Morley PWOV Power Wah Volume PWOV Power Wah Volume
PWOV Power Wah Volume
Overall Rating: I'm and old school indie guy: Archers of Loaf, Superchunk, Sebadoh. And the other bigger bands of the 80's 90's, U2, the Cure, Jesus and Mary Chain, etc. I don't do a lot w/ the Wha, but I like having one just in case. As I said abov...
Overall Rating: I'm and old school indie guy: Archers of Loaf, Superchunk, Sebadoh. And the other bigger bands of the 80's 90's, U2, the Cure, Jesus and Mary Chain, etc.
I don't do a lot w/ the Wha, but I like having one just in case. As I said above, the Volume pedal aspect is pretty good and useable. Overall this pedal is fine for my needs, but I can see myself upgrading to a better Wha at some point - or just upgrading my current Crybaby w/ a new pot.
I've been playing for 20 years and I'm just amazed by the ongoing improvements in technology. This is a solid unit for a decent price - considering its "2 in 1" capabilities.
Sound Quality: Volume: I'd give it about a 7-8. It's pretty even, but it seems like it could be a little more gradual. Overall, it works for my needs.
Wah: A bit of a disappointment! Serves me right for asking for it as a gift w/out having played it. I was using a Crybaby prior to this and I wasn't in love w/ that, but I expected more from the Morely. I find the Wah sound to be a bit harsh. The pedal has a "Boost" knob which is a nice idea, but to my ears, it's still kind of harsh no matter how you set it. The best Wah I ever played was a Vox, but again, for my needs, the Morely is OK.
I was hoping the combination of the Vol/Wah in one pedal would be great, but if you really care about your Wah sound, you should play this first to make sure you like it. I may eventually trade it in and get that Vox wah and an Ernie Ball Jr. Vol pedal, but that won't be for a long time.
Overall, the sound is decent enough and gets the job done well. I do have to say that I really like the Morely optical system. WAAAYYY quieter than the Crybaby.
Reliability/Durability: This thing is solid. No doubt
Ease of Use: Can't really be much simpler. Just plug and play. Pedal is at Volume setting and just step on the button for the Wah setting.
Customer Support: Haven't needed them yet.
Purchased From: Was a gift
ESP LTD EC-400ATS LTD EC-400ATS
Overall Rating: All of the above features plus the harshell case for under $600? Yeah, this is a winner! Like I said, I never would have thought about ESP since they seem to be "metal" guitars, but I'm extremely pleased w/ the LTD EC400AT. I think it...
Overall Rating: All of the above features plus the harshell case for under $600? Yeah, this is a winner! Like I said, I never would have thought about ESP since they seem to be "metal" guitars, but I'm extremely pleased w/ the LTD EC400AT. I think it sounds way better than the Gibson SG Standard I had.
I just wish it had two tone knobs. Not that I do a lot w/ tone knobs, but if I had to pick something that would be it.
If it was stolen or lost... Hmm. If I was going to get another guitar in this price range, then I'd probably use this as the guitar to comare the others to. I'd probably play a bunch of others just to see if something else caught my eye/ear, but I would definitely have no problem getting one of these again.
I wanted a Les Paul copy and this one does the job in spades. I played some Epiphones, some of the PRS SEs, and the aformentioned Les Paul Studio and the only thing that even came close was the LP. This guitar, hands down, blew all the other guitars out of the water. Again, all the features for a fraction of the price of a PRS, Gibson, Fender.
I've been playing 20 years and I've owned or played most of the big brands and cheap brands. This guitar is a little gem that more people need to find out about!
Features: This is a '96 ESP LTD EC400AT Goldtop. The AT stands for Arch Top. I don't think the company is making the EC400 in the archtop this year (2007). It's basically just like a Les Paul, w/ out the Maple cap. Korean made. It's got a Mahogany body, Rosewood fingerboard. REAL Seymour Duncan pups (JB in bridge, '59 in neck), Grover Tuners, Jumbo frets, Earvana nut. Two volume knobs, one Tone knob. Tune-O-Matic style bridge. I give it a 10 because you just don't get these features standard on a guitar in this price range.
LTD is to ESP what Epiphone and Squire are to Gibson; only this guitar completely OWNs any Epiphone and Squire I've ever played! I mean, look at all the stuff that comes standard on this guitar.
I would argue that this guitar is as good or better than a Les Paul. I still want a Les Paul, and someday I'll get one. But I needed a second guitar and after doing some research, I came across this one. I actually A/B'd it w/ a Gibson LP Studio in the store (But I ordered it from an online dealer). The Gibby had a sweet, warm tone. The LTD had a crisper sound, but warmed up nicely when you rolled off the volume.
Sound Quality: As stated above, this guitar is a little "crisper" sounding than the Les Paul I played at the store. The pups are very balanced and defined even w/ an overdriven amp (I played both guitars through a Marshal JCM 900 w/ a 4x12 cab). What really impressed me was how sensitive the volume pots were. You could really do some great tone changes just by rolling the volume(s) up or down.
I gotta say, that I've had this guitar for about a month now and I am extremely happy with it. I owned a Gibson SG Standard for a while and I never liked it as much as this guitar.
My style is 80's/90's "college radio" rock: Early REM, Superchunk, the Wedding Present, etc. I like a Clean tone w/ just a little grit, and a solid dirty tone and this guitar is capable of doing both w/ no problem. Crank up the gain all the way on my Mesa Tremoverb and throw down some Metallica licks? Yup. This a great all around guitar - and at least a third of the price of a Gibson LP.
I'm not a shredder, but this guitar is very playable and I'm having a lot of fun practicing scales and arpeggios on it. It plays well and the neck is very comfortable. Maybe not as slim as a Gibson 60's slim tapered neck, but pretty darn close.
The Seymour Duncan pups are great. The JB/59 combo is a winner. The JB in the bridge can get you that nasty gritty tone for a Slash or Angus Young sound and it can get pretty close to a good thrash tone as well. The 59 in the neck is nice and warm. I wish it was just a little warmer, but w/ some rolling off of the volume and/or tone knob it does a great job. This guitar can really run the gamut from warm Jazz to gritty rock and everything in between.
Reliability/Durability: So far so good. I don't forsee any problems. Everything's solid. I can see this as being a guitar I don't get rid of. It's just a great workhorse. Like I said, I'll eventually get a "real" Les Paul b/c I've always wanted one, but there may be some gigs where I wouldn't want to bring that guitar so I'd bring the LTD with NO reservations.
I also like the idea of having this guitar around to put different pups in and stuff. I got this guitar for $550 w/ the Hardshell case. Great Deal for a Great guitar! I never would have thought I'd get anything made by ESP, but I'm glad I came across this one.