Price paid: $ 366
Purchased from: www.Gak.com
Sound — 10
I use this with my LAG Arkane guitar, plugged into a PA system. and it sounds better than an amp! the sound quality is amazing, and I could recreate any musician's tone if I wished to. I'm really into Steve Vai's music and this work's really well, the Wah is all you could expect from one in a multi-effects. And if, for example, I am using my Metal patch and there is too much buzzing, then all I do is crank up the Noise Supressor a little, and it does nothing to the quality of the sound coming out from the speakers.
Overall Impression — 10
I'm into loads of music styles, but rock and metaly styles, mostly Steve Vai, is where my playing is, and this is a perfect match. I can't see mylself upgrading it for several years, and if it breaks, I'll probably get another one. I have been playing for 2 years and a bit, and I love the instrument, but I think before I got this, I was losing the passion to play because I was getting naff sounds from my amp and previous box. However I think this has re-kindled teh fire in my and the guitar's relationship. No longer am I afraid to crank it up to full, just in case the neighbours hear me and think 'oh dear another wannabe'. There is one thing that tickels me a little about it, and that is that the three pedals on the front mean I can alternate between patch 1.1, 1.2 and 1.2, but there is no pedal to alternate between 1.1 and 2.1, there are two buttons on the top of the unit, and that means I have to bend down and press it with my fingers, it's not a real problem, but it wastes a little of my valuable playing time, silly I know. So far it has everything I need, but I'm sure there are units with more effects, but I must say that I tried almost every other unit available in this price range, and this was the best. I wouldn't change it for anything! Peace Out and Keep Rockin!
Reliability & Durability — 10
I don't gig at the moment, but if I did, I would probably not have a backup as this is just so reliable, for as long as I have had it (several months) nothing has gone wrong, appart from my sister breking a cable which has nothing to do with the box.
Ease of Use — 9
This is a killer effects box, and it is so easy to use. Just twidle the knobs until you get the sound you want and press 'write'. No nasty menus to scrole through and in the manual it describes what each effect does and what every knob does. Which I loved because the last effects box I had, the manual was really badly written. But this is awesome. I couldn't ask for more.