UB99 Magicstomp review by Yamaha

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  • Sound: 2
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 6
  • Ease of Use: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 5.8 Decent
  • Users' score: 5.5 (34 votes)
Yamaha: UB99 Magicstomp

Purchased from: Musicians Friend

Sound — 2
I used to play my Epiphone Les Paul through a really poor quality 10w Crate practice amp. So of course when I used the pedal through that amp (aside from the excessively noisy distortion effects) it sounded pretty good. That is until I upgraded recently to a used Peavey XXX 212 combo. This pedal blocks any and all original tone my amp has and just basically uses it like a speaker. It takes all the warmth out of the tone and sterilizes them making my guitar sound lifeless.

Overall Impression — 7
I've been playing for about a year and a half and I play a wide variety of music ranging from eighties pop to free jazz. But my current dominant style of playing is hardcore, metal, and some punk. This pedal with some tweaking achieves the sound I'm looking for and I find it handy for playing at night when I can't crank my XXX. Overall, if this pedal was stolen I'd probably look into getting a better quality multi effects box instead. So while I think this pedal is great for just practicing at home, look into something else if you want something serious to gig with.

Reliability & Durability — 6
The foot switches I feel are a bit flimsy and although I've never actually had any problems with them, I wouldn't count on them lasting. Also while it does offer a feature to group three pre saved settings together, the potential for ending up searching for the one effect you're looking for during a gig is still too high. Generally If I ever use this for a gig (which I doubt), I would definitely bring a backup effects pedal.

Ease of Use — 8
Out of the box, this pedal offers around one-hundred effects that all sound just "ok." But once this pedal gets hooked up to your computer its potential increases dramatically. The program used for adjusting the effects is incredibly easy to use, yet detailed enough for the most minor adjustments. When not hooked up the three dials somewhat limit the tweaking ability, but at least you can assign what you want them to effect.

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