I bought this because I was building a pedal board and didn't want to spend a fortune. I was really impressed with build quality, it's solid as a rock and would have no qualms taking this to gigs. The sounds from the boost switch can be a little harsh, but overall this does everything from medium to high gain pretty well. I use mine in front of a valve blackstar and it sounds really thick when doing some low dirty riffs. Try experimenting with your guitars volume for the best results.