RMC-5 Wizard Wah review by Real McCoy

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 0 (0 votes)
Real McCoy: RMC-5 Wizard Wah

Price paid: $ 235

Purchased from: www.proguitarshop.com

Sound — 10
This pedal is quiet, whether it's on or off. Taking it out of my chain and just running it straight through my amp, it is dead silent. The only noise is from other pedals in my loop. Sometimes with higher gain and the pedal on it will get a little noisy at the high end, but that isn't really unexpected. I have a ISP Decimator G-string in my board and that is the best assurance for silence... I ran it through a Fender hotrod deville 4x10, and then my friend's peavy XXX head through a 4x12 combo. I used all of the channels on each amp, from high gain to low gain, and it handled every single one of them even better then I expected. I play fusion/instrumental rock/"shred" stuff, and it suits this stuff perfectly. It would be able to handle any type of metal as well too. This pedal definitely doesn't have that hendrix or clapton "Vintage" sound, it's definitely a different tonality. You have to hear it to understand what I mean, if you are a wah aficionado I would recommend getting this if you are looking for a different wah pedal that isn't just some Vintage clone.

Overall Impression — 10
As I said before, I play fusion and "shred" kind of stuff, and this pedal gets the job done and more. I have been playing for three and a half years (and clocked in more hours playing in then you can imagine.) If it were stolen or lost, I would buy another one. I really love the entire sweep range of this thing...I could leave it sitting in any position and it offers a great focused tone. I was considering a Budda wah, some Dunlop and Vox wahs, and this wah. If you're going for a vintage/creamy sound, this isn't for you. I recommend you look at the Budda and Vox wahs. If you want a more classic rock sound, I recommend you look into Dunlop wahs... If you want something different and special, without that very stereotypical "WAAAAAAAAAAH" sound, this is your pedal.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This thing has been through 20+ gigs, and it has yet to fail me. I don't really think I'd need a backup (unless I was running it on batteries, then I might just bring my friend's Vox or something, although it couldn't touch the sound of this pedal.)

Ease of Use — 9
This is a true bypass wah pedal, made specifically for humbuckers or single coils, and to fit any type of gain situation (and cleans.) The huge sweep range is what originally got me to take a look at it; every little movement down the treadle continues the sweep fully, which gives it a very rich and expressive sound. There should be no reason to ever mod this pedal. It loses a point, because if you're using this with batteries, though it can take a while before it dies (I had a battery in mine for 3 weeks, with continuous play for at least 3 hours 4/7 days of the week), the sweep range is definitely reduced after the batteries start to go. I stick it in my pedalboard with a 9V adapter and it's good to go.

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