I bought this from a friend along with a Roland JC 120 a long time ago now, it was my first "bigger" amp and with this pedal I was in heaven. Not too long after I started making payments on my first Marshall halfstack, a 1st gen 8100 with an 8412 cabinet which had the same contour knob as the shredmaster, just more. I always kept this pedal around, it was great for a quick portable option or even used with headphones or a portable stereo. I regrettably parted with the JC 120 but I have turned down many offers on this pedal even though it saw very little use for a long time. I dug it out a while back and realized its amazing running into an all tube amp and have fallen for it again 25 years later. I had to clean up the pots and was able to rig up a battery door latch because I was sick of the ancient duct tape holding the battery cover (broken tab). It looks pretty good compared to others I have seen and it works great after a little love. I hope in another 25 years its still going strong!
I have been running this through a b52 st100a and my old marshall 8412 cabinet (head died but cab is going strong) and a 1984 carvin x100b head and 4x12 cabinet. The only other effect I use is a 1st version morley bad horsie vai pedal. Mostly I play an old esp explorer (ex-350) and an old Horizon which i'm pretty sure is a "19th street guitar" (its just like Page Hamilton's from Helmet but black) Both have floyds (horizon has the sinclaire) and I run EmG's in both. An 81/85 in the explorer and an 81 in the horizon, both with 18v mod. Gotta love some of that era's gear!
The Marshall Shred Master is a distortion pedal that I have experience using with an electric guitar. Of course like most pedals you can use this with any electronic instrument, but it is designed for guitar and that is the only instrument that I have used the pedal with. The pedal is pretty basic as far as characteristics, containing a 1/4" input and output and the option to power it with either nine volt power supply or battery. This can't be racked up in anyway as it is to be controlled by your foot.
The Marshall Shred Master has a good amount of different parameters to work with, although you can't get too many varying sounds from the pedal. Rather, it just allows you to finely tune the one sound that it is good at. You've got parameters for gain, bass, contour, treble, and volume. Even if you don't have much experience with distortion pedals, you should be able to use the pedal easily since it really only has knobs for volume/gain control and EQ. If you find that this is too complicated for you, I'd check out the manual, but I haven't seen it myself so I can't say anything about the way that it is put together.
While the Marshall Shred Master does lack versatility in terms of the kinds of music that it can be used with, the sounds that it can get are pretty impressive. The pedal is really only suitable for use with heavier forms of rock and heavy metal as the distortion heard from the pedal is really heavy. I guess I can see this coming in useful in other scenarios, but for the most part this should be treated as a pedal to be used for metal and heavy rock. I generally don't play too much heavy rock, so I've only used this pedal in a number of instances for recording sessions with a hard rock band, and was definitely able to get some pretty thick and full distortion tones with the pedal.
Since the Marshall Shred Master is no longer manufactured, and has become well known among pedal connoisseurs, used models of the pedal go for quite a bit of money. This isn't to say that it is the most expensive pedal out there, but it won't be all that cheap to get one of these in your hands - especially considering that it isn't too versatile of a pedal. However, if you play a lot of heavy rock music and need a fat distortion pedal, I'd definitely try this one out as it will give you that thick and full distortion sound without a doubt.
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MSM-Workshop's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
- Distortion pedals (overdrive) is used for leads and rhythm Hard Rock Trash (metallica. ..) and with a good amp!). C'tait a relatively CHRE pedals and, despite an impressive name, I find it rather limited in sonnorits and can not find a "shred" ad, frankly a little deu ...!!! I stay on my hunger ...!!!
-The setup is relatively simple, since I have to put everything back in order to draw qque intressent thing ...!
-Are there any need for a manual ..???
-If we play the "good trash", the sound is nice (sound close to the Marshall Valvestate)
I use it now with an Ibanez RG 140 (trs changed!), A cutomer Lespaul GIBSON, a copy of strata. And have used an Ibanez RG 570.
-The "+" Marshall Sound "transistor" own
-The "--": The limited its available.
I use it for over 10 years!
-The "+": The sound is clean and the case is too strong The "--": limit.
Before, it used a lj'ai BOSS DS1, I had been pretpdale "really" nice and I regret not having purchased the era (I REMEDY ..!), Ibanez TM5 and, even worse than the Marshall, the void and can also ... sent him back to the seller as dry!