Price paid: $ 456
Purchased from: ebay
Sound — 10
You can get some fantastic sounds out of this bad boy. It is the most versitile floor based multi effects processor on the market. It functions great as a stomp box style rig whereby you can set up endless amounts of stomp boxes and order them however you wish in the "effects chain" setup in the pedal. I.e. I could have my guitar going as follows: wah - flanger - overdrive - preamp - delay. Or if I wanted I could mix these around into any configuration. Basically I could go on all day about this pedal it is so versatile and has so many features. It sounds unbelievable when recording directly out of the pedal using mike and speaker simulators built into the pedal. It is great for artist emulation as you can pretty much research there rigs and try and emulate this using the pedal. Getting an exact match is never going to be easy but you can definitely get close.
Overall Impression — 8
This is fantastic for the type of music I play. It means I can get pretty much any stomp box style effect that I would have considered buyin for considerably less price. The wah's are mint, the overdrives rip and the amp simulators are amazing. I guess the only down side, and I suppose this goes for all multi effects pedals is that you can spend so much time fiddling with knobs that you don't get enough time to bust ya chops. It is definitely fun to learn about and experiment with all sorts of rigs (basically like having a music shop in your bedroom and you can try whatever you want in whatever arrangement). For home recording this thing is the goods. You can simulate a mesa head and a 5150 in stereo, put a few millisecond delay on one of them and get a really fat sound, or you can fire up the Fender Twin flick on ya neck Pick up and bust out some fat blues licks. It is a lot of work but it does pay of and it is quite fun really. All the classic tones are there, you just gotta have the patience to find them. Running it with an amp setup is can get bit tricky you hook it up in an effects loop, this does however allow you to bypass your amps preamp and use one of the GT-8's preamps in it's place (with the power-amp of your amp obviously). Anyone that does any home recording or that is looking at buying a few stomp boxes or a wah should consider one of these.
Reliability & Durability — 8
It hasn't failed me yet, obviously you can't treat it like you would a stomp box but that aside it is quite sturdy and heavy for that matter. I would gig without a backup but then again I'm a bit of a risky kind of guy. You wouldn't want to get any drinks spilt on this thing, in fact a few months ago I saw it happen to a guy at a local pub and the pedal died pretty soon after that.
Ease of Use — 4
Right off the bat it's definitely not the easiest unit to use. Yes you can plug it in and just jam with its factory presets and get some cool sounds but these do get boring quite soon. Creating your own patches is a long winded process and can result in mega frustration. The manual is pretty simple and no where near detailed enough but there is some fantastic information on the internet about the pedal.