Price paid: $ 120
Purchased from: Guitar Village
Sound — 10
I use this in conjunction with my Ibanez RG and Marshall JCM900, It's perfect in this setup in so many ways, gives boost for solos or it can be used all the time to give you a great tone, to my surprise it can also bring some goodness out of a Marshall MG! Who knew?? instead of the clean straight to uber12yearoldinguitarcenter spectrum that I've come to expect, when used on the clean channel It gives a brilliant bluesy crunch and is also great for classic rock. On the incredibly dirty channel if tweaked right it can add a lot to the tone and transform the amp into a semi-decent one. I love the tone from this thing.
Overall Impression — 10
I want to be critical here but there isn't anything to critisize, it deserves a perfect 10 because it does what it's supposed to and does it well. I needed a boost and this gives just the right mix of compression and Drive to really add to your tone. I play the usual blues to metal spectrum and this adds to all of these incredibly, if I'm not playing with this then I feel as if I'm missing some integral part of my sound.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It has a metal casing and could easily take a beating. I would have no problem gigging without a backup, in fatc I plan on it in the near future, I own pedals I wouldn't trust outside so this is a breath of fresh air in the realm of durability. Never had any problems with it and I don't expect to in the future.
Ease of Use — 10
Easy. 3 knobs: overdrive, balance and tone. Incredibly easy to get a good overdriven tone. The manual is good, comes with a few presets to get you started and not like 'heavy metal distoriton! ' or 'blues drive' and such but stuff for boosting solos and the signature tone of the OD808. I can't flaw this in this category.