Price paid: $ 299
Purchased from: Musiciansfriend.com
Sound — 9
I run this pedal through a Fender FM212 guitar amp. By its self, the amp is pretty loud, but a little tinny. Turn on the preamp using this effect and my lowly 100W combo has more thunder than a full Marshall stack. I especially like the natural sounding distortions in the blues to modern range. They are rich and responsive, while providing tons of gain without turning the signal muddy. Hands down, though, the phrase looper is king. If your a solo guitarist, this'll open new windows instantly!
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, this thing is great. Personally, I think $300 is a lot for a pedal. That said, it's worth the dough. I wish it came with the AC adapter, but most pedals don't anyway. It works great from folk to thrash and there is no reason not to Pick up one right away.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've been using this exclusively for several months. The pedal weighs a on (as far as pedals go)and I've made the mistake of stubbing my toe on the die cast metal frame several times. It eats batteries for breakfast but other than that, I doubt I'd need a back-up.
Ease of Use — 9
The nice thing about this multi-effect is it's ease of use. Yes, there are enough knobs to fill a parts bin on it, but each knob has its own job. Most times, your not using all the knobs anyway. However, I say anytime I can create my own sound and not just shuffle through someone else's presets, I'm willing to put up with a few things to turn now and again.