Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
I am using it with a Diamond Run Gibson ES 335, in all colors, and the Tom Delonge ES 333. I am using a Mesa Triple Rectifier solo head, with lots of Mesa Cabs. It is only as loud as you have your amp, basically it is matched with your guitar. It always sounds good except when you turn the rate all the way up. You can get the verse effect from Down almost perfectly. It is great for chords and individual notes and make finger tapping sound great. The effects are excellent.
Overall Impression — 9
I play hardcore and AVA type stuff, beautiful match. I have been playing a year, I own a lot of Gibson Es 335s, Es 339s and 2 Tom Delonge ES 333s. I use a lot of Mesa stacks/halfstacks. And I own almost every other Boss effect pedal, including the new acoustic sim. The only thing I wish I asked before buying would be if it came in green. I like green pedals. If it were stolen or lost I'd buy two more! 'Cause it's awesome! I love everything about it. My favorite feature would be the rate knob, by itself it sounds so cool! Like a spring or something cool, I sorta compared it to other pedals in the manner that I own most every other one. I chose this to try to complete my working collection. I wish the LED would change colors just for beauty effect.
Reliability & Durability — 9
It is so durable that I dropped it from a 3 story building, plugged it in, and thanks to the metal case, works like a charm. And a splash of water doesn't hurt as loge as it isn't in the input or output hole. I would definately tak it to a gig without any replacement. And it is AC adaptor compatible, so if you don't like batteries, there you go, no need for them.
Ease of Use — 8
Setting up the sound you want takes a while, due to all the knobs. It has an effect level knob, equalizer knob, rate, and depth. But After a few minutes you start to get the hang of it. The manual was pretty explanitory, for sure it was not printed in China. It has not been upgraded, except for new batteries. But that's inevitable.