Price paid: $ 260
Purchased from: Guitar Centre
Sound — 10
The Kirk Hammet wah's sweep covers distinct and highly musical midrange sweet spot that avoids the swampy bass and piercing treble of wahs that have wider sweep ranges. In half cocked position it delivers expressive, vocal like midrange that a dead ringer for Michael shenkers seventies UFO solo tone. The pedal sounds best through an amp producing a decent amount of Overdrive of distortion, as the post-wah signal boost keeps the volume levels consistent across the entire sweep range. Hammett's Tweak works: even the bassiest (heal down) setting don't sound boomy, thought to this optimization, a slight volume drop is apparent when the pedal is used with a clean amp.
Overall Impression — 9
The Dunlop Kirk Hammet Sinature Wah is a great choice for rock and metal playsers Who rely primarily on distorted sounds. It would have been cooler if the foot skelton would be glow in the dark. Thats basicly the only negative thing I can say about this. Easy to use, True bypass, the Kirk Hammet signature can easily meet the demands of Rock and metal players that require a wah to nail those Metallica solos and more.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Haven't had it for a very long time, but it seems sturdy enough and well-built to survive live performance. Even though I own an Original Dunlop Crybaby, this one seems built just as well, and I'd rather use this at a gig the the Original. But since I haven't had it for very long, I can't say for sure if it will last a while.
Ease of Use — 9
With its green burst case and skeleton foot bone tread (which, unfortunately does not glow in the dark) this wah won't be mistaken for any others in Dunlop's line. But the Kirk Hammet Signature Wah's beauty is not just skin deep, providing a unique voice that's the product of 300-380Hz low pass filtering, 1.4-1.8highpass filtering and Kirk's secret post-wah eq settings. The pedal is the exact same size and has the same physical throw as a standard Cry Baby, unlike several other models it does not boast any extra switches, knobs or functions. It has just standard mono input and outputs, an input for a DC adaptor and a bypass switch. And it's hardwired to provide true bypass. The Nine volt battery is mounted in an easy to access compartment so you can change batteries in seconds without a screwdriver. Overall, pedals don't get much simpler than this.