How the Boss MT-2 Metal Zone conquered the world and inspired a new generation of metal guitar players

Boss MT-2 Metal Zone
(Image credit: Boss)

Boss has always been one for giving its effects pedals utilitarian names to explain quite explicitly what is contained within, but every now and then a little accidental enclosure poetry gets through. 

It did so in 1991 with the launch of the MT-2 Metal Zone, a distortion pedal that arrived at a pivotal moment for heavy metal guitar, when a febrile underground was heating up the arms race for more gain and ever more hostile guitar tones. 

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.