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MXR Grind and Clear ZW-44 Wylde Overdrive
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The MXR Grind and Clear ZW-44 Wylde Overdrive Pedal performs like Zakk. Whether on his groundbreaking work with Ozzy Osbourne or with his own Black L...Click To Read More About This Product
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The MXR Grind and Clear ZW-44 Wylde Overdrive Pedal performs like Zakk. Whether on his groundbreaking work with Ozzy Osbourne or with his own Black Label Society, Zakk Wylde's guitar playing is loud, tough, and relentless. Zakk's take-no-prisoners attitude extends to his quest for tone, too. His signature ZW-44 overdrive pedal will turn your clean amp into a heavy, chunky, crunch machine. Or, use it like Zakk does and kick it in front of a dirty amp for a screaming, sustaining lead tone. 3 simple controls”output, tone, and drive”make getting up and running easy, so you can concentrate on your chops.
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This pedal just doesn't have a good tone and if you start with a good tone this device will transform your sound into a wall of mud and squeelies. I guess if that's what you like it may be OK. I really think this pedal is horrible and ROBS tone and STEALS your dynamic response.
Alright first off this isn't a regular distortion, its an overdrive. An overdrive is less distorted so don't expect to have a sound as distorted as korn, slipknot, or disturbed, etc. This pedal looks great, sounds great with my dunlop 95-q and my electro-harmonix micro synthesiser, and is completely analog so it won't be like a digital pedal that is way too precise.
This really is a nice overdrive. I have it in front of an Engl Fireball and use it with a Dean axes. It gives me ultra sustain when the gain channel is on and the nice Wylde sound, perfect for solo's and lead guitar play. The only thing is that the on/off switch let's me down once in a while (i heard this is a common problem with this OD). Remember this is not a distortion pedal, but an Overdrive pedal, you will need a distortion pedal or put the gain-channel up to get this thing to work as it should! It doesnt work very well trough the clean channel if youre expecting the Wylde lead sound...
The pedal kicks BUTT! Hands down. All you people who complain about not getting enough gain don't understand how to use the thing. It's and OVERDRIVE pedal not a distortion pedal. And yes there is a pretty big difference. The Only problem I have with the pedal is after a few months the switch went bad, and I said screw it, I love the pedal so much I'll buy another one. So I did! and this one hasn't gone bad yet. I've had it since Dec. 05. KICKS BUTT!
This is really nice overdrive. I have kicked in front of A Randall and it screams on it when dirty. If you Like Zakks sound, this is for you. If you want to tweak it and find your own tone, it is more than possible. I have a setup where I just want to riff BLS and OZZY and I like it just fine. It looks like it could take a beating on the road, real sturdy. Overall an outstanding overdrive.
I've heard people complain about this because its not very "extreme" sounding. That's because its an overdrive, not a distortion. Put it in front of an amp with the amp's gain cranked up and the pedal sounds amazing. Tons of sustain, nice harmonics. The tone sweeps different frequencies instead of just cut and boost low/high. The switch is true bypass. Very well built; over all, a boutique quality pedal. The only thing I don't like is that the ac input is in an awkward place.
In general this is a bad pedal.If you play metal, the zw-44 won't give you the amount of distortion you need in order to kick .If you play blues or rock and need some extra boost go for it.