Price paid: $ 54.9
Purchased from: eBay
Sound — 8
I use a Fender Mex. Tele with a Seymour Duncan Hotrail in the bridge, and also a Cort M500. For amplification I have a solid state Behringer GMX212 which I really like. I use this pedal for a lot of styles of music, but mostly classic rock and blues. It could be because of my amp, but I found a little bit of Bass and Deep on the pedal will go along way. I never have them over 9 o'clock, unless I'm doing some fat bluesy stuff. I use it in conjunction with a slightly overdriven channel on my amp (usually with Bass for the amp around 6). I usually have the Treble all the way up on the Guv'nor (this still isn't very bright), Mid around half way, and Gain about 2 o'clock. I'm happy with the sound I can get, but I can't get any kind of metal sound out of it. I can put more overdrive/distortion on my amp but if I add too much it feeds back when I Switch the pedal on. Other than that, it never feeds back. Apart from this slight annoyance (it doesn't really bother me because the distortion on my amp is more than enough on it's own), the only other bad thing is the fact it's not good for boosting. At all. If you add it on top of your current setting during a gig, you'll barely hear a difference if you want to solo with it (unless obviously you current setting is clean). If you want boosting, get the Bluesbreaker II, it's really good.
Overall Impression — 9
With this pedal, I can play most varieties of rock, funk, blues, punk and all-sorts. Used with delay from my amp I can get a really nice Guns N' Roses sound. I've been playing for 3 years, I have a band and gig quite regularly with this pedal and it's never let me down. You can't do metal with this pedal (although maybe it's just because I've got a SS amp) and you can't really boost with it, but other than this I really like it and am glad I got it.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This this feels really tough and heavy. It could easily take a hefty blow or fall. Tough metal casing and sturdy knobs that don't protrude make for a reliable and durable unit. I've gigged without a backup many times.
Ease of Use — 10
It's a single effects pedal, how hard can it be? It comes with a manual with some suggested settings which sound OK. First thing you'll notice it that it has more knobs than most typical pedals. It can take a little bit of experimenting to get a nice sound, but more on that later. It's got 6 knobs altogether: Gain, Bass, Deep, Mid, Treble and Volume. Pretty standard exept the 'Deep' control, which gives the bass more warmth and depth. Overall, I found it really easy to use. Even the battery cover is easy to get off, all you need is a coin.