"Mixed feelings, but I'm still with her."
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
This is a great pre-gain pedal. It's deceptively versatile in that it can be used both as a slightly dirty boost and an all-out overdrive sound. It's obviously not a universal pedal, but it's pretty neat for blues and stoner rock using more of a boost balance. On the overdrive settings, a gritty old-school punk sound is probably the most useful.
For this pedal's intended purpose, the features are more than adequate. The enclosure will almost certainly never fail, and the limitations of only having two knobs don't even apply. The only missing features are an LED and true-bypass switching (there's no reason a pedal with a mechanical switch shouldn't have true-bypass). Lastly, the pedal is made in China which I feel is a step backwards for DOD (formerly known as "America's Pedal).
Ease of Use:
For a pedal with only two knobs and a switch, some tinkering is still required to sculpt a usable tone. Aside from getting to know the pedal's sound, it's a breeze to set up.
There isn't much to it, but what parts are there look to be of a decent quality. The PCB seems like overkill for the
I only called them to clarify part of the registration process, and they pretty quickly answered my question. I work on all of my own gear, so I don't really foresee needing any help with it. Plus, the pedal wasn't made here, so I could only guess what their physical service is like.
Like I mentioned in the previous sections, I'd like to see simple things like this being made State-side. There are a couple components that I see myself updating before this pedal gets regular use (True-Bypass DPDT switch, new jacks). On the other hand, this beats the pants off a Boss DS-1 and even out-shoots the MXR distortion+ on which the original was at least partially based. Good luck finding a pedal like this for less than Same Day's $30 (though I wouldn't pay much more in its current state).
The Wow Factor:
This is a pretty cool pedal despite its shreddy connections. Very usable tones in a cheap package is the standout feature. The semi-gloss black finish looks pretty neat (though not as neat as the old grey or color-coded boxes DOD used to make). My "I Want It" factor was simply spending $30 on a different voice of distortion/boost to compare with the others in my stable. As it turned out, I actually use it regularly.
I'll definitely be keeping this one, and if it ever goes down it's simple enough for a novice to fix. I'd be much more apt to recommend this pedal if my complaints about features and country of origin would be addressed. For being made in China, the price could go even lower in my opinion. Would I replace it if it were no longer with me? At $30, why not?