Price paid: $ 300
Purchased from: Bailey Brother's Music Co.
Sound — 6
As I said earlier, I used to play my Les Paul through a solid state amp (Vox VT30), but I now play through a Mesa 5:25 Express. I have grown to dislike this device for it's increased sound level, and tone coloring when not in use. The Compressor in my opinion colors your tone too much. I never use the Compressor on this thing. The drives are okay. I use the OD, Blues, Distortion, and Metal settings for various bits and pieces. They aren't too exciting though. The modulation is fine. No complaints there. Except for the harmonist though. I can't get a good tone out of that. It sounds so digitized...Hate it. The delays rock! The only part of this pedal that is consistently used by me. Although the analog tone is not analog-sounding at all, it's okay. I enjoy the looper. Helps me write parts a lot. The volume pedal is okay. (What do you want from me? It's a volume pedal!) The worst part? The Wah Sucks Hard! I mean absolutely sucks!
Overall Impression — 5
I play primarily christian worship music, rock, blues, some pop punk, and prog rock. I have been playing for four years. I wish that I understood how pedals work, what true bypass is, and how a digital modeler actually has to convert the signal from analog to digital then back to analog... If it was stolen I would not buy another. I actually plan on selling it soon. I hate the overall tone. I like the convenience. My favorite feature is the volume because it doesn't sound bad like the rest of the effects. I got it because I heard Boss was the best... Not true.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Sure. The casing is built like a tank. The volume/wah is not as sturdy as I'd like though. It's a little stiff. I think that it would handle a million gigs if you treated it write.
Ease of Use — 8
This unit is very simple to use. When I originally bought it, I played a solid state amp. At that time it was quite easy to get a good sound out of it. Now that I play through a Mesa tube amp, it's a little more difficult. The setup of the device is simple enough though. The knob design is a plus. Who wants to run through a hundred different impractical menus? The manual is well written as well.