Price paid: $ 100
Purchased from: ebay
Sound — 8
im using it with a BC Rich limited edition warlock, july 2004 model i think, its the doc murdock, with emg pickups (i usually just use the 81, but i also have a 60), through a gt120 Crate amp that is just standard, i need to upgrade that. my main distortion tone i use though is from my Line 6 uber metal which is right after this unit, and a few other stompboxes. i notice theres a bit more feedback when its on, but no biggie, it just wahs whatever hum was already there. th sound is incredible, porno sounds, soloing, weird stuff, and techno sounds are all possible with this pedal. mine squeaks, but thats just the pedal movement itself and cant be heard over my amp anyway. switching it from guitar to bass, opens up a whole new world of sound. i can get crazy jazz lines, lots of techno sweeping sounds, but the high end is understandably diminished when you have it on the bass setting and at the low end at the same time. my ONLY complaint/discomfort about this pedal is the general lack of range of sound that the wah sweep has. ideally, id like to go from the lowest possible sounds of the guitar setting (using the range control) to the highest sounds you can get using the same control. because of this lack of sweeping range, its very hard to get that vocal percussive sound of the crybaby line. but this does have a lot more features and sounds than the crybabys, so its a trade.
Overall Impression — 9
i play metal, clean pretty stuff, jazz/funk, hiphop riffs, and lots in between, though metal is my main repertoire. if you like choice of sound in your wahs, it will come down to only 2: this or the 535 crybaby. both offer lots of variety, and i would recommend personally taking time with both at a guitar center or somewhere and making the personal decision yourself. as i said, my only beef is the lack of sweep, but the 535 looks more boring and doesnt have the "step on it and its on" feature which i think is amazing. this is one of the greatest wahs out there, guaranteed.
Reliability & Durability — 10
definitely. the pedal itself has a plastic covering, but its rugged and i dont notice any wear and tear and ive been using it for a little over 6 months, usually daily. the rest is metal. because of the tone lok, you never have to worry about accidentally changing your sound in the middle of playing. if you do want a drastic change in sound, its so easy to change, just flip a Switch or turn a knob and push it back in. no biggie. no backup needed definitely unless the battery runs out, i personally NEVER trust the little buggers, and use a power supply for all my effects. battery problems solved.
Ease of Use — 10
any friggin sound you could ever want. the only wah ive played that comes close to the variety of tone you can get would be the crybaby 535. you can choose: overall level, q-level, low end bandpasses, overall range of the pedal, delay time for the pedal in the upright position, and guitar or bass sounds. you can also choose to have it activated by simply rocking it forward, which is completely unique in wah pedals and is my preference to the under-the-pedal switches, or to turn it on in a full sweep by the toggle Switch. pedal friction is another great feature you can fine tune to your liking.