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Sound — 10
I usually use it through my Encore E99 down at my local comunity centre, through a Roland Cube 20 and I thought that was the sound of perfection... However, due to technical issues with said guitar, I've been using a Yamaha Pacifica and that is even better. The effects will sound great no matter what settings you have it on. Using this pedal I have mimicked the sound of Bring Me The Horizon and Avenged Sevenfold and with some more fiddling, you could quite possibly get any artist you want.
Overall Impression — 10
I play metal, but that isnt the only genre I play. For that, it is excellent, but if you want clean tones, you'd be better off running to the hills. If it was stolen frome me, I would have two options. I would get another, ASAP, or I would find that person and make them run to the hills with the clean freaks.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It might be made of plastics to keep the cost down, but this could compete with the Dunlop Cry Baby in terms of strength. In fact, you would have to look for some nuclear survival shellter to find some thing as tough as this. I would definitely trust this live, with no back up.
Ease of Use — 9
This pedal is amazingly simple to use, with a simple 4 dial lay-out, which is Level, High, Low and Distortion. The manual that came with it was excellent an set out well. I do believe it has been upgraded with the UM-100 and UM-300 models, but I would personally stick with this one.