Price paid: A$ 125
Purchased from: Allans Music
Sound — 9
I am running the G1Next with a Eganator Tweaker amp and my Fender Blacktop Jag, this set up works well with pedal, but the fx really come into their own when paired with a dedicated "heavy" guitar like an SG or my friends ESP, the artist tones are great, ranging from George Harrison, Steve Via to both the Metallica boys tones. This wide range of artist banks means its great for cover artists, plus the expression pedal means one can add some muse like craziness to the Distortion settings, the overall sound is excellent!
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, this is a good practice pedal which can handle recording just fine, the Whammy setting is fantastic and can handle the "new born" solo by muse just fine! This is one element of the pedal I just love, and its over $200 cheaper than the Digi-tech Whammy used by matt bellamy. If your going to use this board live, use it as part of a setup, don't rely on it to do all the work, instead treat it as if its a DigiTech Whammy, don't worry about FX cycling on stage, if your like me the Boss - ME50 does that job to perfection, or if your very lucky look at a Rockatron all access before you look at this Pedal. A good budget option for a beginner to intermediate live player...but maybe Zoom would have greater success with an easier interface?
Reliability & Durability — 5
Let me stress that this is not a good on stage pedal at all! It sounds fine at onstage levels but the interface just doesn't cut it in the heat of the moment, to switch from a basic Overdrive in the chorus of a song to the Wah that I need for the solo requires a great deal of menu surfing which onstage is not a good thing! If your looking for an onstage pedal board Opt for something by Boss.
Ease of Use — 7
This pedal is quite honestly a pain to work with, it has a huge range of Fx, amp models and other key patch elements but accessing them requires the manual(which is comprehensive) being ever present, patch editing is time consuming and irritating, but when you get past that the patches themselves are great.