Price paid: $ 50
Purchased from: used from friend
Sound — 2
When I had this, I was using this with my electric guitar, a Johnson Catalyst, and a 5 watt Fender solid state. I can't even remember what it was called. It was a piece of junk amplifier. I sold the pedal once I got my Line 6 Spider III a few months later (don't have that amp anymore either). I have come to prefer in amp dirt over dirt pedals, so I am biased against these things. As far as sound, it was nice for a beginner like I was at the time, but it really did sound like just a bunch of high-gain mess. You don't need both a distortion knob and a gain boost knob on one pedal. That's just unnecessary. The settings I kept it at were low and high around the middle, distortion at 40% and gain at 0-10% because you just don't need a lot until it starts to sound like a beehive. it got very noisy very easily. It's definitely a tone-sucker, as you should expect with any high-gain distortion pedal. It was good for a beginner.
Overall Impression — 3
When I had this, I liked to use it for playing the music of my two favorite bands at the time: System of a Down and Tool. I don't really play that sort of music anymore. For a beginner, this pedal did a good job of making me happy in that regard for a while until I got sick of changing the batteries all the time and of the noisy buzz. I've been playing for 3 years now. I got this after a few months of playing. What do I like about it? Well, it was alright for a beginner at the time. Now I can't say much else about it. It sounds like cheap crap. I just don't care for these "uber metal distortion" pedals. They annoy me. They are noisy and suck tone. I much prefer amp dirt. Don't buy this. Save your money and get a nice amp instead.
Reliability & Durability — 6
I did play in front of people with it twice (not sure if you want to call that gigging or not). One of the knobs was bent when I got it from my friend, but it still worked fine. It never really broke or anything, so I can't complain about its reliability. I didn't have it for very long so I didn't really give it a chance to break. I didn't have a power supply at the time, so I used batteries and I must say that the batteries in this thing died very quickly. They didn't hold up very good, which was annoying to change constantly.
Ease of Use — 7
This was my first guitar effect pedal. I got it back when I was a little guitar noob, playing on a 5 watt Fender solid state practice amp. At the time, I did have some trouble making it sound like how I wanted it to. And, at that time, I really didn't know anything about tone or sounding good. I found it difficult at the time to figure out tone and dialing in settings on the pedal, but that was because I was so new to it all. Since I bought it used, I went into it blind without a manual. My friend helped me a bit with figuring it out and I did eventually find settings that I was satisfied with for a few months until I sold it. So, it was kind of confusing for me at first, but I eventually figured it out. It wasn't too complicated.