Price paid: $ 20
Purchased from: Sam Ash
Sound — 8
I use a crappy little Epi Studio 15w amp with an Epiphone Les Paul Special II (Work with me, I'm broke :P). This pedal definitely helps my tone. It's loud, it's raunchy, and helps with that "swinging" kinda sound (not sure how else to describe it...). It gets a very noisy when I attempt to combine it with my Cool Cat CM 1 Metal pedal. The hiss is horrible. It sounds great at louder volumes and even mid volumes for playing at home. I tend to go higher on the treble and mid on the mids and bass with mid gain on the pedal. Sounds like some good old rock n roll, like AC/DC. You can get it to sound like Guns N Roses or Led Zeppelin as well. Really sweet. However, it lacks clarity at times, and gets a little hissy at higher volumes.
Overall Impression — 8
I play thrash/classic metal (Metallica and Sabbath, respectively) and hard rock/classic rock. I typically use my Cool Cat CM 1 Metal pedal for the metal stuff (higher gains, heavier, more bass). This pedal really, really puts out a great AC/DC sound and manages to accent the twang a little more. I've been playing for almost a year and own two Danelectro Cool Cats (CM 1 Metal and a Chorus). They're great pedals, but the Washburn Soloist Distortion definitely earns a spot in my gear (that little which I have, I don't have much a choice). I use an Epiphone Les Paul Special II with an Epi Studio 15w amp. The guitar is alright, the amp is crap. I had intended to buy another Danelectro Cool Cat (a distortion one, for rock and what not) but Sam Ash was sold out, so the clerk recommended me this pedal for a similar price. It was a blind leap of Faith but I'm glad I took it. If it were lost or stolen, I'd consider replacing it, but I'm not too sure. I love the purple and that "click" sound. It's perfect for the price and I got what I paid for.
Reliability & Durability — 7
It's got a metal case so I'm confident I won't break it. However, the backing case on the battery compartment is a little loose, which I worry about sometimes. I would use this at a gig with a back up just because I'm a worry wart :P This would be a back up if I had better pedals.
Ease of Use — 9
Very easy to use, great for a beginner. It's got an enjoyable sound, and is great at high high ends with my amp. However, the gain and contour knobs' markers are hard to see but that's not much a problem. It's got a satisfying click when you activate it, and is a great rock pedal. However, the battery compartment is a little awkward and is annoying to get the cover back on.