Price paid: C$ 95
Purchased from: Long and McQuade
Sound — 8
I use this pedal mostly on the dirty channel of my amp for a bit more gain and added sustain, exactly the same way that Zakk uses the pedal himself. I have popped it open and the circuitry of the Wylde OD is the same as the GT-OD so if you start looking into what that pedal can do as well you can get an idea of how rounded this pedal is. I will say it's a mild OD it's certainly not like a tube screamer, and I would have to say this pedal probably works best in front of an already dirty amp. I have heard this pedal through the dreaded Line 6 Spider III amp and I must say it made it sound 20 times better! True bypass so it doesn't effect your tone when you don't have it on. 8/10 Not as powerful as many other OD pedals; however still has a wide variety of uses and still sounds great.
Overall Impression — 8
I play a little bit of everything and I would say that this pedal is a nice little OD pedal to get more sustain out of your notes over more gain, it will dirty up your signal a bit more but it certainly wont make it a super raunchy sound either. Overall its a decent pedal but I would skip over it if you are in need of more gain. 8/10 Good pedal, just a lacking a bit.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Solid like all MXR stomp boxes this thing is built like a freaking tank. I have dropped this a couple times, kicked it around and generally just abused the heck out of it and so far I have not had a single problem with it at all. You could easily use it without a backup at a gig, very reliable pedal.
Ease of Use — 9
The Wylde OD is a simple pedal to use it has a Output, Tone and Gain knob making it very simply to get a good sound out of the pedal with very little effort. The manual comes with some suggested settings including Zakk's setting, which is funny because in a video I watched Zakk stated he ran the pedal cranked which is different then the setting MXR supplies! 9/10 Three knobs means less fiddling and more playing, really simple OD.