Price paid: $ 169
Purchased from: AMS
Sound — 9
I play a Gibson SG, G2.1, usb into the computer. It sounds great this way. You can get great tone if you take the time to mess with it. I don't care much for the tone into headphones, but I have $20 headphones so I'm sure that's the problem. I only use the tuner, eq, ZNR, and occasionally some delay into my amp(all are great). I bet you could get great sounds that way, too, if you try. I get the exact sound I want with my rig (MXR ZW44 into JCM800 2205 50 watt), so I only bought this for direct recording. I like this thing enough that I'll probably upgrade to a G7.
Overall Impression — 10
For the money, this just can't be beat. I wish this thing had come out 20 years ago when I was first startingout. I would be much better now! I don't play in a band, so the drum Machine and direct recording alone have made me much better. The noise reduction is great, the acoustic sim is great, and those 2 things alone would be $100 apiece if you bought Boss pedals. You're not going to get 100% exact copies of famous tones, but this thing is great for what it does at a price most people can afford. I'm very impressed!
Reliability & Durability — 10
The most solid pedal I've ever seen.
Ease of Use — 7
Well, the manual is great. It's still hard to get the sounds you want, tho.