Price paid: $ 160
Purchased from: Guitar center
Sound — 10
I use this unit with my Ibanez RG3EX1 and my Crate glx 212 amp. I actualy bought this so that I could get some softer distortions from it. My amp had already had some hardcore metal distortion, but I could never find anything soft on it. This unit can be slightly noisy, but it has a noise suppressor that works pretty damn well in my opinion. The effects always sound top knotch, and I especially like using the trem, vibrato, flanger, and phaser. They let me get a funky sound out of it while keeping the sound intact.
Overall Impression — 10
I play mostly metal, but I also like some punk stuff as well as funk and ragae. This is perfect for all types of music because of the huge amount of versatility in the unit. I have been playing for about 4 years now and the only other pedal I have is a Boss mega distortion pedal. The only thing I didn't like about this product is that it doesnt't come with the AC adaptor, which is about another 15 bucks to purchase. I think if this were stolen I would be angry, but I would continue collecting stompboxes, because everyone knows stompboxes are better. I compared this product to a lot of Line 6 products, mainly the POD and POD XT. I chose this unit because it has a more analog sound, while the Line 6 stuff sounds a little artificial and digital.
Reliability & Durability — 9
While I have not had a chance to gig with this unit yet, I believe that it would be 100% dependable. I would No Doubt use this unit without a backup because it is solid as a rock. I am hoping to get a large amount of tompboxes in the future when I get more moolah, but I am low on that now so I will have to wait, for now this is perfect for me.
Ease of Use — 10
This unit kind of scared me at first, because I have only used one stompbox in my life and that was the Boss mega distortion. However, when I started using it, I realized that it was very easy to get a great sound out of. just a flick of the wrist on a few knobs and I could get some crazy tones, from acoustic, to Incubus, to In Flames. it also makes it very easy to store your own sounds, although I would like to get the footswitches so I can switch banks on the fly.