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Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal

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Equipped with a 4-band EQ designed specifically for guitar distortion and a mid-frequency sweep, Metal Planet delivers a wide range of tones from sco...Click To Read More About This Product

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High-octane distortion.

Equipped with a 4-band EQ designed specifically for guitar distortion and a mid-frequency sweep, Metal Planet delivers a wide range of tones from scooped heavy metal to modern rock distortion. Extruded aluminum chassis, easy-access battery compartment, and bright blue status LEDs.

FEATURES
  • 4-band EQ designed specifically for guitar distortion
  • Mid-frequency sweep
  • Separate level and distortion controls
  • Extruded aluminum chassis
  • Easy-access battery compartment
  • Bright blue status LEDs
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RocktronMetal Planet Distortion Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 61 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Versatile Pedal...

I've been using a Korg AX-1000G for the past 10 years, mostly due to the distortion and reverb (almost all I use it for now). I was looking for something that would...Read complete review

I've been using a Korg AX-1000G for the past 10 years, mostly due to the distortion and reverb (almost all I use it for now). I was looking for something that would give me a similar sound to the Korg, but more responsive. This pedal gets a very good, grainy, high gain sound, but without too much "fuzz" or "fizz" when dialed in properly. The gain comes on quickly in the knob movement, but can also remain low, and responds well to pick attack and overall pickup volume. Decrease the gain makes it a very believable overdrive with a hint of something hairy lurking in the background. This pedal can also get quite loud when the volume and gain are turned up.The EQ on this thing shines, frankly. The base is responsive (depending on the rig you use), treble is plentiful, and the mid range is extremely adjustable. The mid-range envelope adjustment is a bit touchy, but after a minute or two I can always find *that* sound I'm looking for. I've only played this through a Fender Champ 600 with replacement tubes and speaker. The amp itself is clear, so I know what I'm looking for in sound.This is not like a digital distortion; those tend to shape any input signal into a specific mold. I've tried several guitars with my processor, and they sound very similar; not so with this pedal. Each guitar comes through cleanly, with its own character. This pedal seems to thrive on higher output pickups, although it will do single coils plenty of justice.Overall, I think the price is a touch high, but what good pedal isn't these days? Vs. a Rat (Have an old one) this thing will win in terms of flexibility and price. It's not the most noob friendly piece of gear (get a digital distortion pedal and try it for a while), but far from the hardest. Highly recommended!

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Not impressed

I recently had an opportunity to try this pedal, a friend sent me home with it and asked me for my opinion, so I plugged it in and it sounded eerily familiar, so...Read complete review

I recently had an opportunity to try this pedal, a friend sent me home with it and asked me for my opinion, so I plugged it in and it sounded eerily familiar, so then I did an A/B comparison of this pedal and a Boss MT-2 Metal Zone and I'm convinced they both have the exact same circuitry inside. They sound exactly the same. But this pedal is bigger than a Boss box so it would take up more space on a pedalboard, so that's a major drawback in my opinion. If you're looking for that sound, just get the Boss pedal instead, it's cheaper and takes up less space. Or alternately, buy the MXR Fullbore Metal for the built-in noise gate.

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(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

WOW Metal Planet? no

By BIFF-fEzQO

from TN

Comments about Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal:

ok, bought mine used. I am used to actual high gain, my main dist pedal is the zoom tri metal. after reading so many people say the metal Planet is like the boss metal zone only good, i decided i had to have this pedal. If this thing is better than the metalzone, then boss pedals must really suck. this thickness of the gain on this pedal is comparable to amp distortion. so if you like your stock amp dist but hate that it has no tone when turned up, buy the metal planet, and all your dreams of standard boring not chunky enough distortion will come true. I cannot say enough how un high gain this thing is. i could not get a good metal sound at all out of it, and it had no chunk, no bass heavyness that u need for pickscraping madness. maybe rocktron should rename this the Rocktron alternative rock distortion pedal and remarket it to a new dynamic.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I own this pedal

By pirateghettomaster

from Michigan

Comments about Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal:

I am lucky enough that someone got me this BEAST of a pedal. I was really iffy about it because of the audio samples and such... but after a few seconds of disapointment when I got this as a gift I decided I may as well try it out. I could not believe that insane distortion that came from this thing!?!? I am proud to say that I have it now!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

surprisingly versitle

By stratosaurus

from N Dallas TX

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Comments about Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal:

I have been searching and searching for a better overdrive, with so many out there it becomes a difficult choice and more so a money limitation. So far I have come to the Barber (the overdrive king)and the Wampler Ecstasy Drive as the top followed by the Ice 9 for its unique timber (like the Satchurator Dist, Joe rules!!!). Regarding the Rocktron Metal Planet, I loved this pedal right off the bat with its much darker and low end, without mud timber, it is unique among higher gain pedals. Some might out gain it, but they get exceedingly tinny and fizzy in the process. Liking its darker voice (try some detunes on this) I got the idea to roll the gain back and adjust this puppy more in as an OD tone box and I was surprised how its unique darker voice came in as a really good overdrive. Sort of what I was trying to get out of my OCD. ODs except for the above are very limited by the single tone control which is just plain limiting)often nothing more than a treble cut rolloff w NO bass boost!). For the really ridiculos low price the M Planet has me looking at getting another one just for another cool OD. Rocktron (owned by GHS) is really underrated in their "technology for guitarists" I am finding these pedals have more to them than the first surface dial in. If you like the fizzy washout gain tone try the Keeley mod zone or the Hardwire Metal both really good ultra gains (the big boy Wampler Triple Wreck!). The Metal Planet as you will notice right off has a different voice, the bass past 2:00 just gets so thick and full it will amaze you and you can dial in any amount and timber or high or low gain even scooped if you like.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great pedal

By ggallinfan998

from salem oregon

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Comments about Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal:

this pedal is awesome. i would rather have it than the boss metal zone pedal. i just wish it didnt cost so much.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Player tested! SATAN APPROVED!!

By Fun Times

from Omaha, NE

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Comments about Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal:

This is, in my opinion, absolutely the best metal distortion on the planet. Perfect for that 1990's tone. I tried tried getting a Marilyn Manson sound from other metal pedals and wasn't even as close to satisfied with those as I was with this.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Damn good..

By Dhampir-D

from California

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Comments about Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal:

I recently picked this up for $69 at a music store. I have no real complaints at all about this peddle. The only problem I have with it is the volume once this peddle kicks in from my clean channel through my amp its ear ringing power comes to life. I have only used this with a practice amp a Jackson JS30 Dinky, and a cheap Peavey Raptor. Through the practice amp it gives great sound I must say very distorted but very clean through the amps clear channel. Depending on the settings it gives a little to much distortion with the amps distortion on makes for some interesting sounds though.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal:

This thing rocks! Upon plugging it in I found many different ways to achieve mind blowing distortion. This thing may be the coldest meanest distortion on earth. you can also do some nice blues with it. I highly recommend it for Megadeth, Pantera, Metallica, etc. And remember, mids in the middle, treble high, and bass low, and amp loud! (At least that's worked and got me many compliments about my sound ;)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

own it

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal:

It's a pretty decent pedal, not my dream distortion though, still looking. The sound out of this pedal is a little thin, so what I did was hook my MXR 10 band EQ pedal up to it and toyed with it and POW!! balls out distortion. EQ pedal and this pedal combined can give you one hell of a sound. Pretty damn satified with the sound now.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing!

By xlMetallicalx

from Florida

Comments about Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal:

sounded great, nice and heavy, perfect for my style, wish it were cheaper.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best distortion pedal ever!

By gismo_28

from TX

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Comments about Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal:

I didn't use a whole lot of other distortion pedals before this, mostly just a Danelectro, which i thought wasn't bad at the time cuz it was so cheap. I finally decided to upgrade. After hearing great reviews on the Metal Planet, I bought it without ever hearing it and haven't looked back since. This thing is evil... crank up the volume and distortion knobs, cut out the mids and it produces a screeching distortion that will make your ears bleed! Bring the mids back up for a fat, warm crunch that makes you think, "Now that's how distortion is supposed to sound!"

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Metal Planet

By Johnny Ray

from Long Beach, WA

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Comments about Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal:

I bought the metal planet distortion pedal 6 months ago, and it stopped working the day after I got it. The knobs are small and of poor quality. If I were someone thinking about buying this pedal, I would stop and buy a Digitech Death Metal pedal. It is much more durable and will not breakdown in one day.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

One Problem

By Ninja-uJddO

from Normal, IL

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Comments about Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal:

I got this about a little after last christmas, and it was working great, and sounded fine. But about 3 and a half months later, it started to not accept a battery. I found the source and fixed that, but 2 months later, i was playing, and the thing just shorted out on me. It didn't even distort anymore. That led to a screwup on my amp. Definetely not for frequent use. sorry rocktron, I dislike you.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This pedal is literally the s***!

By Matt Martinez

from Saginaw, Tx

Comments about Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal:

I've had the pedal for about 4 weeks and can't get enough of it. The Metal on this bad puppy is so intense that you might have to hold your hair away from it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Kick Ass!

By Joel-BZ9jz

from Pinole, CA

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Comments about Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal:

This pedal offers extreme amounts of smooth distortion. It's about as raspy as whipped cream(not very raspy). The mid cut/boost is a somewhat small range on the frequency spectum but I can tolerate it. The blue light is bright enough to blind most humans. This pedal sounds even better when you put an EQ before it to boost mid frequencies(200-800Hz) and cut frequencies that cause feedback. (You still get a scooped tone. It's just a lot nicer) What's funny is that the low and high knobs are marked backwards. O well, I know which one's which now!

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beast....nuff said

By Tone Snob-NY-3f

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal:

Ive been playing through this pedal for 4 years and in a nutshell, this pedal is a beast. Granted if you just decide to crank every knob all the way up and expect a sweet tone your out of luck. This pedal has a HUGE range of tones it can achieve and you need to toy with each knob persistantly to get that tone your looking for. The biggest factor in your tone with this pedal is messing with the mids. Just moving it a little can throw you from a perfect August Burns Red tone to a nasty falling down a well sounding tone. Bottom line, if your looking for a pedal that will give you a very satisfying metal tone like you will hear from As I Lay Dying, August Burns Red, Whitechapel, or Parkway Drive, pick this up. Just be patient and take the time to play with your knobs, your tone will thank you.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Sound For Metal

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal:

I bought this pedal used about a year ago and it still is in fine shape and the sound is amazing. It is my favorite distortion pedal by far. Very good for playing metal and worth the money.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bought it twice

By sideburnsguy

from Blackwood, NJ

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Comments about Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal:

I'm amazed at this pedal, and how good it makes bad amps sund.I convinced my friend to buy one, and after initial concerns, he loved the sound he got out of it.It has the same controls as a boss metal zone, but without that horrible tinny sound.When trying out for a band a few years ago,I left my gear at the bassists house and my amp and pedal burned down along with his house.I got a different amp but bought this pedal again.When you cannot crank an amp to its sweet spot, you can shove this little thing in front and you should be good to go as long as you know how to dial it in. The rubber pads on the bottom will come off, but thats not too big of a deal for me.Try it out.

 
1.0

Not impressed

By Tried_It_Once

from Saint Louis, MO

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  • Excellent Sound Quality

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      Comments about Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal:

      I recently had an opportunity to try this pedal, a friend sent me home with it and asked me for my opinion, so I plugged it in and it sounded eerily familiar, so then I did an A/B comparison of this pedal and a Boss MT-2 Metal Zone and I'm convinced they both have the exact same circuitry inside. They sound exactly the same. But this pedal is bigger than a Boss box so it would take up more space on a pedalboard, so that's a major drawback in my opinion. If you're looking for that sound, just get the Boss pedal instead, it's cheaper and takes up less space. Or alternately, buy the MXR Fullbore Metal for the built-in noise gate.

       
      5.0

      Probably the most under-rated Distortion pedal of all time

      By Wildnorth

      from Kentucky

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

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          Comments about Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal:

          Been playing for many years. Have been through many, many distortion pedals. I tend to favor heavier tones and I can not tell you how surprised I was when I plugged into this pedal. Instant XXX/5150 tones. Bass so huge it will rip your nutz off. Very smooth mids and highs. Through my 4X10 cab it's huge....but quite frankly it's huge through a small 1X12 solid state amp too. Buying a second one now to have a backup for gigs.

           
          5.0

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          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal:

          great sound, excellent value, a very versatile distortion box.

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