Sound — 9
The sound is nice, it gives great lows and beautiful highs, great for soloing, but also perfect for making the perfect rhythmic guitar groove. But if you crank your knobs too high, it can actually get quite feedback, but I guess that's to be expected.
Overall Impression — 7
As a very broad musician (I play everything from blues to metal, jazz to funk, rock to fusion) I like having a reliable distortion pedal which blends good sound, ease of use and a certain reliability. This pedal reaches and exceeds the expectation. I never actually use the "Grunge" function of the pedal, I just use it for the staight-up, balls-to-the-wall growl and fuzz it gives. But, to be honest, if it were stolen, nah I wouldn't get another one. I'd go for something a bit nicer, a bit more reliable on the electronic side.
Reliability & Durability — 7
To be honest, I would use this with a backup, since my battery slot doesn't even work anymore so I can only use the AC adapter function. But the pedal itself is a tank, I've dropped it oh-so-many times onto my concrete floor in the practice room, and it still works great.
Ease of Use — 10
It's very very user friendly, there's volume, treble, bass and Grunge knobs. It uses 1x9V battery, which is easily changable with/from the compartament at the top, or you can use an AC adaptor. Very straight-forward.