Purchased from: Pawn Shop
Sound — 8
It works well with just about any amp to my knowledge (Marshall, Peavey etc) but like the amps, the processor sounds different while in use in conjunction with other products. Most of the effects are very effective, especiall the Modulation Effects (chorus, flager, phaser etc). A lot of the presets are interesting as well, some classic sounds as well as modern, and even some weird sounds that could make aliens raise a few eyebrows. As for getting specific sounds of artists, a lot of tweaking is definitely required, but the modeling unit as a whole if very awesome.
Overall Impression — 10
At the time of purchase, I was getting into metal and playing a lot of classic rock, so this thing can easily handle a lot of those sounds (and the wah built into it never hurts either). As I've come to embrace shred and metal much more over the past few years, the Overdrive & distortion tones seemed a little less effective, but other than that, all the effects seem as fresh-sounding as the day I got it. If you're into guitar effects and crazy psychadelic sounds, this pedal's a good start if you don't wanna spend a small fortune on a huge rig or rack or even a more powerful effects processor! Another great thing about it is that it seems very compatible with just about any other effect pedal or amp. I've plugged wahs and more powerful distortion units into it and have gotten some very desired results. Obviously, it doesn't come anywhere near a GNX4 or a Boss GT8, but it's quite affordable and gets the job done. Excellent for custom presets and has a lot of sounds that turn audiences around the world on their heads. One problem is if you're used to single-unit Wahs or Volume Pedals (Crybaby, Vox, Black Cat etc), you're in for a very shallow expression pedal which is undesirable for big sweeps.
Reliability & Durability — 7
It doesn't seem very durable considering that the whole thing's made of plastic and rubber. On the other hand, it seems very reliable-especially with the use of an AC/DC adaptor. I've had it for a few years & it still hasn't failed me. If you're going to use it very much or exclusively, a back up might be worth your while.
Ease of Use — 6
Obviously, being a guitar effects processor, it takes a while to get used to it and a lot of playing around to get some desired tones and presets. However, once u get to know the produc, it proves to be very easy to use. Planty of effects (including many you'll probably never use) and a great way to bring a lot of signature sounds around with you without breaking your back. The manual helps out out a lot-especially at first, but the processor is very simple to use once you're familiar with it (as I mentioned earlier)