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Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal

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The ModTone MT-DS Speedbox distortion pedal emulates the tones of a vintage amp or classic overdrive and is housed in a compact all metal box that ca...Click To Read More About This Product

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Not just another fuzzbox, but also a preamp!

The ModTone MT-DS Speedbox distortion pedal emulates the tones of a vintage amp or classic overdrive and is housed in a compact all metal box that can take all you dish out. It's not just another fuzzbox. It's also a preamp in itself.

The ModTone distortion pedal features a simple 3-knob configuration for overdrive bliss. Starting with a custom-tailored Tone knob, you can dial in just the right amount of sparkle and warmth while still retaining all the crunch and tonal clarity you love without a hint of noise. Next is the Drive knob and it's truly where the heart of this pedal lies. The custom-voiced overdrive circuit and proprietary gain stage setting allow you the option of getting a delicious overdrive tone from your clean amp or combine it with your amp's overdrive setting to achieve a thick and creamy lead boost that sustains for days. Last up is the Level control that allows you to select the perfect amount of gain whether your style is a touch of the blues or an all-out metal blitzkrieg.

The Modtone MT-DS Speedbox, like the whole family of ModTone effect pedals, features period-correct, vintage-style components, smooth linear taper pots, high-impact switches built for the floor and top quality jacks for optimum tonal transfer.


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ModtoneMT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal
 
4.2

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (19)
  • Excellent sound quality (17)
  • Responsive (13)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Good selection of effects (6)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (18)
  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Home studio (12)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (6), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sleeper . . .

OK . . . It WAS the Stupid Deal of the day!!! The price was just way too tempting to pass up. Figured it was worth the chance. Even if it was...Read complete review

OK . . . It WAS the Stupid Deal of the day!!! The price was just way too tempting to pass up. Figured it was worth the chance. Even if it was the pits, i was not out much at all. Boy was i shocked. Great dirty tone! All the guys that have used my rig have loved it too. Couple of them have even picked one up.

I mainly use it live with my slide guitar. It gives it a nice grit. Crank the Gain up about 3/4, crank the tone to a lot of bottom end, and let her rip.

It's been very durable. It's made several thousand miles on my main pedal board. I expect it will make many more.

For the $$$, it's a steal!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Output is lacking

The ModTone Speedbox has a fine tone, fine features, and fine construction. However, when I stomp the thing on, my output volume is cut by a few DB's. Unacceptable. Only when...Read complete review

The ModTone Speedbox has a fine tone, fine features, and fine construction. However, when I stomp the thing on, my output volume is cut by a few DB's. Unacceptable. Only when I have the gain AND volume cranked does the volume match the clean signal. Very dissapointing.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Favorite Distortion Available.

By Jonathan Aspen

from Aspen, CO

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

    First off, the quality is noticeable as soon as you remove it from the box. The pedal has a decent weight without being overly large, it feels turbo sturdy. I'd say it has a footprint just slightly smaller than a standard BOSS pedal. The paint is GORGEOUS. The corners are smooth and rounded. The tone pots are tight and silent when turned, The quality is obvious. The in/out jacks are very smooth. Now the tone, By adjusting the tone pot you can achieve anything from grit to crunch to heavy distorted tones. The sustain is EXTREMELY EVEN. By adjusting the gain past 3 o'clock it really starts to howl, Not an over-driven scream, but an even, controlled howl. This combined with my Mod-Tone Aqua Chorus gives me the 90's grunge tone I have been seeking ever since I first imagined my ideal tone, Thanks Mod Tone for making a turbo-high-quality, affordable distortion. Thanks Musician's Friend for introducing me to my new best friend.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Output is lacking

    By John Bogle

    from Cain-tuckeh

    Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

    The ModTone Speedbox has a fine tone, fine features, and fine construction. However, when I stomp the thing on, my output volume is cut by a few DB's. Unacceptable. Only when I have the gain AND volume cranked does the volume match the clean signal. Very dissapointing.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Really Impressive!

    By Jonathan Aspen

    from Aspen, CO

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

      I really enjoy this pedal. The tone range is huge. Dirt to grit to crunch. The casing is super solid. The best value for your money.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Quality for the price

      By Jenn

      from Wilmington, DE

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

        Fun pedal with great distortion sound. Lots of control with the three knobs. Great buy as a deal of the day!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sleeper . . .

        By Renegade

        from Clinton, MS

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

          OK . . . It WAS the Stupid Deal of the day!!! The price was just way too tempting to pass up. Figured it was worth the chance. Even if it was the pits, i was not out much at all. Boy was i shocked. Great dirty tone! All the guys that have used my rig have loved it too. Couple of them have even picked one up.

          I mainly use it live with my slide guitar. It gives it a nice grit. Crank the Gain up about 3/4, crank the tone to a lot of bottom end, and let her rip.

          It's been very durable. It's made several thousand miles on my main pedal board. I expect it will make many more.

          For the $$$, it's a steal!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Your average-everyday Pedal

          By CounterRevolution

          from Australia

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          Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

          It's a pretty awesome little box. Great stuff for an excellent price. It's been built sturdy and seems like it would last a fair while. Modtone has set the standard high at such a low price.
          The Pedal obviously comes with its standard distortion function, and has three knobs to change and accustom to the sort of distortion style you are after. It's pretty basic stuff. However, after tinkering around with it, I've managed to set it to various different styles from thrash to crunch and hi gain. I love to layer and layer my axe with distortion and it does it justice. However, keeping in mind, I do reside in an apartment, there is a maximum level of sound I am required to adhere to (and it sucks big time ==") and whenever I turn up the gain, it does increase the volume which makes it difficult to compromise.
          Great price and deal ! It's an amazing price you pay for what you get.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Okay

          By Adam Smith

          from Ontario, Canada

          Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

          It's okay, if you want that 80s thrash tone but it has very little versatility. Overall its okay I guess, I just bought it because it was a good deal.
          Has a Level, Tone, and Gain. LED light. Nothing special
          Niceley built. Very sturdy.
          I got mine for a great deal, so it was well worth it.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Weak

          By hadji457

          from Wisconsin

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          Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

          You would be better off with a lowly Boss DS-1 than this thing. There is a huge loss of volume between clean and when it is engaged. I may have just got a bad one, but I sent it back for a refund.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very Good, A++ Bang for Buck

          By Spinny Spagnolia

          from Portland, OR

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

            I got this for dirt cheap on SDOTD. I also recently got a Tech 21Boost/Distorntion on SDOTD. I like the core sound of this pedal better. I also have a Way Huge Fat Sandwich and a mesa single rectifier head custom birch 4x12. This pedal makes my VOX Pathfinder 15w sound gnarly and its epic into a 50w/100w tube head. I no longer feel the need to get a tube screamer.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great tone

            By Lew

            from King of Prussia

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

              I've used this for live gigs and practice. I have about 35 effects in my rig and I run through three different amps. This effect plays nice with all of my other effects and is super quiet when on and when turning on/off.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Sounds good

              By Van

              from undisclosed

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

                Had some credit at MF and needed a distortion box. Didn't know anything about the Speedbox, but it was the right price for the amount of credit I had on account so I bought it. Very surprised at the tone. I play Classic rock through a Peavey Classic 50 head and 2-12 cabinet and it just sounds great for that.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                I tried to like it...

                By Blanco

                from WV

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Very thick distortion

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use
                • Lack of volume
                • Not Responsive
                • Poor Sound Quality

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

                I did my best to incorporate this into my sound, multiple times, and it just isn't meant to be... I really don't see how it could be for anybody when you consider how much it diminishes your output volume. When your clean sound is louder than your crunch, there's no point to using it for crunch! Unless you plan on exclusively using it with the Gain and Level all the way for thick, rather over-powering distortion for solos, I'd say this isn't for you. This should be a LOT cheaper with a much higher discount, and ModTone should be making better pedals than this. Get a better pedal elsewhere in the meantime.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                MT-DS Pedal

                By Retro Richard

                from Shoreacres Texas

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Well Built

                Cons

                • Noisy

                Best Uses

                • Gig Adding Distortion

                Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

                Compact, but stomp switch is too noisy when pushed, hear a loud click through my amp.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Could have been great....but!

                By Nikkodog

                from British Columbia, Canada

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Fantastic Distortion Tone

                Cons

                • Volume Drop-off Issue

                Best Uses

                • Practice

                Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

                I have several pedals but this one has the best distortion tone of the bunch. It's also very quiet and easy to dial in. However, mine suffers from the same shortcoming as many of the other reviewers have noted...there is a significant volume drop when switching the distortion off. I'm not a professional so for the money I can live with it, but I don't think I'd want to use this if I were gigging due to that issue. It's a real shame as this pedal has potential for greatness.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great pedal

                By jfburch

                from San Antonio, TX

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Reasonably Priced
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

                  Far and above, the closest sound to a classic vintage overdriven Marshall Amp in my opinion. Very wide tone range, especially considering it only has one tone control. Lightweight but sturdy and has a smaller footprint than a Boss pedal. Sounds great for Zeppelin, AC/DC, ZZ Top,etc.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal

                  By DirkDiggler

                  from Michigan

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                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive
                  • True bypass

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

                    I bought this pedal as a Stupid Deal of the day to put in front of my Fender head to use as a boost. I know there are better pedals out there but this pedal is solid in every way for the money. Good range of distortion from boost up to a nice usable drive. It has true bypass and is very quiet even with the gain at max. If you are looking to buy a good distortion pedal to start with and not looking to spend much money this is a perfect option. I like it better than my modded Boss DS1.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Woah...

                    By tiedyedsky

                    from NH

                    Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

                    I was hesitant when I ordered this pedal. I've been looking for a pedal that's full of character without a lot of hum. I plugged it in, dialed it in, and it blew me away. It has plenty of crunch but plenty of clarity as well. I looked at so many pedals, but I couldn't be happier. Clicks a little when you engage it, but otherwise perfect.

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good little box

                    By G-wiz

                    from Indianapolis, IN

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                    Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

                    vintage loose Marshall type sound. organic feel. I would guess this is based on a ts circuit. For the money this is a good box. my only concern is the lack of headroom. Also a more gradual gain increase would be nice.

                    (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    meh

                    By Goldy

                    from Illinois

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design

                    Cons

                    • Poor Sound Quality

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

                    nothing special

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great for bass players needing fuzz.

                    By Bassman

                    from Petaluma,CA.

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                    Pros

                    • Adds Plenty Of Drive
                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Lots Of Extra Overtones
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Having Fun Jamming
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

                      I just had to get this to make some noise, Had the "original" Tube Screamer as a teenager, long ago... which was great w/ my Les Paul.
                      Now on a real nice P-Bass, adds some nice edge.

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