Electro-Harmonix Pocket Metal Muff Review
Under: Guitar Gear Reviews
The Ehx Electro-Harmonix Pocket Metal Muff Distortion Pedal takes the classic muff pedal and turbo charges it! In addition to the classic sounds, the tone switch makes this EHX pedal produce some unique tones.
Unlike many of the pedal reviews I’ve written, the Pocket Metal Muff is an adaptation or if you will an extension of an existing classic pedal and not a clone.
While billed as a guitar effect pedal for metal, I found it be useful for a range of overdrive tones, which really surprised me.
Build Quality: 9/10
One thing is for sure, Electro-Harmonix knows how to build a pedal.
From the tough black coloured metal case to the jack sockets to the knobs – everything has been chosen to ensure that the pedal lasts forever and can handle the abuse of gigging.
I’m pretty sure you could drop any EHX pedal from a tall building or run over it in a car and it’ll still work perfectly! Not, that I suggest you do either!
Controls and Features: 6/10
In addition to the input and output jacks and the footswitch. You can power this pedal by either a 9 volt DC power supply or using a battery. Beware, to change the battery you’ll need a screwdriver to remove the back plate.
The red LED is bight, so easy to view on stage. However, I’m not a big fan of placing the LED next to the footswitch as you’ll cover it when turning the pedal on/off. So the Electro-Harmonix Pocket Metal Muff loses a point for this.
In terms of controls, you have a Volume control, Distortion control and 3-way scoop frequencies switch.
While the volume and distortion controls are somewhat self-explanatory, the switch isn’t. The first position is off and is just the basic sound of the pedal. The second setting, Lo – scoops some mid frequencies of the guitar sound. Lastly, the third position, Hi – scoops most of the mid frequencies out of the sound.
Tones and Sounds: 6/10
I found that there is a massive range in the distortion control, which when kept low with the mid switch in the off position, give a really nice clean boost. As you turn up the distortion knob, it quite amp like in it’s break up, whilst still not in metal territory.
You can colour the sound further with the mid switch which starts to push the pedal into high gain sounds by shaping the distortion tone.
There’s a lot of gain on tap and the mid switch on this pedal allows it to be musical and usable in every setting.
Overall: EHX Electro-Harmonix Pocket Metal Muff Distortion Pedal
Overall, I like this pedal but the tone switch means you really have to love how the pedal sounds as you have no control over shaping the tone of the guitar’s sound. This means some of you will love it, others will hate it.
With that said, I was quite surprised for a metal type pedal, how little gain it has on lower distortion settings – which to me makes the pedal great as it can cover bluesy to high gain tones.
If you’re looking for a distortion pedal with a ton of personality which is versatile, not another Tube Screamer style pedal, and with a small footprint, then you should check out the EHX Electro-Harmonix Pocket Metal Muff Distortion Pedal.