Price paid: $ 99
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
When you think of the Classic Wah sounds of the late sixties, Hendrix and Clapton and the like, think of Vox. Because that's the sound you'll get from this pedal. I run a 2003 Les Paul Studio through the V847 into a Vox AD60VTX amplifier, usually on the Vox AC30 model. Great classic rock tones abound. When the pedal is activated, a slight hum comes into the sound, but it barely noticeable on it's own, and if you're rocking the pedal like it's designed, you can't hear it. It's not true bypass (I'm fairly sure), but with only the one pedal there's no tone-sucking apparent to my ears. The sound is very consistent, and very good. I've heard tell that it doesn't perform well with high-gain, but I can't speak on that because I don't play high-gain that often. It's best if you're going for a Cream/Hendrix/Led Zeppelin classic rock tone. It's also good for cleans, whether you want funky porno grooves or even a touch of wah in your blues.
Overall Impression — 9
I play classic rock and blues, with forays into modern rock and alternative/indie. The pedal fits perfectly with this style. I compared it to the Dunlop Crybaby and found the Vox superior in every way, better tone, wider sweep, it even looks better. The Crybaby is slightly cheaper, but severely lacking in sound. I'd been playing for about five years when I got the pedal, and nearly six as I sit writing this. I do sometimes wish that it didn't run solely on battery power, but sometimes I think that an AC jack is just one more wire to clutter the floor, especially because the battery life is exceptional. If lost or stolen, I'd like to get another V847, though I believe they're out of production now, replaced by the V847A, which is essentially the same pedal with an AC jack and true bypass. Long story short, if you want classic rock and funk wah, look no further than your nearest Vox dealer. Get yourself a V847, and your tone will thank you.
Reliability & Durability — 5
Now, I had some problems with mine. Everything was fine for about six months, then the on/off Switch broke. I wasn't careless, I didn't use the pedal too hard (I hadn't gigged with it at all), it just broke. It wouldn't turn off (it got stuck on 'on.'). Because I don't know how to solder and didn't want to risk damaging it further, I sent it back to Vox and they replaced the faulty Switch free of charge, as it was still under the one-year warranty. I was liable, however, for the shipping charge. Other than this incident, though, it's been shiny.
Ease of Use — 10
For the record, this is the Vox V847. And I think a product easier to use does not exist. You plug it in, instrument in the right jack, output in the left, press the toe to click it on, rock it back and forth to make the sound, press the toe to click it off. Easy-peasy. So simple there's not even a manual.