Price paid: $ 18
Purchased from: Belongs to a friend
Sound — 6
I've used this pedal with a PRS-SE Custom and with a Dean Razorback. It has a very decent sound, and can simulate the the sound of american thrash and death metal bands well. It's main drawback is the lack of control you have over your distortion, it is impossible to fine tune the distortion to your liking because of the lack of bass and treble control. The only little bit of control you have is with your tone knob which adds and subtracts crunch to your distortion.
Overall Impression — 8
First thing that you have to put into account is that this pedal is at most $20. You can't expect it to be amazing but it still has a nice little punch to it. I do not recommend this as a primary distortion source for any guitarists out there, but I do recomend it as a backup, or practice distortion pedal. If you are low on cash and are hungry for distortion than this pedal will work. It's cheep sure, but I'd much rather have this than no distortion at all.
Reliability & Durability — 7
It's a little guy, with a plastic case. I would not expect it to break by dropping or being kicked around a couple times but it does seem a little bit cheep in construction. It does not seem as durable as many of the more higher end pedals but it does hold it's ground. A good buddy of mine has been using this pedal for a little bit over 2 years and there is still nothing wrong with it.
Ease of Use — 10
The Fab Metal distortion pedal is easy to use because simply there is not much to do. there are the knobs on the pedal which provide little control over the sound. There's a level, gain, and tone knob. That simple. There is no way to misunderstand this pedal and it is actually really easy to get a good sound out of. Not that much tinkering involved.