APW-7 Review

manufacturer: Artec date: 11/02/2016 category: Guitar Effects
Artec: APW-7
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.
 Sound: 7.3
 Overall Impression: 7.3
 Reliability & Durability: 9.3
 Ease of Use: 7.7
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overall: 9.5
APW-7 Reviewed by: Donkey Fly, on june 05, 2009
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Price paid: £ 50

Purchased from: eBay

Ease of Use: 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. // 10

Sound: 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. // 9

Reliability & Durability: 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. // 10

Overall Impression: 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. // 9

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overall: 7.8
APW-7 Reviewed by: TheUnlisted, on november 02, 2016
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 50

Purchased from: eBay

Ease of Use: 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. // 6

Sound: 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. // 9

Reliability & Durability: 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. // 8

Overall Impression: 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. // 8

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overall: 6.5
APW-7 Reviewed by: unregistered, on march 22, 2011
0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: € 59

Purchased from: Thomann

Ease of Use: Well, there's two knobs, can't really get much simpler than that. Getting a good sound of it is impossible, but more of that later... One knob is for the range settings, and the other one is a wish wah-setting. There's also a button which converts the guitar wah, into a bass wah... tadaaa! // 7

Sound: I use it with my Marshall MG30FX with my American Standard Stratocaster. The sound that comes from the wah, sucks... I mean really... I hate it! The tone jumps all of a sudden when stomping on it halfway through, instead of changing it smoothly like other normal Wah pedals. I've tried everything, but it's just the same. Now here's two good things, it has a true bypass and is noise free, but other than that, it sucks... // 4

Reliability & Durability: It's built like a tank. You can throw it from the Eiffel Tower without breaking it. It also has a magnetic circuit which will extend its durability. Had it for almost a year now, and it's still working. I would say that it will work for another 10 years before it breaks down completely. It's that solid! // 10

Overall Impression: I play alternative rock in a band, and I wouldn't recommend this for anyone, unless you're looking for something cheap where the quality won't bother you. I've been playing for about 7 years, and I used a Vox Wah pedal before buying this one. And the Vox was so much better. If it where stolen, I wouldn't bother getting a new one. I'm going to buy a Ibanez WH-10vs2 and replace the Artec. I love the way it's built and the fact that it's true bypass. Although the Wah sound itself sucks. If it wheren't for the crappy sound, it would have been a dream wah. Unfortunately, that's not the case. // 5

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