A modded amp in a small sturdy box, I really like the variety of options to allow specific tailoring of my tone. Articulate crunch to heavy rhythm to multiple lead flavors are all available.
just another tonefreak
I have owned this pedal for around 6 months now and I can honestly say if this pedal were to EVER leave my pedaltrain pro it would immediately be replaced. You want that vox or marshall growl with ABSOLUTE shimmer and clarity for every single note in those technical chords you've worked so hard on arranging? Get this distortion. The AX7 preamp tube in this bad boy even makes a solid state amp tolerable for those of us reasonably obsessed with tube amps. I use it for a huge range of genres, whether it be super reverby hallway blues all the way to down tempo ambient doom metal and this baby does a sterling job at any distorted sound I'm going for. I'll even say this much... I'm currently running through an old 5150 2x12 60w with 5 AX7 preamp tubes, and though this amp is still widely popular today for it's crunch... I don't even bother with the overdrive channel since I bought this distortion. IT IS KILLER!!!
I had Real Tube for 10 years and sold it. It was noisey and it has a nasely type of distortion. I use this as a Pre-Amp fed directly into Boss ME 50 dimed. It gets the job done. After Boss it's too high gain/tone. As a pre-amp it's much quieter and manageable. The tone options are many. Out of 20 or 30 possiblities, your tone is in there, somewhere.