Purchased from: Barossa Music
Sound — 7
I'm using an Ibanez Iceman and a Randall RG200 with it. I prefer the amps distortion as it has alot more crunch to it and sounds less digital, in some respects - depending on genre eg metal distortion or light gain. The noise gate works well, but can kill a pit of the natural sustain of the guitar and limit the harmonics. I love the delay effects and the chorus effects on it, and I used to use a squire single coil through it and tweak the settings from Single to Humbucker and it made the crappy guitar sound much better (for what it was). The wah of this pedal seems somewhat crappier than what I expected it doesnt really compare to a wah you'd hear Kirk Hammett or Zakk wylde use. And as I said I prefer amp gain for songs that have more bite to them.
Overall Impression — 9
I bought this unit because I wanted a wah but I figured I may aswell get some effects built in seeing as I got it after playing for 8 months. I reckon its pretty good for home use, but anything after that I'd say seperate pedals for be easier and be developed for their own sound instead of one big thing thats been built in general and not specific. I love the colour of it and its ability to add more emphasis to solos (with the delay). At the time I bought this product I wasnt that sure on everything, but if it was stolen I'd probably just buy a wah pedal and a delay pedal and use the amps gain. If you bought this product for home use you'd probably be happy with it, its really good quality and a bang for your buck.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This things reliable and strong. I like the metal chassis on the Boss multi effects compared to some of the plastic housed DigiTech units. I wouldnt use it for a gig because at this stage in my life I'd just use the amp for a cover band situation. When I get more into using delay and wah I'll by separate pedals. But for the reliability this thing is solid as a rock.
Ease of Use — 7
It's pretty easy to get a good sound out of. everything is easy to activate and adjust and everything is labelled well and easy. The manual tells you everything you need to know to be comfortable with it, but I'm sure in an hour or 2 you could figure it all out without it. The patches are straight forward but I still havent perfected the volume leveling thing for each patch so when I change theres sometimes a big level difference. There is a bit of a delay switching stored patches. I've found theres sound quality variables depending on the inputs and outputs you use/mess around with.