Damn good. i picked this because it is the one and only whammy pedal around that is any good. if this was stolen i would get one of these instead of the new ones. i love the wah it awesome.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: musicians friend
It has two switches on it, a volume knob, a expression pedal, and i think that is it. it can only be powered by a wall outlet. has dry and wet signal outs. built in tuner and other stuff too. it is a whammy/wah/harmony unit thing that help makes some of the solos that dimebag darrell does. there is about 5 different wahs on it and a lot of different auto wahs. then a bunch of whammy settings that rule. then freaked out harmonies like in the solo for "strength beyond strength". and of course it has a volume pedal setting too.
This is very good pedal i mainly use it for the wah function and the harmonies and sometimes the whammy. i tell you what it has one of the best wahs on it that i have heard. the detuning features are extremely good and acurate and don't sound funny higher up the neck. it makes no noise at all. great for anything really but most likely suited for metal. it is the best for this type of effect.
It is pretty easy to use. you only make a user preset list which is 6 of the presets in the order you select. the only gripe i have is that you have to hit a button a bunch a times to get to different presets. and the bypass switch is that big of deal to use.
Um made of solid steel. it has been dropped a lot and is beat up and it still rules i couldn't break without a hammer.
The sounds this little pedal can produce are really spectacular and when used tastefully can really add to the music. Compare the price to other harmonizers and it's really a great value! The worst thing about this guy is definitely the sound quality. Rumor has it that the original whammy pedal sounded much better - I've never gotten to mess with one so I wouldn't know. If you play with truck loads of distortion the quality problem may not be as noticable. When this guy dies (which it eventually will) I will definitely replace it with, if not the same thing, one of it's descendents.
Model Year: 1996
Where Obtained: American Music
This thing will add harmonies to lines, allow for digital pitch bending (up to two ocvates) and has a selection of wahs/envelope filters. Two buttons, primarily for scrolling through presets (they are also used for calibation, etc...) There is a rocker/expression pedal that controls the harmonized pitches, bends and wahs. There are quite a few different factory presets and 6 user programable ones. AC power only - no batteries. There is a built in tuner that seems to do the job quite well.
I've used several guitars and amps with this pedal and the sound "quality" is the same with all... pretty poor. This thing REALLY colors sound. But... that said I really dig what this pedal can do. I use the whammy (bend) and harmony functions exclusively - the wahs don't sound very good to my ear, at least no where near as good as a VOX or Cry Baby. The harmonies sound a little thin (digital) and the tracking can be a little off, especially if you try to harmonize any more than one note at a time. I would rate the sound quality lower (it really is pretty bad), but the sounds one can get with this thing are so cool and I'm willing to take a hit on quality to be able to do all this stuff for under $200 (compare to the cost of an Eventide unit!). I should note that to get around the sound quality problem I use the thing in an A/B type loop, and whenever I'm not using it I have it switched out of the signal chain.
The thing is pretty simple - you can plug it in a go if you want, without looking at the manual and be able to do pretty much anything. Saving presets and calibrating it are a little more involved, but not too weird.
I've manage to really beat this thing up in the past few years and it has done pretty well. Mine has developed some problems with recalibrating itself somewhat randomly (I haven't been able to figure out what is causing this yet) and occasionally will just stop working (which can be fixed by switching it off and then on - again I'm not sure what causes this.) Because of these problems I've started to baby it a little more, but in the end it has seen me through quite a few gigs and a least a couple of beer spills (crowd members, not mine... honest! ;-)
I would definitly buy another one of these if it were lost.This is a great pedal.It has 9 great wah-wah tones, the whammy sounds are amazing,there are 7-8 harmony settings that can be bent up or down 2 whole steps and a great volume pedal.The tuner works but I dont use it because it isnt very high quality.It doesnt allways show you the right notes.But this is a dope pedal.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: guitars etc.
It has a foot pedal on the front,like a wah-wah.It has two small pedals,one to go up to the next effect,one to go down.It has one small button on the top to switch from the presets to the user controls.It has a small volume knob.It is in stereo.
I play thrash and it fits real well but you have to bypass the effect when you not using it because you guitar will not hold tune when this is on.Its not bad but your strings will go up and down about a quarter step.Other than that this is my favorite effect.
It is very easy to use.You dont have to mess with any thing to get a good sound.Just make sure the volume isnt clipping by turning the volume down a bit and it should sound great.Some times you have to recalibrate it,which there are instructions that come with it on how to do this but i never have had to do it in the year i've owned this.
This pedal is very heavy-duty.It has gotten so beaten up during the time i owned it and the only thing that went wrong is the pedal squeeks when i push it down.Not a big deal,just if you dont play real loud you might be able to hear it.