Price paid: $ 29.99
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
Great sound to this pedal and does exactly as it says: It's a classic overdriven sound, similar to that of Kiss, AC/DC or any rock n' roll. It's very versatile; I use mine to mix with the distortion of my Line6 Spider III combo to smooth out the distortion and get a more "full" sound. Crank this thing with some amp DST and you'll get some screaming gain. This thing will also increase your harmonics dramatically when you boost the tone knob up, combined with some amp distortion. Can also use this over a clean setting as well to get just plain drive. The pedal does give some hiss when added with the signal, but nothing horrible. If you're adding this in your chain with a few other pedals that you'll be running at the same time, you might want to stick a noise gate at the end of your chain. Overall, just a great sounding overdrive, not too noisy, and lots of possibilities.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, the pedal comes off as a great buy. It sounds great, it's durable, and to my surprise and amazement, it was Cheap! Only $30 brand new for a great overdrive, which in every way is as good as a Boss or other comparable OD stompboxes. This pedal works perfectly for the punk, rock, and metal that I play. It's got a great sound and can be used for just about anything. Perfect for blues or some old rock n roll, as well as newer styles as well. This pedal's definitely worth the few dollars you'll spend on it, plus it has this sweet green paint job with the classic graphic on it. I would for sure replace it if something happened to it since it sounds great and is probably one of the cheapest overdrives out there. Compared to other pedals, it performs as good if not a bit better, and the price is right on this thing. That's what I love. Trust me, great buy, no regrets.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Very dependable, as are all MXR pedals. Built in the same box as all the small stompbox MXRs, super durable, and solid as a rock. Also very lightweight, which could be good or bad, depending on if you mount it to a pedal board or not. I haven't gigged with it, but I'm 100% sure it can withstand heavy stomping and beating. Don't worry about this thing breaking within the next twenty years.
Ease of Use — 10
Very basic pedal, same operation as the Boss SD-1; has Gain, Tone, and Level knobs. Just dial in the amount of each depending on the sounds your looking for and your good to go. Comes with a manual, probably don't need it, but the pedal also comes a few presets suggestions, as do most MXR pedals. Doesn't come with a power supply, but runs on a 9 volt battery if you don't have a supply. Probably the easiest pedal I've ever used. Just chain it up, turn it on, and dial in.