Price paid: $ 99
Purchased from: Musician's Friend
Sound — 10
This thing gives you super heavy distortion to get those killer riffs. I was using my Ibanez (when I first got it I had a GSA60) with a humbucker at the bridge and to single coils at the mid and neck (I perfer this pickup setup). Now I use my new SA160 and it rules! There is a slight fret buzz but thats only if you have the amp up really loud. I can get sound from this pedal from Linkin Park to Kittie. Just about any rock/metal artist can be played by this pedal. This is a great distortion.
Overall Impression — 10
This pedal is great for metal and also good for rock and even some clasic rock. I play metal and this is the only pedal I need. I've been playing for about two and a half years and I havent found a better distortion, and trust me I've used a lot. I just run it through an amp on clean and I'm set. I don't regret getting this pedal and you wont eather. If I ever lost it id get another one and if someone stole it id hang them with a guitar string, just kidding. Love the whole thing, hate nothing, and I love the morph feature, very easy to get different distortions. I compared it to a few Boss pedals, about two DOD pedals, and couldn't find one better then the metal master.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Oh man you can defentally depend on this pedal. But don't use batteries because this thing eats them like a stoner with munchies, so get an adapter. And I wouldn't need a back up at all. I've had this pedal for about a year and a half and it has never let me down, never!
Ease of Use — 10
This is a great pedal. It took me a little while of tweeking to get the sound I wanted but when I did it was worth it. The manual was great. It gave good suggestions for setting but I like my own. Plus it gave chains with other pedals for stuff like solos and super metal riffs.