Price paid: $ 80
Purchased from: Musicians Friend
Sound — 9
I use this wah with a PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow (mahogany body, two humbuckers) in front of a Vox AC15. It's great for that Classic Wah tone, very reminiscent of Hendrix on Voodoo Child and Burning The Midnight Lamp. With the pedal angled to the treble side I do get hiss, but it's only barely noticeable during dead silence. This won't affect your performance at all. I great way to use this wah in your setup is to use it a sort of "third tone knob." You can use it to boost treble through a muddy dist. (like in front of a Big Muff) or lay it back to the bass side with a fuzz to get some crazy Atari-like tones. It works great as a treble boost for the first solo on Led Zeppelin's 'Heartbreaker' and anywhere else you'd want a lot of high-end bite. Overall, it's just a great wah, with a very vocal quality.
Overall Impression — 9
I use this pedal for everything, from Indie to metal. I use it as a wah for mostly classic rock things, but as a treble booster I use it everywhere. For experimental things I put lay it back and then turn on my Big Muff for a bassy, Atari/synth fuzz tone that's really sweet for Indie or electronic music. If somebody stole my wah, I would have to get another, because in between it's uses as a wah, and a EQ, it's become too essential to my rig. I compared it to a regular Dunlop Crybaby, but the Vox beat it out. I liked the foot-pedal action more, it looked tougher, and it just sounded better. Overall, it's a sweet buy, and really useful for getting loads of great tones.
Reliability & Durability — 9
The Vox wah is in a really tough enclosure, with a very nice chrome foot pedal. It's all metal, and looks really durable. It's very tough, I've already beaten mine up quite a bit, but it's never conked out on me. I'd gig with one without a backup for sure.
Ease of Use — 9
This pedal easy to work, because it has one button, and no knobs. All it requires is you to move your foot a bit.:D It's just plug in, and you've got access to those sweet tones on all sorts of classic rock classics. Think: "Voodoo Child" at your fingertips. Use it as a treble-booster and you've gotten that much closer to Jimmy Page's tone on Heartbreaker. By the way, I had to use a balanced cable after my wah in order for it to work though, not quite sure why.