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Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal

4.5 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • 4 Band EQ
  • Semi Parametric Mid EQ
  • Over the Top Distortion
  • Metal Chassis
  • 4 Band EQ, Metal Chassis
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Equipped with a 4 band EQ specifically designed for guitar distortion with separate level and distortion controls, the Metal Planet delivers the goods! The mid-frequency sweep allows for a wide range of tones from scooped heavy metal tones to more modern rock tones. Equipped with a 4 band EQ specifically designed for guitar distortion with separate level and distortion controls, the Metal Planet delivers the goods! The mid-frequency sweep allows for a wide range of tones from scooped heavy metal tones to more modern rock tones.

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Item Weight 1.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 10.8 x 3 x 6.5 inches
Shipping Weight 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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ASIN B0002DUVUO
Item model number Metal Planet Distortion
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4.5 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #114,400 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#4,711 in Musical Instruments > Instrument Accessories > General Accessories
#29,235 in Musical Instruments > Instrument Accessories > Guitar & Bass Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com July 7, 2004

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By David Lowmiller on June 21, 2013
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The first thing you should know about me as a reviewer is that I've been playing guitar for 24 years and I'm pretty picky about my gear. Most of the effects pedals on my pedal board are boutique brand ones like Strymon, Eventide, Pigtronix, etc. I don't normally buy pedals that are under $100. It's just not in my nature. However, I needed a buffer for my pedal board and this pedal looked fun and quirky. I had very low expectations for it. In fact, to reinforce the notion that is was probably useless for anything other than a buffer, it arrived in a clear plastic clam-shell package, like a toy. Just out of curiosity, though, I turned it on to see what it sounds like.

Now, I know that everyone's tone and amps are different, but with the EQ on this set with the Low all the way clockwise and the High and Mid/Mid Freq all the way counter-clockwise, it sounds GREAT with the Distortion turned all the way clockwise. Just set the Volume all the way counter-clockwise and turn it up as needed. Granted, as some people will point out, this isn't the most extremely high-gain pedal out there, but it definitely qualifies as high-gain. I ran this through my clean amp channel and it was plenty heavy enough to do thrash metal with. With a little boost or compression, I'm sure it would work great for death metal.

I've owned a number of high-gain distortion pedals over the years, but this one is probably the smoothest and most musical, even with the Distortion turned all the way up. I've been using it for hours now and I've played more tonight than I have in a long time. It's completely silent with the Volume halfway up (I didn't need to turn it up any higher) and it plays very nicely with my Strymon Mobius and Strymon TimeLine.
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I originally bought this thinking I could replace my BOSS Metal Zone with it. It fell short of that mark for me. However, I still found some great tones on tap. One reviewer stated that he got a Boogie Mark II C+ tone out of it. I can agree with that. I also got some tones reminiscent of the early Marshall JCM 800 heads (pre-1982 model). Some further tweaking gave me tones that seemed like a modded BOSS DS-1. Lower gain sounds are great for using as a boost to a hot amp or pedal, or on their own.

I can get a more aggressive tone out of the Metal Planet by using my Behringer Super Fuzz as a clean boost. Even with that, I still couldn't approach the amount of sustain that I can get from a Metal Zone by itself. Still, it remained clear and well defined. It does get noisy when boosting the gain, so I use a noise suppressor with this method.

My verdict: I think the MP excels at hard rock and 80's metal tones. Use a clean boost (or overdrive pedal) for lead tones.

I'd definitely use this pedal to boost a JCM 800 if I had one now. It'd be great for classic death metal tones in that mode, as the pedal does retain enough of a guitar's character, regardless of the amount of gain used. I can't say that much about the Metal Zone, as much as I like it.

I've been looking for a pedal that can nail the classic hard rock and metal tones for some time now. As far as I'm concerned, this one does that search justice. It's a keeper for me.

(10/4/2013) I ended up returning this later for a Modtone Extreme Metal.
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This is an awesome pedal for getting an edgy, aggressive metal tone. While this pedal is similar to Boss Metalzone as far as basic sound and knob options go, the sound from the Metal Planet is far superior in my opinion for the following reasons: 1. Full bodied, ballsy bass. The metalzone is pretty lacking in this area, but the metal planet shines. 2. Clear, useable mid-range. Great metal tones include a solid mid presence, and whereas the metalzone mid sounds plastic-y and super "quacky", the Metal Planet is a lot smoother.
Now, if there's an aspect of the Metal Planet that I'm least satisfied with, it's with the high end. To my ears it's a little on the harsh side. Maybe this is what you want, but I personally prefer a "sweeter", more melodic high end. At any rate, I work my way around this issue by simply turning the highs down a bit and it's fine.
Something else worth mentioning is the nature of the distortion. When I first heard this pedal I was shocked at how clear and defined the sound was; there is almost no hi-gain "fuzz" at all, only metal crunch and bite. So if you're looking for something to duplicate the sound of a mesa-boogie dual rectifier, look elsewhere. If you're looking for more of a Mesa Boogie Mark II C+ (think Metallica Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets albums)then the Metal Planet will definitely get you in the ball-park.
The last thing I'll add is that I'm playing out of a fender hotrod tube amp plugged into a 4x12 cab with celestion vintage 30 speakers. I mostly use a schecter guitar with an emg 81 in the bridge. Just so you have at least a rough point of reference for my comments.
To conclude this review, I think the Rocktron Metal Planet is an awesome pedal for raw, crunchy metal tones.
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