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Boss ML-2 Metal Core or MT-2 Metal Zone?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Kromwarp, May 1, 2010.

  1. Kromwarp


    Sep 16, 2008
    Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Master Luthier: Ironclad Bass Guitars
    I'm looking for a heavier distortion, I've had a little experience with the ML-2 and really liked it, just wondering if you can dial in heavier distortion with the MT-2's EQ section
  2. somegeezer


    Oct 1, 2009
    I have the Metal Zone and it's brilliant. If you're into guitar distortion. It has loads of different ways to distort it, from a slight growl to a full on fuzz. The EQ section is great too. wide range. But again... if you are looking for the low bass then you need to get yourself a bass distortion, not a guitar distortion.
  3. Kromwarp


    Sep 16, 2008
    Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Master Luthier: Ironclad Bass Guitars
    I have the ODB-3, but I'm not really satisfied with it. It just kind of gets lost, and feeds back like crazy. The Metal Core really seemed to hold the low end well, but I havent gotten the chance to test a Metal Zone
  4. vegas532


    Nov 10, 2006
    Pensacola, FL.
    Try a Keeley MT-2. It has more lows, a more natural EQ curve, and a lot of the noise associated with Boss pedals is gone.
  5. I did a demon vid on these two. As I recall, the Metal Zone was a little better, due to semi-parametric mids. I'd do a Kelly Modded one if I were to get one again.
  6. wetzelman1


    Feb 12, 2009
    I have an MT-2 from back in the day. I tried using it and anytime I kicked it on I would drop completely out of the mix. IMO almost every od/dist/fuzz needs a clean blend to be usefull on bass in a rockband setting.
  7. bigchiefbc

    bigchiefbc Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Rhode Island, USA
    If you're willing to branch out a little from Boss, I recommend you try out the Landmine LD-1. It is the best metal distortion I have ever tried. When you have the bass turned up above 3:00, it just absolutely brutal, crushing distortion. Way more brutal than either Boss, and yes I've tried them both. Of the two Boss pedals, I liked the MT-2 better.
  8. odin70


    Dec 26, 2007
    Metal Muff sounds really great on bass.
  9. Bulldog


    Feb 20, 2010
    I used the MT-2 quite a bit when I played guitar, and it is a really, really biting, kinda harsh distortion pedal. Excellent for tight thrash style riffing. I could never get it to sound good on bass, though. Bottom just falls out completely.
  10. bellrach


    Aug 26, 2012
    anybody tried putting EHX The Mole or other Bass Booster with it?

    How does it sound?
  11. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    Metal Zone sounds good and has great EQ but loses lows on bass. Can't comment on the modded version but it sounds ideal ;)

    Or go clean blend. Slightly regret selling my Metal Zone without trying this...
  12. RCCollins

    RCCollins Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    San Diego, California
    Honestly, I'd go with an older HM-2.
  13. bigsnaketex


    Dec 29, 2011
    Down South
    I play around with my guitar pedals (I have 15!) on my bass. You sometimes get some crazy results. Recently I have been using my Boss Blues Driver when we play "Bobby McGee" and it makes my P-Bass sound perfectly distorted and overdriven! Kind of like an old bass through a raggedy old amp!

    Just play around with stuff because the tone you're looking for are all around you!
  14. i had an MT-2 around for many years. to me it was unusable stock. too hissy & noisy. i got the monte allums mod done on it & the hiss/hum went away completely, gain took a huge boost, harmonics & growl appeared out of the sludge. then the old bandmate who left it behind came by & took it back. i highly reccommend getting the mod done if you have one.

    i think there are much better options reccommended here if yer buying new though.
  15. bigchiefbc

    bigchiefbc Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Rhode Island, USA
    Wow, two and a half years later, and I still completely stand by what I said. For metal distortion, nothing has ever come close to the Landmine for huge heavy gain
  16. Crystalman85


    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    I've recently came across a clip of the boss ml-2 metal core demonstrated on bass. it actually not too bad on bass. it does seem to have pretty solid heavy sound. it probably would sound more awesome with a blender pedal like the boss ls-2. anywho, here's the clip.


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