This pedal is clearly equipped with a great amount of knobs, which might scare unaware people, but after you get the handle of it, the Jackhammer JH-1 will definitely show its real power as a versatile OD guitar pedal that can cover from a Bluesy Rock to Heavy Metal. Its Distortion mode adds even more gain to the recipe, but with a perceptible downside; it comes with a lot of Bass. Almost every setting you try for this mode will require the Bass to be set 9 O'Clock or lower, unless you like having a Distortion effect with almost no definition. It's an excellent pedal for intermediary players, since it will take time to learn how to tweak the Countour/Freq knobs. For beginners I would recommend getting a conventional 3-knobs OD pedal (Volume, Tone and Gain).