Price paid: $ 89.99
Purchased from: Emerald City Guitars
Sound — 10
I play an Epiphone Alleykat through a Fender Stage 160. The amp has a weak built in distortion so I bought this pedal to remedy that. I don't play metal but after comparing this thing against the Boss DS-1 Rat, and a few DigiTech pedals it proved to be more versatile than modeling pedals. I mostly play punk and dial down the bass and kick up the mids for a nice raunchy sound, top boost blows everyone away. I can also dial the distortion to zero and get a great Beatley distortion for my Beatles tribute band.
Overall Impression — 10
I am completely satisfied with my metal muff. No complaints what'soever, Such a loud powerful, versatile piece of equipment it is. Whether you use it for a smooth overdriven tone, a pure volume pedal, or insane black metal tones this thing will work. You will only want another so you can access 2 quick tones for it. No other need for a different pedal. Only thing I wish it had were multiple presets you could save, but I don't mind switching the knobs every once and a while.
Reliability & Durability — 10
My 6'4" 230 pound friend stomped this thing in a show and it survived, heavy thick metal casing seems to be indestructible. I would gig this without a backup within 20 miles even when every song needs Overdrive. I am more concerned about how durable my ear will be after playing with this thing for a few years.
Ease of Use — 8
When I first got this pedal I was tempted to turn every knob to ten and see just how far it could go, I blew out my practice amp. Luckily it was just a crappy 10 watt Ibanez. But once I stuck it in my Fender I started on a zero distortion, it's now easy to get anykind of tone from this, from creamy Overdrive to insanely loud crunch.