Lyon Wah review by Washburn

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.6 (5 votes)
Washburn: Lyon Wah

Price paid: $ 60

Purchased from: Target

Sound — 9
Using it with a 2003 Squire Stratas well as a bunch of '60s Vintage guitars (see profile) through a Fender Frontman 25R amp (see my review). As I said, it rocks. All I had to do is re-index the pot so it would actually wah, and that's it. Very nice Vintage-sounding wah. With a few mods (see the GB&C's wah modding thread) you can make it sound even better. One thing I don't like about it is when using it with distortion, there is a spot close to/at the heel-back position that filters out the tonic so nothing but harmonics comes through. This may be a standard thing with wahs, but I've never used any other one. Still, it could be useful for those Who do unconventional things with their gear.

Overall Impression — 9
Despite all I've heard (and the brand and where I got it), this is an awesome pedal. Too bad it does that thing with distortion. If it were stolen or lost (and it's broken now, 'cause I went mod-crazy on it), I'd definately get a new one (I just can't afford it right now).

Reliability & Durability — 10
This thing is solid cast zinc. It's built like a tank. I'd gig without a backup for sure. The pedal attachment is solid, and the potentiometer isn't going anywhere. Battery life is pretty good as well.

Ease of Use — 10
The input/output jacks aren't labled, but other than that, it's really easy to use this. Paid $60 in the store, but for some reason it is $70 online. Didn't come with a manual, just instructions on how to change the battery. Uses 1 9-volt battery or a negative-centered 9-volt power supply. It has an LED indicator on the side to show relative battery power and whether the unit is on or off. Standard Crybaby-type design and construction. Basically, it's identical to a Crybaby, but with some improvements. It has an LED Status indicator (as said before) and a better input buffer (even less tone-sucking), and a better inductor (about 500mH instead of the muddy 660mH Dunlop inductors). Don't let the brand name and place of purchase throw you off. This pedal rocks!

5 comments sorted by best / new / date

    for some reason i have this pedal as well as the chorus (surprisingly really good) and the distortion (meh) the wah aint too bad the pedal itself is particularly noisy though (it squeeks when i use it)
    haha this pedal is great yeah it does make some fuzz for me and my amp but its wah effect is all good ~.~
    It would be great to see items not bought by non-musical store companies. It's hard enough to compete with Guitar Center and Sam Ash than to have musicians shopping at Target or Wal-mart of all places for musical gear.
    Invader Jim
    Yeah, but if it wasn't for me being at Target, I would never have gotten a wah.