Price paid: $ 91.2
Sound — 9
I use this with my Epiphone Les paul through a Fender FM 212R with a Boss ds-1 and an american big muff. Like I said I tried the jap and the US versions. The sound was pretty much the same. I'm an audio engineering student and that's given me a good ear and turned me into a bit of a tone snob, but that said the japanese version was just a little bit thinner in the treble range. But this pedal does help me get a classic rock sound. If you like Clapton, Hendrix, John Frusciante, or a number of other artists then running this pedal with other distortion/chorus/reverb pedals can get you their sound.
Overall Impression — 10
I ended up buying the japanese version because it had the power adapter input and it was half the price, and that's when the store had accidentally underpriced the american. From what I'm told though, any Vox wah can be easily modified to have an ac adapter input. I play a lot of RHCP, Rage Against The Machine and early Clapton and this helps me get their sounds, but you wouldn't buy this if you played metal or something like that. It looks sexy, it sounds great, it was one of the cheapest wahs out there, and it's a Vox. Nuff said.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It's built like a brick. when you look at some other wahs, like the bad horsie, they look like they might snap if you frown at it. I'm not going to, but I could throw it across my bedroom and it would survive to play another day. It made of steel with a chrome top so it's not gonna rust.
Ease of Use — 9
I tried out two versions: the japanese and the american. They were pretty much the same in terms of the pedals action, but the japanese one hadn't been worn in yet so it has some slight resistance. But after using it for a couple of hours it's moves smoothly and the tension is just right, but can be adjusted later. The rubber stoppers at the top of the pedal also make it a little hard to turn on/bypass, but these have already started to compress more. Otherwise, it's a wah. It goes on/off and back and forth.