I wasn't sure about this pedal when I first plugged it in, but over the next few days it started to dawn on me what a little gem this thing is.
I bought it originally as just an overdrive pedal and sure it does that perfectly as long as you don't go past 2 o'clock on the drive dial. You can achieve a good driven sound with plenty of guts but if you go too far it just sounds like a broken amp with ripped speakers!
The tone controls work like a dream and if you are having trouble getting your bass to come through amongst other instruments, trust me you will find a tone in there that will bring you through easily. The presence control just brings the whole thing alive and has the ability to change the the overall punch or smoothness and works with the tone controls to enhance them further, it also adds a little warmth to the signal which I love. The blend so far I tend to leave around mid-way as I don't want to eliminate the original sound of my bass's completely but rest assured it works as it should and might be a nice option for someone else. The level control can be used as a signal boost or just to engage the effect at the same level and works perfectly. and on top of all this, although not tested yet, it has a DI output!
True, it won't make your bass sound like it's being played through a valve amp but it gets the sound most of the way there and I think it sounds fantastic. This pedal will bring a bass alive for most genres of music from funk right through to vintage rock. If you are looking to smoothen your sound or give it a bit more punch or sparkle, this will absolutely do it and then some!
Although plastic, it doesn't look cheap and it feels weighty, it actually feels really solid. The footswitch, controls and jack sockets all work perfectly well so I have no concerns whatsoever of it breaking in the near (or far) future.
Like I said earlier, I bought it just an overdrive pedal and after the first use I wasn't sure, but now after a few days of farting about with it, I am having trouble turning the thing off, it just brings so much to the party. I would be happy with this pedal..... even if I never used the drive section I bought it for!
Unbelievably cost under 23 euros.....110% recommended!!! :)