Price paid: $ 100.65
Purchased from: SoundControl Southampton
Sound — 10
I use a Line 6 Spider III 4x12 cab with Spider III head. Very loud, surprisingly little feedback. I play a B\.C\. Rich NJ Warlock, with 27 frets (baritone) and it produces only slight feedback when turned up to full volume. The presets Line 6 is known for are great for combining with the pedal, but if using a distorted preset and a distortion pedal, you may end up with a disgusting crunchy sound, not that great at all. Effects are always powerful, moving and awe inspiring from such a small pedal. I can achieve sounds from artists like Killswitch Engage, Job for a Cowboy, Muse, Razorlight, Meshuggah, Cannibal Corpse and The Haunted.
Overall Impression — 10
Metal, Deathmetal, Grindcore, NintendoCore, Cheesemetal, Bimetal, Symphonic metal, and smooth love ballads. Oh, and sex on the beach. Been playing 8 years, I own an Ibanez Ergodyne bass as well. I buy all my picks from Ebay, and they are all made from either copper, aluminium or steel. Preferably magnetic. I would buy again, no doubt. I love its looks, sound, colour scheme, robust quality, and generally it in itself. I compared it with every other similar product by Boss and it stood out a mile.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Dependency is everything. Nothing worse than gigging and ending up distortionless due to pedals kicking the bucket, so to speak. This pedal is physically unbreakable, made from sheet steel. weighs a ton and a half, probably could work as a bulletproof shield for when you get out in more rough venues. Or you could lob it as a crazed fan, might shatter their skull though. I rate it a ten just for it's sheer weaponry capabilities. they should equip the FBI with these things. Battery life is a real drag though, so get the adaptor and plug it in!
Ease of Use — 9
Fiddle with the dials for a while if you don't understand frequency settings on the built in EQ, and you'll be tearing Slayer themselves a new asshole. Distortion can go overboard on some settings, takes a few minutes to fine-tune. Not good if your little brother-sister, wife, or any other annoyance in your life plays with the dials. Can amplify input from the instrument, which is very useful. The manual wasn't needed, but included some cute diagrams for newbies on how to set their guitars up for things like "british rock" and "heavy metal". Altogether, satisfying but possibly difficult for new users to set.