Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
I use mainly my Peavey Wolfgang Special>GNX3>Peavey 258 EFX (25watt). Great tone, studio-quality effects. Has great presets bank (includes tones of Eric Johnson, DLR-era Eddie Van Halen, Santana, among others), as well as many other great presets (vintage, metal, etc.) Of course, you can't expect to get every tone spot-on (from mags like Guitar World and Guitar One), but the tones are great, none-the-less.
Overall Impression — 8
I play mostly classic rock and blues. I would say this Machine is excellent for any genre of music. I wish I could've been given a guitar with strings that weren't dead to try it out, but, thank god, it was a great buy. If it were stolen/lost, I would compare other effects machines first, and see which one I'm more comfortable with, seeing as I more-or-less rushed this buy. I love just about everything about her. The only thing I would change is the default recording time (of about 20 seconds) to something like an hour or so (to get more than 20 sec. of recording, you have to purchase a memory card, along with a memory card reader to read the card for computer editing). I tried some Boss multi-effects processer, but loved the GNX3 because I could dail-in the tones from the song in the mags. The GNX3 offers complete freedom of the guitarist. I highly recommend this effects processor.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Lasts long, very strong (I thought I ruined it playing a gig at a backyard pool-party, nope). The only beef I have is the led display is very vague (at best) while in daylight (probably the case with all led displays).
Ease of Use — 8
Very easy to use, takes half an hour tops to get all the features down. A little complex, but easy once you get the hang of it. The manual covers just about everything you'll need to know, but the troubleshooting is a bit short, leaving you in the cold when lost. Features: - A monumental amount of 24-bit studio-quality effects (distortion, reverb, delay, modulation, talk box, Pick up simulator, up to 11 at a time.) - Amp/Cab modeling, choice of over 16 amps (Fender Twin Reverb, Mesa Stack, etc.) - Stombox modeling, choice of over 8 different stompers (Boss DS-1, Metal Distortion, Tubescreamer, etc.) - Assignable expression pedal (a nice, sturdy pedal, unlike the RP series), includes Wah, Whammy, Volume, etc. - Built-in 8-track recorder (requires Smartmedia card for over 20 seconds of recording time and for processor-computer music transfer), comes with Cakewalk recording program, enables looping - Drum Machine (pretty good quality, choice of tempo and over 10 different styles) - Learn-a-Lick (haven't tried it myself), enables you to hook up your CD player and slows down the desired lick you want to learn - I know I'm forgetting something.