Price paid: $ 149
Purchased from: American Musical
Sound — 10
I play it on a Line 6 Spider II amp. I don't use it on the Clean channel. I like how the Twang channel sounds with the gain off on the amp. This pedal sounds very nice! The gain is wonderful! I personally love playing the Cult and AC/DC with this pedal. It's amazing how it makes a solid state amp sound! But I haven't found a very big difference in sound when adjusting the bass and treble. The reverb sounds nice and usable at low levels.
Overall Impression — 9
I play a good combination of '70s, '80s, '90s, and current rock. This pedal is perfect for the classic rock tunes my band covers. Love Removal Machine, Wild Flower, Dirty Deeds, Rock and Roll, this pedal really shines! My other pedals are a DigiTech Grunge, and Hyper Phaser. I recently sold my DigiTech Screaming Blues, because it didn't have the sound I was looking for. I love the Overdrive this pedal can put out, and how it sounds, even through a solid state amp. The reverb is ok. It's better then the reverb built into my amp. Give this pedal a try! I've owned it for a few hours now, but I love it!
Reliability & Durability — 8
I owned a Boss Metal Zone years back, and have mostly owned DigiTech pedals. I was surprised how light the FDR-1 is. It feels like plastic, compared to the metal casing of DigiTech pedals. I think it would last, but it just doesn't feel as sturdy as what I'm used to.
Ease of Use — 8
This is a pretty simple pedal to use. I looked briefly through the book on the ride home, but pedals don't really need instructions. I kept getting mixed up with which was volume/gain, and which was reverb/vibrato. I'd prefer extra knobs instead of knobs on top of each other. I don't have much use for vibrato, but adjusting the tap tempo wasn't too bad for me.