I chose this unit simply because it had some cool features that no other multi-effects (this size & price range) has.
Favorite thing is the synchronized effects, and the fact that it's also a drum unit, with tons of various types of beats pre-programmed.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $350.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Putnam Music NY
Features.....WOW! This sucker is PACKED with awesome stuff! I mean PACKED! It's a full drum unit (TONS of types of drum beats already preset), plus you can make your own...You can slow or speed-up the drums, and there's also TONS of awesome guitar effects in it as well...Every effect you would EVER want in an effects unit! Every effect is fully synchronized with whatever beat you throw at it...This means no more worrying about trying to get that flanger or digital delay perfectly synch'd up with the beats....it does it automatically!
There are no tubes in these units, but the unit comes with a power adapter (wall wart).
This multi-effects unit can really bring out some serious creativity in any guitarist. With tons of drum beats, plus all the effects, it has everything you need for recording your own stuff! All you need is a computer, or some other means of recording your new tunes, and you're good to go!
Yeah, it's a little pricey, BUT, for all it has, it's a gem of a unit! And sounds incredible! Many well-known musicians/artists are already using this item on many of their albums & recordings.
I use my Fender Strat with this item, but ANY guitar will work just fine! It fits right in with my styles...Rock, blues, metal, guitar-rock...etc
It's a fairly quiet unit, and this gem can certainly be used for ANY style of music you desire! Country, techno, rock, metal, blues, grunge...you name it, it can do it.
As far as "Ease of Use" is concerned.....well, for this unit, you're gonna have to read the instructions. SORRY! but, in order to get everything out of owning this, the instructions are a must! There's alot of buttons on this unit, and well, you need them....Seeing how there's so many things you can do on this unit, you simply can't have 2 buttons on such an item. Sure, you can "wing it" to some degree, but read the manual....You'll get more out of it if you do.
For a live situation? Well, maybe? Maybe not? It's more suited for home use, and NOT MEANT to be stepped-on while playing live. It's not that kind of unit. It's more for home recording & computer use.
As far as being heavy-duty? Not really. But again (to be fair), it's not made for stage use. That's not what it's made for. I'm rating it a "5" simply because it is built for home-use, and it's extremely durable for doing what it's supposed to do....AT HOME!
As far as Roger's overall rating: From what I understand, and what I have heard from some of my music-store friends, Roger Linn stands behind his stuff 100%, and is willing to help anyone who needs help with one of his units.