Price paid: £ 89
Purchased from: Absolute music (Poole)
Sound — 7
I use this with a Peavey Vypyr 30 watt amp, and a Jackson JS32 Kelly and Ibanez GRG170DX. As well as a few times with a PRS Soapbar. The pedal is good at providing lots of distortion. But I found the sound very thin and lifeless. The shop gave me time to try it out on some kind of Blackstar amp and it sounded a lot better, but it doesn't suit my amp.
Overall Impression — 7
I mainly play thrash metal; Metallica, Megadeth, Testament, Anthrax etc. And with some amps, I think it would be great. I've been playing about 6 1/2 years but have only really started using pedals since I got an old Sound City SC30. Which was part of the reason I bought the pedal (its distortion a the moment is from a cheap Fab Metal pedal, and I thought I needed something better) as well as for use on my Vypyr. I like the amount of gain, and it does that job quite well, but its a shame about the tone I get, and I have spent 3+ hours trying to get it right.But I chose this over the metal core. If it were lost it stolen, I don't think I'd buy it again, and am trading it for the Proco RAT2 (which I would recommend over this, it sounds great and the sound can be varied enough to suit every amp I've tried on it). The rat also has a better range of gain.
Reliability & Durability — 9
As with other Boss pedals, it is built very strongly, I've only had it a few weeks but I'm sure it could take anything I could do to it. I wouldn't need a backup if I were gigging with it.
Ease of Use — 9
This pedal is relatively easy to use, it has miss high and low settings as well as mid freq, volume and distortion. It can be difficult to find the best setting (not as hard as some say) and the manual is a gives some good ideas to play with.