MXR ZW44 Zakk Wylde Overdrive Pedal review by Dunlop

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  • Sound: 4
  • Overall Impression: 4
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Ease of Use: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 6 Neat
  • Users' score: 7.8 (48 votes)
Dunlop: MXR ZW44 Zakk Wylde Overdrive Pedal
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Purchased from: Musician's friend

Sound — 4
The sound is far from impressive, no matter what gear you play in conjunction with. For instance, I have played Fender, Schecter, Washburn, and Gibson guitars and Crate and Peavey amps with it and they all result in a bland, disappointing sound. I was excited about getting this pedal, but it seems that the marketing of this effect is to sell a mediocre pedal with a guitar icon's name on it. For instance, the so called "Zakk Wylde" settings do not remotely resemble the original.

Overall Impression — 4
I have been playing guitar for twelve years and while I play all different styles of music from time to time, I mainly play alternative rock, classic rock, and metal. With that said, this pedal is very much inferior to the Boss, DigiTech, Zoom, and DOD overdrives/distortions that I have owned. If this pedal where lost or stolen then I would just wait for whoever stole it or found to return it because they would not keep it either.

Reliability & Durability — 8
It is built very well and appears to be pretty rugged. Also, it is very dependable. However, I would never use it at a gig in the first place.

Ease of Use — 8
While this pedal is relatively easy to use, I am not sure that there is even a reason to use it. It has three knobs and they are easy to adjust. The manual also comes with some suggestions of settings.

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