Price paid: $ 67
Purchased from: Big "B" Buzzo's
Sound — 8
I'm using both an Oscar Meyer Schmidt Delta King and an Epiphone SG G-400. I'm running it through a ten watt Drive amp and a 15 watt Brand-X (no joke, that's the name) bass amp with a Danelectro flange pedal, a Danelectro echo pedal, and a jim Dunlop cry baby wah-wah. This pedal sounds great with all of them, but when you hook it up with a flange, even though it might be Danelectro, it produces an amazing sound. It is a bit noisy when you aren't playing, but you can adjust both the volume and gain to minimize this problem. I use this for that No More Tears Album sound, but try anything else Zakk Wylde with this and you're going to need a different pedal. Like I said earlier, you can get everything from a B.B. King and a Neo-Muddy Waters sound with it, to a Jimmy Page/Alex Lifeson, and even an Angus Young sound. With a little experimentation, you can get a Coheed And Cambria sound as well.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, this pedal is great if you want any kind of blues, Vintage, somewhat classic hard rock, or any kind of progressive rock. I have only been playing with it for about a month and a half, and I used to use a Danelectro distortion pedal, which I found to be quite lacking, especialy in comparison to this. If it was stolen, I'd do what anybody else would do and get it back, the only difference being that I could use this to beat the theif's head in. However, if I encountered some problems getting it back, I'd definately buy another one. My favorite feature is the mobility, especially with the added depth control, and the only thing I could complain about is that it can't do a whole lot of modern stuff. Trying to get a Seether sound out of it is not going to be easy, a Tool one even harder, and a Godsmack one nigh on impossible. But, considering the price, or even if it was 100 dollars, it is still amazing.
Reliability & Durability — 9
As stated in the other articles, this thing could be tossed off the empire state building and more damage would be done to the ground than the pedal. I use an adaptor, so I never have to worry about the battery life, but you would really have to want to damage it, as the only weak spot are the tone knobs. I would never go to a gig without a backup, that's jsut common sense, but if you asked me to do so with any pedal out there, it would be with this one.
Ease of Use — 9
This thing is amazingly easy to use. It comes with a pretty detailed manual with four basic settings-"fat blues" "crunch" "grunge/hardcore" and "screaming solo". However, the setting they give you for blues isn't really that great, but with a little experimentation, you can get a really nice, Vintage blues sound. This pedal is mainly for some more Vintage rock, like AC/DC, but it does Rush and Led Zeppeling just as well. I even managed to get it do some metal fairly well. But it is mainly for that somewhat older, less scooped rock, and not Black Label Society.