Price paid: £ 22
Purchased from: Blue Aran
Sound — 8
I play a Westfield Les Paul copy, through a Marshall ASR50 combo(yes, I know that's for Acoustic instruments, but it was cheap, and it has Chorus, Reverb and anti-feedback notch filter & phase, and sounds great with a Behringer Tube Overdrive pedal). Sound? Not really applicable. On mute, it errrr mutes, and when not muted the sound seems to be bypassed straight through which s what you want. On high amp volume it doesn't seem to generate any additional hiss or hum.
Overall Impression — 9
I play rhythm - Rock, and Rock n Roll and have a go at Bon Jovi songs, occasionally some AC/DC etc. If this tuner were stolen would certainly buy again. Don't like the VERY VERY BRIGHT blue LED. LOVE the other LEDs, nice & visible. Great for stomping on to mute, allowing you to change guitars then immediately check tuning without audience hearing anything and without having to turn the amp down.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Don't like the method used to hold the pedal which covers the battery, but intend to use it only with a mains adaptor anyway. Haven't had long enough to get a feel for dependability. Apart from that seems sturdy enough although plastic. Would use without backup at a gig because as an emergency measure I could always just use relative tuning.
Ease of Use — 8
Easy enough to use, except for the highly irritating VERY VERY BRIGHT blue LED when you stamp it ON. I intend covering it with something as it is SO BRIGHT overhead planes crash with blinded pilots. The manual is tiny but useful enough once you throw away the 14 other copies in 73 different languages. The manual is essential to know how to change the freq of the Reference Tone, if you ever want to.