I have one. It is in the repair shop right now because the vari-q section distorts even with 0 gain. Overall I really like the unit. It has a really nice set of useful features. The main out will easily drive most power amps. I am using it with an XLS 1500 into a Fearful 15/6/1. The tone stack is typical fender. Same as you would find on an Alembic FX-1, etc. It has a natural mid scoop. The vari-q is a nice balance to that. (I find that getting the right mid-focus is key to getting a good sound. ) It has a very big bottom, and the treble is more upper mid, i.e. not glassy like some demeters are. There is a 'room balance' knob that tilts the eq towards more highs or more lows. (Does not effect the DI out.) Never tried the x-over. I have no use for it. The D.I. is ok. Not in the same territory as JDI or the one on my Cali76 tx, but not bad either. The foot switch is very nice. I put in a set of tung-sols. I really like the sound of them. (I like bite and crunch.) This is a very good rock pre IMO. As for the overdrive, it is ok. I actually started to get some sounds from it that I like recently. For a while, I didn't care for it at all. So I would say that it has some limited use if you carefully dial in a sound. If you are really an over-drive guy that has very defined tastes, I would use a pedal overdrive of your choice instead. If you are ever down in Southern New England, look me up and I will demo it for you.
Basses: Fender Am Std P5 (x2)
Amp: Verellen Meatsmoke Preamp, Crest Pro-lite 2.0
Cabs: Fearless F115, F112
Last edited by BFunk : 11-06-2012 at 10:06 AM.