How to get killer guitar tones from the Boss MT-2 Metal Zone

Boss MT-2-3A 30th Anniversary Metal Zone
(Image credit: Boss)

Like its spiritual predecessor, the Boss HM-2, the Boss MT-2 Metal Zone was intended to replicate a cranked stack of amps, at any volume. However, since its launch in 1991, the sheer versatility of its tones – owing to a complex but powerful EQ section – has received a mixed reception.

Get to grips with its formidable feature set, however, and it can truly deliver on its cranked-stack credentials, with unlimited gain to boot. It’s why the Metal Zone has sold over a million units, an astonishing figure that makes one of the most successful pedals of all time.

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Alex Lynham

Alex Lynham is a gear obsessive who's been collecting and building modern and vintage equipment since he got his first Saturday job. Besides reviewing countless pedals for Total Guitar, he's written guides on how to build your first pedal, how to build a tube amp from a kit, and briefly went viral when he released a glitch delay pedal, the Atom Smasher.