Price paid: $ 85
Purchased from: GuitarCenter.com
Sound — 10
I currently use it with my Gretsch G5129, Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer, FBM-1 '59 Fender Bassman & Ibanez DE7 Echo/Delay pedals. It all goes through a Fender Blues Jr. NOS amp. I wanted the NS-2 since the DeArmond pickups in my Gretsch get that 60 cycle hum when I Switch to either neck or bridge pickups. The other Boss pedals just add to the noise, making it annoying to play at higher volumes. I have the Threshold set at the 11 o'clock position and the Decay at the 8 o'clock position to get back a bit of the Gretsch's sustain. I have it set on Mute mode, since I use it as a pseudo "Standby" for my amp, since my amp doesn't have that feature. The Boss pedals are hooked up to the Send/Return loop, so it kills the noise from them. All I have to do is turn on the NS-2 and turn off the Echo pedal (which is in between the Output jack on the NS-2 and my amp) and I got Standby mode. The tone of the effects seems unaffected. The only good thing is that there's no more hum coming from them! I can now play my Gretsch in the Bridge pickup position to get that Rockabilly twang without being annoyed by the 60 cycle hum!
Overall Impression — 10
I play nothing but Rockabilly and the NS-2 was necessary as the FBM-1 is an Overdrive pedal which amplifies the hum and adds noise. The CS-3 is known to be noisy (it is). The NS-2 cleans up my sound and is super easy to dial in. If I lost it or had it stolen, I'd get one the same day. I can't Live without it now, since I'm amazed at the difference it makes.
Reliability & Durability — 10
As with all Boss pedals, it's indestructable! I would gig without a backup, since I have that much confidence with Boss pedals. So far the extent of my gigging has been to set up and play at friend's and family's houses. The last time was in my cousin's garage Xmas eve when it was raining and close to 40 degrees outside. My wet shoes and the cold humid air had no effect on my pedals at all. Boss pedals are built to last!
Ease of Use — 10
This pedal is as simple as it can get. The Threshold knob controls the volume at which the silencing kicks in and the Decay knob controls the timing at which the silencing kicks in. The rightmost knob is the Mode selector. One position is for noise reduction when it's on and nothing when off. The other position is for noise reduction when it's off and muting when it's on. The manual is good, as it tells you to keep the Decay knob at the CCW-most position initially and to tweak it from there. Other than that, the pedal is easy to dial in.