The 535Q offers versatility never heard before. This pedal allows the player to customize and shape the sound of the wah. By a simple turn of the "Q" dial, you can shape your wah from a narrow, sharp wah to a broad, subtle wah.
535Q Cry Baby
angus69, on april 28, 2006 6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Ease of Use: 3 knobs - volume boost, the Q (sweep/bandpass), and the 6-way range selector (emphasizes lows, mids, or highs). You can plug it in, click it on, and play, but that's not really going to do much. Folks say it's 'set it and forget it,' but then you're forgetting about the tonal possibilities of the pedal. It can do a heck of a lot if you take the time to tweak it. You can get heavy metal-ish, guttural wahs and nice reggae/funk sounds that resemble an envelope filter. The settings in the manual are helpful, before I didn't realize the volume knob made a noticeable effect on the tone. Mine's an old model, 18v with the knobs on the bottom. Pain in the rear to get to but Dunlop seems to have rectified that with the newer models. // 8
Sound: Epiphone-dunl. C.B, Ibanez Tubescreamer, Vox 15w. It's true bypass as far as I can tell, when the batteries die and you engage the effect, it's a mute switch, but it still passes signal. The sound quality is great and much more recognizable once you spend some time with it and tailor it to your rig. You can get anywhere from a bluesy wailing rock wah to metal and funk. Everything in one box, though not at the same settings. The volume boost is a great help, it lets you sing above everything else in the mix, as well as get a little bit more distortion. You can also dial in some nice feedback if you let it sit on the higher frequencies. No noise. // 9
Reliability & Durability: It's heavy. Like a gold brick. You could knock someone out with this thing. I would use it without a backup but there's one thing I wouldn't use it with live, batteries. I've had the batteries die just inexplicably, you're supposed to unhook the input signal to stop a slow drain, and I do, but whenever I need the durn thing it turns into a 10 lb mute switch. Get a power supply! // 9
Overall Impression: I play rock and metal stuff. This wah is perfect beacuse it has the Fasel inductor. The inductor gives it a nice tone with loads of distortion. I have been playing for about 2 years now. If this were stolen or lost, I would definately purchase another one of these! I love the sweep and how good it sounds, the boost is also extremely useful for leads. I compared this to other wah pedals (Dimebag wah, Tremonti power wah, Classic Crybaby) and the only one that compared was the Dime one. It was $100 more and this wah had all the same features! This wah inspires me to new levels of playing all the time. That's all for my review, I totally recommend this pedal for any level of musician. // 9
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unregistered, on april 29, 2005 4 of 6 people found this review helpful
Price paid: $ 288.35
Purchased from: Long And McQuade
Ease of Use: Ok I have the CryBaby 535Q Wah Wah but it is not an option up on those things. Anyway it is absolutly awesome I mean come on if Jeff Beck uses it, it's gotta be half decent. I love the sound I get out it and is awesome when using it with the MT-2. // 10
Sound: I'm using it with my 1962 Gretsch Malcolm Young model to a Marshall 50DFX amp and the sound is incredable. I especially love the gain booston this bad boy and the 5 differentlevels of wah controll. It's especially awesome for Sweet Child O Mine solo, Fade To Balck solo, Battery solo and One solo. // 10
Reliability & Durability: I can depend on this bad boy for sure and would never use a backup for this sucker. // 10
Overall Impression: I play classic rock and metal and it is perfect for that type of music but also has the versatiltiy to do some Eagles Joe Walsh stuf as well it's a kick ass wah. // 10
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guitarfreak414, on may 17, 2005 2 of 5 people found this review helpful
Sound: I use this with my Roland Cube 30 and a Ibanez RG320, and I get very good sound from this pedal. It is very versatile, you can get a wah sounds from Hendrix or Hammett, or anything else. There is no feedback except when I have all the knobs turned up with the boost on, but the pedal is only a foot and a half away from my amp and I think that may be what causes it. // 8
Overall Impression: For the music I play, which is primarily Metallica, this pedal is perfect. And when I want to play other styles like Hendrix or Guns N' Roses it will work great for those too. Overall, it is a very versatile Wah-Wah Pedal and very easy to use, and you can get great sound from it. // 10
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wylde_overdrive, on december 28, 2005 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Price paid: $ 171.185
Purchased from: Steves Music Ottawa
Ease of Use: It is very easy to get a good sound out of this pedal. No matter what setting your on, it's good for something. It is a very customizable wah. The manual is great. It tells you what each little dial is for and it even gives you some samples of cool wah sounds. // 10
Sound: I'm using this wah with a Squier stratocaster, Peavey Rage 158 and a Zoom 505II. This pedal is not noisy at all. Even with the boost all the way up it is very quiet. The effects always sound awsome with this thing. I don't try to get the sound of my favourite artists, I make my own sounds, although I'm sure you could get those sounds with some tweaking of the Q-dial. // 10
Reliability & Durability: I can depend on this thing through anything! The thing is built like a tank! I will always use this thing without a backup because it's so freakin strong! // 10
Overall Impression: I play rock and metal and this wah suits me perfectly. I have been playing for just over a year, and the wah satisfys my wah-ing needs! If this wah were stolen or lost I would buy another. I love the versatility of this wah. I hate that I had to wait to get it haha! My favourite feature is the kick-in boost. It's great for solo's. I compared this to many, many wah pedals, Including the Dimebag one. It was the only pedal on par with the 535Q. Although the dime one cost $100 more! I chose this wah because of it's sound and affordability. I am completely pleased with this pedal. // 10
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unregistered, on march 03, 2008 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Price paid: $ 107
Purchased from: music123.com
Ease of Use: I purchased this unit new in mid 2005 from Music123.com. It came shipped in a nice box with a manual the pedal and some books to show off other of their products. The manual is short, shows all the features and a few sound settings you can use. It has enough information to get you started. The pedal itself is simple, it has 4 knobs, input/ output, power connector and the battery compartment. It is very easy to use and find a sound. I rate this a 10, nothing complicated about this unit. // 10
Sound: I've played the unit extensively, I am currently running it through a Fender Standard Stratocaster (MIA) and a Line 6 PODXT. The pedal is VERY noisy in the toe position(especially if you turn on the DB boost on) if you use any distortion effect(even with a shielded/star grounded guitar with an humbucker). I shielded the pedal thinking it would do nothing (the pedal itself is made of cast iron), I was very wrong, there is no noise at all (the only noise is when using single coil pickups on a high gain setting that has noise without the wah on). I am very pleased with the sound on this unit. You can get lots of different sounds with all the settings. The only thing I don't like is the range is not as big as I would want it to be, but it is acceptable. I rate this 7 because of the noise problem when non modified. // 7
Reliability & Durability: It is very solid, cast iron. I'm not scared of pounding on it. In the 3 years I have had it, and I use it a few hours each day I have had 0 problems. The only 2 things here that I will mention is 1: the battery compartment, it is very cheap; the PCB is visible inside the compartment (I use a power plug so I don't worry about it). 2: dust and debris can get in the pedal very easy since there is a huge hole where the potentiometer is and the PCB is not protected in any way. I give it a 8 for the above mentioned reasons. // 8
Overall Impression: I play psychedelic rock, progressive rock, blues. I have been playing for about 10 years. I own too much stuff to list. Would buy another one for sure if it got lost (even though it's more expensive know then it was 3 years ago)! My favorite features are the various settings on it and it's low price. Oh yes, I compared it to many other products, it seemed the best bang for the buck at the time. Wish it had a bigger range. Giving it a 9, it's well worth the purchase. // 9
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frazzledazzle, on january 29, 2007 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Price paid: $ 142.2
Purchased from: Long and Mcquade
Ease of Use: This wah sounds great. I've owned an Original Crybaby and a Zakk Wylde Wah before I bought this. While I did not like the tone of the Original Wah, and while I absolutly hated the ZW Wah, this wah sounds far beter in my opinion. The versatility is key. With a boost button, wah range selector, Q knob, and volume control, you can achieve many different tones out of the one pedal. Included with the wah is a booklet showing how to dial up the tone of your favourite wah guitarists including Tom Morello and Jimi Hendrix to name a few. // 9
Sound: I use this pedal with a Fender Fat Strat and a Traynor YCV 50blue. With the Fasel this pedal sounds great. The sound is great on a clean or dirty channel, and the boost is great for solos. Metal to blues, this pedal is great for the sounds I want out of it. // 9
Reliability & Durability: On my wah, I have a small problem with the wah range selector knob. If it is knocked while using the wah, the wah may short out. I have not gotten it fixed yet due to lack of cash, but I assume it is a one off problem not to be associated with all 535Qs. Besides that, it is a durable pedal. However, as with most pedals, this one should be used with an adapter instead of a battery. Never gig with just a battery in your wah. // 7
Overall Impression: My overall impression of this pedal is great. I play every style of music. This versatile wah can handle them all. If I lost this pedal I would buy it again. The only thing I wish this wah had was the torque adjustment for the rocker that the Zakk Wylde wah had. // 9
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aeliustehman, on july 01, 2008 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Price paid: $ 129
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Ease of Use: This pedal is very easy to use, with very well explained controls. It's mainly good sound all around as it's a very versatile pedal with 6 wah ranges, a boost button, and two control knobs (volume and variable Q). I can't say much about the manual, there is one though (I lost mine). My unit has not been upgraded and I do not know the firmware revision number. // 10
Sound: I'm using an Ibanez Iceman ICT700, Morley little alligator and Peavey Valveking 212 with this pedal. It's not noisy on any of the settings. It has 6 wah ranges, and they always sound great, along with two knobs and even a boost button and nothings wrong with any of them. I can get the sound of Slash, Kirk Hammett, Jimmy Hendrix and such but mainly I think this pedal was made for the harder music out there. // 9
Reliability & Durability: I can depend on it, I've owned it for 2 months now and It hasn't conked out on me yet. The battery life is amazing, I'm pretty sure I haven't actually changed the battery after having this thing for two months, and I use it all the time. Never use anything at a gig without a backup, although this thing seems pretty reliable. // 9
Overall Impression: I play hard rock, heavy metal, thrash metal and so forth and this pedal is a nice match. I've been playing a year and I own and Ibanez Iceman ICT700, Peavey valveking 212 and Morley little alligator. I tried this product out in the store and the guys were very helpful. If it was stolen I would definitely try to get it back.The thing I love about it really is that it's quite versatile and the wah ranges. I don't hate anything, the boost button is also my favorite feature, it's insane. I compared it with the Slash wah, 95Q, and ZW-45 and I chose this one just because I liked it more and it doesn't lack anything. // 10
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Schism1985, on january 19, 2010 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Price paid: $ 129.99
Purchased from: Musicians Friend
Ease of Use: Experimenting with the Dunlop 35Q Crybaby pedal to find your desired wah tone is relatively easy-- once you figure out what the controls actually do.
There is nothing on the pedal itself to identify what the control knobs do or how to manipulate them, let alone anything to designate them from one another. The volume and Q control knobs are not only incredibly small, but also look exactly alike and are placed just over a quarter inch apart from one another, making adjusting your settings on the fly a total nuisance. Even the chrome range selector knob is unmarked, making it difficult to find the specific range setting you're looking for.
That said, once you finally dial in the settings you want, the 535Q will achieve your desired tone fairly accurately. I would like to be able to say that it's a great pedal for experimenting with different settings with, but the unmarked enclosure makes experimenting with the settings quite a hassle, so unfortunately I'd have to rate the ease of use as a "6." // 6
Sound: As mentioned before, the 535Q is an extremely versatile pedal, though is hindered by a largely impractical control layout.
My main rig consists of a of a Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 401 and an upgraded Schecter Gryphon w/ Seymour Duncan Sh-2 and Sh-4 pickups. For the purposes of this review, I'm going to compare the Dunlop 535Q to the Dunlop GCB-95.
The wide range of sounds you can get out of the 535Q are all fairly decent sounding in their own ways and are certainly several steps above the tone of the GCB-95. Despite that many different tones can be emulated by the 535Q, the pedal's sound overall can be characterized by smooth, thick sweeps with very good balance between the low and high ends of it's oscillation. Simply put, the 535Q is devoid of the sudden, choppy low-high end sweeps that plague the GCB-95.
In my opinion, the only things that really hold the 535Q back in regard to sound is that it seems to be slightly lacking in "warmth" and is a bit too sharp sounding on clean settings for my tastes. However these are somewhat petty complaints and overall the pedal's sound quality is quite decent, and significantly more smooth, full and clean than the GCB-95's. // 8
Reliability & Durability: Dunlop pedals are built like tanks, in the past I've actually done some significant mods to GCB-95s (which have enclosures that are structurally identical to the 535Q), the most extensive of which involved completely dismantling the wah and removing the finish.
The one thing I learned from that project? That it's impossible to take one of those things apart without some serious elbow grease.
It should also be noted that Dunlop has a great customer support system, once I needed to replace a "Crybaby" logo plate after refinishing one of my GCB-95s so I sent Dunlop an email asking if I could buy one directly from them-- within 4 days I received a replacement logo plate in the mail free of charge.
The only thing keeping me from rating the reliability of the 535Q as a "10" is that I haven't owned mine long enough to be able to authoritatively say that the electronics will never have issues. // 9
Overall Impression: The Dunlop 535Q is certainly a good wah pedal that's a logical upgrade over the GCB-95 and is extremely versatile (something I always look for when purchasing new effects), but there are a few things which really hold it back from being an "8" or "9:"
-As a matter of practicality, I think it's insane that Dunlop would use such tiny knobs for the 535Q's control pots, and even more insane to leave the pedal itself unmarked aside from the obnoxiously placed user guide on the bottom of the enclosure.
-I also feel that the 535Q is somewhat misadvertised as being "the swiss army knife of wah pedals," although it is undoubtedly versatile compared to other wahs, most of the EQ adjustments that can be made are relatively subtle and lack the diversity one would expect based off of how it's marketed.
-What I would love to see in the 535Q is true bypass switching or at least an LED Status indicator, a request that I think should almost go without saying for a pedal in the $120-50 price range.
The positive aspects in my opinion would be that the fact that the 535Q gives any degree of customization is a huge bonus for me. Also, the tone of pedal overall is quite good, apart from the afore mentioned "sharp" upper-range and slight lack of warmth.
I don't necessarily see myself trading or selling this pedal, but it may not remain part of my main rig for much more than 3-4 years. That said, it's still worth buying if you're not looking to take the plunge into more expensive or boutique wahs.
I am by no means disappointed with my purchase, but the Dunlop 535Q definitely has some easily remedied yet troubling issues. If you are on the border line of purchasing this pedal and it's within your budget, I would say go for it, but if you have the extra cash or are looking for a wah that's truly special I would recommend that you consider looking into the MXR MC404 CAE Crybaby or other higher end wahs. // 7
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thechaostheory, on january 17, 2012 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Price paid: C$ 230
Purchased from: Ernie Kings
Ease of Use: This is a very easy pedal to use. Just push your foot down and then you are good to go. It is a bit awkward at first to turn on, but after maybe and hour it is of no issue. The manual is descriptive enough and it comes with several settings that pro players use. Also, it is very easy to adjust your settings to get a wide variety of tones. // 8
Sound: I run this Wah through a Traynor amp, and I normally us a B.C. Rich Warlock Guitar. I always put the Wah first on my board, the distortion, then whatever effects I feel like using, ending it with a chorus pedal. It does not add much noise to the setup, even with the boast switch activated. The effect is always strong, but if you find that it is to overpowering, then you can turn its effect down. You can get a Clapton sound by just leaving it toe down, and when the mids are cranked, then a Slash sound is easily achievable. Kirk Hammet is not that difficult to get either.
This Wah has a very full sound to it, mush better (in my opinion), than any other way that I have played (which includes the "Original", "Kirk Hammett", and one of the Ibanez Wahs). You can achieve a wide range of tones. Warm to Bright and extra poppy. Just don't place anything in front of the pedal. // 10
Reliability & Durability: This is a very road worthy pedal. I never bring a backup for it, and if I did, then it would be the same pedal. Very dependable. // 9
Overall Impression: I've been playing for over 2 years now. I own an acoustic Taylor guitar (I think it is a 100 series, but I can't remember), B.C. Rich Warlock, a Traynor amp (but I'm planning on getting a Marshall amp within the next year), and lots of pedals. I play in a Jazz band for school, and I have two of my own bands which play a mixture of classic rock (i.e.: Hendrix, AC/DC ect.), Blues (BB King), Classic metal (old school Metallica, Skid Row, GN'R etc.), Rock (Creed, Bleaker Ridge etc.). A very rounded set of music. This Wah does it all.
If it were lost or stolen, I would buy either this or the Slash Wah in a heartbeat. Love: Tone, feel, looks... Hate: Could have another effect with it. Favorite: The boast switch. It is great for when you need that extra volume when you breakout into a solo.
I compared this with 6 or so other wahs, and it came down to this and the Slash wah (Slash is GOD). I eventually settled on this because it had more customization options. I do wish it had the MXR Distortion + unit mixed in with it. Overall, best Wah (aside from the Slash Wah) on the market. // 9
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jo3myster, on july 03, 2007 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Price paid: $ 130
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Ease of Use: This pedal is quite easy to use after you use it for a little while. All you have to turn it on, is to push down kinda hard with your foot(Obviously)until you here a click or feel sort of a vibration through your foot. Then you just have to push forward with your toes, and back with your heel. See I didn't read the instruction manual until after I figured it out but I'm still doing it right. But basically the manual will tell you the same thing but longer. You can also select the wah range selector, and the variable Q selector, volume, and volume boost. I honestly don't even know if you can get upgrades for this pedal but if there is I probably am not going to get it. // 10
Sound: As of right now I've got an Ibanez RGex41 and a Line 6 Spider III 15w Practice amp, and the pedal sounds pretty sweet with them, like when I'm playing the sweet child o' mine solo from Guns N' Roses or like Jimi Hendrix it sounds pretty sweet. Even though you can get a Slash wah or a Hendrix wah, get this one because you can play with the Q-Variable, the volume, and the Wah range selector. The effect it's self is really very loud with the volume booster on. But I did have a problem with my first one because the little bar on the inside that like make the pedal go up and down it's supposed to have white stuff on it so it doesn't make noise and it didn't have any on it so I had to exchange it. // 10
Reliability & Durability: This pedal is really quite durable because it's got a metal frame and it's kinda just a solid thick pedal to begin with. And I have been using it for about three weeks now and it hasn't like stopped working or like acted funny on me yet so I'm hoping it doesn't do anything in the near future. But I recommend using the ac adapter because the batteries are quite the little bastards to deal with because they die in like no time and all the money you'll spend on them will be way more than the price of an adapter. And there is No Doubt in my mind that I would gig without a backup, because this pedal I put all my trust into yeah! // 10
Overall Impression: My overall impression of the Dunlop 35Q Crybaby Wah pedal is well, I like it not much more to say then that, but if it did break or somthing I most likely wouldn't buy this pedal again or at least not right away because for $70.00 more I could get the DigiTech Whammy pedal, just becuase I want that more but I would probably buy it later on in my life. This pedal most defiantly fits the types of music I play because well I play almost everything, Other than country. I have been playing for about a year now, yeah I know not a long time. But I play like 3 hours out of every day so I am ok. You may think well he's only been playing for like a year why would I trust his opinion on a $130.00 pedal well just get the pedal and find out OK! // 10
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J.MitMetallica, on august 18, 2007 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Price paid: $ 217.77
Purchased from: ebay store
Ease of Use: The whole point is for you to play with the knobs, so I wont say it's easy to get a good sound, because you have to play with the knobs, but once you learn what they do you can practically get any wah sound you want. Very versatile, has a hi-to-lo emphasis dial, a sweep range knob, and a decibel addition knob, for use with the "extra distortion" button located on the back, handy for kicking into action during a solo. The manual is very helpful to start you off, offering the settings for famous wah sounds. You can't really be disappointed by what it can't do, because there isn't very much. // 9
Sound: Using with either an Ibanez Radius or a Vintage V6, and a Vox AD50VT, and is really gets going with both, and with the strat (V6) you can replicate 'those strat wah sounds' very well. Not noisy unless you put the gain boost on, which then is inevitable. I believe it's true bypass, so no tone sucking, and the effect comes through clearly most of the time, although with older strings it starts to fade, but your tone would anyway. Yes, can get the sounds of my 'favourite artists', Joe Satriani (Who has a few of these, although most of them are modded. It's supposed to be his 'signature' wah, at least he's in the advert pics for it), and basically all those "gwah" type wah sounds, often found in John Petrucci solos. Can range to Clapton and Hendrix well also, not quite Clyde McCoy, but nearly. // 9
Reliability & Durability: Like someone else said, you could class this as an offensive weapon, it literally feels like a brick, even the metal has a brick like texture. I doubt it would break if I dropped it. I have a GCB-95 anyway, but I would probably not gig with a backup, it's so well built. I would use a power supply however. // 10
Overall Impression: I love this wah, I don't think I'll need another one ever. I have been playing 6 years, and always wanted a good wah sound, and this provides almost everything I wanted. I would get this again if it were stolen or lost. I think what I like about it most is that it does so much. It's flaunted as a wah pedal, but it really should be classed in a different section, like MFX, because of the versatility, maybe multi-wah or something. I had a Vox V847 before, and it was very cool, but not as great as this. Only one sound! Mine does sqeak a lot when you wah, but that's just cos it needs oiling! // 9
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Sham-Rock, on october 18, 2007 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Price paid: $ 151.2
Purchased from: Danny Hughes Music
Ease of Use: This is a very easy unit to get a good sound from from a nice money for nothing tone to a great treble filled lead tone. The manual was great it was full of info on getting the best sound when using it in a chain of effects and came with a couple of pages filled with the setting to get the same tones as Tom Morello and Jimmt Page. // 10
Sound: I use this effect on it's own so it's just guitar wah then amp I use it with both of my marshalls the AVT 275 and the mg-15cd and it sounds greatonly time it's noisey is if I enable the boost switch and even then I only notice the volume increase of the guitar, I was able to get the great tones of Hendrix, Page, Morello and many more great guitarists with this one wah. // 10
Reliability & Durability: I fell that I can really Depend on this unit for any situation. I would be confident doing gigs with this but only using a 9v adapter I think it's just a better option over the 9v batteries. Reliability & Durability are overall great. // 9
Overall Impression: I play all different styles of music from metal to clean stuff and I find it great for everything I have put it upto so far. I have no regrets about buying this product, and if it was stolen I would buy another one in a heartbeat. I love everyting about it wouldn't change a thing, I played with it for about 30 minutes in the shop and from that I decided it wa the wah pedal for me, My favorite Feature would have to be the 15db boost which is great for soloing. I tried a couple of different wahs before this including the JH-1 a Boss wah which I can't remember the name of and a Bad horsie and this one just fitted my style better than the other mainly because it is versatile. The only thing I wish it had would be a sort of simulated talk wah effect. // 9
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unregistered, on february 22, 2011 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Price paid: £ 60
Purchased from: Music ground
Ease of Use: This pedal is very easy and fun to use. There is no mucking about with controls, just pure Wah tone. The moment I took it out the box I had some reasonably good sounds and this is my first and I hope, only. // 10
Sound: I run it either through my home made warmoth tele with a Nailbombs or a Epiphone Les Paul Custom through an z.vex Vexter Fuzz Factory and a luther drive, plus a MXR carbon copy and micro flanger, plus an Orange crush 35 dlx ( getting Marshall sone, yay). I have also used it with my Ovation electro-acoustic but I don't use it much. I found that through a noisy amp it decreases the noise but you can still here the filter changing. I feel the effects sound great, as good as the clyde standard I tried, and I can get the tones of Jimi Hendrix, tom morello and mick thomson with ease. // 9
Reliability & Durability: I can depend on it, as I have had one fault which I took to he shop and it took them five minutes to fix and they taught me in case it went wrong. I would use it for a gig without backup but I do have a rhythm guitarist with a backup instead. It is what they are for, isn't it. // 7
Overall Impression: I feel that a) it fits all styles
b) The hot potz pot works well, as good as the fasel I tried in the classic
c) If it was stolen I would replace it without hesitation
d) The main thing I love is the simplicity, I have complicated pedals and I love them but the simplicity is great
e) if any thing I maybe wish it would have a cooler design but anyway // 9