Price paid: $ 50
Purchased from: Craigslist
Sound — 10
Fantastic. I originally got this pedal to beef up my 5150 and make it a bit warmer. It got the job done, but I recently switched to a Laney AOR 50 Pro-Tube Lead head, paired with a Mesa 4x10 cab and it sounds better then I ever could have imagined. I was going for a deep high gain, Marshally, Black Sabbithish if you say, tone. This pedal went above and beyond my expectation. It really is the best "Marshall in a box" I've tried yet. I just sold my Maxon 808 cause this pedal blew it away. It really blasts my Laney in to a new world of tone, without distorting the clarity too much, it still cuts through amazingly and has tons of low end as well. I play mostly hardcore, thrash, metal, and this gets the job done. I used to use a Maxon 808 along with a Clean Booster. Since getting this pedal I have eliminated both from my pedalboard. All I need is this and a tuner now.
Overall Impression — 10
I play mostly hardcore, metal, thrash, rock, etc. And this fits my tone perfectly. I've been playing for about 5 years and I play a Gibson SG Standard through this pedal, into a Laney AOR 50 Pro-Tube Head. If this pedal were lost or stolen I would 100% seek out another one. These seem to go for around $200 on ebay. I guess I got lucky from someone who didn't know what they had. This pedal gives a great black sabbath tone, also a great early metallica(ride the lightning) tone. Scooped mids, lost of gain and bass. When seeking out a "Marshall in a box" I tried tubescreamers, Zakk Wylde OD, MI Audio Crunch Box, Modded DS-1s, and a plethora of other pedals and this was hands down the best of all of them.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Not sure if the rubber foot on the bottom comes standard or not but it's the best I've ever seen. That thing isn't going anywhere. Built like a Marshall footswitch, AKA built like a tank. Very solid. You couldn't break this thing if you tried. Would feel comfortable using at a gig without a backup.
Ease of Use — 7
5 Knobs - Gain, Bass, Contour, Treble, Volume. Took a little bit to EQ it to the sound I wanted but once I got it, it nailed it. I found it really only sounds good at certain settings, and it makes some crackle while you turn the knobs, but I'm told that's okay. I've found it works best with the gain up pretty high, as well as the treble. The bass moderately high, and the volume must be at 3 o clock or higher. The contour knob is what makes different tones come out of this thing for the most part. It's essentially a mid Switch but has it's only character than I really can't compare to anything else. Not quite Marshall like. Very unique.