HB01 Hellbabe review by Behringer

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Ease of Use: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.3 Good
  • Users' score: 7.2 (83 votes)
Behringer: HB01 Hellbabe

Price paid: £ 30

Purchased from: Online Music Store

Sound — 7
I'm running two guitars, a BC Rich KKV and a Yamaha Superstrat (both humbucker equipped) through a Marshall DriveMaster into a 60 watt combo amp. I use a high gain metal sound through tunings ranging from Drop B to Standard. The Wah handles high gain fairly well although, it could be better at cutting through the mix. It's good for using as a treble boost in solos or leads as well the obvious Wah-Wah sound we all enjoy over-using. Overall the Wah produces a unique sound, that's distinct and useful. It handles gain well and sounds good clean. You're gonna have to play around with the settings as "out of the box" it may not be your cup of tea soundwise. The Wah features true bypass so your regular guitar tone is unaffected whilst the unit is not engaged. I find the Wah has a fairly noiseless operation (even with high gain sounds).

Overall Impression — 7
I play high gain metal (mostly) and this Wah handles it, it can also achieve suprisingly good sounds in other genres too. I've been playing for 5 years now and have owned a few other Wahs but this one has stayed with me. If it were stolen I'd see about replacing it with the same Wah as I enjoy it's step on/step off operation. It's a suprisingly good Wah for it's money. I know a lot of people enjoy running it into the ground cos they've had it for 5 minutes and it broke (back to my earlier mildly retarded point) and/or they couldn't achieve the sound they wanted right away. You always get what you pay for and this is quite a jem from the Behringer range of pedals.If you're considering a Wah pedal, try a bunch of them and get the one that's right for you and your sound. Not, just because someones name is on it or because everybody else owns on.

Reliability & Durability — 7
I have owned this Wah for over a year now and it hasn't let me down. I would (and have) gigged this pedal without a backup and it held its own, as the other reviews here have stated, it has a thick metal plate bottom and is made of highly durable plastic. Anyone that manages to break this thing must be mildly retarded.

Ease of Use — 8
This is a simple to use Wah, obviously modelled after the Dunlop Dime from Hell wah. This is simply a step on Wah, step on to engage, take your foot of the Wah to turn the unit off. It uses optical light circuitory, so theres no pots in the unit to wear down. If you know how to use it, this pedal can produce a nice variety of sounds. It has 4 knobs to play around with to achieve a sound thats right for you. Boost, this controls how much boost kicks in when you activate the side boost button (just kick it with your foot, helpful to get some boost in your lead parts). Q, this controls the shape of the EQ of the Wah sound being produced. If you want an abrupt "in your face" Wah max it to the right, or if you'd prefer a mellow Wah sound give it to the left. Fine, this is like a fine tuner to get your Wah sound tight. There is also a range sweeper control, this can be used to make it more of a trebley Wah, or a bassier wah, or somewhere in between. The manual was fairly straight foward, it gives you an overview of the product and what does what. Located underneath the pedal is a Time adjust feature, a short dial that can be accessed with a flat heat screwdriver to adjust how long the effect sounds after you've released the pedal (effectively turning it off). You can also control the torque on the foot pedal (loose or tight) which can be done with a standard Allen key. The nut used to tighten or loosen the pedal can be found towards the back of the pedal just above the "boost" and "Status" LEDs.

4 comments sorted by best / new / date

    dont buy it!! its a waste of cash. mines broken now. 2 and abit of these will buy you a real wah pedal that dont break in 2 minutes
    haha! i had this thing before i got my Vox. it sucks. do not waste your money on it. you can buy a much better wah for a little more
    i dont regret buying this but get something better for a little more money