Purchased from: Musician's Friend
Sound — 10
Sounds reproduction is excellent, but be careful of the usual niggles related to high gain. What you put in you get out, so any buzzing will be looped as well. Use your judgement. Keep in mind that you can vary the output of the loop. You may also want to try varying the volume on your guitar if you're creating a multi layered effect by overdubbing. This will stop the sound from becoming too dense.
Overall Impression — 10
This pedal has now been discontinued, but if you can snap one up, then do. At the time of writing you can expect to Pick up a used one for around 75 and it's a lot of functionality in a small pedal for a very reasonable sum. In my opinion, this pedal is more than road worthycan be used for live performances. You will need to work on your timing, but once you've got that right, you will create some great music.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Usual high standard expected from Boss pedals. I have never had trouble with any one Boss pedal I have owned, no matter how old. I will reiterate that there is a lot of functionality here - it's not just a "stomp and go" pedal, but within a few sessions and some reference to the manual, you will get it.
Ease of Use — 10
Bear in mind that this is a pedal with a lot of functionality packed into a little box. You may need to persevere for a few days while you get your head round it, but the time is worth investing. The manual is important, but I would certainly supplement it with some of the YouTube demos out there. You will benefits from seeing it in action via other users. Before you start creating loops, the key choice is this: 1 - Will you use the drum beat, or will your mute it? 2 - Will you play in time with the drum beat, or will you have the pedal snyc the beat with your playing? Once you get the hang of it, it becomes second nature and a whole heap of fun.