Price paid: $ 71
Purchased from: Amazon
Ease of Use — 9
To get a good sound out of the Wah, you just have to plug it in an power it. I wouldn't use the Wah behind a really messy signal: with most wahs, you want them near the front of your signal chain. As I mentioned earlier, the MT Wah has sacrificed a bit of the Crybaby sound and a bit of build quality for some "mods" that do not come stock with a Crybaby. One is true-bypass wiring, keeping your signal intact when the Wah is disengaged. Another mod is an LED at the top, so that the user can tell if the Wah is on or not. A last mod is an adjustable nut in the fulcrum, which tightens or loosens the physical sweep.
Sound — 8
The ModTone Vintage Wah is a very normal sounding Wah pedal. The frequency sweep has just a bit less length and vibrancy of an standard Crybaby. But it works well nevertheless. I use it primarily for filtered intros, as kind of a low-pass to high-pass sweeping filter to start a song with. I use a few distortion boxes and other standard effects. I have a modern, punchy, alternative sound. The Vintage Wah can also perform standard fare Wah sounds easily. I use both an SS and Tube amp with it, functions very well with either.
Reliability & Durability — 7
It has a sturdy metal chassis. The bottom plate is a little flimsy, but it will hold up for live performances. The ports are all solidly built into the chassis. The stomp peg is secured correctly. I would suggest that it is reasonably less well built then a standard Crybaby, but not by much. You can secure the bottom plate easily with just a bit of glue. It sacrifices a bit of what the Crybaby boasts (excellent sound, build quality) for a cost-effective, working pedal (with a few mods). I would use this Wah without a backup. The pedal does have a slightly smaller physical sweep then a Crybaby, but also not by much.
Overall Impression — 9
I play Christian worship music mostly, as well as delving into all other genres. For my main genre, the Wah works very well for filtered intros. If I'm using distortion, the filtered signal can start to fuzz up while sweeping, which sounds really gnarly. When the effect is disengaged after an intro, your sound returns to full timbre in stark but beautiful contrast to the Wah's filtered sound. There is no volume boost when engaged that you might hear with other wahs. It also works well to sweep through an ambient pad setting, as if a delay or reverb is modulating. For funk, of course, this Wah gives you the standard vocal sweep.