Price paid: $ 90
Purchased from: Musiciansfriend.com
Sound — 10
When I first got the pedal, I was running an Ibanez S470DXQM into an Epiphone Blues Custom (Vox AC30 copy). I could get anywhere from a clean sweep, imitating "Breathe" by Pink Floyd, to a rowdy Bulls on Parade tone. Now, I'm running my Dean From Hell into a Peavey XXX, and it is insane, I love the tonality of it. I did have to tweak it again to make it sound good with the amp, but I'm at least glad I CAN tweak it. I have it set so that on low gain, it will give a honky Clapton-esqe tone, while on the Ultra channel it will have a Godsmack-style solo sound.
Overall Impression — 10
I play metal, all kinds, from Evanescence to Pantera to Chimaira. I also play blues, rock, and funk. This thing does it all. And it does it well enough to make me wonder why it only costs $100. With all the stuff this thing does, and how good it does it, it should be more towards $150, like the inferior Crybaby from Hell. If it was stolen, I'd grab another one in an instant, it wouldn't be hard, because it's easy on the wallet. The only thing I don't like, like said before, is that it's not true bypass. If you want true bypass, go get a Bud-Wah, it's a good wah, but has ZERO tweakability. Other than that, it's MY wah, and it helps me get MY sound, not the crybaby sound, or the Vox sound.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It is pretty much indestructible. The only thing I've had to do is re-tighten the screw that is the 'axle' of sorts for the pedal. When you play "Bulls on Parade" twice a day, any wah would need rescrewing. I love the auto-on feature, where just moving the pedal will turn it on. I never have it on Switch mode, mainly because the Switch isn't under the toe, it's off to the side. As an added bonus, the auto-on feature has tension on the pedal, bringing it back to heel-down when your foot comes off. Brilliant. I would gig anywhere without a backup for this wah, but I always have my Boss GT-8 as a total pedal backup.
Ease of Use — 9
Very versatile wah, it has a lot of cool usable sounds that allow it to work with any rig. It takes some tweaking to get "your" sound for "your" rig out of it, but it WILL get that sound. Despite the claim in the manual, it is not true bypass. The way you can check is to take out the battery, unplug it, whatever, make it have no power, then try to play anything with it in your chain. If there's no sound, it's not true bypass. There is a SLIGHT absence of top end in your signal with this thing in there, but it's not that noticeable.