Price paid: A$ 90
Purchased from: ebay
Sound — 7
I used to use a beringher GM108 15w amp with this and my LTD with EMG 81/85 pickups. the reason I got it was to compensate for the shitty tone (I used to think) from the amp. Back then, all I wanted was a big thick crunch, and for that reason and in my youth I thought the pedal was amazing. Don't get me wrong, I still think it's a good sound, but nothing compared to my Laney VH100R... sorry folks! It can be quite noisy, but then again I haven't used one in awhile and I have much better equipment (leads n that) at my arsenal now. Getting a nice thrashy scooped sound (which I wanted) was easily achieved and sounded quite brutal if the EQ was right (with your amp settings as well) For a good ld school slayer/metallica sound this pedal was a cheaper option for a newbie guitarist rather than splashing out on a JCM series Marshall.
Overall Impression — 7
I used to play nothing but thrash. For that reason the pedal was great, and as I've said it was a good choice for my beginner stages of playing guitar. I've been playing 5 years now, and own quality leads, a solid guitar and my wicked Laney VH100R. Back when it worked, I loved it and even considered buying a new one before I upgraded amps. But now, I wouldn't bother, maybe as an EQ thing, but not as a effect pedal, why would I not use the distortion from a 100w valve amp? If someone stole of me now, I'd laugh and be curious if they got it to work haha. 3 years ago, I would chase them down.
Reliability & Durability — 5
Hmmm. Well the pedal was 3rd hand when I got it and had been treated rather poorly. I can say I didn't treat it much better. I couldnt use the Power supply with it because it killed the signal. The wires had to be resoldered every day. Eventually I gave up on it when it died ten times during a gig. By that stage I had a Roland Cube 60 and just threw it away in anger and switched to my Roland r-fier setting, which I now prefer. I'm giving it a low score because I don't know if a new unit would hold up as well... keep in mind this thing was abused.
Ease of Use — 9
The good thing about these little bastards are they're plentiful to get your hands on and it's a good starting point for a beginner guitarist to experiment with a flexible tonal option. 6 dials to contorl you're metal tone \m/ 1 volume, 1 Drive, and 4 middle controls for your EQ. The mids controls (3rd from left) are neat in the fact they can be controlled to a 2nd degree, as in how much presence they can have overall in the tone of the effect. Very easy to tweak, and you'll be playing in no time.