APW-7 review by Artec

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  • Ease of Use: 6
  • Sound: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.8 Good
  • Users' score: 7.9 (8 votes)
Artec: APW-7

Price paid: $ 50

Purchased from: eBay

Ease of Use — 6
It's easy enough to use, the setting knobs and bass selection buttons can be used by finger, but you're not going to be adjusting them with your feet. Other than the whish oscillation at full, it can be set lower, using the "whish" knob and the range to get some little ghostly "artifacts" into your sound.

In other reviews, there were some negatives concerning the rocker pedal and the wah engagement: There is NO manual, but online resources show that the rocker range is "easily" adjusted by slightly bending the arm underneath the rocker to move the small magnet on the end closer or further to the magnetic sensor. This is done in very small increments, and can be tedious to get right, but there is no reason to actually open the pedal housing, or even touch the pedal with a tool in any way, or the warranty is voided, and there's nothing inside to adjust, anyways. But getting the desired range of motion in the rocker can be difficult, and indeed some users NEVER find out how to do this... which is why I expect to be able to buy these used, cheap, from impatient kids for years from now.

Sound — 9
This wah does what you need a wah to do, from rock to funk, and it does it quite well! I use it with a single coil guitar, as well as one with humbuckers, all into a Mesa FormulaPre and a 50/50 power amp, and it still sounds fine.

Noise? How? The pedal is "true bypass", and there isn't a single electronic moving part, such as a pot, to get scratchy: the wah effect is manipulated using a magnet attached to an arm on the rocker pedal that goes back and forth inside the housing: A "noncontact magnetic sensor system". It does the usual wah, and has an added "whish" sound (more later). It also has a switch for use with bass guitar. This wah is EASILY comparable, and perhaps better sounding that a standard Crybaby, and a lot of other ones. There are some pretty good demos at the Artec site, as well as some some sound samples from distributors and online shops that easily bear this out as true. Some people rated Dunlop Crybaby and some of the sig models as 10, but they don't even compare to something like a Clyde, and this isn't that good either, but yeah, beats a Crybaby.

Reliability & Durability — 8
This has a nice, sturdy metal housing... the whole thing is pretty solid, and unlike a crybaby, the bottom of it is made of the same steel plate, not a flimsy aluminum or thin metal cover. Besides the two adjustment knobs, there is the usual on/off step on switch, and a small button to use it with bass. It's going to withstand the heavy stomp of a big man, for sure. Besides its decent black matte paint, the pedal has a pretty thick synthetic rubber tread on it that will probably last years, providing you don't take it off. Yeah, you can definitely gig it, repeatedly. The fact that there is no pot to wear out or get scratchy - ever - makes this a great tool.

Overall Impression — 8
As someone who's played for 30-some years, and owned Dunlops, Morleys, and a couple others, I can sasy this is at the very least a good wah for any stye, and a great wah at it's price. The "whish" effect is misunderstood by many: It is an adjustable self-oscillation effect. You can actually use a tuner and "tune" the oscillation to varying pitch, and then use that to match what you are playing... It can simulate an overtone, or even help an amp to feedback at pitch. If it were stolen, then yes, I would definitely try to get another. At it's price point, it's better than a lot of wahs that cost double, or more.

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