Ibanez SML Super Metal
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Ibanez SML Super Metal

SML Super Metal, Distortion from Ibanez in the L series.

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Tiger foods 05/07/2012

Ibanez SML Super Metal : Tiger foods's user review

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Value For Money : Excellent
1. FEATURES

What are the effects, or types of effects available?
What technology is used? (Analog, digital, tube ...)
Are they edited? Via an editor for Mac / PC?
What is the connection? (Audio / MIDI)
Is it a rack or rack-mount model?

Stomp of 80's (85 or 86 I think), the old building, pcb signed Maxxon, with two capacitors and JRC4558D green
Typed overdrive sounds muscular.
Otherwise, flush, just that the knobs are not screwed to the housing or the other jacks (a feature series 10)

UTILIZATION

2. USE

The general configuration is simple?
Editing sounds and effects is easy?
The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

very easy, that's why I came back to the pedals by the way, sick of cramming the manuals and to lead me :-(

SOUND QUALITY

3. SOUND QUALITY

The effects are they effective, responsive and realistic enough?
Which instruments do you use?
Which ones do you prefer, you hate?

So do not rely on the word metal, I think at the time, it was top of walking in spandex and long hair. The sound is really typed screamer overdrive, but in + powerful. The sound is vintage, of course we can dig the mids, but I do not think it is most flattering on this pedal. After the knobs triturated in every sense, I find the sweet spot on this pedal has gain and volume at half, mids all the way (yes, but on this pedal, they are beautiful), treble and bass to 3/4.
The sound is of course best of all a lamp, never tested on a transistor. It is usable on a clear, but I think it's best as a boost. To go solo on such a channel or a slightly distorted clean sound well grown.
In short, sound decidedly ROCK.

OVERALL OPINION

4. OVERALL OPINION

How long you use it?
What is so special that you love the most, least?
Did you tried many other models before buying it?
How would you rate the quality / price?
With experience, you do again this choice? ...

So this series 10 impresses me enough in fact, I also load the metal, the same kind, but with 4 jrc above, and much gain as possible (but I use it as a boost and its gain is not push), the supertube, metal screamer are also very good pedal, in my opinion much better than the current 9 series, not so good for my taste, except in regard to housing (jacks and knobs screwed into case).
Then tested all this on an all-tube Bugera preamp Koch, and Vigier.
I tested a lot of overdrive, since I have 6. It is very rock, halfway between an Overdrive (smooth, grain) and a rock distortion (gain and grains). A great alternative to TS in my opinion if you are looking for a rock sound, especially in boost amp. Combined with another overdrive, singing with big graillons.
I would do this choice if I was not taken syndrome purchase / resale / trade in overdrive pedals. She stayed a year and a half on my bp, it will remain, perhaps, or I would try also another series 10.
I think that changing the jacks and knobs to set + solid (it says do not worry, the pedal + a quarter of a century and works without worries) this could well be top.
An excellent choice "vintage" without breaking the bank (look in it, it really has nothing to envy or other vintage TS9 handwire.
Finally, it seems to me that this is almost the same pcb as the SML SUPERMETAL blue.