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Massive distortion sweetened by a pair of tubes!
The Solid Metal Dual Vacuum Tube Distortion Pedal from Damage Control produces massive gobs of face-melting gain. The flexible control layout lets you dial in metal tones from the 1980s to beyond tomorrow. The unique shape of the Bass control adjusts the speaker's resonant response for the proper level of chest-thump during tight palm-muted passages, while the Scoop feature allows you to dump mids and automatically adjust speaker resonance. The Treble knob sculpts and tops off your tone to perfection. Use it in front of an amp to add an additional hot-rodded amp channel!
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Reviewed by 11 customers
I bought the Damage Control Solid Metal about two summers ago. I got some cash from my folks as a gift, so I added to it and bought this pedal. This pedal is by far the richest sounding distortion pedal that I have ever had. I use it for metal, leads, rock, heavy blues, etc. It is great when used with a Boss Delay. Unreal. It cuts through the mix when used in a recording situation. I use a Fender M-80 Chorus amp as well as a Valve King. This pedal sounds great through both amps. It is very warm with creat presence and full bass. It is not "ice pick" harsh either. It is very smooth. I have recorded this pedal for several studio sessions. It just brings out those rich harmonics and the beautiful feal of the tubes. I wrote one song where I used it and a DD-20 for the lead. The lead came out on top of the mix with plenty or power and articulation. Freakin' awesome. I can only suggest that you buy this. I think it is the best damage control product made. It has a metal case that is like a "Fire Truck Red" solid metal stomp. It looks great on my pedal board. It takes up some space, but no issue. It is worth it. Enjoy it!
First... you 'cannot' get a clean tone on this pedal. It is impossible. Even with the drive turned all the way down there's plenty of distortion.Second... by itself you will not achieve a metal sound. However Solid Metal --> Sansamp TRI-AC (TRI-AC drive at 9 or 10 O clock, Brit or Tweed) I get very convincing metal gain, and anybody who knows how the TRI-AC sounds knows that it's hardly a metal dirt pedal. It's the analog amp modeler that makes this possible.Gonna try it with the new Sansamp Character series pedals when they get here.I doubt this pedal was meant to be used in a clean channel. For me a keeper.
If you are wanting heavy, thick, tight, distortion and sustain that tube amps are famous for, buy a tube amp. This is a peddle with 2 small preamp type tubes that will put out (in all fairness) some good clean sounding distortion for some rock, or blues type of playing. In other words, the name of "Solid Metal" is misleading, as this alone thru a clean channel, will not take you to anything approaching metal levels of gain. The real magic and guts of a good tube amp are in the large power tubes (Think 6L6's or EL34's) not the small preamp tubes (12AXL's). If you are a true metal head, this peddle by itself will disappoint you, and it does not mesh well at all with my Line 6 Spider III half stack's distortion, wich by the way, in all ways sucks. Insane distortion setting is more like irritating fuzz. But I digress. I am basically going to start all over, and get a real tube half stack to build on. If I played blues I would be rather pleased, but I am a diehard metal head at heart, and I just need more than this can give.
I was looking for a back-up for my 16 year old H-K metal shredder. After exaustive research I ordered one of these. It is good, but does not match the H-K. The tubes do not heat up they mostly glow from the LEDs and there is only some tube warmth, not enough to be considered a real tube amp. The gain goes from on to on fire! the EQ is moderately useful. This product can not be used to boost an overdriven amp as it will give much inharmonic (bad) distortion. I would highly recommend it to someone with a solid state amp as a substitute for a weak distortion channel, provided they have a preamp in jack. This product is more like a very good distortion box than an actual preamp. It compares well to boss metal zone and EH metal muff. It is made in USA and of high quality.
I bought this a few days ago, and am pretty impressed. One thing though... if you are looking for an overdrive (think Boss SD-1 or 808) this is not for you. This is basically a distortion pre-amp. It works great for this. The contour really allows you to dial in a great metal sound. I run it before my dual rec, and it sound good in the clean channel for a harsh sound. Also, the picture is deceiving, this thing is HUGE. I measured it and it is 7" x 8". I like it, and if you want a good pre, try this thing out. Also, it is remote switchable, which is why I bought it over the womanizer. As a side note...it looks cool too.
I've had this pedal for over a year now and it still sounds just as good as when I got it. It has a really good metal/hardcore/deathmetal tone to it. But it's no tube amp. I'm not even sure if the tubes really work or if their just there to look cool. It is a really good distortion none the less, but I prefer a nice tube amp. I use it with a very light overdrive through a Pignose tube amp and can get a decent sound. The distortion itself is a little bit muddy unless you put a noise surpressor on it. If you're into effects and don't care about the amps, this will be what you're looking for, but if you want a great tone without having to worry about a distortion pedal, go for a really nice tube amp.
This pedal has enhanced my tone greatly. It has added more bass end, which I really wanted. It sounds great with my Peavey Valeking 112 combo. There is so many different sounds you can get out of this pedal. It is great.
The best distortion you can get in a pedalvery easy to dial in any sound you wantfrom classic to hard rock or metalThe tone is great! and i'm using this infront of a solid state crate gfx65 ampthe best results would be to run this infront of a very clean sounding tube amp tho
This pedal is pretty good. I order it without knowing what it would sound like, and I am pretty impressed. It has great tone when put at the right settings. The only thing that is bad is that the "True Bypass" isn't that great, it kills your tone. But I easily fixed that by using a seperate noise reduction pedal. Overall, it's good if you want that metal sound.
This pedal is incredible. Best distorted tone of any pedal I have heard AND 90% of high gain amps out there. No joke. I own a Peavey JSX head, a 5150, a Marshall TSL100, and my buddy has a Soldano SLO100. The pedal slays them all on its own! All you would really need is a good clean amp with no gain of its own and this pedal and you would have 3 channels of killer tone. The crunch sound alone on this pedal is more than enough for killer lead and rhythm guitar. Kick in the nuclear mode and it becomes this hyper saturated monster with a tight bottom end and great top end sizzle. The pick attack is flawless. Makes all other distortion pedals obsolete as well as a lot of regular amp heads as far as distortion goes. Chuck all of your so called distortion pedals and get this. You will never look back. It's ALL TUBE as well. What more could you ask for.
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