, you can get a warm break-up by keeping your Dist between 0 and 9 o'clock. Very versatile! I keep the Treble around 1 o'clock to keep the fizz at a minimum.

          I recommend it but make sure it works through your gear before you drop the lettuce on it. This pedal can be underwhelming or overwhelming - your results will vary!

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Boss MD-2 Mega Distortion Pedal

          By Clifford Hughes

          from Miami,OK

          Comments about Boss MD-2 Mega Distortion Pedal:

          Here's the problem. When I would turn the distortion up past 1:00 position,
          it started squealing very bad! It was uncontrollable. I have not had that kind
          of problem before with any of my other Boss pedals. I had to send it back.
          It just wasn't working out for me.
          I have always liked Boss pedals. The majority of pedals I own are Boss. The controls are well
          laid out, and the finish is first rate. They come with a 5 year warranty.
          This pedal was a disappointment for me. Very bad feedback and squealing.
          Musician's Friend gave me a great deal on this pedal.

          Comment on this review

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Not for the faint of heart

          By Maria Conklin

          from inland NW.

          Comments about Boss MD-2 Mega Distortion Pedal:

          This is not a pedal for those who like crisp light distortion that retains you guitars tone. This pedal is meant for dark heavy modern rock. The bass is extreme, and the tone control acts the same and a high cut filter. There is almost too much gain in this pedal, and it is very noisy.
          The gain levels are insane. This isnt for blues players who like there overdrive and amp breakup. The distortion is reminiscent of the Ds-1, which cascades into the gain boost to create the insane heavy modern tones, Again, DONT BUY THIS PEDAL IF YOU ARENT INTO MODERN HEAVY ROCK AND METAL. Most reveiws say that this pedal is too heavy and noisy, but these issueare probably due to poor quality equpiment that they use with the pedal. Also, the controls on the pedal should be set carefully and suddely, maxing out an any knob on this pedal with just sreate overdistorted fuzz and crunch. There is no amount of headroom on any amp to handle that. So, buy if your into heavy distortion, big bottom end and have an amp with great headroom. Dont over do it.

          Comment on this review

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing Litte Box of Wonderfulness!

          By colin meyer

          from Albany, Oregon

          Comments about Boss MD-2 Mega Distortion Pedal:

          I ordered this pedal on thursday and i got it today on tuesday, i love this thing! It is perfect for everything from classical rock to metal. This is probably the best cheap pedal you will ever find and i am very satisfied with it. The only thing i would disagree on about it would be NOTHING!!!!! Honestly there are no flaws it came in the package without a sctratch. And with a 5 year warranty, it is wonderful, i really recommened this pedal to beginners and even old players. You must get this it requires no other chords except for the PSA adapter but thats only if you dont have batterys. If your looking for a GOOD PEDAL, this MD-2 BOSS Mega Distortion pedal is for you!!!!
          Great sound works for lots of songs!
          LOVE IT, definently worth more than what you pay for its really a steal!

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          All I Need For Rocking With A Heavy Bottom

          By Mom Fears My Music

          from Philadelphia, PA

          Comments about Boss MD-2 Mega Distortion Pedal:

          Between this pedal and the Boss Metal Zone, my distortion needs are practically covered. Metal Zone gives me the sustain and high end distortion needs, the MEGA DISTORTION gives me all the warm fuzzy low-end distortion I want. It offers everything from a subtle overdrive to that crunchy, warm nu metal tone. Great quality (it will last forever) and good features (there are many ways to alter the distortion tone). A great investment.

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Review

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Boss MD-2 Mega Distortion Pedal:

          This is a great distortion pedal for the price. It can play anything from Rock to Heavy Metal. It's not a great pedal for beginners or anyone who loves to play Blues.

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