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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
       
      4.6

      (based on 18 reviews)

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      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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      (3 of 3 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

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      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 1 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

      Morley PDW

      By Todd-m7O6z

      from Boca Raton, FL

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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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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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      (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.

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      4.0

      Wah wah wah.

      By Grandpa's Revenge

      from Los Estados Unidos

      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.

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      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.

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      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).

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      5.0

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      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.

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