I took a look at the Screamin' Blues pedal, Metal Master pedal, and the Death Metal pedal before purchasing this one. I chose it because it has more gain than the Screamin' Blues, less gain than the Death Metal, and isn't at tricky and mind numbing as the Metal Master. I would probably buy this again if I lost it or got it stolen, but I'd get it used. This would be better if it had a slight gain increase, but it's more than acceptable as we speak. My favorite aspect is its' simplicity, but the worst aspect is probably the simplicity as well. It sounds fantastic as is, but there's always room for improvement. If you don't want too much gain, and a nice solid crunch for metal, then I definitly suggest this pedal. It'll save you time and money!
Model Year: 2004
Price: $49.95 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
This pedal has 4 main controls: Level, low, high, gain. It is AC powered and can also be powered with a 9V. I think this pedal has all the right features, not too many, but just enough to play around with.
I use this pedal with a Crate GS 150 amp (old, I know). I play with a B.C. Rich Platinum Series Warlock and a Jackson XT Warrior. I play metal along the lines of Demons and Wizards and Symphony X. It lets you crank those sounds without an overkill of gain. You can turn down the gain and adjust the lows and highs for blues and stacks
This is not a programmable unit, just used to play through or record through. It didn't really take to much messing around with to get a desired sound, just a couple of turns here and there. I mainly have the gain full power though, as, unlike the death metal distortion pedal, it will not drown out your sound and make it sound sloppy and muddy. It's very easy to use compared to a lot of multi-setting death metal pedals.
This pedal is heavy duty, and won't come apart unless you take it apart. Rubber grippings make sure it doesn't move a bit live. Digitech has always made very reinforced equipment for the live player.