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Old 11.24.05, 10:26 AM
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Marshall Jackhammer vs Boss Metal Zone

I'd like to know what you're thinking about these pedals:

Marshall Jackhammer(JH-1)
Boss Metal Zone(MT-2)

If you have something to suggest, I have a Fender Twin Reverb, and I play Blues, Rock, and Metal. I'd like to have only one pedal with a wide range of distortions.

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People on hear seem to recommend the Visual Sounds "Jekyll and Hyde." I have not yet had the pleasure of trying one, but I have heard sound clips from musiciansfriend.com, and they sound really good.
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If I had to choose, I would go with the Jackhammer. You can make it sound just like a Metal Zone, but the Marshall pedals are true bypass.
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i've never played with a Jackhammer but i have an mt-2 and with the help of my EQ pedal i can get every type of distortion from blues to death metal. its an amazin combo
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I'd say go with the mt-2
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People on hear seem to recommend the Visual Sounds "Jekyll and Hyde."
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Being a Twin owner myself, I can say that it seems to be very picky about the pedals that you feed it. i have tried the MT-2 into it and the results weren't pleasing. With the J&H you'd have a nice bypassed claen channel, great rock/blues overdrive with the Jeckyll side and then you could kick on the Hyde side eitherby itself or with the Jeckyll side for some ear splitting gain!!!
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If I had to choose, I would go with the Jackhammer. You can make it sound just like a Metal Zone, but the Marshall pedals are true bypass.
Are we going to have the true bypass vs. buffered bypass argument again and have to relearn that there isn't really much difference and how buffered bypasses can actually be more beneficial if placed correctly?

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Jackhammer is less Icepicky
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Jackhammer hands down.
More natural sounding.
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Hey, I have both of those pedals and a Twin amp. I modded my mt-2 though, so it's less sterile sounding, but even still, I like the jackhammer more. But one thing to consider is that the twin's eq stage is before the pre-amp, so you can't put alot of bass into the amp at high volumes or else it will get flabby and undefined.

So out of those two(stock) I think the jackhammer is a much better choice and it will do blues, rock and metal easily. Just be sure to keep the bass very low at high volumes.
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I have a Jackhammer, and I have a love hate relationship. The Metal Zone is IMO just terrible, and the Jackhammer is just 'ok'. To me, the JH-1 sounds very 'grainy', but depending on how you Eq it, it becomes very flabby sounding. I can't get a good tone out of it.
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+1 on the Jekyll and Hyde.

The Boss' do have a better buffer than the Marshall pedals, but that's easily altered.
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Out of those two the Jackhammer would be my choice, but personally I love the Shredmaster through Twins (and ONLY Twins, and not because of greenwood). The RAT would also a classic combination.

The MT-2 and I have never really got on, and that is quite unlikely to change. I always found it too compressed and grainy, even on the lower settings, never found a good subtle crunch sound.
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