Excellent pedal, very nice construction, easy to use, pretty versatile tone choices, powerful distortion with defined sound, feedback at high volumes makes it tough to play live shows though, shouldnt be a problem if you have a stack or two though.
Price: $79.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Music123.com
Morph control is real nice, shapes the sound from like a thin overdrive to deep hollowed out death metal sound.
Level control, Bass and Treble control.
This thing has hard distortion, my only complaint is that it really has no low level overdrives, i.e. zeppelin or something. often gives feedback though.
Very easy to use, easy to get a good sound i was surprised at the power of the eq, when the bass on the pedal is turned up to max, it literally shakes the room
treble eq sounds real nice, clean attack and nice note separation, not gain noise like most other distortion pedals out there
Very sturdy, havent had a problem with it yet, and ive never gotten a complaint on the sound
IMO the best pedal on the market.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $40.00 GBP
Where Obtained: Music matters
Four knobs, the morph one being the best. It will work on either a 9v battery or mains supply,I would recommend using it with the adaptor as the batteries don't last long.
This pedal IMO will out perform the majority of pedals out there.I run it through a laney PL100 amp,Ibanez JS gat.For Rock music it blows your mind.
A baby could figure it out.
It's a steel box what more could you ask for
All metalheads MUST have this pedal. It's just the sound I was looking for.
Price: $70.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music 123
Has level, low, hi, and really cool "morph" knob, which allows you to change your distortion type. has plenty of features to get you the sound you want!
Holy crap, this pedal sounds awesome!! I play mostly metal, and this pedal delivers!! Man, I don't think theres a better "metal pedal" that you can find at this price, it's the best. I've tried out Boss MetalZone, and Digitech kicks Boss right in the face with the Metal Master.
It's hard NOT to find a good sound with this pedal! quite easy to use.
It seems like a very durable pedal.
This pedal is probably my favorite piece of guitar tone altering equipment Ive ever played through. I looked at the boss metal distortion pedal that everyone has been raving about, and I really liked it. But then I tried this thing out and it blew it out of the water. I could get that Boss tone plus so much more with this thing. If I lost it, I would probably kick myself and buy a new one the next day. If someone stole it, I would probably kick them and make them buy me another one to give to my friend. I dont think this pedal could be any better, seriously. The morph knob is awesome. The only bad thing is the battery consumption. Holy cow. AC adapter, here I come.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $89.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Music Center (local store)
Everything you need, nothing you don't. This pedal has 4 knobs: level, which I usually keep cranked, low, high, and the special X-series Morph knob, which is what makes this pedal so great. There are two outputs, one for an amp, and one for a mixer. Thats right, this pedal has cabinet modeling, and it sounds great when plugged into my friends PA system. This pedal is battery or AC powered, but you're going to want to get the AC, cause this thing eats batteries like a dog eats dead stuff.
I use this pedal with a fender standard fat strat and a selection of horrible amps... this thing sounds good even through my crappy old practice amp, thats something to be proud of. I use this pedal for all kinds of music. I play classic rock stuff like Ozzy, I play metal like old Metallica and Pantera, and I play punk like Rancid, Pennywise, Bouncing Souls, and old stuff like Ramones and the Clash. This pedal can do it all, with a simple twist of the morph knob and some tweaks on the highs and lows, it can be perfect. This is probably the best distortion pedal Ive ever heard. Its a little noisy when its on but thats probably because I use batteries, Ive heard that when you use the AC, the hum disappears, so Ill be getting that soon.
This thing is really simple to use, you could randomly spin the knobs and it would still sound awesome. If you're looking for your signature sound, all you have to do is mess around for a few minutes, and you're almost guarunteed it find it.
This thing is build like its name, heavy metal. This thing could get thrown out of an airplane into a pit of hot coals and venomous snakes and it would still survive. Good building. All the digitech stuff I have is still perfect so I expect this to be the same.
Anyone looking for the BOSS MZ (Metal Zone pedal), forget about it! Take a good hard look at the new line of DigiTech pedals. See for yourself. Do you wanna sound like everyone else, or do you want to be different? This pedal blows the doors off the BOSS distortion pedals.
They have better features & better tone too!
All of the new X-Series pedals from DigiTech are worth looking into. I have played them all, and the sound quality is awesome, not to mention, they offer sounds, tone, & features not found in "other" brands.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $80.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Putnam Music (NY)
Battery power or Wall adapter (Not included)
Some people mentioned that it needed a "GAIN" knob, but, it's a heavy metal distortion pedal, c'mon people! Get a GRIP! "Gain" on a distortion pedal should be set at "10", anyway! :)
Can be plugged directly into a mixer, and used as a Cabinet-Simulator pedal.
2 Output jacks. (Amp & Mixer)
The "Morph" knob and overall tones make this pedal shine high above all the rest.
WOAH! The minute I stepped on this pedal, I knew it was what I had been looking for! DigiTech really outdid themselves with their new X-Series pedals! This sucker can emulate any metal style you crave! Judas Priest, Maiden, In Flames, Ozzy, George Lynch, Zakk Wylde, Jag Panzer, Sinergy, Pantera, Progressive Metal.....etc
Best thing about the distortion in this pedal, is that leads & solos sound excellent! If you have ever played thru other distortion pedals, you'll know what I mean....On other pedals you'll notice that your lead tone could be way better. Many of the "other brand" distortion pedals have good distortion, but when you play leads & solos on them, they sound like absolute crap. (tinny, processed, weak..etc) Other pedals' lead tones are just cheesy sounding, and many other distortion pedals just simply sound alike! NOT THIS ONE! The DigiTech breaks away from the others. Go from rhythm chunk, to "true" lead tones all at once! No need to do anything but play. Simply the best distortion pedal I have ever had the pleasure of getting my hands on. No need to use EQ's & all kinds of other pedals to get this pedal sounding good, it does so all by itself.
Morph knob enables you to dial-in 3-4 different cabinet tones. Goes from a Marshall/British, H&K, to a Mesa Boogie-type sound with just a slightest turn of the Morph knob. Or mix 2 at once! Excellent feature!
If you can't figure out a simple distortion pedal, then you probably can't walk & breathe at the same time either.
Extremely easy to install battery. Push a button, and the whole top comes off.
Built as sturdy as any BOSS pedal! Sturdy steel construction.
Finally, a distortion pedal that lives up to its name! You won't really want to use this for much except metal, but then again, once you try this, you won't want to play anything except metal anyways. This is one of those pedals that makes you go back and re-learn every song you ever learned, but couldn't make sound just right. Absolutely perfect.
Price: $89.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
Lo and HI EQ, Level, and MORPH!!! Morph is the coolest knob ever! Two outputs, with cab modelling for the mixer jack, AC or battery powered(get the AC for the love of Mike)
This is the single best 'metal' pedal I have ever heard. Yes, it is extreme gain and distortion in teh same vein as the Boss and DOD pedals, with one important difference. This gives you a much more musical sound than those other pedals. The chords crunch, while the single notes maintain most of their clarity. And, especially in teh higher registers, you get a biting sound without it going all brittle and 'digital'.
Seems as sturdy as my Tubescreamer, if that tells you anything.