Price paid: $ 199.99
Purchased from: Sweetwater
Sound — 10
Well this is where it comes to life. I believe this is supposed to be a Keeley DS-1 and a TS9 in a single casing. I basically unplugged by TS808 after messing with this baby. Oh my lord does it scream! The red channel just absolutely packs a punch and sounds awesome for shred/legato. Perfect sustain and mids with just a touch of bass and it's like melting glass. The green channel is great too. It sounds really nice for more rhythym tones. I nice little fuzz with a boomy bottom end and you have a very spacey but still reasonable tone.
Overall Impression — 10
A very awesome high-end pedal. Perfect for anyone Who has heard Steve Vai and wants to have that warm but responsive tone. Great features, easy to use and built very solid. I'm really happy with this pedal and I'm sure it will stay with me for some time to come.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It's HEAVY! IT weighs almost 5 pounds! Built like a freaking tank! After almost a week of constant play no problem at all yet. I would say it uses batteries quite quickly but I have a powered board and don't use them. I shook it once to see if I could hear anything rattle inside and got nothing. It seems very well put together. It is very big though. Almost twice as large as my Holy Grail reverb pedal which is one of the biggest pedals I've ever seen.
Ease of Use — 10
The signature Steve Vai distortion pedal. It's basically two seperate distortion pedals in one housing. Three knobs per unit - Drive, Tone, Level. The knobs are responsive and it's easy to dial in that sound that you want. The LED lights around the knobs are bright which makes it easy to see. I love using it on my pedal board because they actually light all the other pedals up too.