Aimed at heavy rock and nu-metal thrashers, the MD1 ($79
retail/$39 street) is the highest-gain pedal in DeltaLab’s Stompbox
series. In fact, the MD1 is so metal that its case isn’t even
painted, and it packs enough distortion and low-end chunk to
make a Tele player sound like Dimebag Darrell. Along with the
Gain and Level control, the MD1 features a powerful midrange
Shape control that lets you dial in everything from from Van Halenstyle
brown sound to Cannibal Corpse death-rock scoop. When
the Shape knob is turned beyond the three o’clock position, the
sound starts to get pretty skritchy, and if you max out the Gain
control in this mode, the MD1 can also deliver some very freakish
fuzz effects. The landscape between those settings, however,
is a cornucopia of cocked-wah tones more reminiscent of Michael
Schenker than Metallica. And even with the Gain and Shape knobs
dimed, the MD1 is surprisingly quiet.
KUDOS Excellent range of rock and metal tones. Highly effective
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