Price paid: $ 40
Purchased from: Music Go Round
Sound — 7
I use this pedal with a Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor, a few other pedals, a Laney GC 30 or various Peavey models, and a Fender Cyclone or MIM Stratocaster. It is noisy when you turn the Drive or the tone up very high, but this is a distortion/overdrive pedal and that is to be expected. The Overdrive setting is so-so, the distortion setting is good, and the Overdrive mixed with distortion is so-so mixed with good. This pedal doesn't get my any particular guitarist's sound but sounds decent.
Overall Impression — 8
I play everything from metal to Radiohead, and this pedal, especially the pure distortion setting, works nicely. For a different distortion effect, put this on almost pure distortion, drive 100%, tone to liking, and then put that through a fuzz pedal like the Big Muff or a Fender Blender. This really makes the harmonics ring and makes it really distorted without being too much.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It's a Boss pedal. Even though I bought it used with more scratches than everything else I own combined, it still works every time I turn it on. The AC adaptor slot was broken when I bought it, but I knew this and it works fine on batteries. The battery life never exceeds five hours though, so I would like to get the adaptor slot fixed.
Ease of Use — 10
The four knobs are very simple: level, tone, Drive, and colour. All the tones it offers are easily accessible. Even thought I do not have a manual, I did not even bother to download one because it is so easy to use. There is an input and an output jack. This is even more simple.