Price paid: € 151
Purchased from: Knights Music
Ease of Use — 9
I cannot say it is easy to use, because having 12 different variables in the system it may take a while to get it in the right setting. But it is easy to understand what each setting is doing. I typically change slightly the setting each time a change the guitar or amplifier as I always use this pedal. Even though the manual of this pedal is short it is helpful as it gives you hints and directions how to use it. It also features 4 settings that can be used to start from.
As, previously mentioned this pedal cannot be supplied by a battery so it is not suitable to be used where there are no electrical socket outlets. Having a Power supply makes it comfortable as you do not require battery changes. You can place it on a pedal board and go for a gig already wired up from the garage without requiring to set up at the location of the performance. This is particularly useful when sharing a stage. You would be able to setup in a shorter time.
Sound — 10
The M-108 is not a pedal that will add a new sound to your setup. The purpose of using such pedal is to improve the sound of whatever you are using. This pedal features 10 frequency controls, a volume control, a gain control, a true bypass switch and everything is enclosed in a metal case.Each control is lit by an LED.
I like to place this pedal as the first pedal in the effects loop(between the pre-amp and the power amp), thus, it is after the distortion or overdrive while it is before any chorus, phaser, delay and reverb. I use this position so the Equaliser is used to smooth the sound of the overdrive/distortion for a clear sound. Placing it before any effects that produce repetition as they will not effect the sound of this pedal. To obtain the most out of this pedal, EQ from amplifiers or distortion pedals is best set at around 12 o'clock and these parameters are then fixed by the pedal.
The pedal is not noisy in general, but if the gain setting is increased, obviously the noise is amplified. This equaliser has a wide range of operation that it can be used also for bass guitars.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Enclosed in durable metal case and having a true bypass switch, it is a reliable and durable item. The downside of this pedal's maintenance is cleaning. The slide controls are particularly difficult to clean from dust and having 12 to clean it may take a while. Apart form that it never failed not even an LED. Unless you are using this pedal for a boost for lead playing (in my opinion is a waste of the pedal), you will switch it on before you start playing and switch it off as you stop. This makes it less likely to be damaged during playing by kicking it too hard or trashing it around.
Overall Impression — 10
This pedal is versatile and is suitable for most of the styles. I have played this item for about 5 years and it is the best pedal I have owned. It is the best pedal as I find it critical to get the right sound out of a guitar setup regardless of what is connected in the system. I use it with both solid state amps such as my Marshall and even with my Fender tube amp. Compared to other similar pedals, this has the most control as having 10 bands allows you to have a better control over the sound. Furthermore it's metal case construction and true bypass leaves little room for competition.
The downside of this pedal is that it required an 18V DC power supply. It comes with the transformer but if you are connecting it to a pedal supply unit, not all of them have an 18V connection. Furthermore, it cannot be supplied with batteries so you must make sure that you have a socket to connect it. I Overcame this problem by using a DC Brick (DCB10) that has three 18V connections.