Purchased from: Music Store
Sound — 8
I am using this in a Fender Princeton Reverb tube amp, and it sounds great. It's never noisy, and never creates that annoying little hum. The distortion is great for a bluesy sound, and even for that thrash metal sound. You can get the sound of most artists, but there are some that you will quickly find out cannot be achieved with this pedal.
Overall Impression — 9
I play mostly '80s rock, and this can find most of the sounds, but not all. I have been playing for three years, and I now use the MXR Distortion along with an MXR 10 band EQ. I still use it in my setup of course, because I love the bluesy sound I can get with it, and of course it can hit that Nirvana sound really well (considering Kurt Cobain used this pedal for quite some time). If it were stolen, I wouldn't replace it though; simply because I am much happier with my MXR setup. Bottom line, this is a great pedal for a great price. But if your looking for that 80's hair band sound, or just a more treble sound, I would go with something else. This is definately worth the money though.
Reliability & Durability — 8
First of all, it's a Boss pedal, so it will definately last forever. I would gig with it and not have a backup of course. Definately buy the power adapter though, as I would not gig with batteries, as for some reason it seems to eat through those really fast.
Ease of Use — 10
Just like all Boss pedals, very simple. Tone, volume, and distortion knobs make for easy adjustments. It's very easy to find the sound you are looking for, but this pedal won't find every sound. It came with a manual, but you shouldn't have to read it. Using this pedal is that easy.