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I have tried SO many distortion pedals. I stumbled upon the original 80's non-modified version of this pedal and tried it out several times against many other distortion pedals in my own personal shootouts. I also checked into it online against many pedals. Not that I would necessarily compare the two, but my preference led me to choose this pedal over the RAT which was the only other pedal that truly intrigued me as well as suited my needs. I was hoping to get a dark yet present distortion. Everything else I tried fell short and ended up too crispy or way too flat. This pedal has UMPH! I'll eventually get a RAT as well just for variety and kicks, but the chance to grab one of these in decent conditions was absolutely awesome. Definitely what I was looking for in a chug box/solo tone. When you toss a boost after it you can cut a band down to size, and the low end has plenty of body without a boost. If you find this baby for under $90, get it.