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Boss MT-2 Metal Zone Effects Pedal 

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Pro-quality distortion and sustain with iron-handed command parameters.

The Boss MT-2 Metal Zone Effects Pedal offers precision control over tone. Dual-gain circuits scream with super-long sustain and seething distortion. A 3-band EQ includes High/Low shelving knobs plus a midband parametric EQ. The Boss MT-2 Metal Zone Effects Pedal has separate Level and Distortion knobs to put just the right amount of edge on your signal.

FEATURES
  • Super high-quality sound
  • Precision effect and EQ controls
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BossMT-2 Metal Zone Effects Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 677 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (556)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (15)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Metal (5)
  • Rock (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Legendary Standard in Metal Distortion

You can see by the amount of reviews and good reviews how popular this pedal is. If you ever felt that full blown metal distortion with depth and crunchy saturation was the sound you...Read complete review

You can see by the amount of reviews and good reviews how popular this pedal is. If you ever felt that full blown metal distortion with depth and crunchy saturation was the sound you want, this was the start that all other pedal makers followed. There is a difference in types of distortion. There is Crunch Rock, there is Tube Distortion, there is Overdrive, there is Screamer style, there is Fuzz, there is Grunge, there is Classic Rock which is Plexi Rectified, there is Hi Gain Modern, there is Drop D style, each having a feel to the style you seek. This pedal can do a bit of most all of them, This is the versatility of this pedal. It has the flexibility to go almost completely clean to roaring metal. The parametric tone control knobs are more flexible than most any other pedals I have seen. I have done a lot of studio work and no studio is without this pedal. It is designed to be versatile but it's main use is of course, metal Marshall 4x12 speaker stack arena rock. It needs to be used thru an amp or multifx that has cab simulation. It has the habit of sounding great thru just about any amp. Some pedals that sound great in some amps do not cut it in other amps. This one usually works in most. Even amps like Mesa and Marshall this pedal gain goes down to just a tad of distortion that warms up your amp distortion. One of the very few pedals that blends with most other distortions. The most fabulous thing about this pedal is the parametric equalizer knobs that can fine tune to just about any tone you want. With most other pedals you are locked into their preset eq frequencies with no control over the eq frequencies. This is a great feature. I have other great distortions but none have the flexibility of tone that this one has for metal crunch. For all out heavy metal it cuts through the mix, no mudiness. At 9 o'clock gain it has great plexi tone. At center gain it has full Marshall Stack gain. For 80s metal this is no doubt my favorite pedal.

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Has it's uses

EQ controls are very responsive, and usable tones from practically any era or genre of metal can be found. Keep in mind 'responsive' is just another word for 'touchy', and quite...Read complete review

EQ controls are very responsive, and usable tones from practically any era or genre of metal can be found. Keep in mind 'responsive' is just another word for 'touchy', and quite a bit of tweaking may be required to find a tone that you find suitable. The gain is usable at nearly every point in the knob's sweep, save for the maximum setting, which muds everything up (though to some this is desirable). I didn't find it to be overly noisy, or cause tons of unwanted feedback, but every setup will be different.

I find that the best use for this pedal is in a practice setting. It won't be a proper replacement for a good high gain amp, but it does a decent imitation.

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(20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Legendary Standard in Metal Distortion

By Marky Mark

from Pittsburgh PA

Comments about Boss MT-2 Metal Zone Effects Pedal:

You can see by the amount of reviews and good reviews how popular this pedal is. If you ever felt that full blown metal distortion with depth and crunchy saturation was the sound you want, this was the start that all other pedal makers followed. There is a difference in types of distortion. There is Crunch Rock, there is Tube Distortion, there is Overdrive, there is Screamer style, there is Fuzz, there is Grunge, there is Classic Rock which is Plexi Rectified, there is Hi Gain Modern, there is Drop D style, each having a feel to the style you seek. This pedal can do a bit of most all of them, This is the versatility of this pedal. It has the flexibility to go almost completely clean to roaring metal. The parametric tone control knobs are more flexible than most any other pedals I have seen. I have done a lot of studio work and no studio is without this pedal. It is designed to be versatile but it's main use is of course, metal Marshall 4x12 speaker stack arena rock. It needs to be used thru an amp or multifx that has cab simulation. It has the habit of sounding great thru just about any amp. Some pedals that sound great in some amps do not cut it in other amps. This one usually works in most. Even amps like Mesa and Marshall this pedal gain goes down to just a tad of distortion that warms up your amp distortion. One of the very few pedals that blends with most other distortions. The most fabulous thing about this pedal is the parametric equalizer knobs that can fine tune to just about any tone you want. With most other pedals you are locked into their preset eq frequencies with no control over the eq frequencies. This is a great feature. I have other great distortions but none have the flexibility of tone that this one has for metal crunch. For all out heavy metal it cuts through the mix, no mudiness. At 9 o'clock gain it has great plexi tone. At center gain it has full Marshall Stack gain. For 80s metal this is no doubt my favorite pedal.

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  • No

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

To the nay sayers..I say....NAY!

By Bliggidy A. Blobbidy

from St. Louis MO

Pros

  • Makes me feel special inside
  • Not noisy
  • Unicorns do exist

Cons

  • Nay sayers

Best Uses

  • Whatevers your fancy

Comments about Boss MT-2 Metal Zone Effects Pedal:

I have heard so many negative reviews about this product. Knowing myself over the years, I tend not to pay attention to people and try things for myself. Glad I listened to myself once more on this decision. The Boss-MT-2 is a great pedal. I have a Power Stack that I was using but thanks to this Ill be trading it in on something else. I could see why some people have negative reviews of this product. Probably because they have no ear and are playing through a low quality amp. If you have quality gear and a good ear you have nothing to worry about. If all the settings are at 12 noon, then yes the treble is a bit much but through adjusting the eq the pedal sounds fantastic. Ive been playing for 16 years and would buy this pedal again if I needed to. Dont pay attention to the negative reviews on here. I will say that O can see how this product may be used improperly. Then again, if you dont know how to use a wrench, how can you expect to fix your car?

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  • No

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good pedal, good distortion

By BlackStacheGuitarist

from Jacksonville, FL

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Versatile
  • Very customizable

Cons

  • Complicated

Best Uses

  • Practice
  • Recording
  • Touring

Comments about Boss MT-2 Metal Zone Effects Pedal:

I love the MT-2, though it is a complicated pedal. I usually like very simple effects pedals but the metal zone is my exception. After you spend the time to dial it in where you want it, it sounds amazing for playing metal and soloing. Also, if you crank down the treble, it makes a very good bass distortion, especially when combined with a wah pedal. It's a good pedal all around, but probably not best suited for a beginner because it requires a decent understanding of equalization.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great pedal!

Comments about Boss MT-2 Metal Zone Effects Pedal:

this pedal has all you need to play soft rock to heavy metal. great sound, and almost endless possibilities for tone. the equalizer is AMAZING, and that is how you get the array of tones. this thing is built solid as a rock and the only thing it might do is scratch up after a while of use. the only problem is that, it has a pretty good bit of feedback, but overall, this pedal is well worth the money and has great sound. i would HIGHLY recommend his pedal to anyone.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Boss MT-2 Metal Zone

By Rick Rice

from Buffalo

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Comments about Boss MT-2 Metal Zone Effects Pedal:

The Boss MT-2 Metal Zone features a dual-gain distortion circuit, producing some of the most versatile distortion sounds I have ever heard and is one of the best-selling compact effects pedals of all-time. The range of distortion covers everything from low gain breakup to totally over-the-top insane. With huge mids and lows it can make small and mid-sized combo amplifiers sound like a high gain head plugged into a closed back speaker cabinet. It especially excels at Thrash Metal sounds in the style of Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth. Separate controls are included for level, distortion and three bands of EQ. The EQ section offers 15 db of cut or boost at each frequency center and includes both High and Low shelving EQ, plus a mid-band Parametric EQ with a 200hz-5Khz sweep. Boss compact, durable housing with easy access battery compartment is truly one of the best pedal designs of all time! The wide range of distortion and flexible EQ make for an extremely versatile unit. The manual lists several reference settings that sound great on their own, but also can be used as a starting point for creating your own sounds. These settings cover basic overdrive, 80s Metal, Modern Metal, 70s Classic Rock, Progressive Rock, early British rock, 50s style Rock n' Roll, and 60s fuzz among others.

(3 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Great for begginers

By Michael Relaz

from Waterloo, IA

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Pros

  • cheap

Cons

  • Eq Sucks
  • Poor sound
  • To Fuzzy

Best Uses

  • Not For Live Performances

Comments about Boss MT-2 Metal Zone Effects Pedal:

If you're looking for a great distortion pedal that does more than just distortion-get something else that has two stomps in one. 1.More versitallity. 2.It will sound a lot better than this. 3. The eq's will probably be less touchy too.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT PEDAL FOR METAL

By POPSTARTHREAT_13

from Espanola, NM

Pros

  • Adjustable Tones
  • Great quality
  • Perfect Distortion
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Metal
    • Rock
    • Soft Rock

    Comments about Boss MT-2 Metal Zone Effects Pedal:

    Honestly, this was my very first pedal i ever bought. This was 11 years ago and it's still pumping. I always resort back to the METAL ZONE. I have tried many pedals at music stores and some are good and some are just a waste. In my opinion this is my favorite out of any other I have tried. In the beginning the feedback was annoying but hell, you get that with anything BUY A NOISE GATE!! I strongly stand by this pedal to this day, like I said 11 years and still going strong... BUY IT!!!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Better than people think it is

    By Jim

    from Vineland, NJ

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    Pros

    • Affordable
    • Good Eq Controls
    • Good Old School Tone

    Cons

    • Touchy

    Best Uses

    • Death Metal
    • Thrash Metal

    Comments about Boss MT-2 Metal Zone Effects Pedal:

    Everyone loves to hate on the Metal Zone. But honestly, its not bad at all IF you have a good amp. A lot of noobs run this thing into little practice amps that have no tone to begin with. If you have a good amp and cab and play around with the EQ you can get some incredibly heavy tones out of it. Lowering the treble and boosting the mids a little will thicken this pedal up a bit. Using a noise supressor will cut down on the feedback and hiss. A lot of bands from the 90s like Cannibal Corpse, Crowbar, and At the Gates used the 'Zone so that should give you an idea of some of the sounds to be had. I love the tone I get out of this pedal.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Boss Metal Zone MT-2

    By Jeff Brown

    from Grass Valley, CA.

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    Comments about Boss MT-2 Metal Zone Effects Pedal:

    Very Happy. Useful for headphone practicing also. The tone contours are perfect, and the unit reacts fantastically with an old CryBaby Wah in front of it. Really gets that Zakk Wylde sound.
    Straight up the "Metal Zone MT-2" is a great had-rock heavy-metal tool. A useful way to add a heavy homogenous wall of stunn to any amp. I wouldn't say it's the total switch-blade though, even with much fiddling it really isn't a blues machine like some folks say. It does have plenty of gain to push the front-end of an amp with the addition of it's own grind. The tone controlls are fantastic, and can drive you down any road you would want to travel. Even fully gained in my 100watt Marshall, the noise isn't that bad. I have certainly heard a lot worse.
    Built like a tank.....!!!!!! And the >15 hours battery life is great.
    A little pricey, but a quality tool to have in the arsenal.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    MT-2 Metal Zone - Great Buy

    By Richard Winger

    from Pennsylvania, USA

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    Comments about Boss MT-2 Metal Zone Effects Pedal:

    Overall, I would say that this is a great buy for anybody wanting to produce fantastic metal sounds.I've produced sounds from Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot, Pantera, Metallica and many other great bands using this pedal. I would certainly recommend it.
    I LOVE this pedal. It has an amazing range of tones on it and always sounds beautiful. I do, however, recommend buying a noise gate with this pedal, as it does produce a LOT of feedback.
    The pedal is quite durable as well. I've dropped it a few times onto my hardwood floors and whatnot. After a couple years of use, it only has one or two scratches on it. I haven't even had to change the battery in it.
    I got my pedal at a local guitar shop around two years ago and I've got to say... you really can't get a pedal to pump out more distortion. Especially not for the money.

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