Price paid: £ 69
Purchased from: Local music shop
Sound — 8
I'm using this with my Marshall Valvestate 8280 and my 1987 Squier Stratocaster. The pedal works well with both of these. The pedal is noisey when you have all the controlls nearly all the way up, as you would expect. I would probably recommend using a noise reduction pedal to get rid of some of the string noise. You can get a good range of Distortion sound from this pedal, from light distortion, to full on distortion and grungy sounds in turbo mode. The normal mode is more sutble and alows lighter tones, whereas the turbo mode is more distorted and raw. The turbo mode can also be used as a booster mode for soloing. You can get a good range of tones such as Nirvana, Green Day and a few others.
Overall Impression — 9
I use this pedal for punk rock & alternative rock tones & it suits this really well. This was my first effects pedal and I was very pleased with it. I tried other pedals such as the Digitec Bad Monkey but this was definately the best. It's suited to playing heavier music. This pedal is too raw for light Overdrive though! I recommend this pedal to anyone Who wants a kurt cobain tone or is looking for a searing overdrive. If it was stolen I would definately get another one. It also sounds good when used with a bass! beginners might prefer a multi effect. Great addition to your pedalboard!
Reliability & Durability — 10
Like all Boss pedals, it's built like a tank and will outlive any human. I would use it at a gig without backup, but only if it was plugged into a transformer as battery life isnt that long. I did have to change the battery lead as it got caught in the spring and broke.
Ease of Use — 10
Like all Boss pedals, it's extremely easy to use and the control are neatly laid out. There are two modes to Switch between; DS1 & Turbo. In the manual there are a few recommended settings and a space to write your own. Straight out of the box, I plugged it in as was able to find a variety of good tones. You can get anything from stuble OD/distortion, to ripping, full on distortion. there's also a footswitch jack to allow you to change modes.