Price paid: $ 40
Purchased from: Musician's Friend
Ease of Use: First off, let me say: This is one of THE BEST pedals out there for guitar. For $40? Where can you go wrong? A good Boss pedal cost at least $80 and there mostly the same quality! As for editing patches... I don't know, I don't do that stuff. I just buy the damn pedal and use it. Because for a 15 year old guitarist, that's fine with me. The manual for it is very well laid out for the pedal. You basicly have 3 knobs and a power switch. Knob 1 (Far left) is the volume. This is a little anoying because if you don't have the volume the same on the pedal as the amp, then it creates a jump in volume which is BAD BAD BAD BAD for live performances as you can probably guess.
The middle knob is the distorion switch. This has "hi", "low" and "Off" settings on it. Hi makes it sound HORRIBLE on ANY channel on a guitar amp. I would only use that if your bad at a solo and REALLY REALLY REALLY need to cover up your mistakes. The knob on the far right litteraly says "distortion" on it. This knob lets you decide how much distortion is acutally going into the amp/through your other effects. I do not know the firmware revision number. Like I said, I don't do that kind of stuff. I just buy the pedal and use it. // 9
Sound: I am using my Peavey Multi Effects amp with my ESP LTD-50 Floyd Rose Special combo guitar. Its noisy if you turn the distortion knob to its full potential and kick the Switch onto "hi". That's a BAD combo and should NEVER be used unless your a terrible garbage scrub who needs to cover up your mistakes. The effects are strong on this pedal. They always sound great. I can get any sound from any band out of it. From BFMV to Lamb Of God, to The Doors. There is only one effect, and that is of course, distortion. Oh also, it depends on what amp you use. If you use a atarter amp that has vol, hi, mid, low, gain, and a button to turn the gain on/off, its gonna sound bad... But if you spring some extra cash and get a multi-efects amp, you can make MANY more sounds. // 8
Reliability & Durability: Yes, its a good pedal and you can depend on it. I would use it without a backup distortion pedal mainly because its AWESOME! I would use it without a backup because its a reliable pedal and has never given out on me during a show. // 10
Overall Impression: Basicly, this is a pedal that meets all my needs. If this pedal was stolen, I'd get another one. Basicly, its a good pedal for the price but not the best out there. If you've got the extra cash, spring some up and get a "Boss" pedal. // 9