Price paid: £ 73
Purchased from: Absolute Music
Sound — 5
I use this pedal with a Epiphone G-400, a Boss DS-1 and a Peavey Vypyr. Rocking the treadle back and forth "should" get a smooth transition between bass and treble. But you don't I'm afraid. The transition tends to occur about mid-way through the sweep. I highly recommend that if you have already ordered or already have this pedal, that you modify it, there is a wah modification thread already here that you can use. This pedal was my first pedal. Ever. So for about 3-4 months I didn't really hear any kind of problem with it. but eventually the sound got on my nerves. When the treadle is fully down, the treble is a little too much. Again, if you have this pedal. Modify it. It will make it MILES better.
Overall Impression — 6
I play mostly classic rock, instrumental rock and a couple of others, and you can't go wrong with a wah pedal. Just modify the darn thing and you will be fine, but in all honesty, you should just get something else, like the slightly more pricey models. If it was stolen, I wouldn't replace it unfortunately, I feel a different wah pedal would suit the sound I'm after more than this. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't sound too bad. And an audience with no experience with the wide variety of wah pedals will simply hear an awesome effect. I just wish the wah was smoother in the transition and had some kind of an LED to tell me if it's on or not.
Reliability & Durability — 8
After sorting out the sound with some of the wah modifications out there. This thing is built very solidly. The main body is die-cast metal, and the treadle is die cast metal with a rubber foot grip on it. The only bad thing about the exterior, is the underside. The underside (which when unscrewed exposes the electronics)is made from pretty flimsy metal, you can bend it with one hand, but if you are careful when the cover is off, then you have no need to worry. You do not, however, need to remove the underside to change the battery, as there is a clip on cover for it. I would definitely gig with this without a backup. It is well made, and I can comfortably say that it won't fall apart on me.
Ease of Use — 9
It's simple to use. Put some weight (with your foot) at the front end, and the wah pedal activates, Rock the treadle back and forth for the wah sound, and put some weight at the front end again to turn it off. The battery compartment is accessable without having to remove screws. But you can remove these screws with your fingers as they also double up as rubber feet. The only way to know it is on is by actually rocking the treadle back and forth to see if it's on or not. An LED would be nice. But you can modify the wah to have one if you absolutely NEED one. It doesn't get much easier than this folks!