Price paid: $ 87
Purchased from: Tom Lee Music
Sound — 10
Pros: The most customizable wah I have ever seen or used. Very little noise on footswitch mode, no noise at all on autoswitch mode (since the wah is turned off when you depress it). I use it with an Epiphone G-400 and an Ibanez TBX30R solid state amp (which is crappy) and it still sounds great! I can get any sort of sound out of it. Works very well with both high gain and clean sounds. I play a lot of Metallica and I can get the same wah sound that Kirk Hammett uses all the time. Cons: NONE, although I heard the sound quality worsens significantly when the battery is low. However, I use an AC adapter so there's no problem here.
Overall Impression — 10
This pedal is perfect for my playing style (Metallica, Pantera) and other high gain music. It also works very well on the clean channel. I played some Rolling Stones through it and it sounded great too. I've been playing for no more than 4 months so I'm a bit of a beginner. This is the first pedal I have owned and I think it is the last one I will ever need. The price is extremely good, and it can't be beaten in its price range. If my pedal was lost or stolen, I would buy it again in a heartbeat! I took a risk with this pedal by buying it without trying other pedals, but I do not regret it. The ONLY grudge I have against this pedal is the battery life, which made my life difficult for the first few days since I bought the pedal, until I purchased an AC adapter. I went through 2 9V batteries in those few days. Bottom line: Whether or not you're on a budget, this is the pedal to GET! You probably won't need to upgrade ever again.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Pros: I've been carrying this pedal in my gig bag for a few weeks now and it's still fully functional. It's constructed of metal, except the knobs. The rubber padding is good enough to prevent damage when you step down on the pedal. With an AC adapter, I could depend on this pedal without a need for backup. This pedal is made in China but it is pure Ibanez quality! Cons: If you do NOT have an AC adapter, your battery might run out during a gig.
Ease of Use — 9
Pros: Really easy to use. Just plug and play. No software/firmware required. Manual isn't very in-depth, but that doesn't matter considering it's so easy to use. The manual will tell you what each control knob does. The auto-Switch and foot-Switch toggle is very nice too. Autoswitch- the pedal returns to a depressed position after you let go, footswitch- the pedal stays where you left it. Cons: The only problem I have with it is the short battery life, and the fact that it doesn't come with an AC adapter. The battery life is roughly 11 hours. I bought a Line 6 DC-1 adapter and now its perfect.