I tried the Blues Driver (great tone, not enough gain), the Boss Distortion (same, except a brighter tone), the Metal Zone (fantastic, but WAY too noisy) and the Digitech Metal Pedal (FX series). All paled in comparison to this lovely little unit. Even Ibanez's own Smash Box fell short on the noise factor. The only thing to make it better would be more tone shaping, but a good little EQ pedal will fix that. At $39.99 US NEW, you can't really go wrong. Bulit like a tank, without sounding like one.
Highest Reccomendation (for old AND new players).
Model Year: 2003
Price: $39.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Has the exclusive Tone-Loc system: dial in a tone, push the knobs down, viola! Locked away! Uses a 9V or an AC adapter (negative pin). 1/4 inch in and out. Pretty simple, it IS just a distortion pedal...
...but my GOD what a pedal. I've played everything from a Boss Blues Driver (and everything in between) to the DOD/Digitech line, and nothing comes close in terms of quietness. I tend to like to roll back my volume for quiter passages, and this was the only pedal that had as much gain as the Metal Zone (Boss) without the noise. Even Ibanez's Smash Box distortion had more background hiss (white noise) than this bad mama-jama. But less noise dosn't mean less gain, as this thing just RIPS. A fabulous pedal for people that play all styles, but metal heads might not like that you can't scoop the mids, a la the Metal Zone. Grab an EQ pedal for that.
Turn a knob, push it in. That's pretty much it. The Tone-Loc system is LONG overdue in stompboxes, IMO.
Made of SOLID METAL. This is easily as durable as the Boss and DOD pedals, and looks like it could take a hellacous beating. Again, the Tone-Loc helps here too - no more drunk singers breaking your gear. Yeah!