A question or two about Boss Pedals

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  1. ping-ping-clicka

    ping-ping-clicka Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    o.k. , pay attention because this will be on the final

    1 Do you own A Boss metal Zone?
    2 Do you own a Boss Heavy Metal pedal?
    3 Do you own a Boss Metal Core Pedal?

    4 Which one do you like the most?
    5 Which one do you hate the most?
    6 Do you like any of These pedals
    7 If you own any of these pedals, would you admit it?
    8 Would you consider purchasing any of these pedal ? Why or Why not

    The final will be next Thursday you can bring you notes and promotional material at the time of testing
    It's an open book test.
    Can you ply hot for Teacher at temp?

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    1 No
    2 No
    3 No

    I own a Boss FZ-5. Fuzz is what men use.
     
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    cyclopean Friend of Leo's

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    i have an hm-2 clone and i'm wicked into it.
     
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    1 no. Except I have a cheap clone
    2 no
    3. No


    I would purchase one and happily admit it it. The metal zone is a very useful pedal used right.

    Real men use ds1s and blues drivers.


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    i had the HM2 for a while back in high school. it barely had one good sound in it. most pedals, even the ugly kids, still have at least one halfway decent setting or configuration you can find. i heard of someone using one of these boss metal boxes in the effects loop of their amp. might have been the guy from Death. not the older band from Detroit, these guys

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_(Death_album)
     
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    I have owned all of the listed pedals at some point. I would not buy any of them again. And I have several Boss pedals that I swear by.... just not in the gain stage. If that genre is the sound that you are going for, perhaps consider the Bias Distortion pedal. It has built in noise gate (pre or post) and multiple points that the EQ can be tweaked. With high gain those two are the magic ingredients to getting a playable , consistent sound out of a pedal. On the Bias I even do presets based on what amp I am running through and at what volume to get the tone just so. Fletcher Munson curve and all..... Bedroom volume presets will be painful coming out of a 4x12 at gig volume.
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  7. ping-ping-clicka

    ping-ping-clicka Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    thank you for playing .
    that is a fun answer. does the RAT distortion qualify as virility enhancing Pedal or is it just the FZ-5 FUZZ
     
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    I would drive a fuzz pedal with the distortion. For fun.
     
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    the clevercat has an interesting perspective, clear angle on the dangle
     
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    I’ve never been a fan of the metal zone. Never heard of a metal core. I must be getting old...

    The original HM2 Heavy Metal was a killer pedal. Too much gain for me these days, even at its lowest settings. But if one is looking for one of the best gainy distortion boxes ever made, that one would definitely be near the top of the list.
     
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    Digital Fuzz, though? Bleh! Get yourself a Hyper Fuzz, then come back and talk about what men use.

    As for the OP, I have never even tried the other two, but I am quite a fan of the HM-2.

    Edit: and no, I’ve never tried to play Hot For Teacher, at any tempo, probably never will.
     
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    1. Nope
    2. Nope
    3. Nope

    However, and please just stay with me for a second, after deciding I just wasn't into my DS-1 in the slightest, I gutted it and built a Rat into a case. It is now the best sounding "DS-1" you will ever encounter.

    Perhaps a good solution would be to have someone transfer a FZ-5 circuit into the case of a Metal Zone, then I believe that all parties would be happy.

    For good measure we could always put the Metal Zone into something else, perhaps a case for a DD3.
     
  13. Guitarteach

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    I loved my original HM2 when i was 17.. then I got a Boogie.

    Has its place...
     
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    First of all, I love Boss pedals. They gave me my 'sound' right through the 80's/90's. Still use some.

    1. No, but our other guitarist has (& I cannot understand why).
    2. Yes, had one for many years.
    3. No.

    1. Our other guitarist, Billy, has been in dozens of bands, none of them metal, yet he always uses his Boss Metal Zone into a clean HiWatt amp.
    All the band can usually hear me. We can't hear Billy, we just feel the floor shaking.
    2. I bought an HM-2 as soon as they were released in my endless search for a distortion pedal that sounded good with a Tele!!! I could never get a decent tone with the HM-2. I had an OD-1 & a 70's Super Fuzz, and they covered the sounds I needed. Sold the HM-2 a few years ago, at a decent profit.
    3. Don't know the Metal Core. As I prefer a driven amp pushed with an OD pedal these days, it's not my sort of pedal.

    Don't get me wrong, I like some real extreme metal/ death metal/ grindcore bands. I just don't play like them.
     
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    1 yes
    2 no
    3 no.
    6 yes
    7 i just did.
    8 I think it is pricey for what it is, so i would probably buy something cheaper. But as a teen in the 1990's, it is a big yes.

    It depends on what you want to play. Check out Ola's tests for those pedals. He explains a few things, like the metal zone was not meant to be plugged in directly, if i remember correctly. Interesting.



     
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    There are several Boss pedals I swear by...there are a few I swear at.

    The Boss “Metal” pedals fall into the latter category.
     
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    1. No but have tried it...yuck
    2. I did for years when it first came out. It was the best at the time. Now? not so much IMO
    3. No but have tried it...yuck

    I don't like any of them, and I'm an old school metal guy, but I'm sure they fit the bill for some folks.
     
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    The Sound of Perseverance is an amazing album...my favorite of theirs.
     
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  19. 3-Chord-Genius

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    Like the Tube Screamer, most people who "can't get a good sound" out of a Boss Metal-type pedal are likely using it wrong. I think those Boss pedals work better as a preamp, into the effects return (not the front end) of an amp.
     
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    I went through a phase of buying and selling pedals (especially vintage Boss) on eBay and Craigslist around 15 years ago. At one point, I a had a MT-2 and MD-2 at the same time and A/B'd them. Neither are something I really would have used then or now, and the MT-2 didn't even exist in '89-90 when I was actually playing that stuff (I had a DOD Thrash Master). I just wanted to try them for fun. There was really no comparison. The MD-2 had a much better distortion tone, more gain, and simpler yet more effective tone controls.
     
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