Sound — 9
This is my main Overdrive pedal; I own an Ibanez JEM 555, Schecter Hellraiser Solo-6, Ibanez 7620, and Ibanez 1570. I run them all through a Laney LH-50 head and an Ibanez 412 cab, and the sound is always fantastic. I use it mainly as a gain boost, so when it is engaged it can be very noisy when I'm not playing. I play a lot of hard rock/blues/shred music, and it never fails to deliver the extra push that I need. I have also used it on my amp's clean channel, and it gives great classic rock tones. Depending on how "clean" your clean channel is will depend on just how much Drive you can get out of the pedal, but its got one of the most amounts of gain I've seen come out of an Overdrive pedal.
Overall Impression — 10
As said earlier, I play a lot of hard rock/blues/shred. I use a LOT of gain in my playing, and it just never ever fails to deliver. It gives so much more gain and saturation than I need, but I know its always there if I do want it and it doesn't ever lose sound quality. If it were stolen, I'd run out and buy a new one immediately. There's nothing I hate about it. Short of spending double the money going boutique, its one of the Overdrive pedals to watch out for. I compared it to the Boss OD-3, the Boss BD-2, the Ibanez TS-9, Maxon OD-808 and I honestly thought that it stood on top for the needs I had. Fantastic pedal and I just can't praise it enough.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It's built like an absolute tank; made out of metal, screws to hold the backplate on, which keeps the battery safe. The batteries in it last an absolute age; they never seem to run out. I've gigged with it a number of times without even contemplating needing a back up pedal. I rarely check the battery because it's just so good.
Ease of Use — 10
It's a very easy pedal to get a good sound out of, and despite the name on the pedal, it's incredibly versatile. It's got 3 knobs; drive, tone and volume. It has a 9v adaptor capability and takes 9v batteries, which are kept safe behind the steel chassis. Very easy, very simple, a monkey could use it.