Boss MT-2 Metal Zone Distortion Pedal

Distortion Stompbox with 3-band EQ
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Made for Heavy Metal Rockin'

The BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone distortion pedal is one of Sweetwater's most popular pedals - with good reason! Its unique dual-gain circuitry provides you with distortion tones that sound positively huge. You get insane levels of saturation, super-long sustain, and heavy mids and lows that are reminiscent of a stack of overdriven amps. On top of that, its 3-band EQ with semi-parametric midrange control delivers plenty of tone-shaping options, giving you command over a wide range of over-the-top distortion textures. Make no mistake - if you're a hard rock or metal guitarist, then the BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone distortion pedal should be an integral part of your tonal assault.

BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone Distortion Pedal Features at a Glance:
  • Unique dual-gain circuitry creates incredible-sounding distortion
  • Provides super-long sustain and heavy mids and lows like a stack of overdriven amps
  • 3-band EQ with semi-parametric midrange control delivers plenty of tone-shaping options
  • Tailor-made for hard rock and metal guitarists
For insane, over-the-top distortion tones, turn to the BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone distortion pedal!

Additional Media

BOSS MT-2 Owners Manual
Interview: Devin Townsend
DigiTech Gets Expressive

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Distortion
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Batteries 1 x 9V
Height 2.4"
Width 2.9"
Depth 5.1"
Weight 1 lbs.
Power Supply Included No
Manufacturer Part Number MT-2

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Can sound traditional

Can sound almost identical to a md-2 (marshall-like) as thats how I use it. Trick is not using the high knob as much as possible...mine is pretty old but it works fine as what I like most about boss pedals.


With all the adjustments to the mids, highs, lows, it just don't get much better for rockin out hard. I have paid more for less so this is just an unreal product for the cost. If you can't get a rock sound you like out of this then you haven't played with it enough.

A great but often mis-used pedal

It's become an almost robotic parroting on internet guitar forums of supposedly how "bad" the BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone is... usually by people who 1) never used/owned it, or 2) don't know how to use it properly. It's an unfairly maligned pedal also due to the prevalence of 14-year old kids with a 6" speaker-equipped combo amp and a youtube account, or a ride to your local Guitar Center. LOL The real KEY to properly using the MT-2 is the mid-frequency control. Again, it's almost become a cliche that "scooped mids sucks", when in fact there IS a way to get that scooped metal tone without disappearing in the mix... Start by placing all controls at the 12 o'clock position, which should be more or less neutral eq-wise, the inherent tone of the pedal not withstanding. Now turn the mid control all the way up(stay with me here) - now slowly sweep the mid-frequency control all around and find that awful, nasally annoying frequency... you'll know it when you hear it, and it will be different for your guitar than mine, so one setting does not fit all. Now that you have found that nasty tone, turn the mid control down to scoop it out. You are NOT scooping ALL the mids, just a certain frequency range that is unpleasant to the ears. Now adjust level, bass, treble & gain to taste. Be realistic - a small combo amp is NOT going to sound like a raging stack of multiple 4x12 cabs... but the BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone CAN give you some brutal metal tones, from Exodus to Death to Cannibal Corpse. AND, since it's a BOSS, it's built like a tank and will last for years! Stay true & stay heavy!

Great Sounds!

I mostly use preamp distortion, but needed an actual distortion box sound for a few songs in a live set and chose this after trying a bunch of pedals. Most pedals sounded more like toys with one basic sound to me compared to this. I know that some people prefer other sounds, but this gives you a range of quality choices. Boss always seems to give you something that takes you farther and they did it again with this pedal. It's diverse. It's definitely a solid workhorse. The MT-2 gets some nice sounding distortions and the EQ gives you a great range of sounds and control. The EQ really put this over the top for me. The pedal can be adjusted for use as a booster pedal too. It's hard to choose a distortion pedal without hearing them all, but if you're trying a web only selection, I'll say that this is definitely among the best and it gets sounds from 70's rock and metal to some of the heavier stuff that's on the radio now. If you're playing mostly blues, there are better choices, but for hard rock, metal or some sweet lead sounds in anything from pop to a range of heavy styles, this is one of the best if not THE best, depending on your situation. Nice hard rock/ metal rythm sounds too. Even though it's called Metal Zone, it covers more ground than just metal. It sounds extra cool on lead guitars combined with a little delay and I've used it to add a small amount of EQ and distortion while recording a bass track too.
Music background: Guitarist with a long history of live and pro studio experience.


I've owned many different types of distortions over the years but this is the ONE. I've bought many over the years. It's like yr favorite album. The most intense distortion and the crunch is the best. The EQs built in are fantastic too. I can't even go back to any other distortions.

Sweetwater Advice

Ryan Murphy

Purely METAL!
See also: Distortion Pedals, Boss, Boss Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz