Heard a nice tone at the pub tonight...guess what dirt pedal?

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  1. The Interceptor

    The Interceptor Member

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    I was at our local tonight where a guitarist and singer were performing to backing tracks, doing a nice job. They played Still Got The Blues, and I thought, this Strat/Deluxe Reverb combination sounds pretty good - what is he using for dirt? I was happy to place the food order for my wife and I, and use that as an excuse to sneak a peak...and what pedal was lit up?

    Boss Metal Zone. Nice work!
     
  2. lefort_1

    lefort_1 Nuzzled Firmly Betwixt Gold Supporting Member

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    Noice!!

    I bet he had Roger Mayer re-house a KTR/FF/Naga Viper in that black Tin-o-Death.
    If I was a TGP'er playing at Planet Perth, that's what I'd do.
    Keep the stinkards guessing.
    ;)
     
  3. The Interceptor

    The Interceptor Member

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    My recollection of the Metal Zone was that if you backed off the gain there were some respectable sounds. Maybe I'm looking back through rose-coloured glasses, I don't know.
     
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  4. david(j)

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    The amount of EQ on that pedal allows for some wide ranging tones.

    I love stories like this.
     
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  5. theRagman

    theRagman Gold Supporting Member

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    I was gonna guess a DS-1, but the Metal Zone is even more surprising. Awesome!

    The Metal Zone is one of the first distortion pedals I got, and I got a nice-sounding lead out of it with a JCM900. The trick/problem is that there is SO MUCH range in the eq and the knobs are so small and fiddly that microscopic rotations play hell with your sound.
     
  6. Johnny Fuzz

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    I still totally would want to have a Klone in a Metal Zone chassis.
     
  7. lefort_1

    lefort_1 Nuzzled Firmly Betwixt Gold Supporting Member

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    That pedal is a GREAT example of why the knobs can/should go to Zero (ref another thread in here).
    There's potential and decent sounds in that box... it just takes a determined and adventurous player to find them.
    :aok
     
  8. -=solewheelin

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    I actually had the same experience once. And it too was a blues night.
    When I saw your thread title, I guessed correctly.

    I always felt the amount of gain to noise to be too much
    so I looked into having it modded, found out that I couldn't really clean up the gain circuit, accepted it, sold it and never went back.

    But yeah while he wasn't amazing, that guy had some good fuzzy mids that night.
     
  9. roachone

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    SO true! Lots of players just plug in and say YUK. These can sound totally different with just a little patients (as with most pedals).
     
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    your name here Supporting Member

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    I used to get a really great tone out of an Ibanez Standard Fuzz into a Metal Zone. That oughta win an award for weirdest pedal stack. Haha
     
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    There was a band from Australia called the Vines, not sure if they're still around but the guy used a metal zone and his tones are wonderful and huge.
     
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  12. Dominik

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    Entered this thread 100% convinced it was Boss.

    Figured it had to be a yellow, blue, or orange box. Metal Zone? Three strikes and I'm out.
     
  13. openbar

    openbar Silver Supporting Member

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    Can't be that hard to do. Do it! :D
     
  14. axehandler

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    Was it a decoy pedal? Using it for its buffer only (which would be active all the time, not just with pedal on)? Or maybe using it as a clean boost, running hi-volume/lo-drive into a tube amp? I suspect there's a few effective non-metal uses for this pedal that some here at TGP could surprise us with.
     
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    You can make them sound good. The reason people think they suck is because it's really easy to make them sound terrible. That pedal has the most powerful eq section I've ever seen and the small concentric knobs make it hard to dial.
     
  16. Holzar88

    Holzar88 Silver Supporting Member

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    What if there is no correlation between gear and tone? Hmmm ...
     
  17. Dominik

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    Actually I remember seeing a few videos demonstrating how it works best going straight into a power amp via the effects return. Plugging it into the front of an amp is where it goes into full "can of bees" mode.
     
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  18. bluwoodsman

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    metal zone or heavy metal? The old HM's were very versatile, I could see that. Metal zone not so much.
     
  19. Guitarworks

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    Yup - this. ^
    My first thought would be "It's gotta be a decoy. No Boss distortion sounds that pleasant." There are lots of fellas who build their own tweaked copy circuits of this or that and stuff them into an empty DS-1 housing just to satisfy the Nosy Nancies, throw the copycats off the trail, or humorously blow the minds of any 'experts' in the crowd. I prefer to just fill a plain non-descript enclosure and tell inquiring minds I'm testing a prototype for a company whose name I cannot divulge. ;)
     
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  20. Caretaker

    Caretaker Silver Supporting Member

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    Warren Haynes once commented that the Metal Zone was one pedal he used every night.
     
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