Price paid: $ 63
Purchased from: Kitarataivas
Sound — 7
I have used this with my Marshall and a Chinese amp, and, surprisingly enough, it works very well with both of the amps. I've also used it with a Laney amp and, even though it didn't give the best sound that it could, it still worked rather nicely. I haven't tested it with any other guitars except my Squier Strat, but I don't think it would be too bad for any other guitars. The problem with the Hot Head is that it lacks the ability to give just slight distortion. It only gives a strong, sharp distortion or then the distortion just disappears. All in all, I think that Hot Head is very good for old school solos that need to be strong and sharp, but is not too useful in riffs etc.
Overall Impression — 8
I play all kinds of music, as you can see from my profile, slow acoustic to hardcore metal. I believe this pedal is best for rock solos, but I guess it could be used in other genres as well. I've been playing for four years now, if you want, you can check out my profile (for proof) I own a DigiTech Metal Master, Squier Strat, a Chinese amp and a whole lot of other junk. If it were stolen, yeah, I'd probably buy a new one. I wouldn't be running to the store but I would still buy a new one. I love the simplicity of it and I hate it at the same time. It is easy to use but it only provides very simple functions and is hard to get different sounds out of it. I compared it to the DigiTech Grunge distortion thing, but this somehow was more what I was looking for. I don't think that DigiTech has ever made a crappy pedal, but this could have more range in altering the sounds it makes.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I trust my Hot Head completely. I can depend on it nearly as much as on the fact that bio classes will be boring. No, seriously, Hot Head is worth the money if you need some power into your solos and need a reliable pedal. However, I would use a backup on a gig since they run out of batteries really easily. Or then just plug it in to the DigiTech charger.
Ease of Use — 8
Hot Head is surprisingly easy to use. When you first get your Hot Head, I suggest you use the pre-sets described in the booklet inside the package and start to alter them, one small step at a time. Hot Head won't give you those Metallica/Megadeth low, bass filled sounds, but if you're more into rock and/or indie, Hot Head will work miracles for you. If you really need to find a negative out of it, it is that the knobs are super-sensitive and that's why you should always write down the settings you used.