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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 24 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (5)
  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Responsive (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), 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!

VS

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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 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!

 
5.0

Quality product

By TCB1863

from New Jersey

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    Solid high performance pedal

     
    5.0

    great wah

    By steven

    from undisclosed

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

    exellent wah tone distortion and level controls are nice opptions

     
    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.

     
    4.0

    Small package, big utility.

    By Ballad

    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!

     
    5.0

    OK for bass

    By FxsX24

    from Verona NY

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

    I Have a PDW (NOT PDWII), but they are almost the same. the distortion is ok for bass and ok for some guitar (not most lead parts, due to level of gain).wah is not the greatest, but is also good for bass. the volume is ok if you have the screws loose enough for easy variable movement (so it moves easily). the only real downside is that occasionally you will have to take it apart to clean the dust out (you will notice this if the vol/wah or dist stop working (the reason is that dust gets in the receptors and this pedal used LED's for use not any POT's (except for adjustments).

     
    4.0

    Wah wah wah.

    By Grandpa's Revenge

    from Los Estados Unidos

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

    I've had this pedal for so long, I cannot even remember when I bought it. I was actually looking to buy a new one because mine is getting a bit worn out. The pedal on mine is a little loose now after years of abuse. I use it a lot with my Music Man because it makes a nice sounding Wah with the EMGs and the distortion makes the sustain last forever. However, I stopped using it with my Strat because of the high end treble sound. It makes my American Strat (SSS) sound like that duck on the Aflac commercials. If you are going to buy this pedal, you should buy the power supply and forget about using batteries. This thing eats through 9 volts like nobody's business and the battery compartment is not very friendly from an access perspective. I've had to solder the wires back together twice because they came apart. The casing is sturdy and the pedal is rugged. Overall this has good tone for guitars with humbucker pickups. For guitars with only single coils, you might want to keep looking.

     
    5.0

    Morley PDW-II Pro Series

    By Once upon a time

    from England

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

    Put to the test from every "angle," this pedal is by far the best one I have. It's a new world again. I wish I hadn't of waited so long to try it out. Thanks Morley! -Brian M.-

     
    4.0

    silky

    By Silkysoul

    from Montgomery Village, Maryland

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

    Great price. Has decent Wah Sounds, But not as good as everyone told me it was. Sent 2 back because the distortion was defective. As a volume pedal, forget it. Get a crybaby Special edition instead.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Extremely fair

    By Novice-virtuoso

    from Birmingham, England.

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

    Morley are a very reputable company, and have produced many spectacular pedals. This is one of the better wah pedals, and I am led to belive that its uses are a dream-come-true for you, and your guitar. I hope to, soon, own one and see for myself.

     
    5.0

    Very pleased

    By Paul Larsen

    from glenolden pa

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

    I just got this got this pedal about 2 days ago and i love it. theres no other way to put it, i somply love it... but the reason i put a 9 for the quality is because it makes a clicking sond when i move the pedal but that isnt enough to make me hate it.. if you are thinking about buying this, i say you should

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