I borrowed this from my brother six months ago and he hasnt seen it since! It gets muddy on the lows, no question, its built for guitar, but on the highs of solos, this baby purrs!
Model Year: 2001
Price: $54.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
Simple, drive and level Tone-Lok knobs so you don't lose a setting, two band equalizer, and a void switch to eliminate hum. Operates off of an AC adapter, 9V battery, or works at an end of a Boss daisy chain.
Built for guitar, I'm pushing the limits a bit on this thing, but it distorts the highs better than any other pedal I've found this cheap. The noise reducer switches in automatically under certain volume levels, but is a choppy transition.
4 Knobs, 2 Switches, any questions?
Spilled Pepsi in it, on it, and stomped it with everything I have. Hasn't shown wear yet.
Between the Tubescreamer, 7th Heaven, and this one, I chose the Smashbox. It just had the right effect that I was looking for.
Price: $65.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mr. E's Music
The Smashbox has four knobs controlling Drive, Lo & Hi, and Level. What sold me was the switches controlling Void and Edge. Switching the Void on eliminates unwanted feedback when not in play. The Edge switch comes in handy when you want to switch from a hard, sharp rock riff, to a smooth blues riff. It can run off an AC adapter but I find that using a 9V battery is more convenient.
I use the Smashbox with an Ibanez GSR190. I play a variety of music including Rock and Blues. This pedal works in all ways. The only drawback soundwise that I can think of might be the feedback. But keep in mind that you can shut this off with the Void switch. I like leaving mine off so I can carry notes further.
When I took it out of the box I was busting out riffs in about half a second.
Very durable. I slam my feet down on it like I mean it. Hasn't fazed it a bit.