Boss Metal Zone Vs Dad-Rock Boomer-Benders [And ODR-1, RAT, Archer & Muffuletta]

Published 17 Dec 2021

Is this the most versatile distortion pedal of them all?

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Welcome to the show! If you’re here for heavy tones and metal, you’re in entirely the wrong place. There shall be no metal here today.
Nevertheless, we all know that the world-conquering, massive-selling Boss MT-2 Metal Zone is an opinion-divider. It’s also much misunderstood, not least by us back in March 2016 when we gently poked fun at it. But, we all grow up eventually…
Well, all of us except the MT-2 perhaps, which is still unashamedly thrashing and scooping its way to superb heavy tones the world over. But. What about these two Blues-Soccer Dad Boomer Benders, eh? Is there anything this much-maligned monster of metal can offer guitar players of more, erm, oldfartist tonal preferences?
We think so, and we’re here to prove it along with the help of a few old-school gain classics.
And yes, we use the Waza version throughout in this video: enjoy!

Pedals & stuff in this episode…

• TheGigRig Three2One

• Sonic Research ST-200 Turbo Tuner

• Boss MT-2W Waza Craft Metal Zone
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• ProCo RAT 2
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• Nobels ODR-1
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• J Rockett Archer
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• JHS Muffuletta
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• Strymon Volante
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• TheGigRig G3

Amps in this episode:
Marshall 1987x with Zilla Custom 2x12 / Celestion Alnico Ruby speakers
Tone King Imperial MkII with 112 cab / standard speaker

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
0:00 Intro playing
0:50 We’ve been here before
1:40 Today’s question
4:21 Let’s hear the Metal Zone
5:45 Today’s amps
6:38 Crazy powerful EQ explanation
9:25 Hard clipping explanation
11:25 RAT vs Metal Zone
16:10 ODR-1 vs Metal Zone
19:20 Malcolm’s SG
20:45 Muffuletta vs Metal Zone
25:20 Mick’s Klon approach
26:16 Archer vs Metal Zone
34:14 ODR-1 & Archer vs Metal Zone
42:08 Closing thoughts

Guitars in this episode:
• 1965 Fender Telecaster - no video yet
• Fender Custom Shop ’62 Relic Stratocaster - no video yet
• 197-something Gibson SG Standard - thanks Malcolm!

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