Price paid: $ 40.26
Purchased from: amazon.co.uk
Sound — 8
I am using it with a 2004 lefthanded Epiphone G-400 and a small 15 wat 'nevada' amp. I can be noisy if you turn the boost on, so I try not too, it is god for various tones, it can be used for a shaft style, funky wah, or, most prominantly, a Voodoo Child type sound, in this respect it sounds a lot like a Hendrix (my favourite) wah sound, or indeed an Eric Clapton (as on tales of brave ulysses or white room) sound. You can also make it sound like a voice, which is useful when playing some jeff beck. It is also very effective as a standard tonal filter so you can find your own personal 'brown sound', much like frank Zappa or Jimmy page. When you turn the frequency level down, but still use a guitar as opposed to a bass, you get a really menacing sound, very much like electric funeral by Black Sabbath.
Overall Impression — 8
This is a perfect match for my kind of music, which is mainy heavy, bluesy rock, it is also good for styles of music I don't really play (funk, soul, motown, fusion). If it was stolen I would definately buy it again as it was a bargain and very easy and 'fun' to use. I just wish there was more variety from it in terms of the sound it gives.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I certainly can depend on it, as it is made of durable rubber, with a metal base, and I have really quite violently stamped on it at times, and it has not broken (quite some feat (or even feet) considering I had my size 12 doctor Martin boots on at the time. I would use it without backup as it would not be constantly used at a gig so would be less likely to break.
Ease of Use — 8
It is easy to get a good sound, but the sounds aren't vary varied, but you get a definate 'wah' out of it. The manual is brief but obvious and easy to use, I just play it by ear and see what sounds good to me. It is very easy to use, but the controls can be a bit small and fiddly.