Price paid: $ 82
Purchased from: Sam Ash in NY
Sound — 8
I play a Mexican Strat and have used the pedal on a Fender Frontman 212R, and a Hughes And Kettner Blue Edition 30. The pedal gets a little noisy, but it's not that bad. The distortion is always full and rich sounding. I like to play stuff like The Smashing Pumpkins, Jane's Addiction, The Pixies, and Greenday. The distortion doesn't really fit what I like to play (except it's good for Green Day), but it's such a good pedal, I got it anyway. It would be a great pedal for punk and classic rock.
Overall Impression — 9
I've been playing for 4 years and and if it broke, I'd definately buy another one. When I got this pedal, I was actually thinking about getting a DS-1, but this pedal is 10 times better. In my opinion it's Bosses best distortion pedal and beats almost every other distortion for this price.
Reliability & Durability — 10
The thing is built like a rock. There's no need for a backup. I've dropped it numerous times and it's perfectly fine. It's very dependable.
Ease of Use — 10
This pedal is awesome. It's insanely easy to get a good a good sound out of it. There are 4 knobs: level (volume), tone and bottom tone, distortion, and gain boost. Basically the tone knob adjusts bass and treble. The bottom control gives more flexibility for the tone, and the distortion and gain controls are what adjust the amount of distortion. The manual is pretty much useless because the pedalis so easy to use, but it goves you a few pre-sets.