Purchased from: Musician Freind
Sound — 9
I use this with my Epiphone G-400. I simply use it to play metal, which is about the only thing it's good for. If you turn up the distortion knob a bunch it sounds messy. It does put out a varity of metal distortions. I can get anything from Metalica to Iron Maiden and from Black Sabbath to Pantera. The EQ is one of the best things about this pedal.
Overall Impression — 9
I play rock and blues and this pedal don't match at all. I rarley play metal, which is when I get out this pedal. If it where stolen or lost I wouldn't buy it again, because it cost a lot of money and because I don't use this pedal as much as my other ones. I guess that was to be expected since it's name is "Metal Zone". This is a very good pedal. If you play any kind of metal, this pedal is for you. If you don't play a lot of metal, look into Boss Overdrive pedals. I use a BD-2 Blues Driver as my main OD pedal and it sounds very bluesy.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It's a Boss. And when you buy a Boss you should know you are buying one of the most indestructable, powerful, and most well-built pedal on the planet. You could easily play a gig without even worrying about it. I may not have put this thing through as much abuse as I have all my other pedals, but all my other Boss pedals have been through several incedents.
Ease of Use — 9
It's a Boss, so it's a easy pedal to use. There is a level knob, which controls the volume of the pedal, a couple of EQ knobs, and a distortion knob. There is a manual which I recomend flipping through, espeically if you don't know how to use the EQ. I do not now the firmware revision number.