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Morley PDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal 

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Functions as a volume pedal for clean and distorted playing. Drive, Level, and Tone controls. Runs on 9V battery or optional power supply.


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MorleyPDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 23 reviews)

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    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (4)
  • Excellent sound quality (3)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very useful pedal...once you learn it

Wonderful pedal. Built like a tank.

When getting a new pedal that has a treadle on it, you must practise with it to learn to make it work properly. I...Read complete review

Wonderful pedal. Built like a tank.

When getting a new pedal that has a treadle on it, you must practise with it to learn to make it work properly. I feel that may be why many people slam this pedal - a lack of ability. It will take time to learn it's "swing". To make it wah effectivly, or swell (volume), you have to work at it until you get it.

I did the mod listed on Morley's website to change the wah frequency and it made all the difference. This mod will not void the warranty. Before you send the pedal back, try the mod! It's easy.

Remember, to get the "gritty wah" sound you must place the wah BEFORE distortion. If you are running wah after distortion you are getting one type of sound. That way certainly is valid, but placing the wah before distortion is another way, and it sounds completely different like that. Try it!

As for the built-in distortion, well, it's OK. Plenty of gain and a tone knob. I consider it another "flavor" to throw in from time to time. It won't replace the distortion on my Marshall. Morley, are you reading this? You can do much better with that distortion circuit. At least emulate a Tube Screamer or something!

But using the built-in distortion with the crunch channel on my Marshall I can get a boosted sound that is very nice.

I've gigged live with this pedal, and the sounds it makes garner a lot of attention from the audience. I would not hesitate to recommend this pedal to anyone looking for a great wah with the added features of volume and distortion.

I thought I heard a slight amount of tone suck when practising on my own, but when my amp was cranked to concert levels, I couldn't hear any difference at all. My Les Paul/Marshall sang and growled as usual with no noticeable loss of tone.

I'm a professional musician and have played the electric guitar for over 30 years. I know good when I hear it. Best wishes!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not great, but not horrible

I used this pedal for most of a year, and it never quite lived up to expectations. The volume taper is uneven and cuts out completely with the pedal only about halfway thru it's...Read complete review

I used this pedal for most of a year, and it never quite lived up to expectations. The volume taper is uneven and cuts out completely with the pedal only about halfway thru it's range of travel. The distortion is very trebel heavy, and not very natural sounding with my setup, although I have heard other guitars that it sounded good with. The wah was almost completely useless, it didn't do anything in the low range, and was crackly in the high range. I no longer use it.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very useful pedal...once you learn it

By John Todd

from USA

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Tweakable sound

Cons

  • Requires practise

Best Uses

  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Morley PDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal:

Wonderful pedal. Built like a tank.

When getting a new pedal that has a treadle on it, you must practise with it to learn to make it work properly. I feel that may be why many people slam this pedal - a lack of ability. It will take time to learn it's "swing". To make it wah effectivly, or swell (volume), you have to work at it until you get it.

I did the mod listed on Morley's website to change the wah frequency and it made all the difference. This mod will not void the warranty. Before you send the pedal back, try the mod! It's easy.

Remember, to get the "gritty wah" sound you must place the wah BEFORE distortion. If you are running wah after distortion you are getting one type of sound. That way certainly is valid, but placing the wah before distortion is another way, and it sounds completely different like that. Try it!

As for the built-in distortion, well, it's OK. Plenty of gain and a tone knob. I consider it another "flavor" to throw in from time to time. It won't replace the distortion on my Marshall. Morley, are you reading this? You can do much better with that distortion circuit. At least emulate a Tube Screamer or something!

But using the built-in distortion with the crunch channel on my Marshall I can get a boosted sound that is very nice.

I've gigged live with this pedal, and the sounds it makes garner a lot of attention from the audience. I would not hesitate to recommend this pedal to anyone looking for a great wah with the added features of volume and distortion.

I thought I heard a slight amount of tone suck when practising on my own, but when my amp was cranked to concert levels, I couldn't hear any difference at all. My Les Paul/Marshall sang and growled as usual with no noticeable loss of tone.

I'm a professional musician and have played the electric guitar for over 30 years. I know good when I hear it. Best wishes!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Features

By terrygh

from Kansas

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Solid Built
  • Versatile

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Gig With Band
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Morley PDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal:

I decided that I wanted a little more than volume and, this pedal delivers plenty. Very easy to use and, adjust to your tastes. One very minor problem-it had a little wobble on a flat floor so I added a little thicker pad on the bottom-fixed. This pedal is built like a tank and, sound quality is superb. I have and, have had other Morley pedals and, they always have delivered what I needed. Product support is very quick and, friendly. You won't find very many pedals that have several functions like this one. Definately get the power pack, forget using the battery option unless it is an emergency. Great pedal for volume,wah, and, distortion. The distortion is very similiar to overdriven tube sound typical of an older tube amp pushed hard. I'll put this pedal to good use when I gig with my band.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Solid

By Frankplane

from Newton,NJ

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Performances

Comments about Morley PDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal:

Use it for Cliff Burton effect, to use it faster I use it in a 3 switch looper, no cons ,Solid pedal.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great pedal for bass

By Schtbss8

from PA

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Comments about Morley PDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal:

I got this pedal for my birthday. This is a very close pedal to getting the sound that cliff burton used. It's not the same pedal because I e-mailed morley and they said he used a fuzz wah. And they don't make that any more. But you can still get close to his sounds by turning the tone and drive knobs all the way up. Play on the G&D strigs and you van really kick some a**. the only bad things I would say is the wah sucks but not when you used it with the distortion. The other is you can't really get that many sounds out of the distortion. But over all I am very satisfied with this pedal.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best Pedal Ever !!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Morley PDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal:

This is the greatest pedal in the history of Rock N Roll and Metal.Cliff Burton used it and Geezer Butler. It has such an awesome sound. It's the best thing I bought for my bass. Its great for doing solos. I would use this pedal than any other.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Review

By synatra0501

from Lubbock, TX

Comments about Morley PDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal:

Great for the wah/volume experience. Since it has distortion built-in, you can throw together some good rock songs without having to use other pedals.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bass fuzz-wah heaven

By Sam L.

from Wernersville, PA

Comments about Morley PDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal:

I'm a bass player, and I was in search for a pedal to emulate some of Cliff Burton's sounds from the early Metallica catalogue. I knew Cliff used a Morley wah, and I stumbled upon this in the Morley catalogue, and it said it worked for bass as well as guitar. Long story short, a saintly band member got it for me and I love it. It did take some practice to really control the pedal's sounds. Playing around with the distortion's drive and tone knobs can get you a really wide range of warm, natural-sounding, aggressive tones from an Entwistlesque growl to full-out fuzz, although pushing the tone too far can make a lot of the bottom drop out. What the other reviews said about the volume is true though - it makes an interesting swell noise, but don't buy this for that effect. It also did take time to adjust to the closeness of the switches to the expression pedal, but that can be overcome with practice. The wah, once its sensitivity is mastered, can coax some extreme funkiness out of your bass that's great for Red Hot Chili Peppers. As for the Cliff Burton stuff... engage the wah in the open position, crank the distortion, and play the intro to Anesthesia. You won't be disappointed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

PDW-II----Great Distortion

By Platefire

from North West Louisiana

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Comments about Morley PDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal:

I got this old style PWD pedal at a pawn shop and found the case was slightly warped. Contacted Morley and sent it to them and they completely up-graded it to the PWD-II for free! I only paid shipping. Great service from Morley!The volume and wah works but I have a hard time uning it effectively because the wah and volume effect don't taper the effect evenly through the whole travel of the pedal but cuts completly on or off in about 20% of the travel making the response hard to control. The value in this pedal to me is all in the distortion. This distortion is not buzzy and duplicates the smoothsound of an overdriven tube amp as well as any i've heard. The tone is a cut/add type that dial is massave bottom that I really like but also dials in some decent treble to cut through. If Moreley would go to work on this thing and make the % of taper of the vol/wah effect travel equivilent to the length of pedal trave. Make the wah switchable off/on at the tap of the pedal instead of the seperate switch--This pedal would be a lot more popular because the distortion IMHO is excelent and is worth the cost. Morley I would say--fix the issues with the pedal even if you have to raise the price and you will see sales start to go out the roof.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Pedal

By Dominic18719

from Yorktown, NY

Comments about Morley PDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal:

I've been using this pedal for at least 2 yrs now, with a Carvin w/ 2 humbuckers. The pedal is very versatile. The volume is pre-distortion which is very handy for going from light to heavy in a song. The tone sounds pretty good (not the best, but certainly not the worst). Morley has THE BEST customer service in the industry. The only thing I would change is to add more options to the pedal. It would be nice to make the chain order selectable (volume-distortion, or distortion-volume, etc.). Also, have more tone-shaping control. BTW, I see alot of people saying the pedal is loose, or falls on its own: just tighten the nuts under the pedal (between the pedal and the base) where the hinge is. My biggest complaint is the location of the AC adapter plug. If yer using right-angle cables, it's right in the way!. I solved this by using a 9-volt adapter (from Godlyke) plugged into the battery compartment.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for violinists

By violinmaster108

from Farmington, NM

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Comments about Morley PDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal:

I love this wah pedal because it is great for use with an electric violin. If you play any Celtic or fiddle music this is your wah. I like to play it threw a Spider 3 or Fender Champ Amplifier. If you do choose to purchase this for a violin make sure it has a tone knob. The sound is weak when the wah is off unless you have the tone knob on a very bright tone. If you think this is a good deal, by all means buy it!

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