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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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  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 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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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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5.0

great wah

By steven

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

exellent wah tone distortion and level controls are nice opptions

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4.0

Good All-In One Pedal

By GDH_East_Bay

from San leandro, CA

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Pros

  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Not Responsive

Best Uses

  • Messing Around

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

Tried it with my 4 string Fender Jazz bass. The wah is more responsive on higher notes and strings.It's good to use to simulate an envelope filter effect. The distortion is okay for bass. But, there a better options out there. The volume worked as it should. The optical circuit is clean and noiseless.

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(1 of 1 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.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Features

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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.

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4.0

Small package, big utility.

By Rhomvargo

from Willits,CA

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Priced Well
  • Solid Feel
  • Versatile Unit
  • Well Built

Cons

  • Distortion A Little Weak

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Lead Jams And Gigs
  • Performances

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

I ordered this pedal thinking that I needed a good, standard operation volume/wah pedal. Turned out that for use with my new Apogee Gio device I actually needed something different…but that was my ignorance and does not reflect on Morley or this product.
That said, I fooled with the Morley pedal before returning it. This little unit packs a lot of function into a small space. Like other Morley products that I own, this thing is built like a tank. Visually the painted on labeling for the buttons is clear and intuitive, though the font and the stencil job are a bit hokey….but that's just cosmetic and my taste.
The wah function is just that, a good solid basic wah. The circuitry is optical, which apparently does not wear out the way old style mechanical pedals produce the wah effect. I only used it for a few minutes so can't speak to the promised longevity…but it worked fine for me. No noise. Smooth action.
The pedal is normally in volume mode, and it does that perfectly. Again…smooth, no noise. Pressing a solid foot button to one side and close in to the rocker pedal (no access problem for my foot) switches to wah mood. A second button, on the other side of the rocker pedal turns on the distortion feature. The distortion feature works in both wah or volume mode. There is a side knob to preset the degree of distortion. I was a little disappointed in the depth of the distortion (I was using it on a clean guitar channel) but hey, most wah pedals do not have this feature at all..or the volume function for that matter!
Overall, if I ever need a basic wah function again I would re-order this pedal. For a simple lead guitar gig or jam, this pedal alone would add a lot of facility. It delivers a lot of bang for the buck both in quality and features. Why buy just a wah when you can get volume, distortion, and Morley quality for about the same price!

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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!

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for violinists

By violinmaster108

from Farmington, NM

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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4.0

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By Todd-m7O6z

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

I bought one of these ages ago when I was tasked to play the bass line for Metallica's "For Whom the Bell Tolls". This is a heavy duty pedal with a wide base. It was always easy to access, and had a decent sound. I'm not a big distortion user, but seemed a bit harsh, unlike other pedals. Also, it ate batteries like no one's business. The biggest issue I had with this pedal was its lack of position sensitivity. Unlike a Vox, you really had to move the pedal to get an effect change. This drawback is what caused me to sell it.

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5.0

great pedal for bass

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.

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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.

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