Would I buy another one if this were stolen? No.
Could be a MUCH better pedal with "hotter" distortion! Other manufacturers give limitless options with sometimes ONE distortion box, however, Electro-Harmonix does not. ALL their distortion units soundthe same, and, for $300 bucks, I was a bit dissapointed.
The Envelope Filter is a pleasure to play with, but, I can always buy a plain envelope filter. For alot less than $300 bucks!
Model Year: 2002
Price: $295.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mandalay Music.com
6 Control knobs (which takes QUITE SOME TIME to fiddle with), and a footswitch. (2)12AX7 tubes, 2 LED lights.
AC Wall adapter which can ONLY be used with this particular pedal. Special Male/Female configuration.
First, let me start off describing the distortion: The distortion is your typical Electro-Harmonix Big-Muff/fuzzy sound. Tubes make it a LITTLE better, but not by much. (It was not what I wanted in a distortion pedal) If you're looking for a heavy-metal-type or a hard-roc-type distortion, LOOK ELSEWHERE. This is NOT the pedal for you.
The Envelope Filter feature is pretty intersting, however! It is a really cool feature if you like tinkering with cool sounds and things like that. You can get everything from groans, growls, chirping bird sounds, buzzsaw-type noises, and all kinds of neat things. Very original, different, and fun to play with! Can be pretty inspiring too!
I use it with an early 1980's LANEY Tube 1/2 stack, Fender American Deluxe Strat's.
Sound quality is qood for what it does, but the distortion is not my thing. A boutique $300 - $400 dollar distortion pedal should ROCK, no matter what! It should give the player the options of fuzz type distortion, all the way up to a "metal" type distortion. But, that's my opinion. That's the ONLY reason I rate this pedal "AVERAGE". Otherwise, it's a cool pedal.
Not noisy at all. Has a true Bypass mode...
Like I said before, you have 6 control knobs, 2 toggle switches, one footswitch. Yeah, it takes SOME TIME before you'll get used to this pedal. MANY hours of fiddling with this unit to find out what the pedal is really capable of.
Typical EH construction..... Pretty durable, but the AC Adapter could be much better. A bit cheap/cheesy.
If you have ever had an Electro-Harm product, then you know what I'm talking about.
Not the best steel construction, but good enough.