Price paid: $ 400
Purchased from: Brookdale Music
Sound — 10
I use this with A Brian Moore 81.13 through a Fender FM 212 DSP. You really get a better sound through a two-challel amp, which is why I bought one like that. All of the sounds are great, but it doesn't have a very convincing brass section. But that is a small price to pay to recieve the other great instrument sounds. All of the effects work great.
Overall Impression — 8
I play the span of the sixties, so I cover a lot of different musical styles. I have been playing for eight years. I love the fact that I can record a song and have an entire orchestra, wind section, or other strings behind me. Look online for the full preset patch list. One thing I don't like, though: I don't use it with the other electric simply because the GK3 pickup cost an extra hundred dollars, and it's ugly. On top of that, you get the best sound out it (using a guitar that is not equipted with a 13-pin output) by making it a perminent addition to your guitar by drilling it in. The Brian Moore, I am happy to say, is equipted with a 13-pin output, so I have no worries. But for someone Who didn't, there is also a double sided tape that is not perminent and will not damage your guitar, but the sound is not as good. It doesn't affact me, but I would be mad to have that come between me and an amazing synth like this.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I am not so sure about the knobs and their durability, but if your carful (which you shoud be anyway) it should be fine. As for gigs, I always bring it along. No backup. My friend has got one too. Neither of us have had probloms on the road. It looks like it could withstand some damage, though.
Ease of Use — 10
To start, this thing is probobly the easiest effect to use that I have ever dealt with. It is designed to work like a practice amp, with easy knobs to twist to effect reverb, delay, chorus, and attack. It has a pedal that you just step on while you play a note or a chord to sustain that note or chord, mostly for keyboard sounds, where you would actually be able to hold a chord with one hand and play with the other. The manual is very straigt-forward. This unit has been upgraded, but that just makes this one cheaper. You can even costumize your sounds and then save them. Up to 99.