Price paid: $ 55
Purchased from: eBay
Sound — 9
Alright, anybody using this pedal is more than likely a metalhead. If you are looking at any other distortion pedal for metal, you are looking in the wrong direction. This pedal gives soooooo much saturation to your sound and has such a wide variety of possibilities (personally, I like '70s rock more than metal and find this pedal more than up to the challenge). The sound is very crisp, while a little nasal, but does provide lots of meat to chords and tons of saturation to your solos. All good here except for the way-too nasal sounding palm mutes.
Overall Impression — 10
I play everything, and while it may take a while to get a good sound, this pedal can do everything. I love this pedal and find it essential in my sound. Will definately buy another Boss pedal I'm so impressed. I only wish it were much meatier (like the MXR Dime Distortion) when palm muted, but it still does the deed just fine. After searching forever for the perfect pedal, this is it. Go to your local guitar shop and try it for yourself. You'll see what the hype is.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It's a Boss, do you think it'll break? Next question.
Ease of Use — 6
This pedal is pretty self-explanatory, but is still hard to get that "heavy metal" sound. If you want that chug-chug rhythm, you better get an EQ pedal (I use the MXR M-108). However, a good start (for heavy metal rhythm) is: low-maxed high-just shy of maxed mid-cut all the way mid freq. around 11:00. The manual presets are actually pretty good for rock, punk, and even as a good solo boost (Overdrive). However, you will spend a long time looking for a good sound. This is where the pedal suffers.