Price paid: £ 32
Purchased from: GAK
Sound — 7
I used this pedal through my school's awful Marshall MG10CD amplifier using my Stagg L350 guitar. The pedal isn't noisy, but I signal definitely weakens when the pedal is connected. For metal rhythm guitar playing, this pedal definitely does better than the amp's distortion [the amp's distortion is horrid], but that's not exactly a great feat. I generally use this pedal with the neck humbucker of my guitar and I get a nice, mellow lead tone. I think the EQ knobs get too extreme. If you put the treble knob past half way, the tone goes treble crazy. Similar thing with the low knob - put the lows past 7, you get a very bassy tone. You need to be very careful with the EQ knobs to get a good tone out of this pedal.
Overall Impression — 8
I play metal mainly and this is a good match. I've been playing for over 4 years and I have also play this pedal with an Ibanez RG120 and a Roland Cube 15X [the distortion is good enough on that amp, so that's why I don't use it with it. If I did, it would be a downgrade]. I do not own any other pedals to compare it too. Before I bought this pedal, I just wish I knew how extreme the EQ was - it's too easy to get a muddy tone with this EQ. I love how durable this pedal is, but I hate the difficult EQ. I bought this product because it was cheap and because I didn't like the distortion on the Marshall MG10CD that my school owns. If this pedal was stolen, I would probably buy a better model with an EQ that is easier to use.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This pedal is built like a tank. It definitely doesn't look breakable. The chassis is ridiculously hard and I definitely don't imahgine it will be broken anytime soon. The Grunge pedal has never failed me and I would definitely use it at a gig with no backup.
Ease of Use — 8
This distortion pedal is quite basic. It has four knobs: loud [volume], lows, highs and Grunge [distortion]. The manual that comes with this pedal is great. It tells you what everything on the pedal does [knobs, inputs and outputs, LED and power adapter jack]. It also tells you how to change the 9V battery easily. A small catalogue [no prices mentioned] comes with this unit too. It features other DigiTech pedals, recommended pedal settings and recommended pedal rigs that are meant to help you get the sounds you are after. This is a effect that is incredibly easy to use, but harder to get a high quality sound out of, given that the EQ knobs make too much of a difference to the sound.