Price paid: $ 39
Purchased from: Musician Freind
Sound — 7
I am using this with all my Epiphone guitars (Epiphone G-310, Epiphone G-400, Epiphone Dot). It dose get noisy on certain high gain settings. This is a generic distortion pedal so I can't really get a certain sound out of it. About all I can do with it is control the amount of distortion. It has sustain that is very awesome, which is why I turn down the distortion knob and turn up the level knob for a boost.
Overall Impression — 7
I play rock and blues. This pedal gose with anything that requires distortion, so it gose with it. I've been playing for 4-6 years and own various other Boss pedals. It it were lost or stolen I probably wouldn't buy it again. I'm oly using it as a Live boost at the moment and my playing wouldn't suffer without it. My main overdrive/distortion pedal at the moment is a Boss BD-2 Blues Driver, that sounds a lot more natural than thist pedal. Pretty much, this is a good pedal for a first distortion pedal, but if you are looking for a specific sound, look further.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It's a Boss so it's built like a tank. I've thrown it, stepped on it, ran over it with a car, and even set it on fire (not on purpose) and it still sounds like it did the day I bought it. Boss is the most reliable pedal brand on the planet. I feel very comfortable using it onstage without a backup.
Ease of Use — 10
This is a simple pedal, even for a Boss pedal. There are three knobs. A level, which controls the volume. Tone, which is kinda like a treble. And gain, which controls the amount of distortion. The manual was worth flipping through since there was a bunch of sample settings.