Price paid: $ 183
Purchased from: Music street
Sound — 9
I have a Fender Mexican Strat and Marshall AVT50X. There's no noise at all, due to noise reduction effect, which basically cuts out quiet signals- ie hum, but doesnt't affect the volume of your playing. This is a great feature and really improves the sound of your playing when you use high gain settings. All the effects work fine and do a great job. The only one that isn't quite perfect is the wah, which although is pretty damn good, I just feel it could be a bit smoother. The really standout effect on this is the 'extreme distortion' as it just 'feels' right and is amazingly clear despite being really heavy.
Overall Impression — 9
I play any style of music this pedal lets me, and that's a lot! Works great for anything, even the acoustic simulator rocks. I've been playing 2 and a half years now, not really used many other effects pedals, but with this Who needs to? If it were lost I would get another one, a few others on the market offer the same range of effects but none of them look as cool or sound as good as this one! The recording feature is great, and it's what really made my mind up to buy this over anything else. Once I found out that it had the USB port and software with it, I bought it pretty much straight away.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've never had one single problem with it. It just keeps going and hopefully will do so for a long time! You have to press pretty hard on it to activate the expression pedal but it handles this really well. It has metal casing so it's not gonna just fall apart if you drop it either.
Ease of Use — 8
At first this pedal takes quite a bit of getting used to, due to the rotary knob for changing banks being a bit awkward when playing. However, when you get past that initial challenge, it gets a lot easier and more enjoyable. Editing patches is easier than pie once you've had a bit of practice. You can tweak pretty much every option imaginable to get the sound just right. As for the manual. It came with like 6- one for every country/language it's sold in! The only downside I found was that the expression has to be calibrated to work properly and there is only a pretty small piece on this in the manual, which, inevitably I managed to miss and spent ages getting crap out of the wah! I did figure this out though and now it works fine, so no bad play on their part.