A good, easy to use pedal. As strong points I would have to smention the chorus, flanger and distortion effects. It's durable and great for the road. Actually the only bad thing I have to say about it is the noise it generates when other electrical equipment is being used near it. Aside from that it's a keeper in my book. It makes any guitar sound good, I've tried Les Pauls, Squirers, Jacksons, Honers, and they all come out with a respectable sound.
Model Year: 1997
Where Obtained: San Jose Guitar Store
The previous review pretty much says it all.
It has great sound quality as far as distortion goes, a good chorus and a great flanger. The pedal itself puts out great sound. The only problem is with interference from other electrical equipment in the vicinity. I play close to my computer often and the pedal generates a ticking sound. It weird but I checked more than twice moving my guitar equipment from place to place, moving just the amp, just the guitar, etc and came to this conclusion.
It's easy to use with it's 4 foot switches, and easy to program, a kid could do it. The tuner and bypass features come in handy too.
So far so good, it's been with me for 4 years and no trouble at all. It is very heavy duty, I've banged it around on the road, pured water over it and it keeps on ticking. It's very light and easy to carry around.
This pedal can really put out some good sounds as far as distortion goes, and its delay, reverb, and effects are all admirable. However, the excessive background noise when the gate is off, and the interfering radio signal, make me give this unit a lower score than it really deserves. If you want heavy distortion, you'd be better of with a DOD Grunge Distortion pedal, or maybe a Corrosion, but if you need some other effects, like octave or flanger, then this is an OK pedal
Model Year: 1999
Price: $79.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
This unit has four pedals, three to choose one of the preset effects and a fourth to move quickly through the bank of thirty presets. It uses an AC adaptor for power, which has a fairly short cord. There are 13 buttons, 10 to alter the effects, 1 to save your new effect, and 2 to move between effects. The only knob it has is a master volume control, and it includes a DSP switch which will kick in if you are too loud. The factory presets are OK, but I have reprogrammed most of them. The biggest problem is that you have no way of combining multiple effects such as
I usually play with an Ibanez RG-320 through a Kustom 80-watt digital amp. I play mostly hard rock and metal, which this pedal pulls of very well. Its distortion goes from a soft grunge to a screaming crunch. However, the gate can be annoying, especially if you are playing something very soft, because there is a lot of background hiss if the gate is turned off, but sometimes the softer playing is picked up if it is on. An additional problem with my unit (I don't know if this is common) is that I get a radio station that sometimes comes through and plays on the amp. It usually isn't very loud, but it can occasionally be so loud that I have to disconnect the unit. I think that all of the effects, are about equally balanced. The full list of buttons and effects goes:
*Level- Volume, 0-99
*Gate- Noise Gate, 0-15
*Mod- Effect, includes Chorus, Flanger, Phasor, Detune, Ring increaser, Pixellator, Octave/Harmonizer, Enveloped Flanger, Enveloped Phasor, Tremelo, Wah, Auto Wah. Each has its own level.
*Delay- 100-500ms with either mono or multitap delay.
*Reverb- 1-9, little echo to full stadium echo.
*Compression- 1-3, evens signal.
*Distortion- 1-15, overdrive to high distortion.
*EQ low, mid, & high- -12 - +12 dB.
This unit is very easy to use, but somewhat frustrating none the less. For instance, even though the programmable level goes from 1-99, some effects are louder than others because of the factory preset modes. You can have two programs with identical settings as far as equalization, noise gate, effect, distortion, and volume level goes, and still have one louder than the other. Also, since it is so straight-forward, something is lost in the freedom you have to change your sound. It is probably easier to use than similar units.
I have dropped and banged my pedal up, and it still seems fine. There aren't really any parts that can break off, internally or externally, except maybe the volume knob. DOD is fairly well-reputed when it comes to the durabity of their products.