Purchased from: Troy Music Chapel
Sound — 9
I use a Jackson Dinky 2FF or a Washburn V through a Dimebag wah, Whammy, Sansamp II then into an Avt. The bypass operations in this unit are incredibly silent considering the harrsh noises you can produce with this. Through my effects loop this things sounds fucked but I'm sure thats not the Whammy's fault, just my dodgy amp. All the effects are "A" grade quality when blended with any sound but you have to understand that this thing has a distinct harmonizing sound that sorta gives it a synth like distortion that is uncontrollably created, though it ain't necessarily bad sounding and it gives you more sustain. Because this is a re-issue, you can tell it might not be able t fully recreate sounds of those used by Tom Morello, but stop bitching, nothing will come closer. The settings are: (the effects on the left side of the slash are the ones created when the treadle is in heel position and the ones on the right side are the effects when the treadle is in toe down position, but when moving the treadle, you can produce any harmony in between the two set harmonies, which is cool) Whammy (Harmonizing); down octave/up octave down 5th/down 4th down 4th/down major 3rd up 5th/up 7th up 5th/up 6th up 4th/up 5th up major 3rd/up 4th up minor 3rd/up major 3rd up major 2nd/up major 3rd Detune (sorta like a crazy deep chorus sound) Shallow - less intense Deep - more intense Whammy (pitch bending) (you also get everything in between if your a good pedaller) Up 2 octaves Up 1 octave Down 1 octave Down 2 octaves Dive Bomb (artificial Whammy bar which is new) Drop Tune (go down 2 semi tones)
Overall Impression — 9
I play metal, I'm sure you dont care about anything else. It's a good buy, to finish the specs it has a midi in for external control, a dry out for a bypass to another ampand comes with the power supply. I got it at sale price, but I was preppared to pay full which was like 550. I dunno how I would buy it again but I would definately want it again if it were stolen. I dont think there are any other types of pitch bending or plainly just totally f--ked up pedals this packed out, a good buy for someone wanting a change. And it's bright red, so it must be fast.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It ain't a Boss, you wouldn't be able to drop it down the stairs without breaking or shattering something internally considering this thing's microchip would be pretty extensive, but a life time of stepping wont break it and there aint anything so weak it would break off. Its all metal too dudes.
Ease of Use — 7
Well let's be frank, it ain't the easiest little bastard to work out if you don't have much musical theory. Although operating it is a breeze (one button and a twisty knob with the expression pedal), to get a good sound out of it takes a bit of musical knowledge or practice before you can make good use of it, but that all depends on which setting you have it one. The Whammy has many cpabilities, some easier to put to good use. It does come with a manual though for all the trippers. Only bad thing is sometimes you need to re configure the treadle's range, but this is explained how to do clearly in the manual.