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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...Read More

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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
 
4.1

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (15)
  • Excellent sound quality (11)
  • Responsive (9)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Good selection of effects (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (12)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (4), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Your average-everyday 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...Read complete review

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.

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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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5.0

Sleeper . . .

By 

from Clinton, MS

About Me Professional Musician

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!

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    2.0

    I tried to like it...

    By 

    from West Virginia and New England

    About Me Professional Musician

    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.

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    5.0

    Great for bass players needing fuzz.

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    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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      5.0

      Modtone MT-DS Speedbox

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      from Brooklyn IN

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

        Very good range of distortion from light and warm up to really nice fuzz tones. No loss of volume as some others have reported. The sound is very clean, no unwanted noise or hiss. Sounds great with humbuckers (Gibson LP) and single coils (Fender Strat). Highly satisfied!

        P.S.: Couldn't beat the Stupid Deal of the Day price!!!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        MT-DS Pedal

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        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.

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        5.0

        Solid pedal!

        By 

        from Illinois

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

          The pedal is very responsive and has a nice range of distortion, from soft and fuzzy to tear it up metal. The controls actually do something! Seems solidly built (only time will tell) and definitely looks cool on the pedal board! Definitely worth the great price I got from Musicians Friend (love those Stupid Deals of the Day!).

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          5.0

          Great Pedal Great Price

          By 

          from Mountainhome, PA

          About Me Novice

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

            Bought this pedal for my son and he loves it. He is a new player and this is his first pedal.

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            5.0

            dis pedal

            By 

            from tulsa ok

            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
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

              awesome

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              3.0

              Could have been great....but!

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              from British Columbia, Canada

              About Me Novice

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              Verified Buyer

              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.

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              3.0

              Mod Tone MT-DS Distortion pedal

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              from Land Between the Tunnels, Va.

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design

              Cons

              • Limited Selection Of Effects
              • Not Responsive
              • Poor Sound Quality

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Modtone MT-DS Speedbox Distortion Pedal:

              I bought the Mod-Tone MT-DS to use with my steel guitar rig & had ok results. However when used with my Les Paul & Twin Reverb it was very weak & DID NOT deliver a good sound. I tried other guitars & amps with the same POOR results. I noticed a CUT in the volume & tone when the unit was switched to the on position...I soon took it off my pedal board. The unit (along with 4 other Mod Tone pedals) arrived with a dead battery. The battery compartment is difficult to access, requiring the back to be removed by 4 small phillip head screws. I quickly learned MOD TONE DOES NOT HAVE A CUSTOMER SERVICE LINE & exchanging emails with them took days that became weeks. Despite their "5 year warranty" any problems I had with them resulted in poor (NONE) results. I don't reccomend any MOD TONE products.

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