APW-7 review by Artec

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.9 (8 votes)
Artec: APW-7

Price paid: £ 50

Purchased from: eBay

Sound — 9
I am running this thorugh a set up using a Jackson DK2M into a Laney TFX3H head. I also run it through a Marshall MG100 sometimes. It sounds great. Great sweeping range allowing which is hard to find out on a pedal under the 100 quid mark. I've owned a Dunlop Crybaby GCB and Morley Power Wah and this out does them both in terms of the wah sound and how much control you get. The whish setting is a bit useless at the moment. I am unsure of how I could use it at the moment. It adds like a high pitch whistle to you're sound. Could be useful in the future I guess. I haven't tried this through a bass guitar yet but it says it can do it. It isn't noisy at due to the fact it has a patent pending permanent pot which is 'maintenace free, noise free and a non contact magnetic sensor system. It is also true bypass.

Overall Impression — 9
I play metal mostly but am also in a pop rock band and this pedal will suit both genres. It isn't something to overuse mind but every now and again, it really adds to a solo. I've been playing over 4 years and own various other gear. Great sounding wah and at 50, it's also superb value.

Reliability & Durability — 10
It's built like a tank. Sturdy metal casing, very heavy. I could easily depend on this at a gig and would not even consider taking a backup. There is a rubber/plasticy grip on the main foot section which is really anti-slip so no need to worry about falling over or anything.

Ease of Use — 10
Out of the three Wah pedals which Artec produce, the APW-7 would be the most complex. However as with all Wah's, it is incredibly easy to use no matter if you're a beginner or a established musician. It features an input and output, as with all pedals, simply plug it in add power (DC9V or Square 9V battery), hit the Switch and you're away, very little tweaking needed. The Switch is turned on by pressing down on the pedal as it is under the the actual foot rocker. It's an easy and pain free way of turning on the pedal. The pedal its self has 2 knobs and one button. The two knobs are for Wah range, so you can chnage what frequencies you can sweep from and also Whish. Whish creates a whistling sound which sounds weird. There is a Bass button so you can also use this pedal with a bass guitar. No Manual required. The battery compartment is on the bottom and is simply a plastic unclippable cover rather making it very easy to chnage and swap out batteries.

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