« Awful sounding »Published on 04/07/11 at 11:17
Boss actually did a really good job at throwing everything in there. It's housed in the famous Boss enclosures, so it'll withstand a nuclear bomb. That said, it also has a pretty bad FET bypass that sucks quite a bit of tone. The manual does a great job at describing what everything does, and first time users might want to glance it over considering this has a 3 band EQ that most people probably aren't used to.
The sound of this pedal is famous for its poorness. Basically, this pedal sounds pretty bad. The distortion is very harsh and buzzy, and there's no real way of cleaning it up. It's so over the top and noisy that it's almost unusable. I have no clue what Boss was thinking of when they released this pedal. The only saving grace to this pedal is that there's a trick you can do -- Given that it has a three band EQ, you can actually use this as a parametric EQ to boost the amp like a lot of 80s players did back when the Furman PQ-3 was popular. That's actually not a bad way of running this pedal, and it can get some decent tones as it's acting more like an overdrive than a distortion pedal.
Aside from the trick of using this pedal as an EQ to boost the amp, I really can't recommend this at all. It sounds way too buzzy and fizzy to be of any real use. Most people who buy these are beginners who have no clue what they're getting themselves into. What's worse is they tend to run these things through solid state amps which just square waves the entire signal into some awful mush they call distortion. There are some modders out there that can make them sound good, but I honestly don't think it's worth messing with.