Price paid: $ 99.99
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 6
I use this with a Fender Frontman 15W (yes I plan on upgrading) and an Ibanez GSA60 (good beginners guitar), and my friend uses the same device with some Line6 15w and an Epiphone SG, with similar results. My main complaints are as such - preset volume spread and tone. Heavily distorted settings must be played on a very low preset level to get the same volume from a clean setting on max preset level. In other words, be ready to use the expression pedal to change the volume when switching channels. Also, keeping the distorted settings in check volume-wise tends to make tone suffer. On that note, it is somewhat difficult to get an excellent tone on this machine. You can create certain tones, but if you want to consistently model your favorite artists, get a larger, more complex "board" style multifx pedal, which will give you tone, ease of use, and more options such as amp models and more diverse effects. Effects are based on the most common settings, for example you can only adjust the level of phasing, not the speed of depth. The product is also true to it's brand name, as it has a distinctly digital tone, especially through headphones or on high treble eq settings. If you are willing to experiment, however, you can create some really cool sounds. Creative use of the Whammy and pickup modeling can create an impromptu Bass sound 1 (or 2) octaves down, which I think sounds pretty convincing. One more thing on sound - if you don't want to play around with this thing and just want to plug and play with the built in presets, don't because they kinda suck. Final note: you CAN get some really good tones out of this thing, but you have to work on it.
Overall Impression — 7
I play anything from Acoustic to heavy metal, an it suits my needs to a certain extent. I just wish it had more features, but it's got a good amount for the price. Worth a buy for the budding guitarist, but if you want to perfectly emulate your favorite artists or fine tune your own tone without buying a bunch of single effect pedals, spend your money on something bigger and better.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Never had a problem with it, and it's been kicked around plenty.
Ease of Use — 8
If you read the manual, it's dead simple to program and rearrange settings. The manual is a bit cryptic about certain things, like effects levels (ex "what's the difference between level 1 and level 9 of the flanger?") and many things are left for the user to discover. Offers basically no computer connection save for a mini-audio jack for headphones/recording. Otherwise, plug in a guitar, plug in an amp, and go.