Price paid: $ 75
Purchased from: craigslist
Sound — 10
The great thing about this unit is that it will take a weak sounding single coil guitar or a fire breathing hellbucker guitar and make them each sound like a colossal metal battle! True that this thing is a one trick pony, but that trick is METAL, and it delivers in a huge way. Now the debate will go on forever about the sub genre metal styles and character, and their corresponding sounds. Do not think that you will get some warm, organic sounding british 80s metal thing happening with this box. It is for the steely, high gain, high bite, scooped out middle with a tight, punchy bottom, especially if your amp can take it. If you wanna rattle on about how your tone comes through with the Fullbore stompbox, just skip this thing altogether. This is mot a tone machine, nor a tone enhancement pedal. Your tone will be utterly and completely destroyed with this monster. Get it if you like the grinding metal type sound, and a shizzload of gain. I play through this thing mainly with an early 90s Jackson Dinky with J-30s in it, but I have run a 59 strat, a Squier MIK strat, Les Pauls, and some oddball stuff through this pedal and had them all sound badass. For effects like distortion I use a "blank canvas" style amp - a Raven RG20 solid state with a 12" driver. For a gig tho, you may want something ballsier (I just rock my basement with this one, my main amp is a Blackheart fullstack, but it sounds crappy with this type of pedal).
Overall Impression — 10
Been playing electric for a little over 30 years, I play mainly metal, grindcore, death metal, Nu metal and alot of European metal, this is the sound I was looking for. Metal muff was a close second, but had more of an organic sound. My main metal pedal was peviously a Boss MT-2 with the Diezel mod, but that is being repaired and I needed another crazy high gain pedal. I would say these two are pretty close, but the Fullbore has a grittier edge to it.
Reliability & Durability — 10
MXR pedals are pretty decent for holding up well to repeated beatings, good quality and great effects. This one is no exception. I would say it is the best MXR I have owned yet, the Dyna Comp is a pretty serious box too. Made of metal, and already kind of roughed up looking, you can't go wrong with this pedal, if it stops working, you could use it as some sort of weapon, it's that sturdy.
Ease of Use — 7
This pedal takes a little tweaking, mainly because you need to get it to sound the way you want along with the tweaks to your amp rig. If you use more pedals with it, there will be more tweaks. My tube amp is not very pedal friendly, unless it's a mild overdrive, or delay, wah, flanger type, so I use a solid state on clean with this effects pedal. I did not get a manual with mine, but I may grab the online version, just to see if there are any more tricks to this beast.