Annonces Hagerman Amplification Metal
Modern Take on Doom and Sludge (thick & lively)Published on 09/23/21 at 05:23
Operation is simple; there is a Level and a Tone knob. There is sufficient range with the Tone, but without exaggeration. You do get more bass or treble, but without any boom or shrill. It’s easy enough to dial into the right frequency, but as you tweak the knob, it sounds as though the entire range works in nearly any circumstance and with most gear. The Level knob increases the signal upward of 40dB, but be aware that the quality or ‘effect’ coming from the METAL pedal is preset and maintains, no matter the Level. The Level merely increases the signal so that you can dial in how loud you want it. Except to demo how loud the pedal can get, I had the Level set at 9-o’clock or less for the entire demo. The way in which you adjust ‘mix’ of the METAL pedal is through the guitar’s volume, dialed back for crunch and dialed up for some saturated lead.
Sustain is very decent, whether integrated with a clean or dirty amp. The big fuzz tone coming through a clean amp hangs in the air well enough to work those slow vintage heavy rock riffs, and you get twice the sustain from your hi-gain amp for those lead solos.
Now, the inability to adjust mix through the pedal is ideal if you are a guitar volume tweaker. Having to bend down and twist knobs on a pedal often is not convenient, particularly when gigging on a dark stage. Rather, controlling the effect at one’s fingertips makes more sense, although it takes getting used to if not part of your playing technique. Second, the METAL pedal does introduce darkness into the tone, which can be countered with the pedal’s own tone knob, the guitar’s tone knob and, of course, through the amp. I prefer a tone that cuts, so that it can be heard in the mix; and so, I tend to up the treble on the pedal, guitar and on the amp (or apply a ‘bass cut’ via the amp). However, add METAL to a single-coil guitar or a trebly amp, and both will sound more full-bodied.
Reasonably priced at $119 USD, Hagerman’s METAL is true bypass and based on the LM3900 Norton (current input) amplifier chip, which makes it very unique in tone, together with very good sustain while maintaining a low noise floor. It does not have that tight and aggressive ‘modern’ or nu-metal sound, but it has that massive in-your-face distortion/fuzz tone, perfect for psychedelia and stoner rock/metal. Coupled with a hi-gain amp, and the tone literally jumps out and takes command. A final and interesting point is that METAL works on any standard adapter, ranging from 9-15V, while requiring only 6mA power draw.
- Manufacturer: Hagerman Amplification
- Model: Metal
- Category: Distortions
- Added in our database on: 09/23/2021
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